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.
Yesterday I upgraded a test site from 3.4.7 to IPS 4 beta 6. I encountered a few issues but before I start raising bugs I want to see if I have made any novice mistakes that could have been the cause. Installed IP.Board Gallery Nexus Procedure 1. Duplicate files in a test folder. 2. Edit global_conf.php to reflect the new path. 3. Uploaded a copy of my live DB to a test DB. 4. Edit global_conf.php to reflect the new database. 5. Accessed the ACP on the test site and updated the paths for uploads and for Gallery. 6. Deleted all old files from the test folder except global_conf.php and the uploads folder. 7. Uploaded IPS4 files to the test folder. 8. Ran the upgrader. Is this how others would do it? Issues I encountered were Nexus failing to load (error: EX0), various error messages when updating settings in the ACP , Gallery images not loading, Gallery images not showing an owner, etc. It just seemed like too much was going wrong hence I want to rule out my own stupidity first.
That's the exact reason I have an iPhone 6. A quick double tap of the home button and everything is easily accessed with one hand. I've got quite a potted phone history having used all sorts: HTC HD2 HTC Desire iPhone 4S Samsung Galaxy S2 Nexus 5 iPhone 6 I wouldn't use the current Windows offerings again, perhaps with Windows 10 I might, but I am equally impressed by Android and Apple devices. It was just swung, this time, because Apple nailed the accessibility of the larger handset sizes.
I've not had an issue with search, it seems to work well. What I do miss is the way the search defaults to the appropriate search parameters based on where you are. In a forum 3.4.7 defaults to 'in this forum', whereas on 4.0 it seemingly does not. That's a tad annoying since I often know which forum a topic is in and would have just browsed to that forum and searched. Now there's some extra clicks that I need to make.
Who is your favourite General? It can be any General, past or present. I personally like General Bernard Montgomery.
I first came to know of this man from watching the World at War series when I was a child. I've had a fascination with World War II ever since and his is the most recognisable face, aside from old Winston. I also enjoyed the narration by Lawrence Olivier and the way he described the battles of the campaigns, particularly the Battle of El Alamein... A real turning point.