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:
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  • 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:
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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.

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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  • Searches in new Forum not working

    The searches in the new forum don;t seem to work
    If you go search and enter some keywords, (one you know are there) - no match is found

    Mike Thomson
    Last edited by Mike Thomson; 09-24-2005, 06:18 AM.
    Mike Thomson

  • #2
    It looks like searches only work on new posts. A bit of a bummer actually


    • #3

      I suspect Alpha have not generate a search index on the old forum , hopefully this will be fixed soon
      Mike Thomson


      • #4
        As the new data is imported, it takes time before it is all indexed. It will work. :)

        I moved this to the Forum Support forum.
        Aaron Brown
        Alpha Software Development Team


        • #5
          Search this forum broken?

          Tried to search the A5v4 forum for


          and the search engine couldn't find any threads, even though I can see several instances myself by glancing through a few likely topics.

          Feels like the search engine (for a single forum) is not working.

          -- tom


          • #6
            I am still in the midst of importing data. When it is all done (probably by tomorrow morning), I will update the indexes and searches will work across the board. Currently, they only work on A5v7 and A5v6.
            Aaron Brown
            Alpha Software Development Team


            • #7
              Please read this announcement (it should be at the top of your screen, too)

              Searching and Old Threads
              Aaron Brown
              Alpha Software Development Team


              • #8
                Originally posted by AaronBBrown
                I am still in the midst of importing data. ... Currently, they only work on A5v7 and A5v6.

                Aside from the process of importing from the old forums, there seem to be problems with the search even when it comes to the latest postings.

                In a thread titled Append Problem on the V6 forum, was a posting made today which included the word "corrupt". Upon doing a search for that word only one find came up and it was not the posting above. So this brings the question of whether there is a time delay in getting the postings indexed for searching.

                I was just curious as to whether this was a result of getting all threads (past and present) updated or if another problem was present.



                • #9

                  I am currently reindexing the posts as we speak. This involves clearing all the indexes first.

                  There should be no time delay in the future.

                  Aaron Brown
                  Alpha Software Development Team


                  • #10
                    The reindexing is done. Search to your heart's content!
                    Aaron Brown
                    Alpha Software Development Team