This is something taylor and I have discussed informally, and I think it's time to give it a shot. Announcing the first-ever community-for-hire bug-hunting drive. The rules are simple:
1) Look on Mantis
, find a bug that isn't assigned to anybody (or if it is assigned to somebody, ask if you can steal it) and claim it in this thread. I will reassign it to the "bug_hunting_drive" user, so that people know it's been claimed.
2) Fix it, and submit a patch (or explain why it isn't a bug).
3) Earn bounties. For each issue that's a bona fide bug, you get $5. (Particularly evil bugs may be worth more, at sponsor's discretion.) For each issue that's a configuration problem or a user error, you get $1.
The drive will run until September 30th and is open to anybody who isn't wearing a SCP avatar. The bounties will be sponsored by me, at least initially. Payment will be via PayPal or by special arrangement.
The purposes of the drive are twofold. First, to get bugs fixed in Mantis, as a lot of the existing SCP staff are either busy, burned out, or slacking off. Second, to get more people interested in the SCP, some of which will hopefully decide to join.
What are you waiting for? Get going!