Back after a long time.

I've been reading an assorted mix of testing related blogs and articles on the web lately and I've had a chance to go through some very interesting ones. One common observation that I have made though is that there are very few articles that pertain to manual testing in specific; most are at higher levels of test strategy or invariably related to test automation. In fact, of all the innumerable tools inundating the market today, free and otherwise, very few offer comprehensive manual testing solutions (Mercury and IBM Rational being the notable exceptions).

Add to it, I was unable to find a forum of manual testers specifically where manual testers hang out and discuss common issues/ideas. I believe a lot of the tester community out there relies heavily on manual testing for various reasons. As an SDE/T, I must confess I do not spend majority of my time in manual testing, but I definitely rely on manual testing as a primary source for finding issues with the product. Automation is largely restricted to regressions and a few intelligent coverage and horizontal tests. Yet, what intrigues me is that manual testing does not seem to be talked about a lot on the web.

So, all you manual testers out there...lemme know if you have any good community or forum of manual testers where I can check out how manual testing is done typically, what are the problems associated with it - eyeball fatigue, overcomplicated un-automatable tests, way too short prod dev cycles etc. Or perhaps we could just start a wiki exclusively for manual testers...what say?