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I have a feeling that we may see more FSX previews as the result of E3.. I hope I'm not wrong, and I hope that if I'm right, the new previews we see blow any we've seen so far out of the water!

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Posts like that give a good reason for not even starting a blog.

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Thinking positively (which is always healthier) I would like to think due to the upcoming shows and the nearing Beta -> RTM stages of the product, that the guys and girls are deeply entrenched in hammering out the final product features and goodies.I would wonder if they were spending all their time posting about what they are doing, even a small update, would take away from development time or perhaps the more important personal time with family and friends in what little free time they might have right now.Sit back relax, and patiently wait for the flood of new information that will happen in the comings months. I am certainly excited about what is coming.[hr color=#000000][table border=0" width="98%" id="table1" height="4" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="2][td width=500]Jason[br /]General Aviation Fan[br][/b]P4 3.2Ghz, 1GB Ram, FX5900 128MB, XP SP2.[br /][br /]

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It might also be edict, corporate saying, time to work folks, we got the input we needed, we started the anticipatory juices flowing, now it's time to put the nose to the grind stone and finish this thing.Remember - any time they spend here answering our silly questions is time they are NOT spending fleshing out those feature requests we keep making.In the meantime, we know they are still reading our stuff here, so lets keep the positive discussion going :)Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com/FC_StartJava.html] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)

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There's no conspiracy and no edict of silence. We're just really really busy right now working on FSX. Our lead artist (pixelpoke) hasn't even had time to get a haircut for the last six months, but he's probably more hard-core than most of us. :-)-Adam

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>Posts like that give a good reason for not even starting a>blog.Posts like this give a good reason to learn how NOT to click reply.

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I give the FS team wide latitude and the benefit of the doubt on most topics, but that's just not good enough in my book. Too busy to write essentially one email a week to your hardest-core customers? "Z" has written exactly 2 blog entries (both useless) all year.You're either committed to communicating with the community, or you're not. Which is it?

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Hi,You are kidding right? I see no Smilies in your post so I guess not.Since the release of FS04 they:Have had resarch group meetings at some large cities across the USA.Online surveyData gathering surveyDesignated an e-mail address for suggestionsSet up their own blogsBegan PUBLICLY participating in some FS forumsTalked to many about FSXPosted Beta screen shotsAnd moreAnd yet, even knowing they are busy doing many things all at once, that is STILL not good enough in your book?It is posts like this that will make them think differently in the future.Hope this helps,Jimhttp://www.hifisim.com/Active Sky V6 Development TeamActive Sky V6 Proud SupporterHiFi Beta TeamRadar Contact Supporter

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>I give the FS team wide latitude and the benefit of the doubt>on most topics, but that's just not good enough in my book. >>>Too busy to write essentially one email a week to your>hardest-core customers? >>"Z" has written exactly 2 blog entries (both useless) all>year.>>You're either committed to communicating with the community,>or you're not. Which is it?Really hope you are joking, if not you need a serious attitude adjustment.Wanna talk about a useless entry, re-read yours.Regards, MichaelKDFWhttp://www.calvirair.com/mcpics/mcdcvabanner.jpgCalVirAir International

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They're marketing their product, Jim. They're the ones who decided on this approach (which I like). But if their chosen approach is going to work, they have to see it through. There are, what, 8-10 of them blogging? Even 1-2 new entries per week from the group as a whole would be an improvement. I'd be very surprised if the FS team didn't agree their frequency is too low these days. It's not the end of the world, of course, but yes I am serious.

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It's called constructive criticism. I think they're much more open to it than you give them credit.

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I'm sure they are open to constructive criticism, I just don't view your post as "constructive".I see their blogging as an extra, not a part of the development even if it was a marketing decision or not. Therefore, I am happy with whatever info they can give and have given and would rather that they just work on the product and post info when they can. This is the most involved they have been with the community and I am thankful for it, so I see no need to go around "demanding" things from them. It's not like you should lose any sleep over it if they don't blog. BTW by "seeing it through" I expect the final product, not the hype.Regards, MichaelKDFWhttp://www.calvirair.com/mcpics/mcdcvabanner.jpgCalVirAir International

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The blogs are the devs' own personal blogs. They are not official Microsoft blogs and are not part of any MS marketing strategy.Writing blogs can be time consuming and are a major distraction that the guys probably don't need when the pressure is on. If they are too busy to write then we just have to accept it.There have been interesting blog posts this month by Sebby and P-12C Pilot.

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Um, we don't get paid to write them, you know. It's all on our own time. Given I have very little at the moment I'm choosing not to blog for a bit.

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>Um, we don't get paid to write them, you know. It's all on>our own timeOkay, well that changes my opinion then. If you're doing it more or less as hobbyists, that's a different story. I apologize.

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Busy people give up their own time to start a blog and then they get complaints because they don't update them as often as some other people would like. Seems a good enough reason to me for not bothering to start a blog if it's going to generate complaints.

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>Busy people give up their own time to start a blog and then>they get complaints because they don't update them as often as>some other people would like. >>Seems a good enough reason to me for not bothering to start a>blog if it's going to generate complaints.Who are complaining?!?Ask != Complaint:)

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Hey Mike,Thanks for replying.Please don't misunderstand my post. It is not a complaint, but an honest curiosity.

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Here is a blog post reply from P-12C Pilot about this very topic:"We love enthusiastic users and I know it's difficult to curb your enthusiasm when asking questions. No problem, just realize most of us have little or no say on how we market the product or how that marketing plan plays out over time. When we were in the final video capture session for E3 yesterday I asked our marketing person the same questions. I wouldn't expect much of anything until E3 (which isn't far away), then it will start to flow a little faster or more frequently and will increase in volume until we release. We are being tight lipped simply because we want to make a big splash at key times and in key places. If we all blab too much, we could hinder our ability to do that. P-12C"I would think the absence of blogs would be a result of a) they're too busy preparing for E3, and :( they don't want to spoil the "big splash" they plan to make at E3. Probably more a) than :(. Of course, all us are getting impatient for more information about FSX. I, myself, have collected 98 screenshots, set up an RSS reader to check all the dev blogs in real time, and scan multiple FS forums on at least a daily basis. So, I understand how frustrated some of us can get when the well runs dry and we go a while without any substantial news. I just hope the developers understand that it all comes from our enthusiasm for the product and some of us don't handle chomping at the bit quite as well as we should.

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Ask/Complaining - A distinction without a difference in this case.See the complaining responses it's generated:

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