I've been kind of watching the situation as it unfolded. There's a few different things that seem to be going on:
Patreon clearly wants at least sub $5 pledging to Go Away. (I have a hint: if you want it to go away, then just make it something that can't happen. No need to do this fee bullshit. They could even have done it just for video content, given that I've heard some scuttlebutt that was part of what brought this forth.)
They did NOT present it very well, and pretty much sprung it on people. When you're handling money for people, this is not a good level of transparency when you want to make such a sweeping change to the system.
I can certainly understand the level of pain both creators and patrons are now going through. Especially for those patrons on a budget, a hard budget, who now has to decide who no longer gets money because, say, $5 is their CEILING for how much they can pledge a month, and now they can't even support FOUR on that money out of the FIVE. And those creators that have been supporting themselves on 80% or more of the $1 a month donations.
Unfortunately, I've had to look at it, and already it's clear I don't want to join the Patreon ecosystem, either as a patron or a creator, because they've proven they don't really understand what they actually have, and who their clients REALLY ARE.
Jeffrey 'JFerio' Crouch
'It'll be all right... I think.' - Nene Romanova