Beta testers needed

This is a quick note. We are looking for beta testers for Wribly!

Our goal is to recruit ~50 volunteers to test the system. If you are interested:
Please sign up at http://www.wribly.com

What would your participation entail?
1) Participate in the creation of a short story using the methods of our application. The story will be 10 pages long, and would take around 3-4 months to complete. The approximate time required to participate will be around 1/2 to 1 hour per week. If at any point you decide that this is not your cup of tea, you are always free to quit.
2) Give us your feedback on whatever comes to your mind: from advice on the creation process, to the specifics of the implementation. In other words, any opinion you have to make this a better product would be very welcome.

I will also use this opportunity to let you know about this awesome website I heard about in the startup success podcast called betali.st. This is a list or repository of pre-launch startups. I just submitted Wribly, and hope they take it!

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2 thoughts on “Beta testers needed

  1. i just signed up for the beta testers, and will let you know what i think of the site. i tried a few other online collaboration sites and didn’t like them. i believe they should offer both fiction and poetry for collaborations, not just fiction. some still prefer poetry to fiction.

    also, i am curious to how a story will be considered of “high quality” on wribly. will it be decided by the site owner, or by voting from the users? on that other site which uses voting, it’s unfair cause the user with the most contacts get the most votes, regardless of how well she writes. and if it’s single-handedly decided, that’s going to be even more unfair.

    • Hi Amel, thank you for your comment and for taking the time to read through the blog!

      As you suggest, we absolutely intend to include other types of writing, such as poetry, in the future.
      For the beta testing we are using fiction (just because we need to start with something), but we have not forgotten about the poetry fans :)

      The voting we describe elsewhere in the blog is used during the creation of the story, not to judge the quality of the final outcome. And yes, as you point out, the 10-point voting system that most websites use is incredibly unfair and biased. As such, we have created a new voting system that bypasses these problems. I will describe it in more detail in a future blog post. It is possible that we will also implement this voting system to judge the quality of different finished stories, but that would be more down the road.

      Regarding the ‘quality’ of the story, it is a bit complicated. We at Wribly will not decide what is good quality.
      I believe the best measure of quality will be the number of times people read the stories. Every story completed in Wribly will be kept in the public domain. If people enjoy the story, they can recommend it to their friends, and the read count will increase.

      I hope that answers your questions, and if you have any other comments or suggestions please do let us know.

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