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Add-on Guidelines Update

Since we introduced the Add-on Guidelines, we’ve had a much better way to tell developers what is allowed or not for non-AMO add-ons. We also have a much clearer set of rules for blocklisting add-ons that we think don’t provide a good user experience. We also told you that we would announce any changes to… Continue reading

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Categories: general, policy

Add-ons Manager Search Results Now Limited to Fully Reviewed Add-ons

Having a wide variety of content on has always been a top priority for us, which is why some years ago we decided that we needed two different levels of acceptance for the add-ons we host and distribute. Fully reviewed add-ons meet all of our quality standards, while preliminarily reviewed add-ons only have to… Continue reading

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Categories: end users, policy

Introducing the Add-on Guidelines

Add-ons are often cited as the main reason users love Firefox, and while they offer users substantial benefits, they can also be a cause of slowdowns, instability and other problems. This is the reality of having an open development platform where add-ons are first-class citizens: developers have the tools to create truly excellent and innovative… Continue reading

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On Circumventing User Protection Controls in Firefox

Deep customization through add-ons is one of the best features of Firefox, and we’re thrilled to have such a vibrant ecosystem of community-developed extensions, themes, and other kinds of add-ons for users to enjoy. However, it’s extremely important to us that these customizations take place only with the user’s explicit consent in Firefox. Last year… Continue reading

Categories: developers, policy

McAfee Add-on Update

Just over a week ago, Mozilla’s memory team discovered major leaks caused by the McAfee SiteAdvisor 3.4.1 add-on. A bug was filed, and six days later the McAfee team released version, which fixed the major leaks. The Add-ons Team generally will not block legitimate add-ons without consulting with their developers first and giving them… Continue reading

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Add-ons Review Update – Week of 2011/03/01

Summary These posts written every 2 weeks explain the current state of add-on reviews and other information relevant to add-on developers. Nominations at the moment are being processed slower than usual. The new review system required hundreds of add-on developers to renominate their add-ons, which has placed a large workload on the editor team. Nominations… Continue reading

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Categories: compatibility, developers, documentation, policy