I'm a software developer. There is a team of testers who follow and run test cases written by the analyst, but also perform exploratory testing. It seems like the testers have been competing to see who opens more bugs, and I've noticed that the quality of bug reports has decreased. Instead of testing functionality and reporting bugs related to the operation of the software, the testers have been submitting bugs about screen enhancements, usability, or stupid bugs.
Is this good for the project? If not, how can I (as a software developer), try to change the thinking and attitudes of the team of testers?
Another problem is because the deadline is estimated and cannot change, so as the deadline nears, the testers will be scrambling to finish their test cases, and this will cause the quality of the tests decrease. This will cause legitimate bugs to be in the final product received by the client.
OBS: This competition is not a practice of the company! It is a competition between only the testers organized by them, and without any prizes.