Thu 29 Apr 2021 11:11PM

Beta Testers Wanted for Open Apps

DS Danyl Strype Public Seen by 91

This is a thread for sharing information about open app projects that need beta testers. People able and willing to tolerate a rapidly-evolving and sometimes buggy user experience, and give feedback about usability to the developers. This is a fantastic way to contribute to the improvement of free code software, without the need for any software development skills, or enough income to contribute money to projects.


Danyl Strype Thu 29 Apr 2021 11:21PM

Snikket is a UK-based social enterprise building a user-friendly chat service on top of existing XMPP software. The founder is Matt, lead developer of Prosody - the base for Snikket server, and so far there are apps for Android (based off Conversations) and a beta for iThings (based off Siskin). If anyone is keen to beta test the new hosted server version, which will hopefully become a revenue source for the project, please contact: [email protected]

Full disclosure, Snikket has been giving me a bit of paid community development work.


Z. Blace Fri 30 Apr 2021 6:58AM

Sounds like a good cause and good tech development! *(will try to join and test both client versions)


Danyl Strype Fri 30 Apr 2021 7:00PM

Great! Matt is particularly looking for groups who are keen to try having their own Snikket test server on the hosted service. But if you're keen to stand up your own Snikket server, feedback is welcome, especially about the UX of the apps.


Z. Blace Tue 4 May 2021 8:10AM

Cool! We got in touch and will see what/when/how is possible and mutually useful.


hamish campbell Tue 4 May 2021 9:15AM

We need feedback on this project https://indymedia.openworlds.info/


Daniel Harris Tue 4 May 2021 9:42AM

@hamish campbell Great to see indymedia coming back!


hamish campbell Tue 4 May 2021 1:01PM

The code works as a part of the fedivers, and is functional to test, but the UX and functions need lots of work.


Z. Blace Fri 7 May 2021 8:17AM

Hey Hemish - not sure if you remember me *(two decades ago we met) in tactical media around the work of Indymedia Croatia.

From what I read it looks more like an alpha situation there and much more than checking a specific feature...no?


hamish campbell Fri 7 May 2021 10:23AM

We have working code. But yep its still in the building team stage. You can get the inside workings here https://unite.openworlds.info/explore/organizations


Z. Blace Mon 17 May 2021 10:52AM

Pardon if my past comment sounded discouraging, it is obviously admirable that you are invested in this, just that my own time, focus and skills are limited to do much in one go (at least for now, Autumn is better). Consider starting a thread for your project and informing us. I would subscribe.

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