**All spots for the Nightly Ops program are filled. We’ll update this post when spots open up. **
We’ve got an interesting message for you from the Anytype Desktop dev team!
"We want to start working closer with the community and therefore think that it would be great to begin rolling out Nightly Versions (release candidates) of the desktop app on a regular basis, like every week or two. On the one hand it will help us to ship a more stable release with fewer bugs (because Razor will fix bugs on the go) and on the other hand, the Nightly Types testers group will have the opportunity to try new features one or two weeks before they are released to the rest of the community.
The same plan is there for mobile apps, but later."
Therefore, we are looking for active alpha users who feel comfortable testing less stable versions (not for “production” use!) and are willing to pro-actively test and write bug reports. To manage the amount of feedback on these (less stable) Nightly Versions, we will only make them available to a select group of pro-active alpha users from the community.
If you are interested in joining the Nightly Ops testers group, please send a DM to me (@sambouwer) or @Angelo and we will reach out to you to get you started. In the case there are many applicants, we might need to be selective to manage the amount of feedback coming in. The only thing we need from your side to enroll you is your AnytypeID so we can enroll you in the right release channel and an email address to join the Anytype Nightly Ops Slack channel.
FAQ for Nighty Types
To be completely honest, these questions are not actually asked frequently, but we expected they might be soon, so we wrote down some answers for you
Q: Another topic was recently created with an announcement regarding the "Anytype Testers Group". Is this the same group?
A: No! This is a different group The “Anytype Testers Group” is geared towards research via interviews with alpha users for ideating on new features. The “Nightly Ops” testers group is geared towards a group of alpha users that tests release candidates prior to the release to the rest of the alpha users to get rid of the most important bugs.
Q: How often can I expect a Nightly Version for testing as Nightly Type?
A: Initially, versions will rollout mostly on a weekly basis. However, because improvements are made on the fly, new builds can appear at irregular (and frequent) intervals, ie “Nightly”.
Q: How (un)stable will Nightly Versions be? Will I lose my data?
A: RC’s will be less stable than current releases, and yes, those might break your Anytype account. This is not for the faint-hearted!
If you prefer, you can get a new invite code to set up a separate account, but as you cannot install two different Anytype versions next to each other (yet) it will be quite a hassle to keep switching context.
Q: What is expected from you as a Nightly Type?
- Time for testing and feedback in the days but at most one week after the Nightly Version is made available to allow the team to process your bug reports
- You know how to file a bug report (which category, how to choose tags, what kind of information is useful, how to provide logs/diagnostics)
- (potentially) a (free) Slack account for communication with the devs (under discussion)
- A (free) GitHub account (not hard requirement) to access the bug tracker
Q: Where should I provide my feedback?
A: There is a “hidden” category for Nightly Ops (and mods) to avoid mixing up feedback for Nightly versions and regular releases.
Q: Ok, but what's in it for me?
- You will be among the first (ok, second if you count the dev) to receive the latest and greatest Anytype builds with new features and bug fixes.
- You can collaborate in close contact with the devs for follow-up on your bug reports.
Q: Can I leave the program or will I be a Nightly Type forever?
A: You can leave the program at any time and return to the regular releases, and rejoin later if there are spots available, but for the continuity and follow-up of the feedback we kindly ask you to commit to testing and the follow-ups from the devs.
Q: My question is not listed! What do I do now?
A: Please post your question below or DM me and I’ll try to get you an answer.