Breaking url-bar search

Asa Dotzler asa at
Thu Aug 15 16:04:33 UTC 2013

On 8/15/2013 7:31 AM, William Pietri wrote:
> Hi! I'm writing in regard to this bug:
> I spent the last day or so swearing because suddenly every attempt I 
> made to Google something was giving me a useless Wikipedia search. In 
> the middle of trying to repair a downed server, this was deeply 
> frustrating. Now that I had some time to look, it took me a fair bit 
> of searching this morning to discover that this was an intentional 
> change.
> I have some concerns about how this happened, but first I'm wondering: 
> on what sort of data was the decision made? In the bug discussions, I 
> see my use case dismissed as "not a real-world concern", but I'm not 
> seeing any reference to actual usage numbers. And there's a reference 
> to data about hijacking. What data was there about use of this feature?
> Thanks,
> William

William, are you interested in contributing to Firefox? If so, I 
recommend checking out for 
various ways that you might be able to help.

What is it that you would do with this data if provided? Do you have a 
user experience background? What kind of analysis were you hoping to 
perform with the data?

- A

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