Well, your post seems to suggest that you've taken a side, by actively discouraging people from taking part in MacHeist.
Please allow me to have original thoughts based on personal expectations and belief.
You could have just said to people, "hey, here are a list of links for and against what Phill is doing - I don't like it myself, but you can form your own opinion about it".
Also please don't assume I don't do this. In seeing me as one of "them", you assign me baggage that makes any discussion with you difficult.
See how that works? Now, imagine if Macintosh shareware industry folk are doing this.
And how does "version lock" make the apps that we've been given not real apps?
If I said "real" I should have meant "full". My apologies on this. I'll give an example. (Skip ahead if you're not interested in how I came up with this. And thanks for the Directorate for letting me be less than Sunshine McLovesALot. If I'm wrong, I see it as academic review; things tested make them stronger.)
Say I pick up YummyFTP from MacAppADay. (Which I did. I love the thing.) Say I find a bug in it, and I mail the developer. Then, say, YummyFTP 1.6 comes out which solves my problem. The developer is completely within his rights to say, "Yeah, sorry, we don't support free apps." While if I pay for the app (which is exactly what the developer hopes I do), I'll get the full treatment, fixed bugs, tweaked features, and all the other point-release goodies that people paying for an app expect. Otherwise, I might as well assume I'm stuck at 1.5.3. After all, I didn't pay for the app; what right do I have to their privileges? And thus, version lock.
Nothing's wrong with this; I'm giddy that Yummy decided to do it this way because I have as long as long as I want to review the app. (No, I couldn't do it in 30 days. Yes, I know, I suck.) But if I'm not getting the full treatment, I don't consider having a full app. If I don't have a full app, I certainly don't have $25 worth of goods. (From MacHeist, Chat Transcript Manager is my golden catch.)
The point of my comment about version-lock at all was to cast doubt on the sanctity and forthrightness of MacHeist, who tells me that I have, say, $26 worth of goods in DrawIt. I'm told this not because I have a full application, but because it makes MacHeist look better, and it raises their percieved value based on a half-truth.
Am I wrong? I don't think so. Am I looking a gift horse in the mouth? Oh yes, definitely. Am I ungrateful? No, but that doesn't mean I'm giddy with excitement, either.
(By the way, I have no idea if DrawIt suffers from version lock; it was just the most expensive one in the free batch.)
(By the way #2, I'm not ungrateful for even version locked apps and see it as extended trialware and the gift that it is. I think it's a fantastic idea. I'm objecting to the way the value was distorted. I'm not frothing at the mouth about that, either, it just feels wrong.)
(By the way #3, There's a lot I agree with MacHeist about. I just think enough people are hitting those points that I'd be another Me Too, and sitting around nodding at each other and patting one another on the back isn't a discussion. Plus, this post is way too long already.)
1Passwd, CTM, and Cha-Ching
... are, so far, exceptions. Bravo to these developers, who are much braver than I would be. I hope it works for them. Even so, there shouldn't be an expectation for a developer to do what they are doing. These developers are adding to the value by giving us all something we have no right to expect.
Others (Devon Technologies, for instance, via MacAppADay) are offering a discount to upgrade, which is also giving us something. Both of these are tangible values, and even the act of offering is a huge intangible value.
Which is really, really cool.
I know none of this has anything to do with if MH is fair to developers; I'll agree that it's not at all unfair to the shareware developers who are in MacHeist, but to those who aren't, MacHeist is popular and popular things can change the norms. I think Mac devs have every right to question what's changing.
Just as the MacHeist group have the right to defend their actions.
I just wish everyone would be nicer about it.