I have finished the feature proposed in [Discuss] People bugging mappers for betas....
What is it?
The Beta Request System is two things:
- For the mapper, it is a method for keeping track of who wants to access your beta and who actually has your permission to access the beta. You can send a PM to the people you have approved for beta access in order to give them download links, changelogs, or other updates related to the beta and you can generate a list of your current approved beta testers for pasting into a credits list in your map release.
- For everyone other than the mapper, it is a way of letting the mapper know you want to play his beta without contributing to forum spam and/or bothering the mapper by posting in his WIP topic asking for beta access. The mapper does not receive any annoying notifications that you have requested beta access, he simply sees your name added to a list of other people who have requested access to his/her beta. The mapper can then approve or deny your request. You will receive a Private Message on the forum if you are approved by the mapper for beta access.
I'm a regular user, how do I use this?
Start by navigating to any current Work in Progress topics that you want to participate in a beta of. If the mapper has enabled beta signup requests on his WIP topic, you will see a "Request Beta Access" button next to the Reply button at the top of the post. All you need to do is click this button and the mapper will see that you have requested access. Once the mapper accepts your request you will receive an automated Private Message notification with more information. If your request is denied you will notice later that the "Request Beta Access" button is visible again. Currently you are free to request access as many times as you want.
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