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Do you care about Web standards? Do you hate working around browser bugs? Don't just stand there - with engineers bleeding by the side of the road, are you going to be the Pharisee or the Good Samaritan?

You can help, and you don't need to be a C++ programmer! Simplifying bug reports to the simplest possible test case doesn't take too long per bug, but when you've got as many bugs as we do, the time really adds up. And every hour Gecko engineers spend decomposing bug reports is an hour they can't spend on FIXING bugs. The more bugs that are simplified, the faster Gecko engineers can fix them, and the fewer bugs there'll be!

Writing a testcase is also the best and most productive way to vote for a bug. Overworked engineers tend to focus on bugs with testcases. If a bug bothers you, why it does still not have a testcase?

What Is A Test Case?

A simplified test case means the simplest possible Web page that still reproduces the bug. If you remove any more characters from the file of the simplified test case, you no longer see the bug. You can find out how to make them at En/Reducing_testcases.

Finding The Bugs

Bugs which definitely need a testcase are flagged with the testcase-wanted keyword (search). If there are none of those, then try the following components. (Why not adopt one?)

Moving On

When you've completed the testcase and uploaded it to the bug, change the testcase-wanted keyword to a testcase keyword, and move on to the next one. If you don't have sufficient permissions to add keywords, [[http://www.gerv.net/hacking/before-you-mail-gerv.html mail Gerv] to obtain additional permissions.

Rewards

Each time you make a testcase, bookmark the bug. When you've got to 20, email the list to XXXWHO? to receive a free http://intlstore.mozilla.org/product_info.php?products_id=122 Firefox plushie!

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<p>Do you care about Web standards? Do you hate working around browser bugs? Don't just stand there - with engineers bleeding by the side of the road, are you going to be the Pharisee or the Good Samaritan?</p>
<p>You can help, and you don't need to be a C++ programmer! Simplifying bug reports to the simplest possible test case doesn't take too long per bug, but when you've got as many bugs as we do, the time really adds up. And every hour Gecko engineers spend decomposing bug reports is an hour they can't spend on FIXING bugs. The more bugs that are simplified, the faster Gecko engineers can fix them, and the fewer bugs there'll be!</p>
<p>Writing a testcase is also the best and most productive way to vote for a bug. Overworked engineers tend to focus on bugs with testcases. If a bug bothers you, why it does still not have a testcase?</p>
<h3>What Is A Test Case?</h3>
<p>A simplified test case means the simplest possible Web page that still reproduces the bug. If you remove any more characters from the file of the simplified test case, you no longer see the bug. You can find out how to make them at <a href="En/Reducing_testcases">En/Reducing_testcases</a>.</p>
<h3>Finding The Bugs</h3>
<p>Bugs which definitely need a testcase are flagged with the <code>testcase-wanted</code> keyword (search). If there are none of those, then try the following components. (Why not adopt one?)</p>
<h3>Moving On</h3>
<p>When you've completed the testcase and uploaded it to the bug, change the <code>testcase-wanted</code> keyword to a <code>testcase</code> keyword, and move on to the next one. If you don't have sufficient permissions to add keywords, [[<a class=" external" href="http://www.gerv.net/hacking/before-you-mail-gerv.html" rel="freelink">http://www.gerv.net/hacking/before-you-mail-gerv.html</a> mail Gerv] to obtain additional permissions.</p>
<h3>Rewards</h3>
<p>Each time you make a testcase, bookmark the bug. When you've got to 20, email the list to XXXWHO? to receive a free <a href="http://intlstore.mozilla.org/product_info.php?products_id=122 Firefox plushie">http://intlstore.mozilla.org/product_info.php?products_id=122 Firefox plushie</a>!</p>
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