I came up with an idea today that I wanted to run by you guys and see if you think it would help solve the problem and see if you would take advantage of this system as a mapper.
Here is the idea:
- I add a button to the top of the first post of a WIP topic (near the reply, notify, etc buttons) called "Request Beta Tester Access". When clicked, this will sign up the user as a beta tester for the WIP topic. No notification of this will be sent to the mapper since I understand the primary issue with people requesting beta access is the annoyance of receiving topic reply and pm notifications from them.
- The mapper can view a complete list of all people who have clicked the request beta button, along with timestamps so that you can tell the order in which people have signed up and how long ago it was.
- The mapper can enable and disable the "Request Beta Access" button at any time via a checkbox the edit page of the first post of the topic.
- We add a forum rule that you are not allowed to post a reply to a WIP topic asking for a beta/download/test privilege. Any replies made for this purpose will be deleted and the user will receive a warning, just like they would for breaking any other rule.
So what are your guys' thoughts on this? Do you think it would help? Do you think it's a waste of our time? Mappers, would you use this system? Would you find this useful?
I also had an idea about adding some sort of rep system for mappers to use to rate a tester with a +1 or a -1 for if they were a useful beta tester, so that other mappers can identify which testers would be most genuine about being helpful. This would probably be a lot of work to implement.
Also keep in mind I have not coded any of this yet so it will probably take some days/weeks/etc to get anything up and running for this.
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