I suspect the beta will be available to those who buy a license, Kier mentioned "early adopters" a while ago, a good guess might be, a discount for those who buy as "early adopters" because at that point the product will still be beta.
A good way of getting some early cash into the business, while not falling into the trap of "paying for something you cannot download", as other companies have done recently.
...realistic +1, and perhaps a little empathic as in put yourselves in their shoes barefeet... I don't think they'd get too much gratification from teasing us by unduly withholding the beta from us (maybe just a little)... prolly not more anyway than from watching what happens when people really do finally get a chance to get their hands on the download.
And I wish it were tonight. I may just park in vB 3.8.x and forget 4 (although I paid for the 4-Gold (choke) license), and wait. Dunno for sure but this morning that's how I feel. The thought of going "back" to that vB4forum as a place to hang out just doesn't appeal at all at this moment. There seems to be far more sunshine over here.
PS: I'd pay for XFbeta if it's a price I can afford.
I paid for what wound up to be beta last December for vB.
Something tells me XF won't stay in beta that long because of the way they've handled alpha.
Que sera, sera...
If they need 3 more months to get to a beta you can purchase, so be it .. I have no problem waiting, I waited years for InternetBrands to ruin vBulletin, I can wait additional months for XenForo limited to get it right and do right by us.
I think the thing that people are noticing is that so far the xF front end already seems leagues better than vB4.
Its like if vB barely recently got out of Alpha and is now in Beta... but the xF Alpha seems like a RC in comparison.
I would love to hear an answer from mike or kier: aproximally, when will be able to be early adopters? One week, two? I know alpha is on sale privately, but only for testing purpose, from what I understood.