Bug tracking is currently distributed throughout the Internet. Each project has its own bug system.
Wouldn't it be great if there could be a single place (and single UI) where people could get credit for their efforts of bug reporting?
No more wondering about trying to find that bug tracking site. Or understanding the different logic of each site. And the best thing is that you could gather your reputation from all that effort you spend reporting bugs on everything (if they indeed are recognized as such).
Would the stack engine be the right fit? Could it be adapted to such a task?
I know that:
- This isn't the core business of the stack ecosystem
- This idea is slightly in biz conflict with other endeavours (FogBugz etc...)
- I will receive wrath for even suggesting it
But hey, it's worth a shot ;)
I know that I for one would definitely use it...
The objections raised by @Straitjacket and others are true. I understand this is not the best fit.
However I do think there is a real pain here that can be addressed, and an ecosystem to be built. The expert reputation system in Stack Exchange is a driving force that with some thought could be utilized in a similar manner to harness the users as a QA workforce. Today this is distributed and depends solely on the developers orientation to the matter.
There is real potential here and even though Stack Exchange may not be the right platform for the task, I'm sure someone will rise to fill the void.