Usually BugHunting session are organized on the last alpha, the first beta and the first RC of the major releases. They are dedicated to find bugs on those specific versions and make sure that the final release will not show major problems.
One week before the bug-hunting session, some preparation for communication is needed:
- create the page on the wiki
- create the banners that should be placed on
- the wiki event page
- the release notes wiki page
- Write a blogpost about the sessions
The day before
- Make sure the wiki page has all information
- Make sure there is a mentor available on the page with his name and mail address
- Make sure the release is not delayed, if it is:
- point the testers to another release on master
- communicate on the QA and Projects lists and on IRC
During the session
- Make sure there is always a mentor available
- Make sure that cross communication is working
- Check again the availability of the version to test and the links on the wiki page.
- Organize testing sessions on a dedicated module or new major functionality (e.g test on Writer only for 2 hours)
- Insist on that it's not a triaging session and anybody should concentrate on testing and reporting bugs only.
After the session
- Replace the banner in Bugzilla with the 'LibreOffice X.Y.Z is out help us test it' banner
- Replace the banner in the Release Notes with the 'LibreOffice X.Y.Z is out help us test it' banner
- Announce the pre-release in the QA Blog. Sample
- Collect metrics on participants (also NLPs participation)
- Collect metrics on bug reports, triage
- Thanks everybody for his participation on lists and social media
Sample first announcement blogpost
A new release of LibreOffice is coming up - so help to make it the best version ever! LibreOffice X.X is due to be released on XX XXX, and developers are busy working on new features and updates. With so many changes in the next version, we'd really appreciate your help finding bugs so that we can squash them!
To this end we'll be holding a Bug Hunting Session on XX XXX, from XX:XX to XX:XX UTC. Anyone can take part at any time - it's simple and fun! All you have to do is download the latest development release, try out the new features, and report bugs on our IRC chat channel. Even if you can only spare half an hour of your time, it's a great help to make LibreOffice better than ever before - and you can show off a badge like the one above!
So mark the date: XX XXX. We'll post more details on this blog soon, so stay tuned...
Sample second announcement blogpost
Help to fix bugs in the next version of LibreOffice, and make it the best yet! As we mentioned in (link), we are holding a Bug Hunting Session on XX XXX, and everyone is welcome to take part. All you have to do is:
- Download the latest development version of LibreOffice X.X from (link)
- Join our IRC chat channel on (link, with more info)
- Try the new features in LibreOffice, including X, Y and Z
- If you find a bug, tell us about it on IRC, so that we can investigate more
And as thanks for your help, if you find or confirm a bug we'll award you a Badge(link) that you can proudly show on your website, blog or social media.
The Bug Hunting Session will take place from XX to YY on XX XXX, so join us then - and thanks in advance for your help!
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