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To Alpha Software re: Code Archive

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  • To Alpha Software re: Code Archive

    Well it seems that some of us find it to easy to post messages on the
    wrong board; like Announcements and Code Archive. Please accept this
    as a constructive suggestion. Is it possible to make these read only.
    And before the file gets any bigger get rid of the junk.

    Keep the good stuff. Then, assign read/write rights to a couple of people
    who could move postings from this board to the code archive. These
    posting are very rare. And just keep Announcements for you
    folks? Just a very small thought.


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    RE: To Alpha Software re: Code Archive


    These Alpha Software people are amazing! Give 'em a good idea, and their right on top of it 24 hours a day! They've already published a small change to the forum index page, and it was posted shortly after your suggestion!

    Coincidence? I don't think so!



    • #3
      RE: To Alpha Software re: Code Archive

      Could you be more specific.



      • #4
        RE: To Alpha Software re: Code Archive

        They've already published a small change to the forum index page...

        Alpha Software general announcements.
        This forum is for announcements only, please post any requests for help in the appropriate forum below.
        There can be only one.


        • #5
          RE: To Alpha Software re: Code Archive


          "This forum is for announcements only, please post any requests for help in the appropriate forum below."


          "This forum is for functioning code samples only, please post any requests for help in the appropriate forum above or below."

          were added to:

          a couple hours after your suggestion was posted...

          I, too, have noticed that both of those forums are becoming cluttered. I don't think A.S. will make the boards read only, although they probably should. The code archive would probably work better in a format like the tips section, where code is submitted to editors who review and then post it with FTP links to downloadable files.

          Announcements would also be better as read only.

          But at least they took your idea to the first level! Most companies wouldn't have even read your post, especially at a time when they are trying to get a software package on the shelf...



          • #6
            RE: To Alpha Software re: Code Archive

            Yes, it was Tom's suggestion that promted us to make those changes to the forum list page. We agree that both the Announcements and Code Archive boards are becoming cluttered with posts that don't belong there. Once the Alpha Five Application Server is ready for a production environment, we hope to move this message board to it which will give us more more flexability. But until then we don't have the capability with the current message board system to make them read-only.


            Lenny Forziati
            Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
            Alpha Software Corporation


            • #7
              RE: To Alpha Software re: Code Archive

              Thanks guys, I am impressed.