is thare still talk of subscriber "perks" in the works?
Talk yes, plans no. Mainly because we can't figure out what kind of perks there should be. We don't want to do exclusive content. We talked about giving subscribers a custom URL from which they can download shows a few days before anyone else, but I'm a little fuzzy on how authentication, etc., is going to work for that; and personally I think it's a little weird to have a few people "in the know" discussing the stories a few days before everyone else, but whatever. We talked about little badges on the forum for regular donors, but I think those would have to be meticulously hand-adjudicated by the mods based on financial data we share with them... again, a little weird IMO. Not impossible, though. It raises questions like, "Should I weigh the feedback of a donor more heavily than others'?" And (especially until we have the donations app in place so you can choose an amount per month, but also regardless), "Shouldn't generous one-time donors get badges too? How generous do they have to be?"
See? Kinda weird. Maybe I'm overthinking all this, though.