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Re: Many hands make light work: what can we do to get 10 minutes of your time in 2016?

On Sat, Jan 2, 2016 at 5:28 PM, Erik Huelsmann <..hidden..> wrote:

Ok. Basically, this statement calls to say that every screen should have a default "Cancel" button. While I don't disagree in principle, there's a reason those that many of the defaults as they are: many experienced users will want defaults which help them carry out their tasks quickly and efficiently. To that extent, <Enter> has not been bound to "Cancel" in many places. One thing you're making me aware of now, though is that we have almost every transaction go through the steps <Save> and then, upon review, <Post>. Payments are still missing that, I think.

Also the direction we are going (and single payments are still missing this) is the idea that data entry and approval are separate workflows, so that in the event where  something is incorrectly entered you can catch this before approving.

However, disaster was the result. :)

That's definitely an undesirable result, especially with novice users (because they probably don't know how to get out of the mess).
If I remember right, your response was something like, yeah, you get
that when you press enter in that screen and then offered some database
commands that might help, or should help, if properly entered.

Just as a way to estimate how we better help our users in the future when they come with problems like these, would you say that this response was not helpful, unexpected, not appropriate for your experience level? What better answer could we have given you? Some steps to go through in the application itself instead of on the database level?
That's where I realised that databases are nice, but if one doesn't
know exactly how they work and are built up, like me, then one can
seriously screw things up, beyond repair, diy-wise that is.

Would you have come to the same conclusion if Chris had given you steps to execute inside of  the application? I mean, if he had done that, it would have been apparent that you could have fixed your errors without mega-advanced query wizzardry. Would that have made a difference?
So I went back one step and started using another 'solution' which
maintains the whole database in readable text. Usable for me, probably
not for the majority of the LSMB-users.

Ok. I think it's good to have alternatives; after-all, we can't be a solution for everybody. Two questions come to mind:

1. Is there a chance we can win you "back"? If there's a slight chance, what would we need to do to grab it? (I'm estimating the answer to be "no", though)
2. Can you tell us the name of your current solution? Is it Open Source software too?
After all, we can't be everything to everybody, which means it's definitely good to have alternatives to point people to.
By now probably things have changed in LSMB in that maybe there is a
confirmation step now, but I'm sure I would find another way to
do something seriously damaging to the database.

Actually, it would be very helpful, if you did that :-)
Then there was the install procedure which was really some excercise in
self-torture for a diy-er... I'm happy to hear that things are going to
improve, or already have.

Right. There's a direct relation between this point and the incorporation of Efficito, which offers a hosted  solution: there's a direct relationship between the complexity of the setup procedure and the desire to be not only an accounting system, but also to integrate invoicing, with PDF invoices, open item management, inventory management, fixed assets administration and so on, with the ability to mail customers and vendors directly from inside the system. (Although, granted, most users probably most heavily use the accounting side.)
Thanks for introducing me to accounting however, I learned a lot of
this experience.-

Thanks again for following up on your original feedback! Happy and prosperous 2016!



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Chris Travers

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