But..getting into the beta was a giant PITA.
1. Enter email
2. Check email
3. Download client
4. Go back to email, copy code
5. Paste code
6. Go back to email, click sign in link
7. Browser asks if it's ok to open Yack
8. Create profile in Yack (at this point I bounced)
Honestly, just let me download the beta directly, open it and have it Just Work. This is a new product and people will be skeptical. Friction is therefore your enemy.
Would it be possible to skip profile creation as well?
Will consider making the Yack profile optional. For the beta version it was necessary because the app has a "Feedback" community, which is built on top of Discourse - This is where users provide feedback and report bugs. Thought about creating a subreddit on Reddit for feedback/bug reports but for users who are on HN or YT, it was necessary to have Yack's own community.
Creating Yack profile automatically creates an account on Yack's Discourse instance but it never associates plugin accounts (hacker news, reddit, etc) with your Yack profile.
There are other ways to collect feedback than a Discourse instance. Why not just stand up a contact form, Twitter account, or email address?