Open to forum members defiantly.. but not a "Open" Beta.. that would be bad unless the code is really tight and the game is close to gold. Open Betas on unfinished product can turn into a PR problem and kill a game.
I do.. and I AM highly qualified
No seriously, often Devs will dip into the forums like this for individuals with a lot of energy, time and commitment due to their posts. That's one of the reasons they create them..
If you read all the forums, it will become fairly clear who would make good candidates (ME !!!) and who wouldn't ( Omigir.. **J/K** )
Sometimes the Devs will ask for Closed Alpha/Beta testers to fill out applications to weed out those that do have experience and those that don't as well.
Edited by Chuckie, 25 January 2012 - 06:11 AM.