…and yes – ack! There are changes afoot!
Change can be difficult, but in this case, the change is promising to bring with it some extra double servings of awesomesauce. Jump or scroll, it’s all good!
- Answer the Beta Question of the Week
- Wait, what does Beta even mean?
- Tell us about another problem you had
- Rant (or gush!) your little heart out
- Find out about our new Smart Bitch
The goal for our new design is… We want to make everything about the site better for you. We want it to be easier for you to involve yourself in the incredible SBTB community. We want our site to load quicker for you, and we want you to be able to view it on your phone, for goodness sake. And searching. Oh, yes, searching. Why?
We have a lot to talk about in the romance world, and with the new site, we have enhanced searchability and thus, find-ability (the bitchability comes standard and won’t change, of course). We want you to be able to find the things you’re looking for, while also maybe discovering some new books, discussions, and moments of mayhem and hilarity which you might have missed.
Our redesign is an evolving process which includes a lot of inspection, discovery, questions, and more questions. How can we do some parts better? How can we make the site faster and easier to navigate? Why have I run out of cookies? No, ACTUAL cookies, not web cookies. We’re never running out of those.
We want to hear from you, too. The point of all our efforts is to make the site and the community within it easier to use and easier to navigate. This page is for all of us to talk about what’s new, and why it’s new, what is particularly rocking your socks, and what you think we can do to make it even better. We invite you to get involved as much or as little as you wish.
No, it’s not a stupid question: here’s what we mean by Beta
Beta testing is the process of using real people in the real world to find bugs in a new site. Why’s it called beta, you ask? Because it follows alpha testing, the internal, pre-launch, error-slaying, bug-squishing process that happened before the new design went public. Alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet. Beta is the second. “Beta Testing” is just a fancy way to refer to the second testing process.
And yes, logically Gamma Testing would come next, but we just call it Ongoing Beta. The site will keep evolving. We’re going to keep testing. And sooner or later we’d run out of Greek letters. (Though, must say, I do like the sound of “Omicron Testing.”)
Beta Question of the Week:
SBTB has lots of different ways to subscribe to our content! Are they easy to find? How would you do it?
Ongoing Open Beta
FOR REPORTING ISSUES, BUGS, AND GENERAL WONKINESS
Tweet @TeamSBTB or fill out the form below.
This is the spot to report anything you want to tell us about the new site. We want the site to be easy to use and accessible to all, so if you notice a problem or something’s not quite right, we want to know. Basically, if anything feels odd to you, we want to know about it. (And if you think something is covered in coolness, we want to know that, too.)
The more info we gather from real site visitors, the better we can make this site moving forward, because we have big plans. But it would suck to build on something that isn’t actually working for you. We need your feedback. What is driving you crazy? Is anything confusing? Is there content you can’t find now that we’ve redesigned? We really want to know if something looks wrong, like if images are overlapping or if a link goes nowhere. Please don’t assume we meant to do something that looks bad to you or made you work too hard. Different versions of different browsers on different operating systems display sites really differently and we might have never seen it look the way you’re seeing it.
Let’s Talk About It
Finally, use the comments section below for general venting… or to tell us about the changes you like! Comments are for discussing the redesign, while the form above will send fixes to the design team as quickly as possible.