How can I participate in the Stack Overflow testing team?

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from the comments, you suggest lots of bugs... do you actually mean bugs? If so, check whether they are reported here (and if not, report them). Features (i.e. things you'd choose to improve) are different; feel free to propose them, but note that you priorities and the team's may be different. –  Marc Gravell Jul 9 '09 at 12:02
    
How to report them ? –  joe Jul 9 '09 at 12:04
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Here. Create a question called "Bug: Something bad is happening" and include the details within the description. –  Jonathan Sampson Jul 9 '09 at 12:06
    
Sure I will prepare with description and post questions –  joe Jul 9 '09 at 12:19
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@Sampson: Please don't tell people to use tags in their title. Use the tags. –  GEOCHET Jul 9 '09 at 14:21
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As Rich B said, don't put "Bug: " in the title, rather, use the bug tag! That way, they all show up on meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/bug –  dbr Jul 11 '09 at 16:06
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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.

Make sure you include all the details - operating system, browser etc and include screen shots if possible.

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Generally good advice. If you identify what you believe to be a critical exploitable security issue, you should probably email team@stackoverflow.com instead of posting it publicly. –  Zoredache Aug 30 '10 at 19:08
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Invitation, likely.

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.

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how to get those ? –  joe Jul 9 '09 at 11:55
    
consider myself i am feeling there lot bugs i am seeing in SO site , i would to participate for testing team to point those –  joe Jul 9 '09 at 11:57
    
Visit often. Answer questions. Offer suggestions, etc. –  Jonathan Sampson Jul 9 '09 at 11:57
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The Community. It's starting to sound like Stepford...or Hot Fuzz. For the greater good... –  Jeff Yates Jul 9 '09 at 13:32
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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...

We've also seen at least one feature arrive here on MSO ahead of the other sites; so maybe "look carefully here"; but there usually is no trumpet... you might also watch the blog.

Other than that, most testing is internal to the team AFAIK.

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functional testing –  joe Jul 9 '09 at 12:00
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