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Bug Reports or Technical Support?

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  • Subject: [mg7318] Bug Reports or Technical Support?
  • From: dave.chapman at (David M.F. Chapman)
  • Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 01:41:55 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: DREA
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Here is a question for discussion:

The much-heralded release of MMA V3.0 included many bugs.  As a beta-tester,
I sent in many reports, including printing problems on the Mac. Some of
these were fixed, others reasonably resolved.  Some have had no response,
other than an acknowledgement.  After a while, I get a message saying that I
have to start paying for Technical Support.  Then responses from Technical
Support seem to take a VERY long time. 

The question is: At what point does the reporting of Mathematica bugs and
expecting a timely and reasonable response constitute "Technical Support"? 
Are we actually expected to pay for this?  (Please let me know if I am
off-base.) Is there even a distinction between the two?  Users and WRI reps
can join in here...

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