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The purpose of this page is to solicit an informal vote by the VFP community as to whether you would consider signing an open letter to Microsoft encouraging them to take VFP marketing and promotion much more seriously. If you would like to add a comment, please do it at the bottom of _ Will Microsoft Market VFP _ Comments, not on this page.
Isn't this all a moot point now? How about just signing at masfoxpro so MS will give some sort of way to continue development of VFP? Sign petition at:
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The question is not whether you endorse any particular draft of such a letter, only whether you're open the idea in general. If you care about the the future of Visual FoxPro, please cast your vote. If and when we complete a draft of this letter, you will have an opportunity to decide whether you're willing to sign it. Anyone who's interested is invited to participate in drafting an Open Letter To Microsoft, but please vote first. If you're too busy, or you're content to leave the writing to others, you will still be doing all of us a great service simply by adding your name to either the Yes or No list.
See (on the Idea Xchg Vfp Utils section of Idea Xchg ) for more, including the most complete list of voter names.
See for my own draft of the Open Letter to Microsoft. If you would like to add your endorsement to this letter as it stands, you should certainly add your name to the Yes list. If you would consider endorsing any variation of such a letter, because you agree that VFP marketing needs to be improved, please add your name to the Yes list, since that is precisely the question. - mda
Names were last moved from this page onto the main list on 6/3/01.
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Yes, I would consider signing such an open letter to Microsoft:
I support this idea, and I'd be glad to participate in the writing if enough other people showed an interest. --

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No, I would not consider signing such an open letter to Microsoft:
Nancy Folsom (comments here)
Ed Rauh -- not after the last "Open Letter"
Paul Maskens
Rainer Becker

See for the most complete list of names. Names added on this page will eventually be moved into that list, and an entry will be added into the Page Change Log below whenever this is done. If your name disappears from this page, check that it has appeared on the main list. If not, please resubmit your name, in case the entry was accidentally lost.

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Page Change Log

This section is for keeping track of deliberate changes and incidents where this page has been damaged, which have become an increasingly common occurrence. Accidents may be due to the fact that we are now reaching people who are less familiar with wiki editing and HTML manipulation. Please help share the responsibility for making repairs and noting possible losses of names. Frequent backups are helpful.

3/9/01 1:10AM: repaired page that was entirely wiped except for a single new name. (I just dealt with another such incident earlier today too, and other major screwups yesterday.) If there were any names added between 3/8 5:09PM and 11:27PM, these were lost. - ?mda
3/9/01: 2:50PM: migrated names from this page into the main list. - ?mda
3/10/01: 6:40PM: purged the list on this page after moving new entries into the main list. Also note the suggested inclusion of information about where people are from, which is very nice to know. - ?mda
3/11/01: 8:20PM: purged the list on this page after moving new entries main list. Note the addition of a link to the new _ Will Microsoft Market VFP _ Francais page. - ?mda
3/13/01 1:20AM: migrated names from this page into the main list. - ?mda
3/13/01: 4:20PM repaired page after someone accidentally deleted some names. I don't think any names were lost. I restored names that were present in the version of 8:14AM this morning. - ?mda
3/13/01 11:58PM, 3/14 11:58PM: migrated names from this page into the main list. - ?mda
3/15/01: 12:30AM: repaired slight screwup by another voter. These accidents are too easy! - ?mda
3/16/01: 3:20PM: once again, repaired damage caused by another wiki novice, which caused another voter's name to be deleted. - ?mda
3/16/01 midnight: migrated names from this page into the main list. - ?mda
3/19/01: 12:00PM: Mike, I added the "languages jump list" on the top of the page with two purposes: 1) to make only one main entry point to the voting list, to make easy to spread the url and 2) to make easy to add new languages to it. If you find this a bad idea, please delete it. -- Fernando Alvares
I like it, Fernando. Now if some enterprising fellows could just add a few more languages to the list... - ?mda
Like British English, American Inglish :-) ChisJohnson
3/21/01 1AM, 3/23 12:35AM: migrated names from this page into the main list. - ?mda
3/23/01: As a housekeeping measure, I changed many of the Will Microsoft Market Vfp topics to Underscore Topics to clean up the up-front wiki site presentation and to improve its Signal To Noise Ratio. Those compelled by the minutiae of ongoing changes and developments in this area can still get their eggs at Recent Changes X, and of course Will Microsoft Market Vfp remains a portal to all the related topics herein.-- Steven Black
3/26/01 12:05PM: migrated names from this page into the main list. - ?mda
3/27/01 My 2 cents added. Gregory Gum Greg, I moved your comments into _ Will Microsoft Market VFP _ Comments - ?mda
3/28/01 2:35AM, 3/28 midnight, 4/5 2:05AM: migrated names from this page into the main list. - ?mda
5/10/01 3:20AM: migrated names from this page into the main list and moved recent comments into _ Will Microsoft Market VFP _ Comments. - ?mda
5/22/01 2PM: fixed link causing Javascript error when someone attempts the "easy" way to edit this page. That's a laugh! Thanks to Norm Ong for pointing this out. - ?mda
5/23/01 3PM: removed additional Javascript garbage on links to the Idea Xchg posting page. I don't know whose idea it was to put this in, but please do us all a favor and don't do it again. - ?mda
6/3/01 10:45PM: migrated names from this page into the main list. - ?mda
6/26/01 11:40AM: purged names that have been migrated to the main list. - ?mda
9/8/02: moved comments from this page to _ Will Microsoft Market VFP _ Comments. - ?mda
9/14/02: page was vandalized, so I restored it. To whom it may concern: feel free to cast your vote properly, or make your comments on the _ Will Microsoft Market VFP _ Comments page. - ?mda
6/9/03: repaired page after screwups apparently related to character set. - ?mda
7/6/05: removed porn links hack - JosPols
1/27/06: 12:11PM: restored missing name after SB's restoration of page following another vandalism incident yesterday. - ?mda
3/14/06: moved Mike Feltman's comment to _ Will Microsoft Market VFP _ Comments. - mda
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_ Will Microsoft Market VFP _ Deutsch
_ Will Microsoft Market VFP _ Espanol
_ Will Microsoft Market VFP _ Francais
_ Will Microsoft Market VFP _ Italiano
_ Will Microsoft Market VFP _ Portugues
_ Will Microsoft Market VFP _ Comments
_ Will Microsoft Market VFP Announcements
_ Will Microsoft Market VFP _ How It Started
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