[Rd] Alpha and Beta testing of R versions

From: Martin Maechler <maechler_at_stat.math.ethz.ch>
Date: Fri 04 Nov 2005 - 08:58:47 GMT

[Mainly for R-foundation members; but kept in public for general  brainstorming...]

>>>>> "Simon" == Simon Urbanek <simon.urbanek@r-project.org>
>>>>> on Thu, 3 Nov 2005 12:16:25 -0500 writes:

          <............>

    Simon> As Brian was saying, the error was fixed in R
    Simon> immediately after the release - strangely enough no
    Simon> one reported the error during the alpha and beta
    Simon> cycle although both the GUI and R binaries were
    Simon> available for download :(.

Unfortunately, the phrase "strangely enough" could be replaced with ``as almost always''.

Maybe we (the R-foundation) should give serious thoughts to offer prizes for valid bug reports during alpha and beta testing. These could include
- Reduced fee for 'useR' and 'DSC' conferences - being listed as helpful person in R's 'THANKS' file   {but that may not entice those who are already listed},   or even in the NEWS of the new relase   or on the "Hall of fame of R beta testers"

In order to discourage an increased number of non-bug reports we may have to also open a "hall of shame" though...

Martin



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