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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:
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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
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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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  • Ban anonymous users!

    How about banning people who do not want to use something that at least looks like it might be their real names? I find it very irritating to read or reply to someone whose only identity is something like "oldfart" (perhaps not a real, example but not far off).

    And make everybody be contactable by e-mail! If they want to opt out, opt them out! Someone has not responded to a request of mine in a post and I have no way of contacting him/her becasue he/she declined to list his/her e-mail address.

    Just getting something off my chest. Now I feel better! And yes, I know, many people have a problem with passing out their e-mail addresses, but given how those things are so easily mined in other ways, I doubt listing it here would be a serious risk.

    Ray Lyons


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    Ray, have you tried a personal message? We can't force users to recieve email from other users, but they will see that you sent them a message next time they visit the board.

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

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    • #3
      Thanks Lenny. I have just now tried it (I presume you "private message"). I did not realize that option was there.

      Ray

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        Ray,
        I certainly agree. I've noticed most new members are joining using WEB pseudonyms. I would do the same on any other board, but it's not necessary here. Most of us have used our real names here for years and the fact that many of us have met each other face-to-face at the Alpha conferences makes this board much more friendly than others. I hope some of the new members realize the nature of this community and rejoin using their real names. Nuff said.

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        • #5
          See here:

          http://msgboard.alphasoftware.com/al...ad.php?t=57225
          Aaron Brown
          Alpha Software Development Team

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          • #6
            Yes, I meant private message. Sorry, I think my brain had already gone to bed when I typed that.

            Originally posted by Raymond Lyons
            Thanks Lenny. I have just now tried it (I presume you "private message"). I did not realize that option was there.

            Ray

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

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