Sunday, September 26, 2010

Vote on BOO Restaurant Items

What things do you dislike when you go out for a dinner or to a club? I am creating a list of things I think suck when I go to Restaurants, Bars and Clubs. What do you think are Boo items to have happen? Top entries will end up in the ratecred product. Vote Now!

Here are some of the ones we have thought of so far, help us make a better list!

  • Host is arrogant punk
  • Insane line or wait time
  • Drinks served after appetizer
  • Bartender served hipsters first
  • Kept change as tip
Boo Items Restaurants, Bars and Clubs

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Field Testing at Nomad

Well the life of field testing is thankless so of course I have to wash it down with a cold Bison brew. I may have to work two jobs but I least I don't get a black eye doing either job.

Found some really good bugs that just would not have popped up if I had not gone out in the RL, about 5 big bugs in two days of field testing.

Field testing actually is fun, I get to see all the weird behaviors I never thought would happen... happen. That's the interesting truth about writing code, it doesn't always act as expected.

I am also getting to try a few great local wifi cafe's as I test what an interesting concept the wifi cafe is, I guess everyone doesn't have broadband, or are they here for the company?

I am sure that this is the right way to go. My excursions into the real world will hopefully make my user's experiences with my product better!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

YAY RateCred Lives!

YAY!

Well this isn't a launch, it is a milestone. While we are not going to make ratecred.com available to our beta users yet, we have a test instance available that will refresh nightly. Right now we are refreshing from servicetattler.com data.

What will happen in the next couple of weeks is we will be testing a messaging approach that will send servicetattler tattles to ratecred, this will continue for one month exactly while we try to inform our user base that service tattler will be ending soon.

Here is what will be in place when the cutoff happens.

1. Our application will be on android market.
2. Beta users will have migrated and voted by majority to promote the application.
3. A general availability email will be sent out explaining how to migrate from servicetattler.com to ratecred.com.

We hope this is helpful, if there is anything else you can think of that we should do help prepare for the switch please contact us.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Working out the kinks

Well here comes the slogging. Quality Assurance is one of those thankless tasks that every user benefits from. The polish, the finish, all come from countless hours of using the product in every way possible.

We are "feature complete" that means that all the core development work is done, but its an 80/20 thing, 20 percent of the improvement to the application will take 80 percent effort. That's where we are now.

We are testing everything we can, but since we are so limited in resources we may miss some stuff. That's why its so important that you help us.

We are hoping to make our first private beta available October 1, 2010 where or group of 50 elite testers will begin making our lives a frenzy.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Feature Complete on RateCred 0.8.0

I am very happy to announce that we are now feature complete with RateCred 0.8.0, which means that a beta server will be up and running within the next two weeks.

Our 0.8.0 version of RateCred is a little rough, and to be honest we are just now starting to test it in the field so we wont be able to make it generally available until we have some of our elite users give us the ok. Our bleeding edge super users will be able to test the application, and download a super secret early release to give us feedback before we release it into the wild.

This version is a giant improvement from servicetattler.com, in fact we have re-built the entire product to make it easier to sign up, use, and share you ratings with you friends. We are going international ya'll! Here are some of the basics improvements:
  •  Twitter Integration - Timelines, Friends from twitter, and automatic posting for both rating and compliment.
  • Better Game Mechanics - We have improved the game mechanics and made them more fun to share with your friends.
  • Convert Your ServiceTattler Accounts To RateCred - Keep all your servicetattler cred in the new version by converting your account.