Hi @preinheimer, thanks for reaching out. I’ll do my best to answer these questions.
- What changed recently requiring more manual reviews?
We continually assess the ecosystem for threats and update our security mechanisms to identify and react to potentially malicious submissions. Sometimes when this happens, it results in more submissions being flagged for manual review.
When we see a backlog in the manual review queue, we investigate the causes of the surge and use our findings to improve the accuracy of our security mechanisms to reduce the impact to non-malicious developers. Sometimes that can take awhile to sort out.
- What can developers do to avoid the manual review requirement? (knowing this may help reduce the manual review load).
That’s a great question. In general, developers should follow security best practices, request the right permissions, and make sure to follow the add-on policies.
We don’t have anything more specific at this time. We will share more information as it becomes available.
- Are there multiple manual-review queues? How do you get into the faster manual review queue?
There are different queues depending on the category, type and properties of add-on. While some queues may naturally move a bit faster than others (e.g. we want to react to malicious add-ons quickly to protect users), they are not review-speed based and add-ons don’t move from one into the other.
- Timeliness of reviews seems to be a perpetual item of concern (the sidebar populated with lots of posts going back years), does mozilla consider extensions to be an asset worth prioritizing?
Yes, this is a challenging area for us and other browser vendors! We do consider timeliness important and we aim to complete manual reviews as quickly as possible. However, other factors can contribute to delays (such as personal time off for staff, holiday schedules, etc).
I know the current delays are very frustrating for folks in the manual review queue. We apologize for the inconvenience and we’re working as quickly as possible to address the backlog.