Please consider a more user friendly UI for blocked plugins.

Hontvári József Levente hontvari at
Tue Oct 22 14:46:46 UTC 2013

I agree. It is one thing that it seems that even experienced users do
not notice the small red button.
The worst part is the brutal red "no entry" sign. Which is in addition
to the Java warning box!
There are 50 000 Firefox users each month who would like to play Java
games on our site, not including casual visitors, whose count is an
order of magnitude higher.

On 2013.10.22. 13:31, Floh wrote:
> I'm coming from the "Java-Plugin-blocked" bug here to hopefully start
> a bit of a more constructive discussion instead of the whining going
> on there ;)
> I agree that Java shouldn't run automatically, and that old Java
> version with confirmed security problems should display a red alert
> warning and make it hard for the user to run the plugin without
> updating. But displaying the red-alert-scare UI for all versions of
> Java (even for the latest version) without known security holes is a
> really bad decision IMHO.
> The current UI (red circle and a text that the plugin is vulnerable)
> doesn't make it clear at all that the user can interact with the
> plugin box. Instead most users will assume that they can't actually
> activate the plugin and go away which is *really* bad for our business.
> ===
> If the user has installed the latest Java plugin version (without
> known security holes) the plugin box should (1) be less scary (no red
> circle, and a less intimidating text), and (2) make it obvious that
> the user can activate the plugin with a click if he/she trusts the web
> site.
> ===
> Of course Java in the client is shit and we want to move away from it
> (our current time horizon for this is that we need a plugin-free
> solution for our games until end of 2014, through emscripten+WebGL
> (you can see a glimpse of this here:
>, and alternatively push our
> native stand-alone client more), but you need to give us a reliable
> and big enough time window for migration. I was expecting that FF
> starts a more strict click-to-play policy for plugins around December
> 2013, but I was not expecting that Java would essentially be
> completely disabled (because that's what it feels right now to the user).
> So to reiterate: I'd like to vote for a more intuitive and less scary
> user interface for (Java) plugins if the user has installed the latest
> version without known security holes. It should be obvious to the user
> that he can activate the plugin with a single click, choosing between
> "Run Once", or "Run Always on this site".
> Thanks for listening,
> -Floh.
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