In my opinion, over the last few months of reading the forum and viewing the open JIRA tasks, the indication is that alpha 3 (Fleming) is close, or at least defined enough within the walls of MaidSafe to share.
I think it would be sensible to use the marketing tool of ’ Building up anticipation’ by committing to a release date. If you think you’ll be done by Christmas, then setting a release date of March 28th gives you plenty of room for manoeuvre and you can use that time to post on medium about upcoming features like ‘Test SafeCoin’. The marketing itself will have a lot more impact because there is a delivery date. It’s like when you see presents under a Christmas tree, the waiting is part of the fun.
I can see by calling a branch Fleming, you are basically suggesting you are heading in this direction. Subtle clues may get noticed here, but aren’t going to be picked up by outsiders. You need to be more public, like putting a massive countdown clock on ‘https://safenetwork.tech’ would be much more effective approach.
I’ve seen over 4 years that attracting attension is not the MaidSafe way, but I fear Alpha 3 will arrive and become nothing more than a footnote. You need to attract fresh eyes to critique your product at this interactive and early stage of development. MaidSafe has had the luxury of never setting deadlines, and you can still have that. If Fleming is intended to be a surprise Christmas present, please consider not launching, and making everyone wait a little longer.
In my opinion alpha 3 isn’t simply the delivery of the code for an early-stage test network, its also about getting noticed for the delivery of a viable alternative to blockchain technology that’s scalable and secure. It will be a monumentous achievement equivalent to Bitcoin itself. If you are as close as I think you are. You really should begin shouting about it.