That’s great, thanks. I appreciate Mozilla trying to generate community around add-ons like this.
I do admit though as I was reading I was constantly thinking something like:
Great, but I won’t trust these on every domain, no way.
I did see one add-on had the “recommended” badge, but it feels like if add-ons are being actually featured on this blog — by mozilla — then the “Recommended” add-on program needs to be expanded so that all the add-ons on the blog are vetted. I’m actually a bit surprised Mozilla would feature add-ons like this if those add-ons might in fact be nefarious.
Sorry. This is a frustration I have with the “Recommended” add-on program. It has done a great job educating folks that most add-ons shouldn’t be trusted, but it has left add-ons like mine (and most of the ones in this post) swinging in the wind, without the coveted “Recommended” badge, and without a pathway for getting it.
So, I guess what I’d say is, yes, great blog post, cool that Mozilla is pushing add-ons. I appreciate that. But if Mozilla is going to do something like this, it should only include “Recommended” add-ons OR at the very least it should note who the author is of the add-on. Is it an organization? Are they trusted in the community? Etc.
I feel like mozilla painted itself into a corner: You want to recommend add-ons on the blog, but you can’t ethically do so because they’re literally not “Recommended” via badges. Meanwhile, there’s no way to get those badges. I guess I’m glad mozilla is sharing the pain of add-on authors on this point, finally. We want to recommend our add-ons — obviously — but struggle to do so, since you won’t.
(I also couldn’t help thinking, dang, I wish Mozilla would just offer translation properly, like Chrome does, but I’m sure that’s a whole other thing.)