[QA] Introductions

Carol Sanders carol at carolsanders.org
Thu May 30 23:46:05 UTC 2013

Yes indeed I'm interested and ready to help test.
I live in South San Francisco and can host a gathering. I live a 10 minute
walk from BART.
Though if a location in SF is chosen that works for me as well.
I am also open to help organize where I can.  Once idea is to find eager
high school students who use Wikipedia often and who would love to gain
experience in software testing. I think I will have to visit schools around
the Bay Area and promote this idea.

What do you think?

Once we have a definite date I will reserve time / take of that day from
work to meet.

Hope this helps.


Carol A. Sanders
Sr, Network QA Engineer, Mad Scientist, Student
"Escape the Boundaries of Your Mentality"

On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM, Quim Gil <qgil at wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi there,
> I work as technical contributor coordinator at the Wikimedia Foundation,
> with a focus on ramping up community testing activities by organizing them
> and helping others becoming organizers.
> I'm based in San Francisco and my short term goal is to co-organize an
> automated browser testing activity in June somewhere in the Bay Area - with
> an option for online participants. Judy, let's talk! There is also Carol
> Sanders (CCed) happy to help. Chris, all the better if you could drive up
> here that day. Rachel and Zeljko, we count on you online - and with the
> rest of people joining this list as well!
> In a more strategic sense, I'm working with two ideas about testing in
> mind:
> * It is a good entry point for new contributors with a technical interest,
> regardless of their specific skills and experience. You can offer small
> pieces of simple work and from there you can offer a rewarding progression
> path that has no end.
> * Professional / advanced software testers are surely using Wikipedia
> regularly. A % of them would contribute happily their QA skills and would
> have fun learning and helping here - if they would just know. How to reach
> to that % effectively and how to get them involved?
> Another interesting aspect is how to find the right relationship with the
> developers (a typical QA/dev topic) and how to find the right relationship
> specifically with the Wikimedia Foundation teams and with the individual /
> small hobbyist / small professional teams out there (a Wikimedia /
> MediaWiki specific topic).
> You don't want to have QA too separate from development, and in fact many
> tasks should be done by the developers as part of their process. But on the
> other hand you don't want to bring more work to busy developers, and
> feedback they are not asking for (yet). Finding the right balance and
> working efficiently isn't simple but this is the main point of community
> testing.
> ... and I also enjoy writing (too much, perhaps), so I'll stop here.  ;)
> --
> Quim Gil
> Technical Contributor Coordinator @ Wikimedia Foundation
> http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/**User:Qgil<http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Qgil>
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