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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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Alpha Conference **UPDATE**

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    Alpha Conference **UPDATE**

    Hi Everyone,
    Get ready to make your plans to attend the 2005 Alpha Conference in Bedford, MA � May 20th � 22nd. Registration opens, Friday � February 18th.

    Call for Presentations
    We are still accepting proposals for presentations. If you're interested in speaking at the conference, submit an abstract of the presentation you'd like to give. The submission deadline is March 1st, 2005. For more information on submitting, click here

    Suggest a Topic
    Tell us what you'd like to learn at the conference. Your feedback will allow us to better determine the most compelling content to present during the conference. To suggest a topic, send an email.

    We are pleased to offer the same registration rate as last year, $395 per person. You can register early and save $100. After May 3rd, the registration fee will be $495 (no exceptions will be made.) If you are bringing a guest, the fee is $140. Guest fee includes conference meals only. Guests are not allowed admittance into any of the conference sessions.

    Hotel Information
    The Renaissance Bedford Hotel will be the site for the conference. PACE Training has reserved a block of rooms for conference attendees. A special discounted rate of $95.00 per night (tax not included) is available to all attendees. You must make your reservations by May 3rd for the guaranteed rate. The price includes FREE High-Speed Internet access in all the guest rooms. This is a $10 per night value!

    Optional Activities Include

    Pre-Conference Training
    We will conduct our popular "hands-on" instructor-led training on Alpha Five version 6. The Level 1 course will be on May 16th & 17th and the Level 2 course will be held on May 18th & 19th. Conference attendees will be offered a discounted rate of $495 per person, per course. The rate for non-conference attendees is $595 per person, per course. *We may also conduct our "JumpStart to the Web" one-day course, too!!

    Business Consultants' Workshop, $100 per person. The price includes lunch and refreshments. This event has been expanded to an ALL-DAY event on May 19th . We are lining some great sessions to help with starting, running, and expanded your business as an Alpha consultant. If there are topics of specific interest to you, please feel free to send an email.

    Dinner Cruise
    We are going to cruise again this year on the "Spirit of Boston". May 21st features a 3-hour cruise with a buffet dinner, dancing, sightseeing, and entertainment. The price is $80 per person. Guests are welcome. Please note that the tickets are non-refundable.

    The conference website will be active this Friday, February 18th Please visit it regularly as it will be updated frequently as we get closer to the conference. There are only 92 days left until the conference!! We hope to see you there.

    - Valerie

    PACE Training Group, Inc.

    Your Conference Host
    Valerie Simpkins
    Intellectual Business Solutions, Inc.�
    Business Intelligence for Intelligent Business�
    [email protected]