Critikal here. I've been working on this site on and off for the past few years. With the help of Nakey, it's now ready for a test run which is where you kind volunteers come in.
Please don't share this post with anyone, mostly because the information here isn't finalised and can completely change.
On the other hand we don't expect you to keep anything else a secret - take screenshots/captures, talk about it on the main site. It's up to you.
The site has had some new features added in, some which you'll notice but most of it has been "behind-the-scenes" work that hopefully will translate into better performance and user experience.
Some of the more prominent changes, aside from the style changes, has been to the user and point system.
For example, users are now ranked according to their time (as indicated by their points) on the site.
Member - Temporary rank until they prove they're not a bot.
Spiker - Members who have participated the minimum amount.
National - Long time users.
In addition to these there are Moderators and Admins whose roles should be familiar to you.
Members cannot post comments, but can vote. They're promoted to Spiker once they have voted on 10 videos within 12 hours.
Spikers can post comments, but no pictures in comments.
Spikers are promoted to Nationals once their point count reaches 10000.
Only Nationals can post pictures in comments. In fact they can post anything in the comments (including another vid).
This is to reduce the effect of people signing up for a dummy account and posting whatever they want.
It now costs you points to upvote/downvote comments, so be aware that you can be demoted.
Additional points are awarded for completing tasks, such as logging in every day for a month**
**suggested but not yet implemented.
Submitting a video gets you 25 points, with another 25 points if it reaches the front page.
If a video is voted off, you lose 20 points.
Your duty as beta-testers:
- Use the site as you normally would.
- Report on anything that doesn't work:
e.g. Vids with 10+ votes above 3 stars should be promoted, and appear on the front page after 15-20mins
- Report any annoyances or errors you experience in this forum section (make sure that no one else has submitted the same thing).
- Make sure to keep the title clear and direct to help others and myself quickly understand the issue.
Towards the end of the beta-test I will ask for your top 5 annoyances, and how important each one is to you - should the release of the site be delayed until they're fixed?
I will try to apply the most requested changes and fix the most pressing issues that should be fixed before a general release.
One last thing: be aware that the dev site may break from time to time as bugs are sorted out and new features implemented.
Thanks again for volunteering!