Mint, my stats tracker of choice, was upgraded recently. There’s even a nice little button which has appeared at the top of my install telling me so (). How sweet… and yet completely pointless because I can’t see me upgrading anytime soon. “!?!” you proclaim. “But you always encourage updating your scripts!” I hear you say…
Not when it’s going to cost me $19 on top of the $30 I already spent to purchase the license in the first place. And not just this site, I bought a license for tutorialtastic too. That’s a total of almost $100 just to run some fancy stats wizardry that I could have got for free from another provider. I could pay my water bill for this quarter and and eat for almost two weeks on that amount of money.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not unhappy with Mint. I stalk my stats; my eyes flicking back and forth like a cat on crack (er, possibly — not scientifically proven). I like the functionality it has to offer me. I like that it doesn’t include hotlinkers, bots etc. I like that it gives me an accurate picture of what’s going on and I like that I can see every move every visitor makes (feeling paranoid now?) I just don’t see why I should pay to upgrade it.
A few people have voiced this opinion and have been shot down. We’re “too greedy”, even “whiners” and “unintelligent”. Damned right — if we can get phpBB, WordPress and countless other larger and infinitely more complex scripts for free why should we have to pay again? Even Microshaft don’t charge for the service packs and general updates. It’s not like Mint 2 is offering anything that Mint 1 + peppers (plug-ins) couldn’t already provide anyway.
I’ve been told that I “have the option to not upgrade”. Of course, thank you for pointing out the obvious. This will be my chosen path at this precise moment in time. The problem is there will be a time when this is not a feasible option — how long are developers going to support and release Mint 1 peppers? How long can I get general help for if my Mint install cocks up? It’s not going to be possible to support two different versions indefinitely.
So, I pose the question: why should I pay? If Shaun Inman is as successful as he makes out, why does he need to charge for almost-pointless updates? Knock the cost down to $5 and I’ll upgrade in an instant. In the mean time I’m going to stick to being a greedy, unintelligent whiner. And proud of it.