Add option that allows selective synchronization to Logos cloud servers
I am going to keep reopening this until it is DONE. To respond to Bob's objections, and specifically the objection used when closing the previous two attempts to have this feature included in Logos, several points. Specifically -- "In the past two years the direction of most software has been towards the cloud..." is orthogonal for several reasons -- and flat out wrong.
Most other applications, even purely cloud based ones, allow for selective synchronization. For instance, Evernote, OneNote, One Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, Spideroak, MS Office, Adobe Cloud, etc. -- all allow the user to decide which information is synchronized to the cloud and which is not. If you're going to make the case that "everyone is doing it," then you need to get on the bandwagon and allow selective synchronization, like everyone else does.
There is a huge backlash building against posting information in cloud based services. On the other side of the story is the massive number of data breaches which have occurred over the last several years. Logos might think "we're never going to be hit," but it's a matter of when, not if -- particularly for a company that says, "this is only Bible study, this information is not important." The entire attitude of Logos is very much "we don't take security seriously." Want to prove me wrong? Implement this feature, along with several others in the security area.
The entire culture is moving in a direction that directly opposes Christianity at this point. As Christianity is driven underground, the ability to use Logos without an attachment to the cloud, or to simply prevent information from being even carried into the cloud, particularly when that data might represent personal information, or information about beliefs that can be used to destroy someone's life (job, relationships, etc.), needs to be carefully controlled. Logos is going to be breached, and thousands of people are going to have their lives ruined. Is Logos prepared for the coming lawsuits?
The excuse that "it will cost us in tech support" is simply calling your users ignorant, etc. -- as even my web browsers allow me to selectively synchronize information, and lots of people seem to be able to use these features, you are effectively saying, "Logos users are too ignorant to know how to use this stuff, so we need to make it simple." This is just plain silly. Teach your users, and then trust them -- don't treat them like children.
Bob -- and the rest of Logos -- I know you're going to decline this yet again, because you have some vision of the future that "lives the way Bob does" -- no PC, just a tablet, no applications, etc. I'm happy for your vision, but don't FORCE it on the rest of us who don't agree, or believe that vision is more dangerous than you can imagine.
Allow us to selectively synchronize our private information. It is OURS, not YOURS -- treat your users with a little more respect.