The long version
If you’re an add-on developer and have an add-on hosted on AMO, you should be familiar with our review process. You’ve had to wait in line, sometimes for long, to get your add-on code reviewed and ultimately published. Waiting for your submission to be approved can be frustrating, specially when it takes longer than expected. It’s even worse if it is rejected for some reason and you need to resubmit and go through the whole thing all over again.
In the past couple of years we have been working hard to reduce waiting times, and we were doing really well. New add-ons were reviewed in under 2 weeks and updates in under 5 days. All was well and we were all pretty happy.
Then 2 things happened: Firefox 4 was launched, and we reformed our review process in a way that demanded all add-ons submissions to be reviewed. We are now getting much more submissions (which is great!), and while we have been able to keep updates reviews roughly under a week, new submissions are taking longer than we would like.
The short version
We could use your help! As some of you should know, the review team (known as AMO Editors) is composed mostly of volunteer add-on developers who lend their spare time to help us review add-ons and make sure they’re safe to use.
If you’re an add-on developer and want to help us, I encourage you to visit the AMO Editors page and learn how to apply.
Why become an AMO Editor?
I can think of a number of reasons:
- The more editors we have, the shortest the waiting times will be for all developers, yourself included.
- You’ll gain a ton of development experience by analyzing the coding and design practices of many other developers. Plus, you’ll be part of a small community of very experienced add-on developers.
- Editors help guide our add-on policies and provide valuable feedback to the rest of the AMO team on their development experience.
- Every so often we hold editor competitions with awesome prizes. A few months ago we had a very successful one, where the top ranking editors won phones and a laptop.
- The most active editors make a significant contribution to the Mozilla project and are highly appreciated.
- Becoming a notable AMO Editor is a step in the right direction if you want to become much more involved with Mozilla and take a more formal position. That was certainly my case :).
We’re thinking of other ways to give incentives to editors so we will get more applications and have better retention within our group. If you have any ideas, fire away in the comments.