I’m Irvin, volunteer and rep mentor, from East Asia, Taipei, Taiwan.
I’d join Rep since spring 2013, the very beginning of the program. I’d been Mozilla volunteers even longer, as early as 2004, since my first year in college.
We all feel that the internet is so important to keep healthy, and Mozilla plays a significant role. We all want Mozilla to be strong and great. We dedicate our time for it, and Rep program can help us to do our best.
That’s why I’d like to run for Rep council.
There are no perfect projects, and I believe sometimes you also feel as difficult as I do on rep program, and on Mozilla. I feel less motivated, unclear directions, helpless issues, and we’re losing so many people, recently.
I believe that, we can fix the problem, by making Rep not only Representative of Mozilla, but also the representative of Mozillians.
My first proposal, is to start a quarterly periodic survey for Rep, to understanding our ideas of Rep program, and our feelings of Mozilla projects.
As the core contributors, we can be the funnel for Mozilla to understanding our volunteer, more and deeply. We can become the bridge between the volunteers and paid-staff.
We can help volunteers to be heard and understood, we can start a more frequent communication, help engage each other, reduce problems, and strengthen the whole community.
Please vote for me on Rep council elections. If you have any questions, please ping me on Telegram Mozillians and Rep channel, or directly reply to the video.
I assumed it’s a bug and not a Feature. The process will cease to function soon after Firefox 58 release. Thanks for it to enabling the upgrade of my working profile to Quantum anyway.
After testing for few days, I notice that sometimes Tab Group will randomly disappear (with all tabs in other groups).
Don’t panic! You just need to close Firefox, reopen Firefox 57 Beta, go to AMO Tab Group page, and click [+Install to Firefox]. It will resume working after reinstalling addon, and your tabs will still there.
Most people don’t know that we’re now using an automatically-approval process on AMO for Firefox Add-on review (since mid. September), which means, our program will check for known problems and threats in new add-ons, and if not found, it will get published without any manual process.
The benefit is time. Some addon author already found that the reviewing process is incredibly quick, that it will get published in just a few minutes after uploaded new version.
However, the automatically approved system (which Chrome used for many years) had been considering harmful for general user, because it can be the routes for malware to get into user’s browser, and we can only stop and fix it after someone discovered and reported back, and cannot prevent in advance with current manual reviewing process.
And this bad part had ALREADY happened just in that week after the automatically review process up. Two weeks ago, we discover several add-ons had bound with mining codes on AMO. After some research, we found 7 add-ons with the same codes in the end.
Although the editor had banned them, the MALICIOUS ADD-ONs had already got into user’s computer. We didn’t know how many users were affected nor how many mal-addons left there in public.
Many people (including me) feel that AMO is not trustworthy anymore because of the potential threat. Without fully manual review, we need to assume that every add-on appears on AMO can be dangerous.
The manual review process had always been considering one of the better things Firefox’s eco-system over Chrome, that the reviewer will not only check for the malicious codes, but also help addon author to follow some best practice (eg., using the known version of libraries such as jQuery from official site).
And because of the manual reviewing process, we told general user that they need to be aware for Add-on installed from other sites, and they can trust the one listed on AMO.
With non-manual checking Add-ons (and the fact that dangerous code can be live there), we cannot trust any AMO add-ons now. Even for those been manual reviewed, because we just cannot tell which one had been check and which is not apart.
Even worst, some normal add-ons may be updated with malicious codes, been auto-approval and push into user’s browser with our auto-update mechanism anytime.
Many people are asking for purchasing the ownership of my add-ons from time to time in past, that they want to earn the profit by adding Ads to it. Guess what they want to do for now if they discover the change of reviewing process?
According to the discussion on AMO blog article, on IRC addon channel, Reddit, 4chan, Telegram and within above and below links, many contributors including volunteering reviewers, Add-on authors and users already raise the concern about safety and trust problem, before and after the change.
They didn’t get the answers before the auto-approved enabling. And they saw the incidents happened. Besides removing those add-ons which been reported, there is still lack of any steps and strategies to prevent future incidents happening again.
My question is — How can we still convince users that Firefox eco-system is still TRUSTWORTHY? If even myself found it’s not trustful anymore.