We have an extraordinary community of contributors helping us succeed. Without their continuous support over the years, the add-on community wouldn’t be able to function. I want to highlight the great work some of them have been doing recently.
The Review Queues
Since we announced required signing for add-ons, all review queues have had significantly increased activity. The unlisted queues have been handled by Mozilla employee Andreas Wagner, who has been doing a heroic job keeping them mostly empty and performing most reviews within a day or two.
The listed queues have been handled mostly by volunteer reviewers. Due to so many more submissions by add-on developers, the queues ballooned to almost 800 add-ons awaiting review in early August.
Motivated by the slow review times and recent changes, we have received a record amount of reviewer applications. In the last 3 months, we have added 10 new reviewers. For reference, in all of 2014 there were only 11 reviewers added to the team.
Thanks to the efforts of our volunteer reviewers, new and veteran, the review queues now have a little over 300 add-ons awaiting review, a significant drop since August. In August alone, over 4000 reviews were performed, twice as many as July and way more than previous averages (usually ~1200 reviews per month).
I should also note that the majority of add-ons currently in the queues are flagged for admin review, which means they can’t be reviewed by volunteers. Since Andreas is busy with unlisted entries and I’m doing other work, those add-ons have been sitting in the queues unchecked for a while. We have two contractors who will join us in the coming days and will help us address this problem.
The New Forum
The migration to the new Discourse forum is now complete. The old phpBB forum has now been taken down and its former URL redirects to the new one. The add-ons category is, by far, the most active one in the community Discourse. So, thanks to all the people participating in the discussions.