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When Did 'Beta' Become A Dirty Word On /. ?

MonTemplar (174120) writes | about 7 months ago

User Journal 5

Just spotted that people are stuffing comments into various stories here for the sole purpose of complaining about the /. Beta.

Maybe it's because I only occasionally visit here, but are people really that hung up on the current design?

Hell, I can remember when /. didn't even bother with any testing, period, just shoved changes straight onto the production servers. Fun times. (Not)

Just spotted that people are stuffing comments into various stories here for the sole purpose of complaining about the /. Beta.

Maybe it's because I only occasionally visit here, but are people really that hung up on the current design?

Hell, I can remember when /. didn't even bother with any testing, period, just shoved changes straight onto the production servers. Fun times. (Not)

Having looked at the Beta, it seems to me a damn sight cleaner that some news sites I can think of*. Ok, the comment view controls could use some refining, but that's the whole point of beta-testing, right?

(*I still have nightmares about pre-2000s ZDNet. Makes the current design look almost pleasant by comparison.)

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Rational acceptance of change?! (1)

insanecarbonbasedlif (623558) | about 7 months ago | (#46210807)

On the internet?! Never! Oh, and we need more interrobangs.

Re:Rational acceptance of change?! (1)

MonTemplar (174120) | about 7 months ago | (#46210955)

There can only be one Interrobang [slashdot.org] . :)

I'm cool with it... (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | about 7 months ago | (#46219709)

Except... Well, I have quite some suggestions as there definitely is no feature parity.

Would it be so hard to have a page called "report bugs" where you can, call me crazy... report bugs?

There is simply no clear way to give feedback. At least, I haven't seen it.

Re:I'm cool with it... (1)

MonTemplar (174120) | about 7 months ago | (#46222223)

Good point. Over at deviantART, they have an official development / Beta-testing group (#devBUG) with bug-tracking database and a line to the development team (Devious Technology). Also, if you're a paying user, you can join the Beta Test program at any time in order to test out new features before they're put into general use.

Re:I'm cool with it... (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | about 7 months ago | (#46227411)

For all I care, they could limit it to people with Excellent Karma or a certain amount of years active user. I couldn't care, but a beta without feedback is no beta.
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