Help make Firefox better and get a Gmail invitation!

I will give 5 Gmail invitations to new Mozilla volunteers this week. There are several ways you can make useful contributions to the Mozilla project with only a nightly build of Firefox and a Bugzilla account:

Finding and reporting bugs

You can find bugs to report through everyday use or by intentionally looking for bugs. Good ways to find bugs that haven't already been reported are testing new features (extension manager, two-pane bookmark manager), testing rarely used features (help, bookmark update notification), and testing for keyboard accessibility.

When you find a bug, search Bugzilla to find out if your bug has already been reported. If it hasn't, report it. Most bug reports should include your build ID (from Help > About), steps to reproduce the bug, and the expected and actual results from following those steps.

Triaging unconfirmed bugs

Bugs filed by new Bugzilla users start with the "unconfirmed" status. You can change to "new" once you've checked that they're useful. This includes searching Bugzilla to make sure it isn't a duplicate, making sure the summary (title) is clear and specific, and making sure the bug is in the correct component. If the bug is a bug in page display, it also needs a simplified testcase (see below) before it can be marked as "new". For more information, see Bug Triagers' Guide: Moving a Bug from Unconfirmed to New.

Isolate bugs and create simplified testcases

Isolating bugs is one of the best ways to save Mozilla developers time. In many bug reports, the reporter has included a URL and a description of what Mozilla does wrong at that URL. Before a Mozilla developer can fix the bug, she has to figure out what part or parts of the page trigger the bug. You can save Mozilla developers time by isolating bugs and attaching your minimal minimal testcases to bugs. To find bugs that need testcases, look for unconfirmed bugs in layout components, bugs without the "testcase" keyword, or bugs with the "qawanted" keyword.

Testcases should be as small as possible while still showing the bug. For most layout bugs, a minimal testcase will be under a kilobyte. Be sure to include text in the testcase or in the bug making it clear what the correct behavior is and what Mozilla is doing wrong. For more tips on creating testcases, see The BugAThon.

Contest rules

While or after contributing, tell me your Bugzilla e-mail address. I'll look at what you and other new volunteers have done in Bugzilla and give the accounts to those with the best contributions.

On Tuesday, Asa will be in #mozillazine to help new volunteers learn how to use Bugzilla as part of a weekly event called Bugday. Asa or I can give you Bugzilla privileges once you've added useful comments to a few bugs. These priviliges let you report bugs as new rather than unconfirmed, mark other people's bugs as duplicates, and make other changes to bugs.

You're not limited to the ways of contributing I listed above. For more ideas, see Getting involved with mozilla.org.

20 Responses to “Help make Firefox better and get a Gmail invitation!”

  1. Doron Says:

    I have some gmail invites I can add :)

  2. Jesse Ruderman Says:

    Nobody has entered my contest yet, so I don’t think it will be hard to be one of the top 5 entrants with the “best contributions”.

  3. Waleed Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear your lack of contestants. No doubt, Firefox is bloody marvelous but alas! for the lack of admirers.

    Fear not. Once the moon was feared, now tis loved.

  4. ricky @ mycroft Says:

    Hi, I mention my bugzilla e-mail address in the form. I’ve been reporting bugs for several years now but not many of them are valid bugs of firefox. However, recently I’ve contributed to bug #245088 with a screenshot confirming a problem which is more serious than the original reporter thought. Does this make me eligible? ;-)

  5. Marlin Says:

    I’ll try it for an account, i was looking for a better browser than Netscape

  6. Yordan Says:

    If someone have gmail invitation I’ll be grateful if send it ti dakolan@abv.bg

  7. Yordan Says:

    i want gmail invitation: dakolan@abv.bg

  8. joelle Says:

    hello
    plz i want a gmail invitation
    i’ll be so happy if someone invited me to use gmail
    my email adress : joellejc@yahoo.com
    thank you

  9. auding Says:

    thanks.
    i’d like to have a gmail account,
    thanks again..

  10. Peter De Bruyn Says:

    Hey,

    i’m looking for a gmail invitation (if you have one, send it to: peter_debru@hotmail.com or peter.debruyn@antwerpen.be). I don’t think there are any bugs in your site left, he’s almost perfect, so actually it’s kind of difficult to get one, isn’t it? But i can assure you, if you send me an invitation, i can help you solving a bug in your site when you would have problems doing that (i have quite a lot experience in building web-sites, html, java, java-scripts, .net, managing server/networks, …)

    I hope you could send me an invition, i would thank you a lot (really!! :) ) Thanx anyway and greetz to everyone,

    Peter

  11. Seraph Says:

    I am a chinese boy and there are few Gmail account here.Anybody can help me?Gimme a Gmail invitation?I really wanna try the Gmail!Thanks a lot!!

  12. Seraph Says:

    My Email Address : Blue100031@hotmail.com
    Waiting for your good news!Thanks a lot!

  13. oswel Says:

    Hi, i would Like A GMail Invitation!!!!

    iŽve been using firefox 4 several weeks nŽi like a lot!!!
    I have found some bugs but its 4 some extension that i download it but i never gonna use IE (Innecesary nŽEstupid jejeje) bekause of IE my PC has collapse like 7 times 4 all the holes that IE has nŽalso WinXP.
    IŽll start using Linux nŽFireFox, there r a terrific couple ;).
    I am persuading my friends 2 use FireFox instead IE… i dont know if it is the help that r u lookin 4 2 get my Gmail Invitation :D … anyway get it or not im still persuding my friends Žkause its 4 their own good!!! f*ck IE, Got FireFox!!!
    Hope SomeBody can give me a Gamil Invitation :D jijiji God Bless YaŽll

  14. oswel Says:

    by the way, my email is oswel9@galileo.edu

  15. daniel Says:

    Hi, i would Like A GMail Invitation!!!!

    My Email: chendanielcn@yahoo.com.cn

  16. edin Says:

    Anyone interested in gmail account? I have some invitations to give, for FREE. Send me your email adress and you’ll get one from me, no kidding!!

  17. al amin Says:

    hi

    i am new to use gmail .

    plz send me invitation to open gmail account.

    thanks

    al aamin

    al_amin33@yahoo.com

  18. munna Says:

    Please send me an invite. Thanks

  19. Neil's Smaller World Says:

    Help make Firefox better and get a Gmail invitation!

    Jesse is offering 5 Gmail invitations for new Mozilla volunteers who get involved in bug-squashing this week.

  20. C:\Arvind.sideblog Says:

    Squash a bug, get a GMail

    http://www.squarefree.com/archives/000474.htm