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Ever since I read (with disappointment) that the 1DX platform would be launched on Oct 10, I kept on telling myself that I'll stay away for a while until things are more settled - and work has been really busy, so I definitely have a valid reason to and nobody can fault me for that.

So why am I writing this at 3am in the morning (so apologies for lack of formatting and any inconsistent train of thoughts)

Because somehow or rather, I find myself being drawn back to SCN/1DX (or whatever they want to call it these days) time and again whenever I have a little time to spare.

I find myself wanting to know what's happening in the community, wanting to know what others are talking about, wanting to click a like or two, and wanting to chip in a comment here or there....

And chipping in a #justsaying comment somehow doesn't always turn out well for me - look at me, I end up writing a blog instead of getting my much needed sleep.

So I made a boo-boo and left a comment in the following Q&A

And Joachim Rees asked that this be put in a blog, so I humbly comply.

Here's the comment reproduced in full:-
Unfortunately, there wasn't enough critical mass "actual" participation during the Open Beta. Many were just looking for the easy 5 points and a nice shiny Beta Tester badge, therefore there were a lot of "nice look", "looks great on mobile" etc. And before long, when the poll was conducted to ascertain the community's feedback, it managed to to achieve the meager 3.46 (the bar was 3) out of 5 to go ahead with the launch. A few of us tried to push back but our little voices were never going to be enough to hold it back...

So the way I see it, the community collectively is as responsible as the SCN/1DX team for where we are today. As they say "be the change that you want to see".

There is no going back, so everyone has a choice to

a) complain about where we are and do nothing

b) go somewhere else if there is any

c) do something positive about it, i.e. report bugs, provide feedback, help a fellow community member find their way



Disclaimer:- For those of you who don't know me that well, I want to add that my opinions are never set in stone. I take a risk when I write to humbly express my point of view - they are never complete, but by expressing them I invite others into the conversation however diverse our opinions may be.

Anyway, like many of you, I am still finding my way in this new world. Many of the community members fought hard to resist the launch of the incomplete platform, like Michael Appleby with his passionate discourses with the 1DX team, Jeremy Good ("Beta -> Alpha -> Go live!"), Veselina Peykova with her continuous detailed bug reporting, and Jelena Perfiljeva with her unforgettable "one Mississippi, two Mississippi" video, among others.

Unfortunately, that didn't change the go live date at all.

Which brings us to where we are today, and there's no going back.

Unless someone finds a viable alternative for option (b) above, for me, SCN is still the place to go despite the state we are in now.


Ok I really don't know what else to say now and at this point I probably need the sleep... so, Joachim, here's the blog you asked for. Jelena, option D "do something while complaining" is great, IMHO definitely better than option A or C! 🙂 Craig, thanks for your thoughts - I actually do agree with all that you said. Steffi - to the coffee corner then!

To everyone else, feel free to chip in (or not) to keep the conversation going... have fun, go wild.

In the meantime, I'm going back to lurker mode (let's see how long I can stay there this time) so don't fault me if I don't reply to any of your comments..... did I mention that work has been really busy?