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Solution for bug hunters

Not long ago, my system popped out a dialog saying "Error" in the title and offering two ways to go in form of two buttons below it - Yes and No. I was trying hard for a while to find out about the right answer but I never really did find it because I did not know what the error was all about. I suppose I've saved the world by choosing the right answer, the world didn't blow up after all... And now seriously :)

We live in an imperfect world full of bugs (and other insects of course) and the cyber-world is no exception to that rule. Fortunately, there are several ways to resolve problems, as long as you have any idea of what caused them to happen. Not all error messages or bug reports are as useless (and funny) as the one I mentioned above. Most of them provide you with at least a brief description of the error and mostly an error number or category as well. But what if you don't understand the error message? How about asking some other users who could have experienced it or know how to fix it ?

bug.gdBug.gd (Beta) is a rather simple service that allows you to search the library of bugs with their solutions and shows a list of reports you might be interested in. You can search for the error number, description or whatever else provided.

Besides that, you can also help other people to resolve some bugs by posting a solution to an unsolved problem. The only thing that is required of you is to provide your e-mail address. Try this service out by typing in a well-known error number like 404 and watch the amount of explanations you get for your problem. It's not limited to any specific type of bugs / errors.

Update: The site redirects you to Error Help which seems to provide a similar service.

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  1. Helen said on January 13, 2008 at 7:51 pm
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    bug.gd now has a Firefox add-on that makes it even easier to use.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6138

    A lot of power users like this approach- tech support professionals especially.

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