tb-amo etherpad

Axel axel.grude at googlemail.com
Sun Aug 12 13:18:24 UTC 2012

*To: *"tb-planning"<tb-planning at mozilla.org>
*From: *"Paul Morris"<paul at paulwmorris.com>
*Sent: *Sunday, 12/08/12 04:03:41 04:03 GMT Daylight Time {GMT DT} +0100 [Week 33]
*Subject:*Re: tb-amo etherpad
> Axel wrote:
>>> The most popular add-ons 
>>> <https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/extensions/?sort=users> being listed 
>>> as Adblock Plus and Flashblock (and others in that list) is actually covered in 
>>> this bug <https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=556135>.
>> I believe featured add-ons should be reviewed and focus on mail-specific add-ons. 
>> It is easy for "hybrid" add-ons to get much greater exposure due to the big numbers 
>> in Firefox; this doesn't help developer who want to specialize in mail/news.
> Usage statistics for add-ons can be broken down by application[1].  So it should be 
> possible to only count the number of TB installations for the "most popular TB 
> add-ons" list.
> [1] 
> https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/mind-the-time/statistics/usage/applications/?last=30
> -Paul
Even with this, I believe a popular addon is not necessarily a useful one. What I am 
talking about are featured extensions; I don't think there is much to be gained by 
advertising something like Adblock plus or even ThunderBrowse when there are much 
better mail-centric addons to be discovered. And even if the statistics are separate, 
hybrid addons have an unfair advantage as they are already exposed to a much bigger 
audience, so they get many times more advertisement by simply being hosted on the 
Firefox addons site.

Also, I do not see much movement on the featured extensions, they seem to be largely 
static. Finally, if an addon author asks to be featured then I believe AMO should at 
least answer them. In my experience these emails are just ignored?


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