Is there a need of Social Testing similar to what we call Social coding / Open source ?
I’m wondering whether the idea of social/open testing is viable or not. We have github, sourceforge, etc to support open source coding but seems software testing is not on that level yet, though some web places like http://bugpub.com trying to spin off on the idea.
Several open source projects have considerable test suites. Many open source projects have people funded by companies to work on them. I think testers would be very welcome to help in open source projects to provide more and better testing. I think firefox/mozilla with bugzilla is a good example.
You can also see that open source has provided many test tools, which is another area where testers can participate.
Like Alexander Pushkarev, I think community testing would ultimately end up being open source-oriented since testing proprietary software for free doesn’t make as much sense, but it could. Proprietary companies could fund open test suites that work for several products including their own. One example might be interoperability tests between products.
Further I see the efforts of things like testing weekends or competitions as advancing social testing.
http://weekendtesting.com “A platform for software testers to collaborate, test various kinds of software, foster hope, gain peer recognition, and be of value to the community.”
CAST has had competitions in the evening, for example http://www.associationforsoftwaretesting.org/conference/cast-2012/schedule/