well, celeste, you have a gift waiting for you in kde4 from one luca gugelmann:
luca appeared on irc recently looking for things to do. i steered him towards celeste's blog (among other things; he's been producing a few patches lately =) and a couple days later there it is. cool ...
now, that said ... i don't scale very well. people come on irc and ask me for tasks fairly regularly. this means i have to take a break from my own coding to pay attention to the request and come up with something. sometimes i'm not even there on irc (i know, amazing and shocking! ;).
so let me suggest that if you'd like to get involved with kde4 that you try the following instead:
- pick an app in one of the modules, such as kdeutils or kdeadmin, and try it out. i guarantee you'll find layout or other issues that need to be resolved before 4.0. if you have questions about the app, ask on irc in #kde4-devel or on the kde-devel mailing list. this is the self-starter method.
- subscribe and then send an email to the email@example.com mailing list letting people know you are looking for tasks.
for other kde regulars working on kde4 already: can we please put together lists of things that need to get done that people might be able to pick away at? i know that kopete has such a page, as does plasma. this would make it so much easier for people such as myself to steer others your way and speed up devel where it needs to happen.
in fact, perhaps someone would like to set up a page in the "contribute" area of techbase for these things?