Just going t throw my 2 cents in regarding a number of points made.
I had tried FB's save method and could never get it to save a wearable asset. What does
work is to save as a prop, then open the prop and parent to the new character (so far the same as the provided instructions) but then go to Garibaldi and, in the setup screen, select update surfaces. This will place the hair correctly on the character and you can proceed with any pose, morph, or material changes without problem.
When saving as a prop, you can create metadata for the prop and access the hair from the smart menu - if you use it. One caveat, after you save the prop, you need to exit DS and restart before the prop will work properly with this method.
Now for a bug I've found.
If you turn on "show follicles" in the style tab and then go to another tab, when you come back to the style tab Garibaldi crashes DS to the desktop. This happens to me every time so can anyone confirm this? As long as I turn off "show follicles" before leaving the style tab then I'm fine. It's when I forget that everything goes down the crapper.
As for a beta forum, I really don't think that's necessary. After all, what's stopping one of the "competition" from getting on the beta team and passing along all the "secrets"? Sure, you can have NDA's but how are you going to prove it was violated? It's not like either of them is unaware of what can be accomplished.
Remember, most users do not have powerful systems so there is a very definite upper limit on what can be done without cutting out most of the potential buyers.
Personally, for what it does, I like GH better.