I don't see the members list as an important feature. Administrators can find members through the ACP and members can find other members through the search. The members list becomes somewhat pointless once your community grows to a certain size as navigating it is tedious.
I'm not sure I made myself clear. I don't mean to rush you. I wondered if it was possible to make any donations towards your work. (If it's a free mod again the least I could do is buy you a beer. ) Looking forward to seeing Shoutbox!
Users pirating software does not make a price reduction warranted, so that argument is flawed right away. I'm also not over-thinking it, I'm just thinking about it from a business perspective. It makes no sense to drop the price from $175 to $25. Once the user has the software hosted on their platform it would become a nightmare to manage users who don't 'renew'.
So we're asking a business to change from a model in which you pay $175 up front for the software and $25 every 6 months for support, to $25 a month? What happens if I only want the software and do not want to keep paying the renewal? It seems like IPS would stand to lose $150 per license straight up, without taking into considerations other addons as well. That pricing model makes no sense. Now if you had to pay to access upgrades then I think that pricing model works, but that would be a worse pricing model for us because in the long run it would be a lot more expensive. The only software I've seen the pricing model you're suggesting work for is cloud based software that can be deactivated when payments cease.
I don't see how that would work with software. You can't stop them using it after the first month and, if you tried, the customer experience would be atrocious. I think the IPS pricing structure is actually quite good and very good value.