Beta release and first comments

by: Michal Szymanski

Forged in hatefire

We released the Beta version.

For projects like MDB (intended for IT specialist) the most important are the first opinions issued by the nerd community. It often determined the success or failure of the product.

Ours opinion were devastating. Our critics just slung mud at us and MDB was totally hammered.

Polish developers were the most ruthless. With great satisfaction they pointed out each flaw of our product and wrote posts explaining why MDB would never succeed.

The worts thing was that the whole hate seemed to be quite rational. Apart from ad personam comments and malicious post about MDB, our haters pointed out the real shortcomings. In this situation we could do 2 things:

  • Approach the issue emotionally, feel offended, make no corrections and thereby sentence the project to death.
  • Approach the problem rationally and stiffly. Separate hatred from facts and then roll up our sleeves and start the product.

"Our daily bread hatred" - we both said and went back to work

For us started a hectic period of patching holes. Every day we got information about dozens (sometimes even hundreds) bugs in our code.

To our surprise, we saw invaluable aspect in this hatred - it drew people's attention and prompted programmers to test our code.

Most of them tested MDB only just to point out all bugs and comment on how hopeless our product was. But it didn't matter anymore - the most important thing was that we received detailed information where we could improve our code.

Looking back, I am certain that if was not for this tide of hatred, we would not have manage to modify and develop MDB so quickly. Let me give you some examples.

12.00 | User 1 : Buttons don't work, what a shit.

12.15 | Me: Thanks for the information, it has been corrected

12.20 | User 2 : it doesn't work on 1200px screens. Drama

12.30 | Dawid: Thanks, already corrected

12.32 | User 3 : gallery scattered completely on the phone. You had better take to something else and programming leave the better ones than you

12.33 | Me : Thanks for the info. Could you write to me which phone and browser you used?

12.34 | User 3 : Iphone5s, chrome

12.40 | Me : Corrected, thanks for the info

12.44 | User 3 : F..k you. You will fail anyway

12.45 | Me :

Imagine the whole collection of hundreds of comments like these, one after another. It was like a perpetual motion machine. The more bugs they founded, the faster we could upgrade the code. The faster we upgraded the code, the more everyone wanted to show us that "You will fail anyway" - so they looked for more bugs.

A real perpetuum mobile - powered by hatred and producing a pure code in return.

Two months of such struggle allowed us to take MDB to an entirely new level of quality. Hatred began to fade and its place was taken by favour and sheer interest.

Like the snowdrops after a frozen winter, the first compliments began to appear. The praises quickly dominated the landscape, and after a year MDB from a whipping boy became one of the most popular frontend tool, with their own group of psycho fans.

Comments of MDB lovers, only a few months after the greatest tide of hatred (photo still with our old logo)

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However, me and Dawid always look forward to comments of the haters. Nice words do not attract user's attention, do not arouse a heated discussion and do not have so much power to motivate you to action as hateful words.

MDB has been forged in fire of hatred, not love. Therefore appreciate your haters, they are a blessing for every young startup.

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Michal Szymanski

Co-founder of MDBootstrap and BrandFlow. Entrepreneur, web developer, UI / UX designer, marketer. Dancer and nerd at the same time.

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