So, I chuckled quite a bit, after reading the Original Post in the Discussion thread, and the first 17 comments that followed. Already, the restless masses are champing at the bit, in anticipation of the release of the Beta 4!
Among the ploys being tested, I noticed: Guilt-tripping (Tibor2000's reminder to Stardock (a quote from the Kael's v0.915 Changelog) suggesting release "about a month" after the day the changelog appeared on May 17); Negotiation (Joasoze's observation that if we received an interim bugfix patch, then "... our patience for Beta 4 would be prolonged quite a bit. "); Prayer to the Frog (by DevildogFF in his reply #17 ... or was it Yelling at the Frog ?); Feigned Indifference (Seanw3's observation that he is so busy modding, that he would actually PREFER "... a nice long interval ..."); Self-Distraction (Malsqueek's change of subject, to other games, and their other schedules); and Self-Delusion (Tibor2000, again, staring compulsively at his monitor).
All of this is understandable, and I am essentially empathetic ... but of course :
And any given timeframe is always an estimate.
So, it is time to add my 2 Gilder, and go out on a perilous, fragile, limb, and MAKE A PREDICTION !
The Beta 4 will NOT be released on June 17. That would be exactly on time, so that is not likely to happen. Besides, it's a Sunday. It might be released the following Monday, June 18 ... but that would be like winning the lottery -- a happy thought, but not happening in my lifetime. The Beta 4 could be nearly finished late in the week of June 17-23, if Kael uses his whip sufficiently, but then it has to pass QA! So the earliest it will be released will be the following week. But due to the "China Syndrome", oops, I mean Stardock's bizarro "Thursday Syndrome", the day it will most probably be released, will be on Thursday, June 28. That is still before July gets here; but far enough way to make scores of people Crazy!
So, that's my fearless/logical Prediction -- Comments? Counter-predictions? Cries of Outrage? Threats? ...