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. Jul 9, 2009 at 12:02
  • How to report them ?
    – joe
    Jul 9, 2009 at 12:04
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    Here. Create a question called "Bug: Something bad is happening" and include the details within the description.
    – Sampson
    Jul 9, 2009 at 12:06
  • Sure I will prepare with description and post questions
    – joe
    Jul 9, 2009 at 12:19
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    @Sampson: Please don't tell people to use tags in their title. Use the tags.
    Jul 9, 2009 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.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/bug
    – dbr
    Jul 11, 2009 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.

However, if you think you've found a critical exploitable security issue, you should email [email protected] 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.

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    Generally good advice. If you identify what you believe to be a critical exploitable security issue, you should probably email [email protected] instead of posting it publicly.
    – Zoredache
    Aug 30, 2010 at 19:08

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.

  • how to get those ?
    – joe
    Jul 9, 2009 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, 2009 at 11:57
  • Visit often. Answer questions. Offer suggestions, etc.
    – Sampson
    Jul 9, 2009 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, 2009 at 13:32

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.

  • functional testing
    – joe
    Jul 9, 2009 at 12:00

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