Yesterday, Alex Miller posted over on Meta.SO about a potential match-making service between our developer and user communities (namely Android, Apple and gaming enthusiasts). You can check out his original post, but the gist of it is that we have great developers and user communities on the site, and connecting the two could be an awesome opportunity for all involved. A program like this would be completely free and strictly opt-in for both developers and beta testers.

So, who would be interested in a program like this if we get enough interest to launch it?

  • Obviously do want! :D Then again, how much public Q&A could we do about the game in the process? – badp Aug 4 '11 at 15:26
  • me would be interested – oracle certified professional Aug 4 '11 at 15:29
  • +1 - Definitely caught my interest. – Iszi Aug 4 '11 at 16:50
  • I'd definitely be interested. – Kevin Yap Aug 4 '11 at 17:54
  • Absolutely; as @badp asks, I'd like to know if we'd be restricted by some sort of NDA (which wouldn't be optimal, but I'm not saying no either way) – juan Aug 4 '11 at 17:59
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    Is this really very different than this question? – Raven Dreamer Aug 4 '11 at 19:04
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    @Raven, if I understand correctly, the difference is that the new initiative is aimed at a wider group of games: not just high-profile games, but any games that SO users are designing. – Dave DuPlantis Aug 4 '11 at 19:34
  • I would also be highly interested in this! – FAE Aug 4 '11 at 21:57
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    @Raven I think that in this case there is no need (or even no permission) to ask and answer questions about these games during the beta. – Oak Aug 4 '11 at 22:51
  • @Raven I think the ultimate goal here is for GSE to act as the support for games the way SO acts as the support for many open source projects. On an unrelated not I think it would be interesting – tzenes Aug 5 '11 at 3:43
  • An additional option, if SO hosts an exchange like this might be to set up a private StackExchange for private beta test questions, which at the end of the term would get migrated (with perhaps some moderation for fixed bugs) into the main site? – LessPop_MoreFizz Aug 5 '11 at 4:21
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    Additionally, I see this has been raised over at SO, and at Apple/Android.SE and here, but why not over at GameDev? Given that we're the users being reached out to, it'd probably be wise to reach out to the Devs most closely linked to the products we use. – LessPop_MoreFizz Aug 5 '11 at 4:33
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    Could be an rather interesting way of using all these SE communities that happen to be lying around to help one another, you've got my interest. – DMA57361 Aug 5 '11 at 7:48
  • absolutely, do it up – Resorath Aug 5 '11 at 21:13
  • This sounds awesome, I'd be in. – Ullallulloo Aug 6 '11 at 3:30

There is now a Google doc for those of you that are interested! Hurrah! Please fill out this Google Doc with your information and the match-making process with gaming developers will begin when they are ready. You can also take a gander at the discussion on Game Dev's Meta, so you can get an idea of what's happening on their end.

If you have any questions about this process, please leave them in the comments (right? does that make sense?). Thanks!

  • I notice there's no question about which region of console you own on the google doc. Will it have no relevance at all to the future testing? We have people with Japanese, North American, and European/Australian consoles on the site, and it'd suck if a group got locked out. – FAE Aug 16 '11 at 16:09
  • I believe that Chaos Agent Abby edited the doc to reflect this. If it's still missing this info, let us know. Thanks! – Brett White Aug 17 '11 at 13:19
  • What should I do if I filled it out prior to the change? Re-submit? – FAE Aug 17 '11 at 14:04
  • You can resubmit if you want to. – Brett White Aug 17 '11 at 14:06

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