Firefox Architects

Dave Camp dcamp at
Wed Aug 12 02:29:27 UTC 2015

We don't have a lot of people whose responsibility extends to the entire
Firefox frontend. Most of us are focused on individual pieces of our large
codebase.  Meanwhile, we have a set of large technical challenges ahead of
us.  In particular, gofaster and figuring out what comes after XUL are
going to be sweeping changes that affect large swaths of code.

We are asking Dave Townsend, Richard Newman, Rob Helmer, Mark Hammond, and
Robert Strong to explicitly take over technical stewardship of the Firefox
products.  Their responsibilities will be:

* Document and build consensus around larger projects that affect Firefox
* Help resolve technical issues that cross functional areas of the project.
* Provide a point of consistent technical decision making.
* Be a point of contact for and coordinate cross-technology projects with
other Mozilla groups such as Platform and Content Services.
* Be available to technical contributors for guidance, mentoring, etc.

This may look a lot like Module Ownership - this is no coincidence.  Mark
Finkle (as Firefox Mobile module owner) and I (as Firefox Desktop module
owner) will be delegating a lot of the technical responsibility for those
modules to that group.  It may also remind some folks of the Super
Reviewers.  It’s similar to that in spirit (a group of people charged with
a global view of the product) but not in mechanics (no sr? flags, and
limited to the Firefox frontend modules).

This isn't a permanent appointment.  We've asked these people to help get
us started working through the gofaster and deXULinisation initiatives, but
we'll cycle people in an out as events warrant.  Nor do we expect these
people to do it alone.  We expect them to be working closely with all the
engineers on the team.

Thanks to the Firefox Architects for stepping up.

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