User. Definitely sounds like user.
Damn, I was fishing for demi-god... Serves me right that I get demoted to user
Ryan refers to the erm backend portion being Beta ... said too much?
Ah, now it makes more sense.
With that said, I could make the argument that the actual project is in a 'beta' stage as Mucx mentioned. The item 'lacking organization and overall features' is one of the handful of satellite projects we are developing to implement and use the project. As a web-developer myself, it would probably be pretty obvious at this time, that the satellite project is a web interface of some sort for the project.
Yeah, it seems I spoke to soon before thinking about it. But it still sound interesting, nevertheless.
I'd say its not Microsoft, but rather Google that made the term beta meaningless. Feature complete is impossible for a website as it needs to change dynamically to stay relevant. Google Mail is a primary example of this.
Microsoft was shipping unfinished software long before Google had any apps. That's what I was going for with "banana software": It ripens at the customer's.
But I have to admit that their release candidate of Windows 7 was surprisingly usable.
There is also an old joke where a baby is found in front of Microsoft HQ. The next day there is a press release from Microsoft, saying:
"It is impossible that the baby belongs to Microsoft, because:
1. We've never finished a product within 9 months.
2. We've never released a product that had hand and foot right from the beginning."
(I guess the "hand and foot" thing doesn't translate too well from German, where it means that something is complete or well thought out.)
But I digress...
I guess I'll have to wait to see what this announcement actually means. I wish all the involved people that it turns out as they imagine it.