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Rainforest Tester Spotlight: Marilyn

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Kristen Hohenstein, Tuesday November 21, 2017

Our network of 60,000 crowdsourced QA testers are a critical part of the Rainforest platform, providing the human perspective that allows Rainforest customers to have confidence that their code is bug-free and user-ready. Today we're getting to know Marilyn, a Rainforest Super Tester who is a very active member of our tester community!

Rainforest Tester Spotlight Marilyn

Meet Marilyn

I’m a resident of the Netherlands. I’ve been doing Rainforest QA testing for almost three years.

The first year I became a tester was also the same year that I had to start learning a language. I needed a diversion at times, so I surfed the web and found Rainforest. My first experience with QA tests was not love at first sight - I thought they were just the typical tasks that come and go. Also, being an accountant with experience in internal auditing, one could guess that I had a limited knowledge of QA testing. As weeks went by, I began to appreciate the tests, learned so quickly and even enjoyed doing them! And as they say, the rest is history.

A Typical Day of Testing with Rainforest

I spend about 12 hours a day in Rainforest. This is not purely allocated to QA testing because as everyone knows, jobs are distributed based on their availability and the number of testers online along with other factors. While waiting for a job, I usually visit the tester forum to keep myself updated on any latest discussion, especially those related to Rainforest rules and supporting examples. I tend to focus more on those scenarios where other testers have different opinion and interpretation of the rules, and if time permits or if I could get the attention of any Rainforest admin, I ask them myself to have an official clarification. If there are still pending questions, I take note of those and submit them for the next 'Ask Me Anything' event.

What It's Like to Be a Rainforest Tester

The first thing that comes to my mind is flexibility. I don't have to follow normal working hours and I can test at my own pace. What I also like about being a Rainforest QA tester is that we are provided with a platform where we don't have to personally save some screenshots of our work as they are automatically taken every time we submit our answers or file a bug report. Moreover, each test is divided into steps which are in action/question format, making it easier to understand what needs to be done.

Just more than a year ago, I was chosen to be a part of the Super Tester group and was given the chance to talk about whatever was going on in the tester community - this made me convinced that Rainforest cares about their testers and aims at improving the testing experience.

What would like people to know about being a Rainforest Tester?

With Rainforest QA testing, I learned a lot of new things, from getting acquainted with different testing terms to even writing test steps. It kept me busy while at home and I even met a number of great people. It's really an excellent opportunity to be a part of this tester community.

When I'm Not Testing...

I like to travel around and to explore amazing and inspiring things in different places. I had the chance to visit a few countries and certainly would love to do more in the future.

To learn more about how our testers help us deliver faster, better QA results to Rainforest users, read more about the Rainforest Tester Network here.

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