This is the WikiPedia definition of nagware:
Nagware (also known as begware, annoyware or a nagscreen) is a type of shareware that persistently reminds (nags) the user to register it by paying a fee. It usually does this by popping up a message when the user starts the program, or intermittently while the user is using the application.
- Does skipper persistently remind people to pay a fee? Yes
- Does skipper pop up a message when the user starts the programme? Yes
- Is it annoying? Yes.
Skipper has become nagware.
I am happy with my version of skipper, nothing needs to be updated and I don't need or want support. I also don't want to be annoyed by a product I paid good money for.
Just like many other products I use, when I need a major upgrade or in depth support, I pay the upgrade fee. But none of them persistently nag me to do so. More often than not I will skip a number of versions and then upgrade...
My suggestion is this:
- First prize, get rid of this horrible apparition completely.
- Have it there (if you really must) but include an off switch to remove the (! Maintenance) button completely and stop it from nagging each time it is opens.
- And certainly do not charge people to remove the nagware, that would make skipper "extortion ware". (or at the very least, allow people to roll back to a version that does not include the nagware.
That's my feedback, use it, don't use it - if other developers agree, they are free to up or down vote as they feel fit.