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Q: What is Eclipse bug day?

A: Eclipse bug day is simply one day a month when Eclipse committers are dedicated to foster Eclipse community outreach.

Q: What skills do I need to participate in Eclipse bug day?

A: I will answer this question depending on your skill level:

Novice (non-developer):
If you're light on the coding skills, you can still participate in bug day! In your case, you can help Eclipse committers by triaging bugs (which is discussed in the next question).
Intermediate (developer):
If you have the code foo so to speak, you can pick through bugs that have been specially selected for Eclipse bug day and assign it to yourself. Once this is done, you claim the bug for yourself and can ask help from the developer via the bug or talk to them directly on IRC.

Q: How do I triage bugs?

A: Programming skills might help you fix particular bugs, but triaging most bugs will not require any programming knowledge. Bug triaging is a great way for people who do not know anything about programming to return something to the Eclipse community. To get started with triaging a bug, simply go to the Eclipse bug day page: (1) find the current bug day, (2) find a component your interested in triaging and click the triage link, (3) go through the bugs and see if there is anything missing in a bug or the bug may be out of date.

Q: What software is needed in order to assist in triaging bugs?

A: A web browser (like Firefox) and the latest stable version of Eclipse should suffice (note that some bugs may be tied to specific Eclipse versions, but those can be considered more advanced).

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