The Alpha Software Forum Participation Guidelines

The Alpha Software Forum is a free forum created for Alpha Software Developer Community to ask for help, exchange ideas, and share solutions. Alpha Software strives to create an environment where all members of the community can feel safe to participate. In order to ensure the Alpha Software Forum is a place where all feel welcome, forum participants are expected to behave as follows:
  • Be professional in your conduct
  • Be kind to others
  • Be constructive when giving feedback
  • Be open to new ideas and suggestions
  • Stay on topic

Be sure all comments and threads you post are respectful. Posts that contain any of the following content will be considered a violation of your agreement as a member of the Alpha Software Forum Community and will be moderated:
  • Spam.
  • Vulgar language.
  • Quotes from private conversations without permission, including pricing and other sales related discussions.
  • Personal attacks, insults, or subtle put-downs.
  • Harassment, bullying, threatening, mocking, shaming, or deriding anyone.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Sexually explicit or violent material, links, or language.
  • Pirated, hacked, or copyright-infringing material.
  • Encouraging of others to engage in the above behaviors.

If a thread or post is found to contain any of the content outlined above, a moderator may choose to take one of the following actions:
  • Remove the Post or Thread - the content is removed from the forum.
  • Place the User in Moderation - all posts and new threads must be approved by a moderator before they are posted.
  • Temporarily Ban the User - user is banned from forum for a period of time.
  • Permanently Ban the User - user is permanently banned from the forum.

Moderators may also rename posts and threads if they are too generic or do not property reflect the content.

Moderators may move threads if they have been posted in the incorrect forum.

Threads/Posts questioning specific moderator decisions or actions (such as "why was a user banned?") are not allowed and will be removed.

The owners of Alpha Software Corporation (Forum Owner) reserve the right to remove, edit, move, or close any thread for any reason; or ban any forum member without notice, reason, or explanation.

Community members are encouraged to click the "Report Post" icon in the lower left of a given post if they feel the post is in violation of the rules. This will alert the Moderators to take a look.

Alpha Software Corporation may amend the guidelines from time to time and may also vary the procedures it sets out where appropriate in a particular case. Your agreement to comply with the guidelines will be deemed agreement to any changes to it.

Bonus TIPS for Successful Posting

Try a Search First
It is highly recommended that a Search be done on your topic before posting, as many questions have been answered in prior posts. As with any search engine, the shorter the search term, the more "hits" will be returned, but the more specific the search term is, the greater the relevance of those "hits". Searching for "table" might well return every message on the board while "tablesum" would greatly restrict the number of messages returned.

When you do post
First, make sure you are posting your question in the correct forum. For example, if you post an issue regarding Desktop applications on the Mobile & Browser Applications board , not only will your question not be seen by the appropriate audience, it may also be removed or relocated.

The more detail you provide about your problem or question, the more likely someone is to understand your request and be able to help. A sample database with a minimum of records (and its support files, zipped together) will make it much easier to diagnose issues with your application. Screen shots of error messages are especially helpful.

When explaining how to reproduce your problem, please be as detailed as possible. Describe every step, click-by-click and keypress-by-keypress. Otherwise when others try to duplicate your problem, they may do something slightly different and end up with different results.

A note about attachments
You may only attach one file to each message. Attachment file size is limited to 2MB. If you need to include several files, you may do so by zipping them into a single archive.

If you forgot to attach your files to your post, please do NOT create a new thread. Instead, reply to your original message and attach the file there.

When attaching screen shots, it is best to attach an image file (.BMP, .JPG, .GIF, .PNG, etc.) or a zip file of several images, as opposed to a Word document containing the screen shots. Because Word documents are prone to viruses, many message board users will not open your Word file, therefore limiting their ability to help you.

Similarly, if you are uploading a zipped archive, you should simply create a .ZIP file and not a self-extracting .EXE as many users will not run your EXE file.
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  • Welcome to the New Message Board

    Welcome to the new Alpha Software Message

    You will find many improvements in the way in
    which this message board operates. We hope you enjoy using it!

    Features of the Alpha Software Tech
    Support Message Board
    files to messages.
    Attach a Zip file to your message. This allows you to
    attach a sample of your database to demonstrates the problem you are having.
    Often it is easier to explain your problem with an example file that it is to
    describe it in words!
    E-mail notification. Specify that you
    should get an e-mail notification whenever someone replies to a message that
    you posted. You will know immediately when an answer has been posted to your
    Search old messages. Search through the
    whole archive of old messages.
    Sort messages. Sort messages by either
    the date on which a thread was started, or by the date of the last reply to a
    particular thread. Now, if someone replies to a message that you originally
    posted some time ago, it will sort to the top of the list. This makes it very
    easy to see the new messages in a forum.
    Include HTML in your messages. Make your
    messages look good! Include HTML text in the body of your message.

  • #2
    RE: Welcome to the New Message Board

    Nice job. I am glan to see that you have redesigned the message board. I use this all the time and would be lost without it.
    I have used your programs since your first version and refuse to change to another program.

    I love the support on this message board.

    Thanks again
    NB: your efforts are appreciated!


    • #3
      RE: Welcome to the New Message Board

      Just a test, please ignore.


      • #4
        RE: Welcome to the New Message Board

        the new message board is a big improvement. One thing though, the login procedure can be a real pain. You should specify that passwords are to be all caps only and perhaps the cooky with the password could last longer. I don't know what it's set at but a month or so seems reasonable.



        • #5
          RE: Welcome to the New Message Board

          At the bottom of the screen you will see a Modify Preferences link. Use this to change the password that was assigned to you.

          The cookie is set for two months.


          • #6
            RE: Welcome to the New Message Board

            Thanks Selwyn

            The cookie seemed to expire in a few days but I'll check again.



            • #7
              RE: Welcome to the New Message Board

              I still think there is a problem with the cookies. They are ok if I am on every day, but skip 2 (or so) days and I have to log on again. I'm not getting anywhere 2 months. Is anyone else seeing this or is it just me.



              • #8
                RE: Welcome to the New Message Board

                I've never gotten a cookie that remains after rebooting (3 different systems) and still have to log in after going to another site, but figured I probably had set something wrong in my internet settings.


                • #9
                  RE: Welcome to the New Message Board

                  Jim & Russ:

                  Are you actually logging out of the forum when you leave each time? My experience is that if you do log out then yes, next time you return you have to log in. If when leaving you don't log out and just move on then next time you return, voila.....


                  Glen Schild
                  Glen Schild

                  My Blog


                  • #10
                    RE: Welcome to the New Message Board

                    That's how it works for me.

                    Bill Hanigsberg


                    • #11
                      RE: Welcome to the New Message Board

                      Nope, never logged out - I guess that explains it. (Loggin out is an extra click, doesn't seem to me it should be necessary)



                      • #12
                        RE: Welcome to the New Message Board

                        Hello Russ,

                        Possibly you have a third party program on your system that "cleans cookies from your system". I have seen these programs for the privacy minded persons.

                        Assuming you are using Win95/98, check your Internet Options from the control panel. Select Security tab and click on Custom. You may need to set custom controls.

                        There are two sections for cookies:

                        1) Allow cookies that are stored on your computer.
                        2) Allow per-session cookies (not stored).

                        You want both checked. If you have only item 2 checked, that could be the problem.



                        • #13
                          RE: Welcome to the New Message Board

                          One other thing, what web browser are you using? If you have both IE and Netscape on your computer. Check to see if the cookie timeout occurs with both or only one browser. If it is just one browser then it is probably a setting in your browser somewhere.



                          • #14
                            RE: Welcome to the New Message Board

                            Both sets of cookies are enabled, and am using IE 5 (Netscape never loaded). Also don't log-off when leaving.

                            Will be building a new system in a couple of days. Maybe I'll be able to save the cookies on that one.


                            • #15
                              RE: Welcome to the New Message Board

                              Login is not working for me.
                              Silicon investor works fine, which knows who I am.
                              Yahoo knows who I am.
                              Alpha asks me each time, maybe not each time, but it seems like each time.
                              Netscape 4.7 preferences "accept cookies that get sent back to originating server"
                              Steve Pick