Mozilla announced that it will build a recommended extension program for the web browser Firefox this summer. Extensions are the cornerstone of modern browsers such as Firefox. In the past two years, a lot of changes have been made to the extensions. Mozilla gave up the extension system used by Firefox and switched to WebExtensions. As a result, many classic extensions are no longer compatible with Firefox, so they are removed from the attached repository. Many people say they don’t like this move.
In February of this year, Mozilla officially published a blog about helping users to maintain security, and advocated users to learn more about the risks associated with scaling, and decided to reduce the visibility of uncensored extensions and focus on featured extensions. The latest announcement on April 8th shows,
“One of the ways we’re helping users discover vetted extensions will be through the Recommended Extensions program, which we’ll roll out in phases later this summer. This program will foster a curated list of extensions that meet our highest standards of security, utility, and user experience. Recommended extensions will receive enhanced visibility across Mozilla websites and products, including addons.mozilla.org (AMO).“
The recommended extension will include a selection of extensions to meet Mozilla’s “Highest Security, Usability, and User Experience Standards.” In addition, the list of recommended extensions will also increase exposure through Mozilla’s official website, products, and AMO (Firefox’s official add-on store).
“On AMO, Recommended extensions will be visually identifiable by distinct badging. Furthermore, AMO search results and filtering will be weighted higher toward Recommended extensions
Recommended extensions will also supply the personalized recommendations on the “Get Add-ons” page in the Firefox Add-ons Manager (about:addons), as well as any extensions we may include in Firefox’s Contextual Feature Recommender.”
The extension program needs to meet the following requirements in order to be qualified:
- Good effect
- Excellent user experience
- Attractive to the general audience
- Pass security review
However, this plan is still being prepared and improved, and Mozilla will release more details in the next few months and can ask questions or participate in discussions at any time.