musescore.com free account limitations should be obvious from the start
Not sure if it's really the right way to post this, but apparently there is no musescore.com forum.
I absolutely love the software, and the service, and I wouldn't mind to support it, but there's one issue: at this time, I think, the presentation of pro accounts is bordering on deceptive business practice.
First, when you register a new account, nothing says that you are limited to five scores, or what will happen when you hit that limit. The terms of service that you are asked to accept do not mention any details all.
After the account is created, there are no hints what the limit is and how many more scores you can upload before you have to upgrade.
The only way to learn about exact limit before you hit it is to read the help article on "Upgrade to a pro account". The "Is MuseScore free" article (https://help.musescore.com/hc/en-us/articles/209663129-Is-using-MuseSco…-) only vaguely mentions "some limitations" wthout any specific details too.
I'm going to apply the Hanlon's razor here and not blame anyone for making it intentionally deceptive; but it's exactly the way it looks now. The user is not told that free accounts are limited to an impractically small number of scores, and thus cannot make a truly informed decision whether they want to use the service or not.
On a side note, I have a problem with the way "downgrade" is handled. Suppose I make hundreds of scores and people love them, but then I become unable to pay for the service, or stop doing music, or get abducted by aliens. Not only I lose access to those scores, everyone else does too. Anything stored in a pro account can be gone next day, and if people release it as all rights reserved, they can't even be legally mirrored.
It's too late for me to choose to never have used musescore.com, but until the users are not made aware of the real terms of service before they register their accounts, I definitely will not support the service through subscription purchase and rather make a donation to support MuseScore development.