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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.
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  • 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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    Re: Guidelines for posting threads

    Originally posted by mronck View Post
    I would say that is one piece of evidence that shows that Alpha may be going in "full panic mode" right now. It sees it has manoeuvred themselves in a tricky situation and it does not know a way out yet. Hence in blind panic it is deleting threads as a symbol for deleting threats to Alpha.

    Several things are clear: taking in that many high-payroll-position employees is going to propel costs upward like crazy. Especially in times of economical crisis. Costs that we all will have to pay. Alpha is filled up with CEO's, CTO's, Presidents and a truckload of Vice-Presidents who all want to drive "a Mercedes" on our expense. That is enough to pull almost ANY Business Plan sideways for ANY small company. For such a small company I would say it's almost laughable. There are more chiefs than foot soldiers. And sales of v12 seem to have stuck (which does not surprise me a bit). At some point, this must lead to internal frictions and feelings of panic.

    The number of posts for desktop in the v12 forum shows that virtually nobody from the old desktop developers is upgrading to v12. There even aren't new customers in effective numbers asking questions. The reason for that is clear to me: Alpha has failed to built in strong points of sale for v12 for the desktop crowd, OR it fails to "sell" the new features to that group, which happens to be the roots-customer group of Alpha. That is a dire mistake. Any company wanting to expand operations has to cherish it's roots customer group since otherwise it will have no fall-back if things do not go as planned. There have been many reasonable questions on this board with regards to "what is new for the desktop in v12" but none were answered to satisfaction. Only with advertising language like "huge amount of work" and stuff like that you would expect in any average toothpaste commercial. That does not work with developers. We want facts. And after those questions popped-up, what did Alpha do to answer them? Nothing. I find that rather amazing. To me, it starts to look like roadrunner running full speed towards a cliff.

    Alpha needs to step back on its footprints until the exact moment it went wrong and decide for a new course. Painful maybe, but necessary and life-saving.

    If I were Alpha, I would start forming a "customer advisory board" to ensure that the voice of the customer does not get killed (like it is now) but heard instead. Alpha needs to understand that it builds products for its customers. Not for any virtual customer that may be attracted but is not in the house yet.

    Unlike most here, I am not that in favor of taking in "experience of the past". In IT, nothing is about the past, it's all about the future. Like some enlightened brain here said a few days ago: they need to enroll bright and talented young people that may not know how things were done in the dark past, but that do have a vision of how things will be done tomorrow. Not because they reason from past experience, but because they are standing with one foot in the now, and one foot in the future. Google has made that philosophy to a type of Art and proves on a daily basis that it works. And by this I do not mean enroll talented young programmers who can dance the dance from the past. Instead of old rock-and-rollers or hippie-era managers we need sprankling young visioneers. Hard to find, yes, but because of that a priceless virtualizer for ANY IT company who has to be up in front of the line. Alpha has never done a good job of being in front of the line. It has never been a trend-setter but always a trend-follower. In due time.

    Did I just delete this whole thread?
    Marcel - Sales of v12 are more than meeting expectations and the internal mood at Alpha is very good.

    Also your assertion about "truckload of Vice-Presidents who all want to drive "a Mercedes" on our expense. " is simply nonsense. Alpha employees are on a mission to build really productive and exciting software and also put developers using Alpha in a very strong competitive position. Have you taken the time to read this . There is demand out from customers - my 2 cents is "go and focus on meeting that demand and growing your consulting business!"
    Richard Rabins
    Co Chairman
    Alpha Software