I'm not sure how I feel about the new search functionality being something that is a cost instead of a core product. On the one hand it's totally up to Kier & Co. as to how they add things. On the other, I personally feel that a search function is something that is a necessity on boards and should be core.
Maybe it's the new thing with the widget mentality to monetize everything, but it just seems weird to me to choose something so essential to a board to add a cost that is more than 1/3 the overall cost of the platform and a 1/4 cost of annual upkeep costs.
I know what answers I'm going to get. "Don't like it? Don't buy it." and "They can do what they want as it's their product." I dig this I understand where you're coming from and to an extent I concur. But what else is going to be getting this treatment? Is the spam manager going to be $25 and add $5 to our annual cost? Or the Resource Manager $50/$10?
To stratify the user experience based on what you can pay using a Gold/Platinum/Whatever is one thing, but to stratify what should be core functionality just smacks of greed. (Or an attempt to recoup legal costs. )
I don't know, maybe it's just me. But the announcement of charging for a search function is just sitting poorly with me. I love XF and right now wouldn't use any other type of software for a forum, but truthfully it was this sort of thing that caused me to look away from vB.
Sorry for venting. I'll go back to not making trouble now.