Add-on review times at ATN

Onno Ekker o.e.ekker at
Mon Mar 18 12:36:34 UTC 2019

As a reviewer I'm always hesitant about reviewing a cloned add-on that
fixes compatibility issues. There's a pletora of add-ons in the queue like
...2, ...Improved, ......Continued, ...Updated,
Some of the original add-ons have been updated, so the clone isn't needed
In other cases the clone might be needed/ or useful, but it would be better
if the new add-on author would have contacted the original one and see if
he could also get access to the add-on on ATN.
In this way, the add-on users don't have to go searching ATN for
I know there's been a recent discussion about this on Maildev with title
"Addons no longer maintained.", but the outcome of that discussion was
unclear to me.
It would help me very much if we could find a solution for these add-ons,
not only for the reviewers, but much more for the end-users.


On Sat, Mar 16, 2019 at 2:09 PM Jörg Knobloch <jorgk at> wrote:

> Hi friends of Thunderbird,
> looking at the review queues at ATN, I can see waiting times of 193 days
> in the "regular" queue and 195 days in the "admin" queue. Note that
> admin reviews can only be done by a reviewer under an NDA
> (non-disclosure agreement) since the reviewer might get access to
> 3rd-party source code. So Philipp was our only reviewer for a while. Has
> someone else been organised in the meantime? Volunteers?
> The waiting time may be misleading since in some cases the reviewers
> asked questions that the add-on author hasn't replied to, so the review
> process is stalled. Even if delay of half a year may be an exception,
> there are still some add-ons which have waited one or two months. It
> doesn't look like a rosy situation over all. So what's the way forward
> here?
> Jörg.
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