I have the same question. I’ve often been tempted by the editable URL field, but I have no idea how this would affect my extension’s existing users.
Here’s a discussion from 2018 about
/privacy-badger17, but they are still using the same URL today.
I’ve decided to try some YOLO research. Renamed https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/ipvfoo-pmarks/ to https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/ipvfoo/ and uploaded a placeholder with
"id": "email@example.com" to the old URL.
The placeholder is currently awaiting review. If you can see https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/ipvfoo-pmarks/ then it worked.
The placeholder was rejected:
Due to issues discovered during the review process, one or more versions of your add-on IPvFoo (URL changed) will be disabled on addons.mozilla .org in 14 day(s). Please see the reviewer’s comments below for more information.
This add-on didn't pass review because of the following problems:
- To help users discover your extension and decide if they want to install it, please include more information in your add-on listing. Here are a few tips:
- Your extension’s summary should clearly and concisely explain what your extension does.
- Use the description field to describe what the extension does and how it benefits the user.
- Add screenshots to show your extension in action and to highlight key features.
So Mozilla won’t let you create a mostly-blank forwarding page. I’m trying again with a full description/screenshots/etc.
Mozilla accepted the change.
/ipvfoo-pmarks is now published with a forwarding notice at the top of the description, while
/ipvfoo retains the original reviews and statistics. I haven’t tried pushing an update to