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  • Re: Attention Desktop Developers

    Well put everyone! ~ And thanks to many of you, this forum is certainly the lifeblood of Alpha!
    Just a friendly reminder: Ultimately, we're all on the same side here, (including Alpha!) ~ We all want a better tool(s).
    And I doubt that anyone would waste time here participating in this thread (or on this forum for that matter) if we "didn't care."

    As for "thread deletion" due to post specific viewpoints: Because posts like this should be seen as constructive, I don't see any benefits in their removal either. (There are no personal attacks, no untruths , no defamation, and no intended harm/ill-will) In the long run, discussions like this can and should be beneficial to all. (especially Alpha) ~ I have always emphasized that I hope that Alphasoftware continues to excel as a company. I still do. (Regardless of how much further I choose to continue down this path.)

    When customers have a chance to "offer feedback", vendors have the opportunity to react."
    (I nearly forgot: Feedback should be a 2-way street!)
    Last edited by SNusa; 03-10-2013, 03:50 PM.
    Robert T. ~ "I enjoy manipulating data... just not my data."
    It's all about the "framework." (I suppose an "a5-induced" hard drive crash is now in order?)
    RELOADED: My current posting activity here merely represents a "Momentary Lapse Of Reason."

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    • Re: Attention Desktop Developers

      Spot on Peter.
      I got exactly what I paid for in V11, and excellent assistance from Alpha Sales when I needed it most.
      Just to confirm, I'm an Alpha Fan and reserve the right to disagree with anyone.
      When V12 comes out I'll probably purchase a copy, but not a subscription, for reasons I have stated previously.
      Think I'll just go back to answering techie questions if I can, and leave the filibustering and navel gazing to others. (Wind bags?)
      See our Hybrid Option here;
      https://hybridapps.example-software.com/

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      • Re: Attention Desktop Developers

        Peter - Nicely said!
        Regards,

        John W.
        www.CustomReportWriters.net

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        • Re: Attention Desktop Developers

          Of course, nobody will advocate for "censorship". That is very black-and-white reasoning. There are many colors between black and white.
          Moderation is a part of any forum and is commonly used on most fora that I participate in. The truth must be told, and there should be room for that, even when that implies complaints against the host of the forum, but there is a time and a place for everything. We are guests on this forum and this together with the freedom to say what we want also sets forth that we have a certain responsibility. And it is my personal feeling that with constantly bashing at Alpha Software in numerous posts that all breath the same negative atmosphere we are approaching the limits of what that responsibility asks from us. When "telling the truth" or even "stating a complaint" changes into some type of witch hunt from a few that is where I personally draw the line. It is not productive. It is not the goal of this forum. It is not correct either since Alpha Software has specifically put a special service in place to deal with customer complaints and questions. At what point exactly is it ever going to be enough? At what point exactly is something a valid complaint that needs to be shared with other Alpha developers, and at what point exactly is this a business dispute between Alpha Software and a customer that has another place to be dealt with? I don't mind when someone here on the forum says "I have a problem with Alpha and it is so and so". What I do have a problem with is when in several posts over this forum the same issue is coming back and is used to whatever is the subject of the post turn it into a written protest to Alpha.
          Now, I am not saying you should not do that. That is your choice. We are all grown ups here that can make our own choices. Moderators will judge whether the post is acceptable or not. But I personally choose at some point not to be a part of such unproductive movement. I really hope Roberts case gets resolved. I have nothing against Robert personally as I hope to have made clear above. But personally I rather would choose for a productive use of this forum. so I politely am bowing out on this one.

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          • Re: Attention Desktop Developers

            Originally posted by mronck View Post
            Of course, nobody will advocate for "censorship". That is very black-and-white reasoning. There are many colors between black and white.
            Moderation is a part of any forum and is commonly used on most fora that I participate in. The truth must be told, and there should be room for that, even when that implies complaints against the host of the forum, but there is a time and a place for everything. We are guests on this forum and this together with the freedom to say what we want also sets forth that we have a certain responsibility. And it is my personal feeling that with constantly bashing at Alpha Software in numerous posts that all breath the same negative atmosphere we are approaching the limits of what that responsibility asks from us. When "telling the truth" or even "stating a complaint" changes into some type of witch hunt from a few that is where I personally draw the line. It is not productive. It is not the goal of this forum. It is not correct either since Alpha Software has specifically put a special service in place to deal with customer complaints and questions. At what point exactly is it ever going to be enough? At what point exactly is something a valid complaint that needs to be shared with other Alpha developers, and at what point exactly is this a business dispute between Alpha Software and a customer that has another place to be dealt with? I don't mind when someone here on the forum says "I have a problem with Alpha and it is so and so". What I do have a problem with is when in several posts over this forum the same issue is coming back and is used to whatever is the subject of the post turn it into a written protest to Alpha.
            Now, I am not saying you should not do that. That is your choice. We are all grown ups here that can make our own choices. Moderators will judge whether the post is acceptable or not. But I personally choose at some point not to be a part of such unproductive movement. I really hope Roberts case gets resolved. I have nothing against Robert personally as I hope to have made clear above. But personally I rather would choose for a productive use of this forum. so I politely am bowing out on this one.
            I think you missed the point as a whole and in parts. It seems others got it, so I will put it down as a language issue.

            ***As a note: Several versions ago, Alpha decided to let our runtime be on a completely different payment plan than it is now or was before. I(and I know others did the same) attacked them on the issue. We all did it with harsh to soft pounding on and off the forum. I talked to Richard and Selwyn on that issue(others too, I'm sure). It got resolved! My humble opinion was that it would hurt me and could have severely hurt Alpha. That whole deal took about a month and a half to resolve. All to the betterment of everyone at the time.

            I am currently NOT a supporter of the plan thing they have going on, but I could be wrong on that one. I would not go to court on it because I might lose. Yes I have been in court as a defendant over 100 times, but lost only one. I just made sure I could win before I let it go that far.

            Think about that.
            Dave Mason
            [email protected]
            Skype is dave.mason46

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            • Re: Attention Desktop Developers

              I find it extremely odd how many seasoned developers view comments regarding issues with Alpha so "defensively." (or assume they are submitted here for reasons of "personal gain") ~ Not the case here, not in my instance anyways. The ironic (and alarming) part of all of this is: Those who continuously praises Alpha (regardless of what they do/don't do) are not acting in anyone's best interest, not even Alpha's. ~ To do so becomes self defeating in nature, particularly if you are a developer, who's income is largely dependent upon the products that Alpha produces.

              If a software company knows you will both tolerate and be satisfied with unfinished buggy products: That's what you will get. Nobody wants that, right? ~ It doesn't matter whether or not it's on the desktop, or on the web side. Think about this: If Microsoft had perpetually put out products like Dos 4.x, Windows ME & Vista..... Confidence would have eroded, & everyone would either be on a Mac or a Linux OS by now. (I'm not implying that Alpha is in this same "boat", but nevertheless: There is no denying that "it's a struggle" to sell someone on the Alpha platform. And putting out "presumably mature yet unpolished software" and then ignoring/avoiding bug reports only contribute to this problem.) ~ On a larger scale, this behavior is certainly not how a company gains "industry respect."
              Last edited by SNusa; 03-10-2013, 11:23 PM.
              Robert T. ~ "I enjoy manipulating data... just not my data."
              It's all about the "framework." (I suppose an "a5-induced" hard drive crash is now in order?)
              RELOADED: My current posting activity here merely represents a "Momentary Lapse Of Reason."

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              • Re: Attention Desktop Developers

                This has become interesting, to say the least.

                Deleted by Moderator due to quote of personal attack
                This is a direct attack on an individual which is beyond the scope of this forum. The accuser did the same thing of which he accuses Mr. Onck. Like it or not, there is some merit in what he said. There is also merit in what others said, except the above.

                I sincerely hope to be corrected, and that you come in and can contribute in the spirit of this forum.
                The spirit of this forum is certainly NOT what is stated above. In IMHO, not only does Mr. Onck deserve an apology but so do the others on this thread. It's one thing to not agree but another to make it personal.
                Last edited by Peter.Greulich; 03-11-2013, 09:30 AM.
                TYVM :) kenn

                Knowing what you can achieve will not become reality until you imagine and explore.

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                • Re: Attention Desktop Developers

                  I agree with Ken. The spirit of this forum is in decline. Constructive criticism is fine but many comments here go beyoond what Apha user forums exist for.

                  Those concerned should be given warnings that any repetition of such disgraceful attacks on individuals or on Alpha will mean they are banned from all forums in future.

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                  • Re: Attention Desktop Developers

                    I disagree! No one, not even me, has gotten anything they didn't earn.

                    Raymond Lyons

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