We periodically review the guidelines that we ask members of our community to respect in their use of the AppleVis website. This involves evaluating whether existing guidelines remain necessary and appropriate; are in the best interests of our community; and that they also reflect the current wishes of the majority of our community.
With public betas for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, tvOS 16, HomePod software version 16, and watchOS 9 coming soon, we decided that it was timely for us to review our guidelines covering the discussion of beta and preview versions of Apple software.
When we first created these guidelines there was a very strong belief in our community that no discussion of pre-release Apple software should be allowed. However, the landscape and attitudes have changed over subsequent years. Apple's introduction of its Beta Software Program has been a significant driver for these changes.
We have previously amended our guidelines to reflect the changing landscape and attitudes. We have decided that they once again need to be amended.
Our new guidelines regarding the discussion of beta or preview versions of Apple software now only prohibit discussion of illegal use or distribution of pre-release software. This means that discussion of bugs or fixes in beta releases and technical support with pre-release software are now permitted.
In conjunction with the change to our guidelines, we have created a new “Apple Beta Releases“ section in the site forum where we ask that all discussion of this nature now take place.
What we want to stress is the continued importance of reporting bugs to Apple. The process is quick and straightforward via the Feedback Assistant that will be installed automatically on your device when running a beta or preview release, and doing so ensures that Apple has all of the information needed to reproduce the issue that you are encountering. This makes it far more likely that there will be a timely fix. Posting on AppleVis about bugs in beta releases is never going to achieve this.
We acknowledge that there will likely be a mix of reactions to the change to our guidelines. From those who will say that it should have happened long ago, to those who believe that it's a wrong decision. All that we can ask is that you recognize that decisions of this nature are never taken lightly. They are also only ever made with the interests and wishes of our community in mind. Remember, all of the AppleVis Editorial Team are members of this community themselves. Consequently, we only ever want what is best for our community.
We believe that the changes to the guidelines set out above are necessary, appropriate, and match the wishes of the vast majority of our community.
We look forward to reading and participating in this new section of the forum. We hope that you will too.