Is there a "standard" BibTeX style which is like 'alpha' in all other respects but uses first author surname, (preferably) 2-digit year keys, so a citation for "Jones, Smith and Other" would show up like [Jones90], perhaps with a disambiguator like [Jones90a]?
Ideally I don't want to manually hack
.bst files since learning the language looks like a 2 week project by itself. I tried using http://www.witpress.com/downloads/authors/latex/witpress.dbj which does offer Jones90-like as an option, calling it "alf-f", but it asks dozens of very pernickety questions, meaning I'm very likely to screw something up; I've yet to find a
.bst generator that allows you to say "I want a style like [standard] except for [attribute].