Does it annoy you when software "nags" you?
I used to think it annoyed me, but I'm finding that I like it. Would I really remember to install the Windows Updates if it didn't bug me to do it? And that handy little popup that lets me postpone the nagging by an amount that feels comfortable to mewhat a great idea.
And though I hate SPAM and will never, ever buy anything that anybody SPAMs me about, there are those mailing lists that I inexplicably sign up for, willingly, like the Hanna Andersson online catalog (they make great kid's clothes). I got an email tonight with the subject Our Best-Ever Playdress is Still Twirling After All These Years and I actually clicked on the link, browsed around on their site for a while, and almost bought a little sleeper for my one-year-old, before I came to my senses and remembered I was going to write something in my blog tonight.
But it got me thinking that nagging software can be useful, even appreciated, in this busy, interrupt-driven worldif done right.
Not all nagging software is done right. In fact, most isn't, though it's getting better. Some of it still irritates me. Shareware, for example, is the cornerstone of nagware. Some apps do a great job; I can remember a shareware app that displayed the usual you haven't paid me yet dialog but grayed out the OK button for some number of seconds, that increased the more often you used the program in a given day. I eventually bought a license, as I always do if I find the software genuinely useful. But others are annoying in their approach, so I delete the software, rather than pay the authors.
Let me know your thoughts about thisthe nagging that works for you, the nagging that is irritating, and whether you like the increasingly common check box that says, Don't show this dialog again.