its easy to work around that issue. just dont host your stuff on patreon itself (what you shouldnt do anyway) and send download links only to people after they paid their first pledge. leecher problem solved
Good tip. I know it might seem obvious actually to do it that way for some, but with me being completely inexperienced with Patreon, I would've walked myself right into that problem with not waiting until paid pledges came in and posting my work right on there, with the good belief that people will pay like they should. I've also seen the idea of using password protected folders as well on a hosting site and only sending passwords to the paid patrons.