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Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« on: May 21, 2013, 11:08:03 pm »
As you all know, FT doesn't really have a website; other than the forums, there's just a plain text placeholder.  There's a history behind it, and reasons for why it's been there since 2007 with little change, but they're not that relevant and not that interesting.  The important part is that building a site is now something I have time to do, and after floating the options with the site's staff, we've decided to take a fairly ambitious approach to this.  We're not just creating a website, we're creating a whole new Furry Teens; improving as much as possible without losing focus of what makes this site fantastic:  The forums, and the exceptional sense of community surrounding them.

As much as I'd love to open all discussions regarding the new site to everyone, I've been doing this professionally long enough to know that the larger the planning committee is, the more difficult it is to get things off the ground.  So, I'd like to select a representative sample of forum members to invite to the new site planning forum.

There are no seniority requirements for this.  Whether you've been here five years or five hours, you have an equal opportunity.  The only real requirement to being a beta tester for the new site is that you need to be able to communicate reasonably effectively, and have a passionate interest in helping shape the new FT website.

Technical skill isn't a requirement either, but it's helpful.  Initially, this will simply be a planning discussion.  Once I start actually building it, I'll need hands-on bug/feature testing, and all the honest feedback I can get.  The development will presumably be a solo job, but if anyone here happens to be familiar with Python/Django development, I'll certainly consider and welcome additional hands.

If you're interested, send me a private message, preferably with "beta" in the subject line :-)
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2013, 11:28:05 pm »
Just a reminder that I'm still accepting beta tester applications indefinitely.

Also, as I said, the new site will be built in Python, using the Django framework, and hopefully running on PostgreSQL.  If you're familiar with any or all of those, I welcome you to step up and join the development team.  If you're not familiar with those technologies, but would like to learn, I'll happily include you in the development effort :-)
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2013, 09:36:38 am »
Needz a chat box too :D and beta tester meaning?
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2013, 09:47:56 am »
Needz a chat box too :D and beta tester meaning?

Beta tester means you'll get access to the new site first, in exchange for helping test it to make sure it works correctly.

And, there's a discussion in the beta board about that, but I'm honestly having a hard time seeing why we should spend development time on something like that.
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2013, 09:52:12 am »
Ill beta test if allowed, and eh, most of the furry sites i used to visit, were chat based, and were semi continuous, like certain people would only talk to other certain people.
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2013, 11:54:41 am »
Also, as I said, the new site will be built in Python, using the Django framework, and hopefully running on PostgreSQL.  ... If you're not familiar with those technologies, but would like to learn, I'll happily include you in the development effort :-)

Ooh well you know I"m down for learning, I'm sure that'd be helpful in my career. Even if stuff like that is way over my head x)
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2013, 02:23:49 pm »
Also, as I said, the new site will be built in Python, using the Django framework, and hopefully running on PostgreSQL.  ... If you're not familiar with those technologies, but would like to learn, I'll happily include you in the development effort :-)

Ooh well you know I"m down for learning, I'm sure that'd be helpful in my career. Even if stuff like that is way over my head x)

Oh I'm willing to learn too, so I'm down with that.
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2013, 03:05:38 pm »
Also, as I said, the new site will be built in Python, using the Django framework, and hopefully running on PostgreSQL.  ... If you're not familiar with those technologies, but would like to learn, I'll happily include you in the development effort :-)

Ooh well you know I"m down for learning, I'm sure that'd be helpful in my career. Even if stuff like that is way over my head x)

Oh I'm willing to learn too, so I'm down with that.
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2013, 03:13:36 pm »
I would be one for trying. ^^
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2013, 01:18:23 am »
Jot me down as another guinea pig.

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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2013, 01:37:59 am »
Me too, I like testing stuff  :fox-:): Tell me if there's anything specific you need me to do  :fox-:):

So I'll get my hammer and testing kit.... maybe even a blast resistance tester....  :lol-fox:
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2013, 03:04:32 pm »
I'm not sure how much help i'd be but im willing to learn python and assist in any way i can.
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2013, 06:20:08 pm »
My hat was thrown in a week ago, but for everyone's sake here's the announce. I've been toying a bit with the intended framework and will be supporting with my programming talents.
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2013, 08:15:58 pm »
My hat was thrown in a week ago, but for everyone's sake here's the announce. I've been toying a bit with the intended framework and will be supporting with my programming talents.

I figured you'd come back for this x) <3
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2013, 08:27:24 pm »
I'm befuddled. I've been lurking and keeping the "topic revival game" scoreboard up-to-date this entire time. I simply ceased to have anythng really to say and even now it's more "eh, I'll interact some and see who's around" than anything else.

But the point is, I never considered myself to have left - merely became less active.
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2013, 08:30:30 pm »
Yeah, that's what I meant by "come back", sorry. Bad wording =P
And now this is even more awkward since I don't really know you, hah. Carry on.
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2013, 08:33:54 pm »
I'm a machine pretending to be a human pretending to be a furry that eats data like a human pretending to be a furry pretending to be a machine. What more is there to understand? (Somewhere is a need for me to finally add "with the soul of a non-indigenous animal trapped in his body", but it can wait :3)
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2013, 12:57:36 pm »
So when about is the testing going to start?
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2013, 06:53:56 pm »
So when about is the testing going to start?
I also want to know when.  :D
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Re: Recruiting Beta Testers For New Furry Teens Website
« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2013, 11:14:42 pm »
We're still in the discussion/planning phase, development hasn't even started yet.  But beta testers are much more than that, and are involved in planning, as well as actual testing.
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