It’s pi(e) day today, which is a fitting metaphor to help us say…
…we’re still baking.
No beta announcement to make today, but as always, we are hard at work getting the app to a good and cozy and most of all FUNCTIONAL place for when you get here.
We can say that very soon you’ll be able to preorder it on both the App Store and Play Store, which means you can be certain that the app will download automatically as soon as it becomes available. (This is only for the public launch; beta will work differently of course.) Besides giving you a preview of what the listing looks like, it will also help us gauge numbers and be better prepared for Day 1. Calling it a “preorder” is actually a little misleading, so don’t worry, the app is still free. We’ll make an announcement when the listing goes up.
Now onto some A’s to your Q’s:
3rd beta signup:
That’s our intention, but we’re still figuring out a good way to do it that’s a little more inclusive than it has been in the past.
Inviting friends to beta:
Yes, you’ll be able to invite friends to the beta, but it will be delayed from your own invitation.
Right now they’re limited to 20 characters — A-Z, 0-9, periods, underscores, tildes. No spaces. We may expand the limit later, but that’s our starting point. And yes, you’ll be able to change your username anytime from the app.
The app will initially be available in English, but we plan to localize fairly soon after launch. A translate feature is also early on our roadmap after launch.
Area/language specific trending:
Not for byte. This separated people on Vine and felt bad. If people are trending, it’s our job to make sure that their work is understandable by as many people as possible. Translation is a part of this and we might look to the community to help with it.
These positions will be Staff, but when we post the openings, if you are qualified and happen to be active on the forum, that will obviously be a plus for us.
Direct messages (video or otherwise):
We are planning on doing a lot with DMs, but after launch.
TL system changes in the forums:
Yes, we’ve been working closely with the forums team to come up with a plan for handling TLs going forward. These changes will be rolled out in advance of the beta. The main idea is to have a unified set of expectations for Experts, and to create a clear and democratic system for people to be promoted. More on this soon.
There will be a form you fill out on the website and we will respond to those. We will set expectations for what we can and can’t respond to and how long it might take. Although we’ll be monitoring issues, support will be very light in beta and probably a bit through the first hectic part of launch. We will eventually ramp it up to meet the demand.
We don’t track this for your privacy, but if it’s something you want, we’d like to understand why so that we can come up with a solution. Let us know below!
They’re letterboxed by a black frame currently, but it looks nice.
We plan on adding it at launch or very shortly after. Right now accounts are Google-authenticated or based on your email. In either case there is no password.
Comments are chronological and sorted by recency. Both the owner of the byte and the owner of the comment can delete a comment. Anyone can report one. Comments can be disabled per post. We are looking into alternate comment systems (multiple sorting algorithms, upvoting/downvoting, etc.) but it will be further down the line. The ability to filter certain words is also on the roadmap.
An edit button is on the roadmap. We’re thinking that it will be available only for a short window after the post is submitted. No edit history, though. Bolds, italics, strikethrough, and underlining aren’t supported right now. We had them in another app of ours, but it was used infrequently.
That said, if you have opinions on any of the above, we welcome them below!
Until next time <3