Where should we be handing out invites for beta phase web apps?

Is chat more appropriate than the meta here? Or how should we connect with other Web Apps users to pass these along so as to not clutter up the wrong, or least desired, spot?

Some of us might come across web apps that aren't yet in the wild and pantsless free world and it wouldn't hurt to have more people using said web services and apps to help answer questions we may have.

The sticking point is that many of these invites are passed along via email, so dropping a link to sign up might not work out most of the time.

share
    
Shouldn't it be part of this program? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/102582/… –  Al E. Nov 15 '11 at 16:17
    
Looks like Web Apps got left off of that list @ale –  Eight Days of Malaise Nov 15 '11 at 16:22
    
There's a comment from Abby Miller about web apps: "Just sign up on the developer spreadsheet and mention that it's a webapp in the 'other info' box." –  Al E. Nov 15 '11 at 16:38
    
They have no mention for the end user though. Which would be nice to see if our band of users here could get in on some of that ground floor action @ale –  Eight Days of Malaise Nov 15 '11 at 17:01
    
I've suggested it. –  Al E. Nov 16 '11 at 2:37
add comment

2 Answers 2

Chat would seem the best place to do this - but for it's lack of activity.

To drum up support we could allow questions (or better still an answer to a "sign up for betas" question here on meta.

This should take a predefined format - much the same way as the community ads answers - and include a link to chat where the actual swapping of e-mail addresses takes place.

share
    
Should this be one chat for all betas? One for each service? Or disposable "dropbox" chat rooms that are destroyed for each swap? –  phwd Nov 15 '11 at 15:07
    
@phwd - I don't know. I hadn't thought that far ahead ;) –  ChrisF Nov 15 '11 at 15:08
    
One chat for all betas sounds cleaner, at least it would be an easy way to spot where the dumping is happening. Not like we couldn't make use of the current Web Apps room and move it out if there's too much noise @phw –  Eight Days of Malaise Nov 15 '11 at 15:17
    
Alright well sounds good to me the only thing will be the passing of the emails in the open. Whoever wants to be granted beta invites will just have to be open to that. –  phwd Nov 15 '11 at 15:24
    
@phwd There's no way round that unless people start following each other on Twitter, or connect on LinkedIn etc. and use their private message facilities. –  ChrisF Nov 15 '11 at 15:29
    
There's also stuff like scr.im if people wanted to pass it about and not have it directly in the face there. @phw –  Eight Days of Malaise Nov 15 '11 at 15:46
    
Let's get'er done then @EightDaysofMalaise –  phwd Nov 15 '11 at 16:16
add comment

Maybe we could use this meta and create a community wiki post. This allows users at 100 rep and above to edit, since you can't suggest edits on child metas.

The only answer on that would then have subheadings on the service and below that, a list of users and or means to get invites.

Something like this:

Blubrry App

service to keep track of your blueberries

  • scr.im/blahbla - from name of Web Apps user
  • pingu@example.com - from name of another Web Apps user

Bananaramalamadingdongadong

share and geolocate the best places to eat bananas

  • bana.nr/invites/crazyCODE - from name of Web Apps user

And when those invites are gone, the user handing them out will come back and remove their feed line from that section of the post.

Coded links

Some of these services will require you to send out an invite email which will include a special link. Users who don't want to bother changing out emails could instead send an email to themselves or a junk email they'd watch and collect these generated coded links to paste under each web app heading.

share
add comment

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .