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Endless waiting, endless delay. So many distractions, all of them important, but each one another little delay.

And then the excuses end.

Change the number. Check it in. git pull. Compile. Go.

Alpha.


It is hard to express how utterly *terrifying* it is to expose the system to the light of day, after more than a year of planning. I am so horribly conscious of the fact that this is barely 10% of the vision -- how limited the functionality still is, and how many bugs there are. But we're definitely up to the point where it is *useful*, if far from a work of art yet, so it's time to start getting other folks' input.

I'll be inviting a few folks to join in my own Spaces today, and beginning to slowly upgrade people to full-User status. (The difference is basically whether you can create your own Spaces.) It'll be gradual over the next month -- ideally a couple of people a week -- but if you'd like to kick the tires, please drop me a note (or comment here) and I'll add you to the list.

(And a voice in the back of my mind is cackling maniacally -- "IT'S ALIVE! MY CREATION IS ALIIIIVE!".)
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Interested, but a low enough projected usage level that I should probably be near the end of the line.

Well, the line isn't exactly around the block at this point -- I expect I'm going to hustle for every user for the first six months. It's going to take a while to prove the idea to folks.

At this point, the main question is whether you're interested in playing with it as a nascent useful toy and giving me your thoughts. If so, I'm happy to put you in soon; if not, probably better to wait a couple of months, while I iron out the obvious problems...

I'd be interested in taking a spin at creating my own space; I have a few things in mind that I'd be interested to experiment with.

(I assume non-public spaces are a "not right now"/"not for a while" thing; if so, that might put a damper on some things I'm thinking about.)

Okay, cool. For the next week or two, I'm only sending invitations to family and closest friends, but that's mostly because I haven't drafted a TOS yet. Happy to pull you in once that's in place. Can you send me the email address to use for the invitation? (LJ message should work fine.)

(I assume non-public spaces are a "not right now"/"not for a while" thing; if so, that might put a damper on some things I'm thinking about.)

Actually, I already have a bunch of non-public Spaces, for company-internal use and for me-and-Kate stuff. I consider non-Public Spaces to actually be a central use case for Querki, so they got implemented early.

Mind, the security mechanisms are still relatively primitive (and the UI bites), but it's not horribly difficult:

-- Create the Space
-- Edit the Space itself
-- Add the "Who Can Read" Property, and add "Members" to that.

Basically, if Who Can Read is defined on the Space, that automatically makes the Space non-Public. There are also Who Can Create and Who Can Edit properties, which default to just the Owner of the Space. (For now; this is a topic of active discussion.)

I suspect that in the medium term, we'll make these sorts of table-stakes security decisions into checkboxes on the "Create a Space" page...

Gotcha.

So, I have 3 or 4 text files lying in my homedir right now that I'd like to try turning into spaces; they're typically lists of Things with properties or Events attached to them. (So for example, 'jobhunting.txt' has a list of Employers with notes, Interview-Events, etc.)

If I'm understanding correctly, this might not be terribly out of place for a Querki space; is that possible? (I figured I could at least try it and let you know how it works out.)

Yep, those sound like very typical Querki Spaces, and should do nicely for kicking the tires. Feel free to encourage me to put a proper UI on top of the DateTime type, which I suspect you'll want. (I introduced the type under the hood a while ago, but it doesn't yet have proper editing controls.)

Note that for the *very* short term I'm limiting folks to five Spaces each, but that's just because of some dumb scaling problems that will be fixed shortly. In the medium term, I suspect there won't be a limit (or if there is, a fairly large one), since my main scaling concern is how many Spaces you have open at any given moment, not how many there are in total...

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