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From "Emmanuel Feller" <Emmanuel.Fel...@free.fr>
Subject Re: Getting people to test the beta
Date Tue, 14 Oct 2003 09:34:38 GMT
I think it could be a good seduction operation ... :)

I will try to get time to contribute.

Emmanuel
----- Message d'origine ----- 
De : "Stefan Bodewig" <bodewig@apache.org>
À : <dev@ant.apache.org>
Envoyé : mardi 14 octobre 2003 11:21
Objet : Getting people to test the beta


> Hi,
>
> this is just a random thought, but I have to share it
anyway 8-)
>
> To me it seems that the only way to get people to test the
beta is to
> better explain what the new really cool features will be.
Not that I
> expect too much testing then either, most people will
simply wait for
> the first final release, but we may get testing of those
featured
> features.
>
> My idea is to use the Wiki and the user list together to
improve our
> docs and attract testers at the same time.  It goes along
the
> following line
>
> * Add a Wiki page listing the things that we consider
killer new
>   features
>
> * For each such feature write a separate more
tutorial/howto style
>   introduction.  Not too much, people should be able to
improve on it.
>
> * Every second day or so pick one of the features and
announce it on
>   the user list, include a short introduction of the
feature there.
>   Invite people to participate in both testing and
improving the
>   documentation.
>
> When done, compile documentation for the new features from
the Wiki
> and put it into / link it from the welcome.html file as
well as
> release notes and announcements of the next release.
>
> Could that work?  Would it be too much trouble?
>
> Stefan
>
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