I understand that, but I think the forum needs to be setup in a manner so Screenshots are viewable by everyone, just the code files for the plugins are blocked until you have a license.You need a license to view attachments.
Certainly this has some impact on Xenforo Pre-Sales people fully evaluating well Xenforo is ready for a particular shopper.This is a binary permission limitation of Xenforo, the permissions do not differentiate between images and attachments at this time. I believe a suggestion was made to change this.
Hopefully once Kier and Mike get around to releasing whatever form of proper add-on support they're working on, they will include an option to get around this altogether.Certainly this has some impact on Xenforo Pre-Sales people fully evaluating well Xenforo is ready for a particular shopper.
Whilst that's a valid example if people bother to register and ask, but how many people just browse onto the site, can't see a screenshot and then go away without asking for more info.We work hard to maintain a balance and this is the current position with unlicensed members permissions. It is a good and reasonable approach.
A huge part of this balance (which hasn't been mentioned) is the help, support and encouragement offered by the community. Ask a question and the community has answers and examples - a remarkable community.
IMHO the solution is to ask developers to post a demo for their addon. Demo is better than screenshot. Also host images in another image host can be a solution...