Short version: All add-ons that were public in AMO prior to Remora’s launch this weekend should now be publicly available on AMO again. We will be in contact with all add-on authors to provide more detail and clarity on what we’ll be doing going forward to help make the AMO and add-ons experience more polished and accessible for all our users.
Not quite as short version: I made a mistake in choosing how to roll out the sandbox and increased quality standards for AMO, in concert with the Remora software update, and we’re now correcting it. We still believe that the combination of the sandbox system (to provide more transparency and participation in evaluating add-ons before they’re published) and a higher standard for inclusion on the site (especially in terms of polish and author responsiveness) will benefit users and developers alike. But it’s clear from community feedback — often, but not always, quite reasoned and polite — that we didn’t do a good job of communicating what was going on, and as a result both users and developers were hurt by the change.
We’ve now updated the database to make all the pre-existing add-ons public, and we’ll be working with editors and users and developers to make the global improvements that we seek. The new tools and capabilities in Remora should make it much easier to serve the growing add-ons community, and we’re looking forward to even more such improvements in the future.
Thank you to everyone for your feedback, and passion, about AMO and how it affects you. Please know that we share it, and that we want to work with you to make AMO even better.
(In related news, the site performance has been improved dramatically over the weekend, but I’ll let morgamic tell the rest of that story!)