How can I participate in the Stack Overflow testing team?
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If you think you are seeing lots of bugs then post them here. Someone will look into it and post a response, usually fairly quickly.
However, if you think you've found a critical exploitable security issue, you should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details instead of posting it publicly.
Make sure you include all the details - operating system, browser etc and include screen shots if possible.
Invitations would logically be based on experience testing/developing software/websites, activity within the community itself, familiarity with SO and how it operates.
Plus, with SO having three (soon to be four) personalities, so much testing has already taken place. The need for more testing shrinks with each passing day. The system is stabilizing, and the community has become the prominent testing-force.
What specific testing? The product is now long out of private beta... there are the site-specific betas, which mainly require you to turn up...
Other than that, most testing is internal to the team AFAIK.