I‘m a liberal leaning outdoorsman attempting to open the minds of right wingers to the idea that libs fish too. Anglers come from all walks of life, left, right, and center. Not everyone who fishes for bass is a redneck fond of Nascar, country music, and religiosity. Expect posts about largemouth bass fishing, techniques, reviews of lures and other products, but not any condemnable conservative rants. I hope to inspire the online angler community to dial down rhetoric which will do more harm than good to our sport.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

• Topfishingsites back up with more news

I recently posted that TopFishingSites, a site that lists and ranks fishing web sites was down for a day or so. It's now back up and running, but I received an email which leaves me with a couple of questions. The email was from TopFishingSites to advertise a new site they are about to announce on July 1st at http://www.fishing.org. It's described as a fishing directory. The email mentioned how certain companies inquired about services who are now being given the opportunity to sign up with a 50% discount implying that fishing.org will not entirely be a free service. It looks as though actually listing with the site might be free and additional services will cost money.

My critical eye could not keep from noticing something. The email describes the site as a "BETA" launch this week. Most of us in the technology community would scoff at the flagrant use of the term beta to denote a site's development without any obvious alpha stage mentioned in its maturation. Will www.fishing.org then be described as GM or Final? It's possible that this may indeed be seen as a true beta release because it likely will contain an almost fully functional product and offer a chance for early subscribers to work out any bugs in the system. It sounds more like a release candidate (RC) to me, although I personally would have called it a preview. Anything that is in testing stages these days is casually termed beta though and if you are in the technology community, you've likely noticed a growing frustration with overuse of the term beta. Haven't you noticed? Aside from the possibility that they might be lacking the technological background one would hope, I am left wondering if this transition is in fact a step towards replacing www.topfishingsites.com with www.fishing.org. I know this is not really a technology blog, but I thought my readers might like a taste of something a little different.

Wikipedia: Software release life cycle