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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 2:57 pm    Post subject: Invitation to beta-test The Burgg Reply with quote

NOTE to those of you who've seen this before: we've added a lot of things recently so please re-read this announcement!

Welcome to The Burgg: Beta! This is the new site that I've been working on and I need some people to play around with it and flesh out the pool of drawings. This is directly based on WTFDSJD - "What the Fuck Did Stu Just Draw?", an activity I ran on the forums for a few months in '05 - so if you were a fan of that, you should get a kick outta this. I'd appreciate it if you'd sign up and join the fun!

The Burgg

What it is
A site where users (you) are treated to drawings other users have made and try to guess what movie they're supposed to be. A lot of the fun will be in making your own drawings in the in-browser paint app, and seeing what guesses other users make at it. Just browsing the drawings should have broad appeal (who doesn't love movies?), and hopefully everyone - not just the artists - will have fun drawing either skilled or hilariously unskilled sketches with the common theme in mind.

What we're inviting you to do
If you could start playing around with the site as you would for real, and let us know what you think, we'd really appreciate it! I say "for real" because any drawings you make will go right into the final pool that other test users will see immediately, and "real" users will see when we officially launch.

Trawl through the drawings, make guesses, rate them, leave (real) comments, make your own drawings, post on the message boards, etc. Be sure to draw something for the current Festival of the Day! Let us know what you think of each part, especially 1) the drawing app and 2) the movie-lookup mechanism that you'll be using for both guessing and for assigning movies to your own drawings.


We sent out an invitation to try out the site a few months ago, and we quickly realized that we needed to add some new stuff in order to keep things interesting around here. If you came to the site before, here's some of the things we've added:

- Favorites list - add your favorite artists and/or drawings to your list so you can keep track of them!
- Browse modes: use the pulldown above the "Next" button to select only Action movies, or only drawings by the current artist, or Newest drawings, or even drawings by Difficulty.
- Daily "Festivals" to inspire drawing
- cool Thumbnail preview of the drawing you'll see when you hit "Next".
- Hide/Delete your drawings (in Your Profile).
- A note telling you if you guessed a drawing right or wrong when you first saw it.
- and other stuff

Our plans
We'll be launching for real hopefully in a few weeks. There's a lot of great ideas that we've still yet to develop and, as testers, you'll be seeing 'em as we work 'em into the site. We'll also probably be adding some ads to the interface, to recoup the costs of our hosting, so don't say we didn't warn you.

Please post thoughts, suggestions and bug reports on the area designated in the (Burgg's) forums. Oh yeah, and please don't tell anyone about this just yet.

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