Mike at Mule Design, who's helped a lot with the new look and user experience of MT4, put it a little more politely, calling it "The Return of Real Betas", but that sounded a little bit too much like "We're bringing Beta back", and that's very Summer of 2006, not very appropriate for a brand-new app.
Here's what a real beta means:
- You will find Actual Bugs. You may even hose your blog! Trust us, seriously. Bugs.
- You will actually have a chance to contribute ideas, suggestions, and fixes. We're not pulling a "here, we're almost done, but we wanted to start promoting it now"-style beta.
- Someday (soon!) the beta testing period will end. We love our friends at Google, but their worst innovation is plastering "Beta" on stuff for a few years until they get around to actually shipping. Don't fret, after the beta, guess what -- we'll start working on the next version!
- We will honestly be listening to feedback. The beta isn't limited to a cabal of our closest friends, or some secret Illuminati-style circle of privilege. We've been on the wrong side of projects that claim to have open betas but don't actually want to hear from the world. As long as you're relatively polite (no physical violence, please!) with the requests, we'll factor them in.
- We're not going to say yes to everything everyone requests. We have to mention this here because otherwise the crazy people will try to make us do stupid things. (Not you, your ideas are great.)
- We'll be updating frequently during the beta. Did the first beta make you cry when you tried to upgrade? Don't worry, there will be another build available soon, and maybe your bug is fixed!