In my message most people is not subjective.
You can Google for some statistics data on internet connections around the world, it is open. Another question is what type of connection is used by most users of heidisql. And 2 complaints is more than enough to understand the problem exists. Don't forget about people who don't use forum, they may be not aware of it or don't have enough time for this complaints. Just, google for the statistics of how much users actually report problems they meet and how much are just silently waiting for problems to be solved with next release. You will be surprised.
Sharing license key is a common problem. Don't you know there's no software that still wasn't cracked or doesn't have a keygen? If you know one, the solution can be taken there ;)
So, at the moment the situation is:
years ago - please donate if you like the software;
some time later - please donate to remove the button;
some time later - please donate more than 50€ or at least once per 2 years to remove the button;
now - please donate and don't change your IP address too often.
I understand the problem, I understand that Ansgar wants to have more and he deserves with no doubt. But current solution is not a solution. If people don't want to pay they will not, regardless of what you think.
Another way of getting paid for open source is GitHub sponsorship. It becomes popular and a lot of devs are already happy with it. Some benefits for sponsors like early access to new features are nice to have and they don't split donors to good and bad by amount of donation or ip address.