Smart Client Bug Reporting Challenge
" Calling all smart client developers! Want to win a cool Visual Studio .NET branded backpack or T-shirt? Want to help the Windows Forms team ship an amazing product? If so, come enter the Bug Reporting Challenge Contest. It’s super simple—you find a bug in Windows Forms or ClickOnce, then you file the bug you found using the Microsoft Product Feedback Center . If it's a bug that the Windows Forms or ClickOnce teams fix for Whidbey, or it's a bug we'd like to fix but have to postpone for some reason, then you get 1 credit. Each month we will hand out 1 backpack and 3 T-shirts for the top 4 bug finders. Come back and enter as often as you have a bug.
Why are we doing this, you ask? When we looked at the bug stats filed by the community through the Feedback Center, we found that over 30% of code defect bugs submitted were being fixed in the product. This is a really high number when you remember that the builds the community have are not the most up-to-date ones that the team has (e.g. another 30% are not repro by our team—meaning that we already fixed it by the time that the bug came in). We wanted a way to say "thank you" to all the people who have been finding the great bugs in the product that we are fixing, so we came up with this contest."
I'm really excited to see how the contest goes. The Winforms team is one of the top two teams in terms of # of bugs reported on the Product Feedback Center and they have found the bugs reported so far to be very helpful. It seems you've been reporting bugs anyway, but now you can win something for doing it! Good Times