Is anyone else struck by the grim irony of the publisher of a bit of software that facilitates instantaneous global communications telling its user base that a) they're guilty until proven innocent and b) proving their innocence will take "up to 30 days?" The boardroom brainwave of massively annoying and inconveniencing legitimate users complying with the license terms, then effectively locking them out could not be more draconian or short-sighted. Someone, somewhere believes this will produce a flood of revenue via new license purchases but how many other companies have attempted same only to watch their market share vanish? Sending detailed logs away on the equivalent of a slow boat to China with no clearly defined procedure or timeline is madness - and they want to make it contagious. If this is a "community" then it's a very hostile neighborhood judging from the pugnacious responses of the so-called service team who spend the majority of their time telling the user base to get stuffed in so many words. Well, that and pedantically removing links and names of competitors - I'll bet that's a fulfilling, self-actualizing day at the office! But even that makes no sense. If people ARE running afoul of the license terms and want to abandon the product then that is a win-win for TeamViewer. Support requests and workload will be reduced and network traffic will ease. The user base has watched TV shift the goalposts on a regular basis but Operation Lockout can't even adhere to its own stated policies: if 5 min is the prescribed window then why are users experiencing and reporting sessions closing after 20-30 seconds in many cases? Where did the seemingly arbitrary number of minutes to wait to try again originate and why? Building a user base and then implementing a hostage scenario might be the most bizarre business plan since New Coke. But, as before, the decision-making at the top seems completely disconnected - pun intentional - from the user base. Yes, yes, terms of service (for the software and the service) and all that but ultimately any product is about a value proposition.
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