04/17/2012 01:12 PMPosted by BerianaAside from the fact that "when" does not always mean as soon as but can and often does mean during a time period, your views of "letting everyone in who cares" are very childish and not conductive to the beta process.
You are completely missing the point, "when" can mean whatever you wish, so long as TO GO continues to mean the transition phase. WHEN IT GOES LIVE means during the transition between not being and being live, meaning at the time it actually was live I should already have my invitation.
EDIT: Regarding my views, they are not childish at all. I'm a software engineer with experience in distributed computing. I know EXACTLY what I'm talking about, and while I don't expect most people in my area to be equally competent (because face it, it's hard to match someone with an IQ of 142 measured at the age of 12), I do expect people to stick to their word at their own expense. You can not deny that they had time to prepare for this and chose not to! I'm sorry, no matter how you spin or choose to ignore the situation, you can not ignore this fact!
You're a software engineer and your company would be completely ok with you having a beta test being completely unusable because you've swarmed it with more users than it could handle? I find that hard to believe.
As for "when it goes live" you might think that's what it means but it does not always and obviously did not in this case. If I say "I'm going to go see that movie when it comes out" I do not necessarily mean that I'm going to see the movie the second it comes out, or by your definition, I should be in the movie theater already the second it comes out. I mean that sometime after the movie comes out I will go see it