The way "Beta" is being used on this site has to do with the Beta Phase of the product lifecycle. This Wikipedia article explains the beta phase in greater detail:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_version#BetaThe Norton Community Forums are currently in this "Beta Phase" of it's lifecycle.
Does this answer your question?Cheers,
"Beta" is used in three ways here:
Norton Users Discussion Forum – BETA
refers to the actual structure of the forum, the facilities for messaging and inserting images and so on
Norton Public Beta Forum
which refers to a Forum to deal with products that are still at the beta stage but open to public trial -- as for NIS and NAV 2009 until just over a month ago
As well as
Norton Safe Web Public Beta
which is a specific product or service that is still at beta stage of development.
Hope that clears up the mixed usage here. The first one is the misleading one since we don't really need to know that they might improve or change the forum structure and mechanics .... as long as it works and, like any beta, that they do it my way <s>
Both of those responses do help me understand your use of the term "Beta".
My only real question then is trying to figure out which forum I should go to when I have questions.
1. Does it depend on the year of the product I am using?
2. Does it depend on my personal knowledge of the product(s)?
This should then answer my question completely, I hope.
Normally, if you are using a beta product you know that and have been directed where to post so the general answer is to post in that first group with at present BETA in the name.
A minor exception is the Norton Labs group which is for really experimental stuff that they are letting us know about -- a great idea -- so if you download the device from their website then you post in their Forum.
Year has nothing to do with it!
(Once again I was typing a post, got distracted and when I got back to it, it wouldn't let me post.)
OK, so if I have Norton SystemWorks Standard Edition 2007, what community group should I post questions in? My last question, honest.
I ended up here only because I had a support questions, which I have since forgotten, and needed my product year. I didn't remember what it was and couldn't find it anywhere (I have since figured it out.) and you couldn't get into support without it.
<< so if I have Norton SystemWorks Standard Edition 2007, what community group should I post questions in? My last question, honest. >>
In that first Norton Users Discussion Forum – BETA group but Norton System Works is dealt with under Other Norton Products primarily because its emphasis is on the tools rather than the Norton AntiVIrus that is built into the other than Basic version.
I'd certainly recommend updating and the latest version of NSW does not carry a year as an identifier but is V12.
PS Don't make it your last question .. just the last one here <g>
Sorry, I'm still confused. I didn't think the product I have would be considered BETA, as per our previous conversations.
(Oops, I lied, it wasn't my last question).
Your product isn't in the beta phase of its lifecycle; This bulletin board that we're all using right now IS in its beta phase. We label "Norton Users Discussion Forum – BETA" as "beta" to help people understand that glitches may happen while using the forums and changes may occur; as we figure out what's working, what isn't working, and how we want to manage and moderate these forums.Your question about Norton SystemWorks belongs under: "Other Norton products." But again, use the search function beforehand to potentially save yourself both time and energy.
Thank you very much!
I always search before I ask, but as you know, if your words aren't in just the right order, the right answer may not come up.