Portland Holiday Ale Festival 2009

We've had our rating system in beta for awhile now.  It turns out that 97% of the people who requested logins during this period also had Facebook accounts.  So, we did some math, programming, drank some beers, undid some programming, and then reprogrammed a bit more.  What came out the other end is your ability to login and rate beers with your Facebook account.

If you're already logged into Facebook, just click on the Facebook login button on the Beer List page and you'll be asked to allow us some simple permissions, and whamm-o, you'll be logged into our site as well. What permissions does Facebook ask for? The following message appears and asks you only for the most basic level of access, which includes information you've already agreed to share with everyone: "Access my basic information: Includes name, profile picture, gender, networks, user ID, list of friends, and any other information I've shared with everyone."

Right now, you can rate beers which only forms the aggregate ratings on the home page.  This give users a sense of how the Portland beer community views different beers, hopefully stimulating some discussion and guiding others to try essential beers.  In the future, this system will be used so that you can keep a personal list of your favorite beers and even set up notifications to let you know when your favorite beers are released or re-released.  This will be just one more way can keep you closer to your beer.

Though this next step opens our rating system to almost everyone, this only represents the tail end of our Beta period.  There may be some final kinks in the system, so please let us know if you're having any issues.

Cheers, Matt

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