Hello everyone! MattMan here. The new MSN change has finally hit the previewer groups. This may be my last update to my site, not sure yet. Anyway lets start off with some postings from the Mod in the Gold group fallowed by some pics of a new feature we'll be getting and some updated pics of the new MSN look..
Our Service testing continues with a new version being rolled out during tomorrow morning's down-time.
On Web Home, when using the search bar, if you click on "Go", you will be taken to the search page, but if you type the search criteria and hit [Enter] on the keyboard or remote, you will be taken to the search results page.
What are my responsibilities as a Previewer?
Your role is to test new software (and possibly hardware) not yet released
to the general WebTV customer base. It is your job to report any problems
you have with the new products and to provide the Previews Team with
feedback. Your feedback is vital to the success of WebTV.
The Previews program exists to find the bugs that have made it past everyone
else. To ensure we overlook nothing, we need to maintain an atmosphere where
everyone feels safe to report problems or inconsistencies in the newsgroup.
Therefore it is absolutely necessary that every member of the Previews
Program conduct themselves in a professional manner within the group. Any
abusive, threatening, or inappropriate behavior will be addressed
We encourage everyone to have fun and make this a positive and rewarding experience.
When and how do I file a Problem Report (PR)?A PR should be filed whenever you've discovered a bug. If you're not sure if what you've discovered is a bug, consult your fellow previewers through the newsgroup. If you're still unsure whether what you've discovered is a bug, file the PR and the moderators will make a determination. It is vital that we do not overlook anything.
What is acceptable in the newsgroup?The newsgroup is a forum for discussing WebTV performance issues. Common posts include: "Has anyone else seen this?" "Hey everyone, try this and see if you get the same result? " "Help! I can't figure out how to do ." It is also the most common method employed by the moderators to request specific information, often requiring immediate response. It is expected of everyone to treat the newsgroup as a professional forum for discussing bugs and WebTV. It is also to be expected that occasionally we will disagree with the opinions or preferences of others in the group. Therefore we must all agree to disagree. We're all working toward the same goal of maintaining WebTV's superiority in the Internet/TV arena. **Important**
How do I contact the moderators?Moderators can be contacted three ways:
What do I do if I've discovered Previews related information posted on anexternal web page?
Can I include an html sig. when posting to the Preview Group newsgroup?No. Please remove HTML sigs. prior to posting to the newsgroup. The exception would be if you are testing a specific bug concerning html sigs. However, we do request that you include your unit type in your post.
I bought a new WebTV unit; will this affect my Previews status?It is very important when changing units that you inform the moderator of the change. The Preview groups are generally unit specific and it is important that to the appropriate Preview group.
I filed a PR and the problem persists, do I continue filing PR's?Depending on the type of issue, it could take months to implement the fix. Any follow-up concerning the status of the PR can be directed at the moderator through a newsgroup post or email.
There is no upgrade to test, what are we supposed to do?Although there are times when we are not actively testing a new software or service version (we refer to this as a lull), testing for Previewers never really ends. Previewers should always be on the lookout for bugs and be filing PR's when they are found. In essence, a Previewers work is never done.
How often should I check the newsgroup and homepage?We recommend checking the newsgroup as often as possible, at a minimum once per day. If you're online, you should check back hourly. We often need instant information from the Previewers so that we can to get it back to the developers ASAP.
I want to quit the Previews Program. Who should I contact?Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting removal from the Previews program.
Looks like we'll be able to use are hotmail and msn accounts on webtv as well now. When you goto your mail list or account setup and have added a hotmail or msn user to your account it will show up as email@example.com rather than firstname.lastname@example.org Pretty Cool!
Below are some updated pics of the new look we'll be getting. Most of you seen the prototype pics I had up at the Rumor Mill. These pics are still available for viewing and with source codes included. View them here Turdinc.kicks-ass.net/Msntv/MSN.htm
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