Flattr for publishers: tips and wishes
Flattr is a way for readers to donate small amounts of money to publishers. Read  for an introduction to Flattr. This post describes its benefits for publishers in more detail and lists tips and wishes.
Benefits for publishers
Publishers reap the following benefits from Flattr:
- You can ask for donation per article or per site. And anywhere where one can donate, one can also subscribe – give repeated donations automatically.
- Thus, Flattr is a useful alternative to Paypal regarding making donations.
- Furthermore, if your “things” get flattred, you appear on their top lists and possibly get additional traffic.
- Some WYSIWYG editors don’t handle empty HTML elements well and remove them automatically. Instead, you can add a text to the anchor, say, “Flattr”. If you additionally remove the display:none style, you will see the link while editing.
- Compact buttons: The easiest is to add an additional query parameter to load.js in the header, to change all buttons on a page. The addition is in bold: http://api.flattr.com/js/0.6/load.js?mode=auto&button=compact
- Details on integrating Flattr with you site, e.g. plugins for easier submission.
My wish list for Flattr is as follows.
- Submit page:
- Read-only text areas for the code snippets (then the shortcut “select all” works)
- A button for extracting the title of a given URL (see reddit link submission)
- Automatic extraction of more data (e.g. tags) for websites such as Blogger and Wordpress.
- I “My top things” (on the dashboard) is interesting to publishers, give us a way to directly link to it.
- Show an empty placeholder why the Flattr button is loading then the layout does not have to be rearranged once everything is done.
- Show images in a gallery.
- Long-term idea: Much more could be done with content, Flattr could lay out a complete dynamically generated newspaper (including great pictures!). Having a gallery for images is one step for preparing for this.
- Flattr or how to finance web content