This does not really address the issue. Quickbooks, for example, is a double-entry accounting system. What is being provided by the user interface is an alternate method for entering transactions. (A perverse user could enter every transaction from the general journal screen in Quickbooks. )
The start of this thread was a question from a new user about journal entries as he understood them from being a Quicken user. (I believe Quicken is a personal accounting version of Quickbooks. Quickbooks is targeted at small to medium size businesses.) My post was an attempt to explain why a new user coming from Quicken might have a different notion of journal entry and not understand the responses he was getting from this list. The question that remains is what should/could be provided in the documentation to help users transitioning from these double-entry accounting programs with a sophisticated user interface and a different approach to entering transactions to Gnucash. Dale On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 5:15 AM Liz <ed...@billiau.net> wrote: > On Tue, 13 Aug 2019 17:04:55 -0400 > Mike or Penny Novack <stepbystepf...@comcast.net> wrote: > > > If you mean "differences from other applications that are NOT > > standard accounting" why should that be necessary. Shouldn't simply > > saying that gnucash is "double entry bookkeeping" enough? The > > documentation DOES make that clear. Not up to gnucash to point out > > that non-double entry isn't standard accounting. > > Some type of writing that says > "Gnucash enforces the industry standard of double-entry > accounting. You may have been using a package which works > differently, and if you have been using X Y or Z we recommend > that you read about double-entry accounting before you > start." (Links to suitable sites) > This would be preferable to no information - and perhaps drop by one > third the number of queries here which have started with a > misunderstanding about accounting and blame the program. > > Liz > _______________________________________________ > gnucash-user mailing list > email@example.com > To update your subscription preferences or to unsubscribe: > https://lists.gnucash.org/mailman/listinfo/gnucash-user > If you are using Nabble or Gmane, please see > https://wiki.gnucash.org/wiki/Mailing_Lists for more information. > ----- > Please remember to CC this list on all your replies. > You can do this by using Reply-To-List or Reply-All. > _______________________________________________ gnucash-user mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org To update your subscription preferences or to unsubscribe: https://lists.gnucash.org/mailman/listinfo/gnucash-user If you are using Nabble or Gmane, please see https://wiki.gnucash.org/wiki/Mailing_Lists for more information. ----- Please remember to CC this list on all your replies. You can do this by using Reply-To-List or Reply-All.