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From Jan.Mate...@rzf.fin-nrw.de
Subject RE: Getting people to test the beta
Date Tue, 14 Oct 2003 09:38:50 GMT
Sounds good - and donĀ“t forget jGuru :-)
I am doing some commercials there already 


Jan


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stefan Bodewig [mailto:bodewig@apache.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 11:22 AM
> To: dev@ant.apache.org
> Subject: 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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