Originally Posted by juicywaterhouse
May I ask what number you were on queue? I am ~4,000 and am anxious for my invite ... trying to gauge how long it will be.
I think questions like this are likely to come up again, so I'm going to move it out into a new thread. Thanks for asking it, Juicywaterhouse!
Even if you know your place in line, there's isn't really a way to predict how long the wait will be. The invite process isn't linear; we're varying the quantity of testers we invite from day to day and week to week. As support chews through the feedback that's coming in and as engineering makes progress on the items that folks are reporting, that frees us up to invite more testers.
In previous test programs, we just threw the doors open and let everyone download the app on day one. That required less patience from the tester pool, but it also ended up wasting a lot of testers' time.
We'd get a whole bunch of duplicate reports of the same issues in the early days, for example. If a hundred folks reported an issue we were able to fix after the first two reports arrived, that's 98 testers we've inconvenienced and whose time we've effectively wasted.
Support also wasn't always able to catch up with the newest feedback very quickly, because we didn't want to ignore the new/other issues that were reported at the same time as the redundant stuff.
This time around, we're trying a different approach. We think it'll provide a better signal-to-noise ratio for us, which lets us give you a better app to test when you do get an invite.
Speaking as someone who's participated in online testing programs that had long waiting lists, I know it can be frustrating. Hopefully all of the above helps folks understand what we're doing, why we're doing it, and helps to make that wait a little more manageable.