Actually, what they’ve been saying is:
So, no, I don’t agree that IA2 was advertised as the “new” Scoutbook. In fact, it has specifically been billed as “you can either use Scoutbook or IA2, but not both” repeatedly throughout both these forums and various help documents put out.
While I acknowledge that the BSA has the absolute right to develop as it sees fit to advance the scouting program, keeping the leaders in the dark about what’s going on has been an absolute failing that I have been rather loud about from the beginning. If scoutbook.com is only the placeholder while the BSA develops IA2 as the flagship product, then make that abundantly clear to the users. They will spend their time where it’s valuable. I’m sorry for the degree of rant here, but it’s mighty difficult to remain cheerful when something is represented as an improvement to a program but is actually the removal of features and insertion into another program. It’s clear that the BSA wasn’t listening to the uproar caused by the change in how the training records were being interfaced. They’ve elected to do the same thing with the logs.
I see your argument about moving to a more modern back-end programming language, @ZacharyMcCarty, but removing features from one interface to put them in another is, as @JamesSoltysiak pointed out, going backward. We used to have highly fragmented interfaces for logging everything. Then, Scoutbook was purported to be the replacement that was going to unify them. Now, it’s IA2. No matter how good the back-end to IA2 may be, the UI/UX is arcane at best for the average user. Respectfully, there’s always going to be a new and hot programming language/UX/etc. Arguing that the back-end language requires wholesale revision of the UI/UX seems more like poor programming and/or management decisions.
I suggest that the BSA be more upfront with the boots on the ground about what their actual development intent is on these platforms. If it’s the wholesale obsolescence of Scoutbook for IA2, say so and the leadership can start investing their time in learning IA2. If not, quit re-fragmenting the system.