Do you run beta software?

Discussion in 'Forum Software' started by cheat_master30, Nov 25, 2018.

  1. cheat_master30

    cheat_master30 Moderator

    For your forums? Or do you stick with the 'gold' versions instead?

    Personally, I've always upgraded to the beta and release candidate versions myself. Feels fun to experiment with new software, and for the most part, I think getting the new features early is more important for the community than worrying about a few stability issues or bugs.

    But what about you? Do you run beta (and release candidate) versions on your sites?
  2. doubt

    doubt Tazmanian

    Only testing them on a test forum.
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  3. zappaDPJ

    zappaDPJ Administrator

    I used to backup and upgrade to anything vBulletin released. Then came vBulletin 4 from which I learnt to never upgrade at all unless there was a compelling reason to do so. I'm especially suspicious of anything labelled 'gold' which still sends a shiver down my spine :cautious:
  4. lurkalot

    lurkalot Adherent

    Tend to only run beta on test sites, either locally or live when they reach certain point of stability. Don't want my host shutting me down. lol..
    I do run beta addons though, but only the one we develop, again when it gets to a certain point where its not going to cause major problems.
  5. Creaky

    Creaky Adherent

    Only run beta versions on test sites, live is always a gold releae
  6. mysiteguy

    mysiteguy Devotee

    I don't run betas or first releases on live sites.
  7. fixer

    fixer I'm In My Prime

    i always run the latest version even if its beta

    however i wait for a little bit to see if anyone else has upgraded and see if the room is on fire

    it dont pay to be that first guy to find a Catastrophic failure

    been there done that

    Ran a beta version of a ......“delete all topics that are 30 days old that have no replies ever” addon

    and it deleted every post on my site
  8. MarkFL

    MarkFL La Villa Strangiato

    Unless I am personally asked to try out and evaluate a beta version, I wait for the standard releases. If I were to try a beta version out of curiosity, it would be on my local server only.
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  9. R0binHood

    R0binHood Habitué

    I always run the latest available version to download on my live sites.

    If it breaks my sites I just blame the devs. I mean, why would they release software that's not ready for us to use on our sites? That would make no sense, so obvs their fault.
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  10. Pandemixx

    Pandemixx Aspirant

    I only run beta software if its my own. :D From those experiences I've learned it's best to wait for the full release, or the first after bug fix release.
  11. fixer

    fixer I'm In My Prime

    +1 I always blame the hammer manufacturer when i hit my thumb, if they never made the hammer it wouldn't have happened
  12. doubt

    doubt Tazmanian

    I would blame their parents because if they never...;)
  13. Ryan Ashbrook

    Ryan Ashbrook IPS Developer

    I’ve always run beta software, even before I worked for IPS.
  14. LeadCrow

    LeadCrow Apocalypse Admin

    For live websites? Never, we crave stability and a predictable experience.

    Note I'm not personally averse to the idea, but only for non-essential instances its preferable to experience in realworld conditions.
  15. Banxix

    Banxix Enthusiast

    I look carefully at the bug tracker to decide whether a beta version is ready to run. But it depends on size of my sites because we usually have many websites.
    For large to larger sites, I will not run beta version, but if the beta is stable at some point I would run it on a smaller site.
    Sometime you just don't want to wait more.
  16. Destroy Repeat

    Destroy Repeat

    I run multiple sites, so I sometimes test it on a separate path (e.g., and sometimes, I upgrade my smaller board to the latest beta software - but that's only when I know that we're close to stable state. Beta 4 to 6 is the highest that I've ever put beta software on live board.
    *laughs at vBulletin* Ha ha!

    (Same experience, BTW.)
  17. Morrigan

    Morrigan I put the Cute in Exe"cute".

    I shamelessly run live betas on my site. I actually have a post in my site information that specifically dictates that I do for member's edification. I know that I have members that can break even the most stable of releases so I prefer to have them have a go at it. I've found some really obscure bugs that way plus I get all the new goodies faster!
  18. maksim

    maksim Serial Entrepreneur

    Hah, forget beta! I generally wait for any major version to have a few updates before installing it. With a live money site... the last thing you want is the forum going down over errors in coding... or god forbid an overlooked security hole.
  19. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Habitué

    I've used beta software on live sites in the past, but now I usually wait for the stable version to be released, and it usually takes longer for add-ons to be updated to work with the new version of the software anyway.
  20. Dan18

    Dan18 Fan

    I'm using XF 2.1 Beta 5 now on my New Install Forum ;).
    With 11 3rd party addons, working great so far :D.
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