I just want to chime in as a day 1 user of a Gen 2 coming from a Rainbird ESP (so I'm familiar with the idea of "Flex" schedules and trying to manage "MAD")...
Thank God for your forum!!! I thought I was going insane with the As Needed schedules in the 2.5 software. I have the very, very, very common odd/even city requirement and right off the bat I couldn't find a way to do it with As Needed. Then I discovered it waters all zones at the same time. This is NOT what all the raves and reviews for your product that caused me to order it were all about. Besides look "forward" capability to see rain in the future via the internet I fully expected your "smart" controller to water zones only when needed but instead I got something that seemed a lot like a "dumb" box that was easier to setup but had even more limitations then my old Rainbird!
You made a GREAT CHOICE restoring a "beta" webpage that allowed me to enter my Flex schedule. In minutes (how can you say this is harder?) I had a brilliant custom schedule that makes your product the 5 out of 5 star product it is and can be! Please, please, please don't destroy this controller by removing Flex schedules this fall. Even if you make "As Needed" more sophisticated (by for example adding in odd/even scheduling that should have been there day 1) don't deprecate features in Flex, find a way to include them all.
I want to promote Rachio to friends as I'm the local "Smart Home" guy but I'll hold off until a more clear future for scheduling at Rachio is explained to end users.
Thanks for being so very active on the forums. I love your product, it was a great setup experience once I found the Flex beta page.