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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?


In reply to Having a 'Lab Rat' User Setting to minimize the impact of live development by dws

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