Reward Beta testers

Discussion in 'polls' started by nikanthpromod, Jan 18, 2010.

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Reward Beta Testers

  1. Yes , By money

    1 vote(s)
    1.9%
  2. Yes ,By giving them a free license

    47 vote(s)
    87.0%
  3. No

    4 vote(s)
    7.4%
  4. Other

    2 vote(s)
    3.7%
  1. nikanthpromod

    nikanthpromod Registered Member

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    Should software vendors reward Beta testers for finding vulnerabilities in their software?
     
  2. PC__Gamer

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    and yet after countless testing, ive never been given a free license to anything.
     
  3. Seer

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    Let's say they reward with a license. How many errors do you need to find to earn a $2000 license for example?
    There are many cases where vendors give away software for free, asking nothing in return. So why wouldn't there be cases where users test a software and report errors, also asking nothing in return? Seems like a fair trade to me.
     
  4. firzen771

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    well A-Squared's current closed beta offers free licenses and amazon gift cards to active testers.
     
  5. trjam

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    This question is like a 2-edged sword. I have particpated in betas like Aviras and they are very generous. I have recieved a free license, polo shirt and a nice Avira duffle bag in the past.

    Closed betas I am sure testers get free licences. Open betas it comes down to how much you participate. Kaspersky has a ton of testers, and I am sure they reward the ones that are active with posting feedback through the entire beta.

    Just registering though should never qualify you for a free license.

    In all my years here, most vendors look to reward those who actually care and assist them in trying to make the beta right.
     
  6. subset

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    Beta Tester Union demands statutory minimum wage. :D

    No, if someone is in beta testing just for the money, he is really wasting his time.
    If someone spends only an our per week for testing and gets a free license every year, he earns most likely less than $1 per hour. :p

    I think for most it's just a hobby or to throw one's weight around or whatever.
    And as there are always more than enough volunteers around - why should companies pay for it?

    Cheers
     
  7. Tarnak

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    I have been beta testing with Sunbelt, since 2005, and have always received a free license at the end of testing. :)
     
  8. wat0114

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    A free license is reasonable for beta testers who at least put in a decent effort. Agnitum (Outpost Firewall) have been very generous, imo, to their beta testers.
     
  9. nikanthpromod

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    wow coooool:thumb:
     
  11. Page42

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    I certainly wouldn't vote 'no', because I appreciate what they do, but don't beta testers get a reward of sorts just by getting their itchy fingers on something brand new and untouched by the masses?
     
  12. shakethebabyass

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    Norton/Symantec Beta Testers

    Norton Beta Testers always get a NFR (not for resale) version of the product they tested as long as they submit feedback and help out in the forums. You do not have to find a major bug or become king of the forums either. I just tested Norton 2010.5 which is now released as of 3 days ago and now I do not have to extend my product because it is free!

    I know most beta testers win things like Ipods, and free software IF they find a bug.. by the time I usually do find a bug its been reported a million times.

    *dont give me the Norton sucks crap, I know alot of you will never give them a second chance.. who cares. Its totally all the protection and lightness I could ask for on ALL of my PC's.


    ALL beta testers should not get rewarded. Some of them only want to get it because it is a free version and they use it as if it is the real thing on a production system. They usually do not contribute anything to the testing project but a useless download and invitation that could be used by someone who will do what they are suppose to do, find bugs and problems for the public when it becomes available.
     
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  13. Get

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    I think rewarding beta testers with a free license is a good idea IF you actively participate- submit bugs etc...
     
  15. Noob

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    And free licenses doesn't cost them anything :D
    And they get another happy camper in their faction :ninja:
     
  16. firzen771

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    it indirectly costs them since thats 1 less potential customer who buys the license since they have it free, i think giving licenses to ACTIVE beta testers is a good idea, but im just letting u know they do loose something potentially, but that loss culd also indirectly lead to a gain by say that tester getting a friend to purchase the product, etc.
     
  17. icr

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    I too agree with giving away free license for active testers
     
  18. guest

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    Of course, and by very high amounts of money if it is a security issue/vulnerability - be it serious or not.

    A free licence should be a prerequisite to minimally beta test something , i.e. at least four confirmed bugs reported.
     
  19. ameyap

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    wow 83 + % in favor of a free licence just like me. we have a clear winner