What is the Bug Squad?
The BugSquad is an essential asset in progressing Ubuntu and its derivatives; The BugSquad is the first point of contact for the bugs filed about Ubuntu. They assign bugs to packages, ensure that bug reports are complete, find duplicate bug reports, recreate bugs, and forward bugs to their upstream authors. All of these activities help the bug get fixed and subsequently make Ubuntu even better.
What the BugSquad does is also known as Triaging, much like the process of prioritizing patients based on the severity of their condition, assists developers spend their time most effectively, and is a great way to learn about how Ubuntu as an operating system and as a community work. It's not uncommon to discover new interesting features you didn't know about!
Another big part of what we do is assist new members triage bugs; On average, over 1,800 bugs are filed every week with more than 200,000 bugs filed so far. The Bug Squad always is in NEED of more help from the community!
Who makes up the Bug Squad?
Anyone interested in triaging bugs can join the Bug Squad. The members are primarily volunteers from around the world and the come together with a common cause of making Ubuntu better for everyone. No special knowledge or training is required, just a desire to help. Currently there are about 1500 registered members.
Want to Join?
When joining the Bug Squad please keep up to date with bug management policies. Changes are always announced on the mailing list.
The only skills necessary to join the BugSquad are curiosity and a desire to help: No need to know anything about programming. Everything you need to know is on the wiki or can be asked in IRC or on the mailing list.
Join the Launchpad group to make yourself an official member.
Ubuntu BugSquad members can always be contacted via IRC on the channel #ubuntu-bugs on irc.freenode.org for help or collaboration.