The road to launch

Hey guys, Mark here! As promised, in this blog I’m going to tell you the phases we’re planning for launch, so you can get an idea of what we’re going to be doing.

1. Development stage

This is the phase that we’re currently in. This is basically where we’re pinning down our basic ideas, systems and visual styles for The Askblog List and getting them ready for public consumption. We’re also testing our systems to make sure nothing breaks! ^^;

2. Invite stage

At some point in the near future we’ll open up registration for Beta invites for people with askblogs, so we know who to create accounts for when the Beta commences. You won’t need an account to vote during the Beta phase, so we ask you only sign up for an invite if you have an askblog.

3. Beta stage

The Beta stage allows us to fix any problems that we might have missed in development. During Beta, the voting side of things will be opened up to the public.

When the Beta stage launches, the initial round of invites will be sent out, and those who receive an invite will be able to sign up for an account. Only a certain number of people will get invites at first. You don’t need an account to vote, so don’t panic if you don’t get an invite initially! We also plan to open up registrations to more users over time.

Due to the nature of the Beta (someone might try to, say, do a Bobby Tables on us – heck, we encourage that kind of thing, the beta is precisely for worming those kinds of bugs out!), we can’t guarantee that any data entered during the Beta will be preserved. We’re going to really try to keep the data through to launch, but there’s no promises!

4. Launch

Once we’re satisfied that most of the unusual ways for our website to die are wormed out, we’ll open registration to everybody and declare ourselves launched!

Hopefully this post has given everyone some insight into what we’ll be doing.  Until next time!

Mark Kéy-Balchin

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