A peek at our Contributions pilot

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As promised, we’re showing you how things will look after we launch Contributions at the end of June. Our goal with this project was to help developers tell their stories about add-ons, and the first thing we did was redesign the add-ons listing page.  Our goal with the page was to give developers a better way of showcasing themselves next to their add-ons.

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Our eagle-eyed readers will notice a few things about this mockup:

  • The look and feel of AMO has evolved.  We’re currently working on a redesign of the site to make it more user friendly and a better reflection of how add-ons are an essential part of the lives of many Firefox users.
  • There’s a “Meet the Developer” section which takes users into a page where they can learn about why a developer created an add-on and where they plan on going next.
  • Tags will be introduced in the near future, which will help our users and developers explore and classify add-ons.
  • And last but not least, the suggested contribution is present on the add-on page.

The Meet the Developer link goes to the following page, which should help developers explain the work they’ve put into their add-on and what features the contributions will help drive.  Also, when users make contributions, they will be able to suggest additional features that they’d like to see. The information on this page, including bits like the average rating, will help users make an appropriate decision around contributing without feeling obligated to do so.

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These updates will be available to all developers, not just ones who ask for financial support.  Developers will also have a variety of ways to present contributions, and we’ll use developer and user feedback to determine which ones remain available after the pilot- so view this as a first step in a long evolution towards the best solution.

A big thanks to the fine folks at Clearleft for helping us with the redesign as well to the many developers who gave us advice and feedback on this feature.  As always, please let us know what you think in the AMO Newsgroup or by posting a comment.

If you’re interested in participating in our pilot, please sign up.

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Categories: developers, end users, general

9 responses

  1. Nils Maier

    How will the “Meet the Developer” section look like when there are multiple developers listed?

  2. Brian

    Nice to see the site starting to evolve. Now hopefully you guys will start cleaning up the spam and non-review comments in the review sections.

  3. jQuery Lover

    I can only see one screenshot of an addon right now. What about multiple screenshot, how will they look?

    Brian, i really hope there will be more comment moderation…

  4. nicepaul

    jQuery Lover – if you click the screenshots of the site design above, each one opens up the full page screenshot. The first one has multiple screenshots of Add-ons.

  5. Ken Saunders

    I don’t man. You’re going to have a hard time getting people to believe that is Geoff Bridgeport. :)
    And I can’t wait to start using the LOL Cat Killer extension.

    In all seriousness, it all looks great.

  6. nothingelseis

    SUCH a clearleft fanboy. Looks great.

  7. LouCypher

    AMO uses will use it for asking for supports, for sure.

  8. Kempster

    Nice work team!

    The only modification I would make would be more margin above the Categories, Tags and other side blocks.

  9. MASA

    What’s to stop angry users from tagging an extension as crap or other explicatives?

    Also: Very very very very cool new features. I love it. I also love the new contribute button. Nice design. :D