Monday, September 7, 2009

Beta badge

I've been thinking about adding a beta badge to the site. It's kind of fashionable for web 2.0 applications to carry a beta badge. Ridiculously, some applications carry it for years.
Beta indicates that it is prototype software. Not fully ready yet. But as far as I'm concerned, no software is ever ready. In a sense, all software is beta. And if all software is beta, the term looses its meaning.
Beta also serves as a disclaimer of sorts: don't blame us if things go wrong, this is only beta software! But isn't that just hiding behind the beta badge to avoid responsability?
On the other hand, when softare gets released to the general public, things may go wrong. You never know and the proof is in the pudding. Looked at it that way, the beta badge does make sense.
I'm not sure yet whether to go with beta or not. We'll see....

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