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Where SeaMonkey Needs Your Help

As you might know, a community project like SeaMonkey always needs help from everyone who can contribute his or her time - and testing our alpha/beta versions, release candidates, and development (nightly) builds as well as reporting bugs are the first steps to doing that.

As a reader of this blog, the chance is high that you know that already and have read our web page on getting involved already. You might very well have the time and ability to help even more, but the information on developing Mozilla may sound too scary as the next step.

If that's the case, here are a few options where SeaMonkey really can use your help and that might be good entry point to becoming involved somewhat deeper:
  • Help Content and Documentation:
    We have a number of help content updates we want to have in SeaMonkey's collection of inline help by the SeaMonkey 2 release, if you can help writing that up, it would benefit a good number of users.
    Extending Mozilla Developer Documentation is of course appreciated by all Mozilla-based projects, including SeaMonkey.
  • Automated Test Cases:
    SeaMonkey is using the same automated testing frameworks as Firefox nowadays, but we lack test cases for most of the SeaMonkey-specific code. We are very much in need of developing more tests and doing that is a very good way of learning how our code works. This makes it a win-win situation: You learn how all this works and should work and help the whole project to ensure that it keeps working correctly even as our development moves along.
  • Good First Bugs:
    If you want to dive in even deeper and are looking for real bugs to fix, there is a list of reports with [good first bug] in the status whiteboard which should be things you should be able to pick up easily enough. We'd really appreciate if you can come up with patches for them and we are around in #seamonkey and #maildev to help you figure out how to do that.
    Developers, if you come around bugs that should be on that list, please add this marker!
  • Helpwanted Bugs:
    If you're looking for even more bugs that need help, there is a list of bugs with the helpwanted keyword, which is set where module owners or peers would really appreciate someone from outside their group to help. It looks like some of those are old enough though that you might want to see if they are still valid and useful, and triage them accordingly before starting work on them.

  • I hope there's something for you in those areas, we'd very much appreciate any help we can get in any of them.

    You can make a difference and improve the SeaMonkey suite. Yes, you can.

    Entry written by KaiRo and posted on February 18th, 2009 18:30 | Tags: helpwanted, Mozilla, SeaMonkey, SeaMonkey 2 | 2 comments | TrackBack

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    Anonymous guest

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    I think a lot of bugs could be taken care of by closing every one that is specific to Win 98 and before and Mac OS 9 and before.
    2009-02-26 17:34

    Dirtyoldm

    from USA

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    Old bugs - and Windoze 98 is still used !
    Who is ever going to go through all those bugs ?
    Better to dump all of them and solicit bugs again.

    The worst bugs these days are in the Mail HTML editor.
    It needs to be rewritten, it's way beyond individual bugs.

    In a reply, try putting the cursor at the start of the last line.
    Now hit END and it doesn't move. You have to use the mouse.

    Many problems editing replies are caused by those <blockquote> bars at the side of the text. There is no way to turn them off, the documented PREFs notwithstanding.

    In a reply to a message that has tables (those red-outlined boxes) just try to get rid of a table. Impossible.

    Try to paste a graphic into a message. You can insert from a file, but paste from the clipboard and the message can't be saved. It stopped working about a year ago. (HTML is different from Attaching a graphic - this is pictures inserted into the text)

    It's so squirrelly you have to save often because you never know when it will screw up your message and force you to start over.

    Apparently none of the coders ever write HTML messages, or edits the original when replying.
    Or changes the Subject text - if you do, Seamonkey doesn't mark the original as Replied.

    Most of the bugs are present in Thunderbird too - even though it uses its own Gecko.

    And please please don't get rid of 98SE compatibility.
    Lots of nerds still use it because it doesn't get viruses... and it's SO much faster and easier to use than XP.
    2009-03-02 03:48

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