Calling all beta testers, bug lovers and feature loving deviants.
But what is an alpha tester?
An Alpha tester is a bit like a Beta tester only they get to test out new features before Beta testers do.
So, what do alpha testers get to do?
As an alpha tester you'll have the chance to talk to staff and developers about new and upcoming features, and help find and report any bugs that there may be, before it goes to beta testers or the general public.
On top of that, you'll be able to see the #devBUG issue tracker containing bug reports submitted by other users during beta testing, helping to prioritise tickets and answer questions, giving the best possible experience to beta testers and users when they see the final product.
What do I need to become an alpha tester?
There is only one requirement for being an alpha tester, and that is that you must currently be an official beta tester - if you're not, you can find out how to become one here.
There are however a few qualities that are useful, but not essential for becoming an alpha tester
- Love for bugs - Nothing is ever perfect first time and things do occasionally break. If you enjoy fiddling with features and picking things apart, alpha testing would be the perfect way of doing that, and in the process you'll make deviantART a better place for everyone.
- HTML - It may be useful (but not essential) to know the very basics of html and how to debug to help get useful info to the developers so they can squish bugs faster. (anything beyond is a plus )
- Talkative - Being an alpha tester gives you the chance to talk to staff and give your feedback on features, so if you have an idea or think something could be improved let us know!
- Helpful - It's always nice to help out other deviants.
- Enthusiastic -
Do I get anything for being an alpha tester?
You get this cookie.
And a bug squishing alpha tester badge to make your friends jelly.
And the chance to make it even easier to get your opinions and feedback heard by staff.
And this gummy bear.
And the chance to play with features that may never even be released.
And that warm fuzzy feeling inside for knowing you're making deviantART a better place.
And maybe a few other things along the way.
I'm in, where's the button to apply?