Kinsey wrote:That is not a comment on the developers or the release timetable, just an observation on the contention that updating the beta = updating stable, released software.
Nobody contended that. It's still a beta. You're still implicitly agreeing to be doing more testing and providing a higher level of feedback than you would for a normal release. The beta is not simply a loophole to use the most recent software without having to worry about licensing; the increased update tempo is *part and parcel* of this agreement.
For those who are participating in the beta and following the discussions there, the quote you mentioned has been talked about. Obviously, if every user stuck to that, nobody would be testing the built-in updater logic. There are many of us in the beta who simply use the in-app updater and have been doing so for many versions with no major issues. There's always the chance that we see something weird happen and have to manually uninstall/reinstall to validate. And if you aren't opening up Scrivener before the expiration date, then you have to manually uninstall/reinstall (or reset the system clock).
But none of this changes the fact *it's a beta test.* More potential work is required, and if one isn't good with doing that work, then one perhaps may not want to use the beta. To use it *and then gripe about the conditions of being in a beta* is disingenuous at best. We're writers, allegedly. Words still mean things.