[wp-hackers] Final push for 2.1
jalkut at red-sweater.com
Wed Jan 10 05:58:26 GMT 2007
On Jan 8, 2007, at 3:07 AM, Computer Guru wrote:
> However, that doesn't mean that 2.1 is ready for release now, like
> Mark has been saying with the 2.0.6 issue, we need heavy testing
> _from the public_
As a sort of casual technical-but-not-super-wp-savvy developer type,
I'd be interested in helping in the 2.1 beta testing effort, but one
of the hangups is I don't know exactly what I'm getting into by
installing it. I understand the best advice is "back up everything
before you test it," but if the rest of the world is anything like
me, they need a little context to understand exactly what it means to
enter the beta zone.
In particular I'd like to see some clear description of whether I can
easily go back to 2.0.6 if things go wrong. I know I can just back
out the files on disk, but what are the implications to my database?
WP always seems to "update the database" when I update the release,
but is that always the case? Is there really always a change in the
DB to reflect the version? If so, do I have to restore from backups
or does simply replacing the old files allow me to downgrade? These
kinds of questions might have obvious answers to many of you, but
you're not looking for help from people who this stuff is obvious to.
I think in particular at this page:
You could keep the emphasis on "do this at your own risk" while
making it a lot clearer what the implications of beta testing are, so
technically brave people have that many fewer mental roadblocks to
getting on board. Right now to become a beta tester I have to:
1. Search around for information about what the implications of
2. Backup, install, and test.
Since you want "the public" to help, you want to make it as easy as
possible for them to do so. A guide of best practices or at least
more explicit warnings will help that, I think.
MIght not be the right time for anybody to focus on that, but for
future testing exposure it might help to make it more accessible.
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