Probably feels like an answer in itself to have had no replies thus far, but that brings me to my initial point: most of the community space here is set up for people to come when things are not understood / going wrong / not working as they had anticipated etc. I would suggest that going to the Community’s Rewards page and not anticipating it to be 99% problems and issues would be like going to a hospital and not expecting to find it filled with people who are unwell.
I could also point out the number of people with complaints and issues in comparison to the number of people using Brave and or the rewards program but a) I don’t know the stats and b) I don’t think that’s really what you are aiming at.
But your question is very relevant, are there good news stories out there relating to the rewards? Yes. I for one although originally coming to Brave for other reasons have switched on the rewards, made some pocket money but more importantly started to think that it’s possible that those being fed adverts might actually be valued. I now have some money sitting there saying to me that if someone wants access to my attention they need to compensate me, in some way.
What’s also interesting is that I now see adverts that are more relevant to me and I don’t resent them as I know there is that small compensation. Occasionally I click on them too and then engage with the product being advertised. Did I do this before? No, as I felt the advert was using me, I was the commodity. I believe there is some evidence to support the fact that advertisers are getting a better return on their advertising costs, they certainly are in respect of me as previously they were shut out either through add-ons or simply my ability to ignore things on principle. I understand the argument that we need adverts both for the seeming free side of the internet and also because people with good ideas need to get good ideas out to people who may be interested, but I do not wish to be farmed, I do not wish to be a cash cow for your business and I do not wish you to profit by passing me on to some 3rd party. Brave and the reward system attempt to shift the balance and I more than welcome this.
For me Brave’s browser and rewards make me glad to be using the internet now. The route Brave has set itself, particularly in respect of the rewards program, is challenging and undoubtedly littered with detractors (many with vested interests whom I am quite sure will do their best to undermine Brave) but it is also a breath of fresh air that Brave is even trying to do this! I hope that with support from it’s users (I would love to see more ways to do that including a way of staking BAT to the project), and the continued hard work from those developing Brave, the aspirations Brave has will benefit users on all sides of it eco system.
Sorry for the long reply