After doing some fixes to KRunner last week which I blogged, I later fixed a few similarly small annoyances in KRandrTray. Today I cleaned up a small issue with the notifications widget: the tooltip would show even when the popup was open, resulting in less-detailed information in the tooltip obscuring the purposefully open and more detailed job and notification information. This was right after reading Alex Fiestas's blog entry on having a very productive KDE hacking weekend in which he nailed some Plasma Desktop annoyances of his own.
While we're all working on lots of new things (like Plasma Active) or important retoolings of old things (e.g. libplasma2), I believe it's also important that we try and make some time to pound out the little dents and smooth out the slightly rough edges of what exists as well. A lot of these fixes take only a few minutes, though admittedly some can take a few hours of trudging through code, though that usually means a number of other cleanups can and likely do happen as well.
Usually, though, these fixes take much less time than trolling through the dozen or so bug reports needed to find one that's valid and addressable.
This is all a bit of a reminder to myself to do these kinds of little "makes me enjoy this software more" fixes more often, and an invitation to all other KDE hackers (and would-be KDE hackers) to also take the initiative similarly with the code you work on. Or, like Alex, on Plasma code. We welcome your help! :)
(Which reminds me, it's now Monday at nearly 17:00 and I still haven't gotten out my blog on Share Like Connect. Gah!!!!)