Monetizing the Stream plugin as a hosted service provides a slew of problems such as data retention laws and non-connected installs (intranets etc).
The hosted portion should have been added as an extra addon plugin that would allow data to be collected to the cloud instead of locally.
John Blackbourn summed it up nicely:
The 2.0 Update could have rolled out much more effectively but this is a solid plugin.
Last updated September 2015:
Stream is technically a very good plugin. It is built to high standards and provides a good UI for its users. It is also well supported by its developers.
Stream 2.0 unexpectedly moved to remotely hosted (cloud) storage for its activity records. This was a poor decision for numerous reasons, and is the source of many low scoring reviews (mine included).
Fortunately, Stream 3.0 has moved back to local storage for its data. Yes, there are bound to be performance concerns on sites which log large amounts of data, but thankfully Stream offers a settings UI for excluding activity records based on various available rules. This is a great feature to provide.
Stream is extensible and bundles support for several popular third-party plugins in addition to the exhaustive list of actions which get logged by default. It also has a setting to control which user roles can access the activity logs.
Altogether, Stream is a well built plugin with a well thought out UI. I'm positive that it's in good hands with XWP.
The new plugin is working locally without any cloud stuff again - wonderful! I hope that it may stay on local storage in the feature.
Basically a very nice plugin, but it seems that since version 4.0 cloud storage is required. Sorry, but my interest in this plugin is gone - such private data I want to save on my own infrastructure and not to transmit them to any external (cloud) storage or whereever.
I've install to keep track of what clients do in the admin. It's handy for tracking down issues if something goes wrong.
I can see opportunities to integrate with some of my own plugins to feed into the activity stream when the developer documentation is available.
Quite pleased with the plugin. Makes a great changelog.
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