Front-Pager Testing of the New Site Has Begun!

Calling All Front-Pagers!  As of a few minutes ago, you have access for testing the new site.

I can’t say when the wider testing will start, but if you are one of the testing volunteers, that means you might want to start checking your email daily.

Front-Pagers, if you see this:  Please uncheck auto posting of your test posts to John’s twitter and Facebook accounts!






38 replies
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    dmsilev says:

    Once the general testing phase begins, how long will it last for? A few days?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @dmsilev: Yep, just a few days for the wider testing.

    I thought it would be helpful for everyone to know that things are moving along and that it wouldn’t be surprising if the wider testing starts in less than a week. No promises on timing, of course.

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    satby says:

    @WaterGirl: I’ll dropship some wine to your house 😉

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    WaterGirl says:

    @satby: Does that mean they don’t ship mojitos and margaritas by the bottle case?

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    dmsilev says:

    @schrodingers_cat: Ah, I see you’ve been involved in big software testing projects.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @WaterGirl: It had better start in a week, because in two I’m out of the country with no time to test.

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    NotMax says:

    Can we chip in for a hogshead of Red Bull for M⁴?

    :)

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    Mary G says:

    Progress!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Gin & Tonic: I am still really hoping for Halloween, but absolutely no promises.

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    Starfish says:

    You know how things automatically post to John Cole’s Twitter account? A link to what I believe to be the test site just posted to John Cole’s Twitter account.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @NotMax: Who or what is M?

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    If the testing is only going to be for a few days, I may miss it. I’m going on vacation to the wilds of Utah starting tomorrow.

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    Starfish says:

    @WaterGirl: Major Major Major Major probably.

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    So we have a week before Cole says he hates with the intensity of a thousand suns and we’re back to square one?

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    Martin says:

    For the record, I hate every aspect of the new design. It’s terrible and whoever thought any of it was a good idea should be forced to drive Trump to the airport.

    I’ll almost certainly hate it more once I get a chance to see it.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I am out of the loop. Why are we chipping in for that for Major-Major-Major-Major?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Starfish: Good catch! Thank you. It’s behind a password, but still.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Roger Moore: When do you return?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I couldn’t read the tiny 4. My bad. I still want to know why were are chipping in for a hogshead of Red Bull. What did I miss?

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    NotMax says:

    @WaterGirl

    As he’s someone who juggles coding and such for a living, during this phase presume that as a front pager he’ll be burning the midnight oil.

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    NotMax says:

    @NotMax

    Was initially going to go with No-Doz but figured that was too antediluvian so changed it to Red Bull.

    ;)

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    WaterGirl says:

    @NotMax: Are you suggesting that M4 will be trying to break the new site?

    edit; that wouldn’t be very collegial!

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    NotMax says:

    @WaterGirl

    Not so much suggesting as insisting.

    ;)

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    cain says:

    Good luck, watergirl! I hope the front pagers will be kind with their feedback, especially that Cole kid. But watch out for that Adam feller too!

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    Not to give anything away….but it’s purty! So very purty! I think you’ll like it.

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    PatrickG says:

    Front-Pagers, if you see this: Please uncheck auto posting of your test posts to John’s twitter and Facebook accounts!

    And if you don’t, let hilarity ensue!

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    J R in WV says:

    Oh, Front-Pagers…

    Never mind!

    I’ll go back to sleep now. Car resting on my shoulder, makes it hard to see the keyboard.

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    NotMax says:

    @J R in WV

    Car resting on my shoulder, makes it hard to see the keyboard.

    No doubt!

    Also too, a shining example of – ahem – autocorrect.

    :)

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    Anne Laurie says:

    Front-Pagers, if you see this: Please uncheck auto posting of your test posts to John’s twitter and Facebook accounts!

    I have NO idea what this might mean, WaterGirl — feel free to do whatever you need to make it happen, or to email me with instructions if it needs to happen from my end.

    (At least one in five of my posts don’t show up on Cole’s twitter feed here regardless, so I’m guessing there’s some form of tech-wizardry that’s beyond my talents.)

    I did leave some grubby fingerprints on the test site, though, so that’s one box checked off!

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    NotMax says:

    *mutters under breath to self* Fix.

    @J R in WV

    Car resting on my shoulder, makes it hard to see the keyboard.

    >

    No doubt!

    Also too, a shining example of – ahem – autocorrect.

    :)

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    J R in WV says:

    I expect things to be, well… odd for the next few weeks. Testing can do that to you. Been there, done that, from the other side of the wall. The fix it quick side of the wall, as opposed to the break it if you ca side of the wall.

    Good luck, software developers!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Anne Laurie: Anne Laurie, I checked both of your posts, and they were both set to NO, so that’s good. :-)

    We don’t want links to the test threads on the private/unpublished test server to show up in John’s twitter feed and on facebook.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Anne Laurie: I saw that! Are you planning to do more testing? Or are you satisfied that (knock on wood) your computer setup seems to be cooperating with the new system?

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    Ken says:

    @J R in WV: The best part of testing are the really WTF bugs. “When a post contains a link to a tweet that itself contains a 640×480 image, the CSS is mangled and all text is rendered right-to-left in lime green.”

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @WaterGirl: I’mma leave things where they be, unless you (or the other front-pagers) ask me directly!

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