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  •  {{{GtP}}} (4+ / 0-)
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    When software-writing ladies endorse you as the person they would like to have attempt to wreck their product, while it is not an insult, it is not exactly a compliment either. It's like saying, if we really want to see if this object is unbreakable, we should give it to the two-year-old and the big labrador to play with. You do not want that testing done by someone who has extensive knowledge of how it's supposed to work, because that person will tend to use it in the way it's intended to be used. When you're testing for whether it will break, you don't want that.

    I'm sorry you missed the beta testing. It was delightful. There was an entirely separate beta site, everything there was slated to be thrown away when the test period was over, and the idea was just to freely try stuff and report what didn't work. There was much hilarity, and it was very friendly, or I found it so, anyway.

    Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe. - MB

    by belinda ridgewood on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 10:08:27 PM PDT

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    •  Well put. (4+ / 0-)
      You do not want that testing done by someone who has extensive knowledge of how it's supposed to work, because that person will tend to use it in the way it's intended to be used. When you're testing for whether it will break, you don't want that.

      The testing I do uncovers the worst bugs but since I use the software how it is supposed to be used, my testing is of limited value.

      Even long time users of my software have unconsciously created workarounds for things that don't flow well. I can always tell when one of my clients hires someone new because there is always a glitch or two that they uncover. And this is from software whose core has been in place for about 10 years!

      Much of life is knowing what to Google
      (and blogging in a pie-free zone)

      by JanF on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 02:40:16 AM PDT

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    •  Ha...I don't slobber but my computer skills are (4+ / 0-)
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      definitely that of a 'two year old,' but my comments are totally junior high.  :70

      WWMBD? Think before hitting post, try it sometime. ~~~ We are not broke, we are being robbed.

      by Glen The Plumber on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 06:54:46 AM PDT

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