If by "them" you mean existing users of BBC BASIC for Windows who have chosen not to try BBC BASIC for SDL 2.0, surely by posting to this forum (plus being automatically cross-posted to the Discussion Group) I have already 'asked them'. I could make the question more explicit by creating a poll, but past experience suggests that polls don't attract many replies, and they are not very well suited when the possible answers cannot be easily categorised.kigohhere wrote: Hello, I want to talk about a post in another thread:The title is "Ask 'them' directly". 'them' means: people who downloaded BBCSDL to try but finally decided not to learn and use BBCSDL. Getting honest feedbacks from these people can make the author of BBCSDL realize real weakness or flaws of BBCSDL. The author will therefore know what should be done for the future versions of BBCSDL.Hated Moron wrote: ↑Wed 15 Jun 2022, 15:00I'm all out of ideas.
I'm pleased with BBCSDL's performance, productivity and compatibility, and I don't think there is much that needs to be 'fixed' in those areas.
I've done what I can to 'spread the word' by posting about BBC BASIC on Social Media (where the enthusiasm seems much higher than here).
I've - contrary to my better judgement - given a presentation to ABug which was recorded and is available for anybody to view.
If there's anything more that I could have done, I don't know what it is.
BBCSDL needs sincere, honest and objective feedbacks.
On the other hand if by "them" you mean people who are not existing BBC BASIC users, but who have downloaded BBCSDL and then decided not to use it, how can I contact them to ask the question? More than likely they didn't join this forum (or any other) either, so they are not going to see these posts. I have no way of knowing who may have downloaded it; I'm not even sure I can find out how many 'genuine' downloads (by a human rather than a bot) there have been.
The underlying implication in your message seems to be that BBCSDL has serious "weaknesses or flaws" and that they are the main reason why the take-up has been disappointing. If that is the case then of course I would like to know what those shortcomings are. The language is inevitably constrained by 'history' so I'm not going to be doing anything that is not in the 'spirit' of BBC BASIC or which introduces avoidable incompatibilities with other versions.