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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:
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  • 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:
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  • 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.

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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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    If one is not logged in, there is an option for Today's Posts. After you log on there is New Posts, which is not the same. How do I see the former, after I log in?
    Peter
    AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

    Peter@AlphaBaseSolutions.com
    https://www.alphabasesolutions.com



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    I'm going to add it to the quick links when I get a chance, but you can use this
    http://msgboard.alphasoftware.com/al...hp?do=getdaily

    to get the last 24hrs of posts.

    Originally posted by Peter G.
    If one is not logged in, there is an option for Today's Posts. After you log on there is New Posts, which is not the same. How do I see the former, after I log in?
    Aaron Brown
    Alpha Software Development Team

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      Thanks Aaron.
      Peter
      AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

      Peter@AlphaBaseSolutions.com
      https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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      • #4
        Peter, you should also notice that this board is much more intelligent than the old one regarding what posts you have read and not yet read. The icons on the main page indicate whether or not there are threads which you have not read since they were last posted in.

        -Lenny

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

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        • #5
          Thanks Lenny,

          I think it's going to take a while for some of us to figure this all out, but it is a nice change for the better.

          -Peter
          Peter
          AlphaBase Solutions, LLC

          Peter@AlphaBaseSolutions.com
          https://www.alphabasesolutions.com


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          • #6
            Originally posted by Peter G.
            After you log on there is New Posts, which is not the same.
            Peter,

            In a similar vein, if I am not logged on but attempt to view the status of a forum, the times listed in the "Last Post" seem not up-to-date. I seem to recall much activity since the time shown as the "Last Post" for a forum.

            Well, upon logging onto the system these times are increased by one hour. So if the last posting for a given forum were, say, 2:30PM it would show up correctly if logged in but show up as 1:30PM otherwise. :confused:

            Steve

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            • #7
              Steve, once you login and the board knows who you are, it also knows your time zone. With that info, it adjusts the times shown to your local time. But until you log in, you see the times in Boston's time zone.

              Originally posted by Steve Andrews
              Peter,

              Well, upon logging onto the system these times are increased by one hour. So if the last posting for a given forum were, say, 2:30PM it would show up correctly if logged in but show up as 1:30PM otherwise. :confused:

              Steve

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

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Steve Andrews
                Well, upon logging onto the system these times are increased by one hour. So if the last posting for a given forum were, say, 2:30PM it would show up correctly if logged in but show up as 1:30PM otherwise. :confused:
                The system didn't have Daylight Savings time enabled. It is now. Assuming your user option time zone settings are the same as the server, you will see the same times regardless of whether you are logged in or not.
                Aaron Brown
                Alpha Software Development Team

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