> > It was a good period, but we were in beta longer than we were in
> > development. That isn't good, and I think we could have shortened it if
> > we had pushed people to test beta sooner and harder, avoided some
> > sideroads in improving things that could have waited for 7.3, and pushed
> > a few people to complete bug fixes quicker than letting it all wait
> > until the end of beta. Of course, I may be wrong. :-)
> Where this a commercial product, your assessments would be correct ...
> but, alas, we aren't ... "pushing ppl" that are doing something because
> they enjoy it, and receive no compensation for it, is a very effective way
> of driving good ppl away ...
I see no problem in asking people for a date when they will complete
certain things, especially if everyone is waiting for them during beta.
If the date comes and nothing happens, we can ask them for a new date.
If the date is too far away, we can figure on another plan. I agree
pressure is totally wrong, but asking for an estimate of completion
seems reasonable, and setting a date when we hope to be done may
encourage people to get started earlier.
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