Quality Assurance: Bucks for Bugs
Earn money (10 U.S. dollars eventually, via PayPal) for mistakes you find on this site! This website is intended to be technically and textually accurate, however the growing amount of information does not decrease the likelihood of mistakes. You can contribute to improve this website, and this gets rewarded.
How Does It Work?
When you find an error, be it technical (validation or display problems), textual (orthographic—the author is German—or even functional mistakes), or a suspected usability problem, just drop me a line by either using the contact form on this page or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: “Jens Meiert - Mistake”).
Usually, I confirm every error report as well as suspected mistakes. At the end of each month (sometimes delayed), the biggest bug or most helpful report, respectively, will be selected and their sender rewarded with 10 U.S. dollars.
“Winners” will be notified and have two weeks to reply. The money is either paid out by bank transfer (Europe) or PayPal (international). Please note that there are no other payment options and that there is no legal claim to payment, since the definition and assessment of a mistake might be difficult, subjective, or both. Participation is voluntary; the terms outlined here may change. All winners will be mentioned in the “Hall of Fame”, unless there are informal objections on behalf of the reporter.
By the way: This initiative’s background is explained in the blog (including remarks from Donald Norman).
- I tend to mix American and British English, and I’m probably not that consistent with certain expressions either. As I am no native English speaker, I am looking forward to correcting spelling mistakes and to improving all the language on this site, but I cannot reward every report of such slips.
- Certain things are not optimal yet, but as an élève of Tschichold and Bringhurst I’m aware of that situation. Expect improvements.
- Links are checked on a monthly basis, but not necessarily corrected when it comes to blog comments. There’s no need to report broken links in terms of this page’s initiative, although I’m looking forward to receiving notes on them. Still, apologies if you come across broken references.
- Display problems on 800 × 600 pixels (and below) screen resolutions:
- I will not accept any reports regarding problems related to screen resolution or certain window sizes, respectively. This is just something I need to consider in my job, and I do exactly that in every project, be it professional or personal. There shouldn’t be many issues.
- Display problems in seemingly dead user-agents:
- This is due to the same reasons as above. Let’s ignore Internet Explorer for Mac OS, Netscape Navigator 4, and pals.
Previous Error Reports
See the Hall of Fame.