An Update on the Roadmap for Yours and MoneyButton
For the past two or so months, we have been completely focused on the MoneyButton. (See the announcement about that as well as my presentation at Coingeek.) This means our progress on Yours has decreased significantly since all of our effort is channeled into something else. Off the top of my head, here are some of the outstanding issues with Yours:
- Inability to copy+paste inside articles.
- The editor is not very good and does not work on Android at all.
- Sometimes users can't log in for a mysterious reason and they have to clear their browser cache or reset their password to login again.
- No comment threading.
- No direct uploading of images, video, or audio.
- ...plus about 130 other issues we have listed on GitHub.
Fortunately, this week we will have two more engineers joining us and as many as an additional two engineers soon, bringing the total number up to six (including me). This will significantly increase the speed with which we can iterate our software.
Our plan is to continue focusing on MoneyButton until August when we launch "for real" with a brand new design intended to appeal to a mainstream audience. The next steps for Yours will be to incorporate the MoneyButton into Yours and fix all of the outstanding issues.
Some users are frustrated that we haven't made faster progress on Yours. Let me explain our reasoning for focusing on the MoneyButton first.
The MoneyButton makes it far easier for anyone to build an app like Yours. Yours is a useful app in and of itself, and it can and will be much better over time, but the MoneyButton could be the micropayments UI layer of the internet, which could have a far larger amount of transaction volume than Yours itself. Consider if the MoneyButton were used inside Yours as well as thousands of other micropayments-based apps that weren't possible until now. That's a huge idea that's even bigger than Yours. Especially when you consider that nothing limits us to micropayments.
If we are able to hire all of the engineers we are hoping, we will be able to allocate some effort to fixing the most irritating bugs with Yours soon. Otherwise these things will have to wait until we finish the MoneyButton redesign in August.
Look forward to more information about the MoneyButton in the coming weeks and the mainstream launch in August. If you are interested in using the MoneyButton for a publication or app, please get in touch at our support email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Or of course you can simply try out the prototype right now which you can easily configure at moneybutton.com.
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