I'm officially headed to Drupalcon Szeged in August (thanks, Lullabot!), and so naturally submitted a few session proposals this weekend. :) Incidentally, if you haven't yet registered for Szeged, you really ought to do so soon -- the price goes up after June 30, and their website has a super smooth registration process.
So I'm proposing.... Awesome Testing Party, a working session where coders from newbie to ninja gather in a room together and help each other to write tests for Drupal core.... and win prizes! :)
The idea is for newbies to pair up with ninjas, and take a Drupal core function (a card in a stack of index cards), sit down, write a test, submit a patch, then grab another card. Resources will be provided, like a testing "cheat-sheet," and testing experts will be on-hand to answer any questions as the session goes on. At the end, we'll give out dorky prizes for things like "most tests written," "best test written," "craziest function to write tests for," etc.
The goal of this party is not 100% test coverage of Drupal in an hour (though if we get a few committable tests out of it, so much the better :)), but rather to make testing more approachable and less scary, to increase the number of people who have testing knowledge, and, most importantly, to have FUN! :D
Don't feel like you have the testing chops to come to this party? Don't fret -- if you know any PHP at all, you totally do. But if you're still feeling a little shy, there would be an intro to testing session earlier in the week to help get you up to speed. :)
What do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? Ridiculously bad idea? ;) Any other thoughts on how help ensure that it's a success? Want to help out on-site?
Oh, also, you might notice my site is not running Garland anymore. I want to throw out a HUGE thanks to Nathan Haug, who totally surprised me with this result of his plane hacking session. :D NATE, YOU ROCK!