Lately we've seen some site features being debugging in public, with mandatory, no-prior-warning audience participation. Often, there is no indication in the development wikis of who is doing what. This results in a bit of grumbling the the CB.
I'm wonding if the pain might be eased if there were a "Volunteer Lab Rat" user setting. The setting would be queried when forming pages -- only volunteers would get to see unfolding experiments. Once development is believed to be stable, all users get it.
This would require a bit more coding on the part of developers, but should minimize site-wide breakage.
Causual users, what do you think?
Developers, what do you think? Would such a thing be an undue burden on development?