Recommended Extensions & community involvement

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Firefox Logo on blue backgroundIn July we launched the Recommended Extensions program, which entailed a complete reboot of our editorial process on addons.mozilla.org (AMO). Previously we placed a priority on regularly highlighting new featured extensions to explore. With the Recommended program, we’ve shifted our focus to actively monitoring a fairly fixed collection of curated extensions.

For years community contributors on the Featured Extensions Board played a big role in selecting AMO’s monthly curated content. We intend to maintain a community project aligned with the Recommended program. We’re in the process now of reshaping the project to be known as the Recommended Extensions Community Board. As before, the board will be comprised of contributors who possess a keen passion for, and expertise of, browser extensions. Board membership will rotate every six months.

The add-ons team is currently constructing the first Recommended Extensions Community Board. To help shape the foundation of this project, we’re aiming to fill the debut board with some of our most prolific past editorial contributors. In general, the Recommended Extensions Community Board will focus on:

  • Ongoing evaluation of current Recommended extensions. All Recommended extensions are under active development. As such, contributors will participate in ongoing re-evaluations to ensure the curated list maintains a high overall quality standard.
  • Evaluating new submissions. As mentioned above, we do not anticipate significant amounts of churn on the Recommended list. That said, Firefox users want the latest and greatest extensions available, so the board will also play a role in evaluating new candidate submissions.
  • Special projects. Each board will also focus on a special project or two. For instance, we may closely examine a specific type of content within the Recommended list (e.g. let’s look at all of the Recommended bookmark managers; is this the strongest collection of bookmark managers we can compile?)

Future boards (rotating every six months) will have an open enrollment process. When the time arrives to form the next board, we’ll post information on the application process here on this blog and our other communication channels.

If you are interested in exploring the current curated list, here are all Recommended extensions.

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May’s featured extensions

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Pick of the Month: Google Translator for Firefox

by nobzol
Sleek translation tool. Just highlight text, hit the toolbar icon and your translation appears right there on the web page itself. You can translate selected text (up to 1100 characters) or the entire page.

Bonus feature: the context menu presents an option to search your highlighted word or phrase on Wikipedia.

“Sehr einfache Bedienung, korrekte Übersetzung aller Texte.”

Featured: Google Container

by Perflyst
Isolate your Google identity into a container. Make it difficult for Google to track your moves around the web.

(NOTE: Though similarly titled to Mozilla’s Facebook Container and Multi-Account Containers, this extension is not affiliated with Mozilla.)

“Thanks a lot for making this. Works great! I’m only sorry I did not find this extension sooner.”

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Recommended Extensions program — coming soon

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In February, we blogged about the challenge of helping extension users maintain their safety and security while preserving their ability to choose their browsing experience. The blog post outlined changes to the ecosystem to better protect users, such as making them more aware of the risks associated with extensions, reducing the visibility of extensions that haven’t been vetted, and putting more emphasis on curated extensions.

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).

We anticipate the eventual formation of this list to number in the hundreds, but we’ll start smaller and build the program carefully. We’re currently in the process of identifying candidates and will begin reaching out to selected developers later this month. You can expect to see changes on AMO by the end of June.

How will Recommended extensions be promoted?

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.

How are extensions selected to be part of the program?

Editorial staff will select the initial batch of extensions for the Recommended list. In time, we’ll provide ways for people to nominate extensions for inclusion.

When evaluating extensions, curators are primarily concerned with the following:

  • Is the extension really good at what it does? All Recommended extensions should not only do what they promise, but be very good at it. For instance, there are many ad blockers out there, but not all ad blockers are equally effective.
  • Does the extension offer an exceptional user experience? Recommended extensions should be delightful to use. Curators look for content that’s intuitive to manage and well-designed. Common areas of concern include the post-install experience (i.e. once the user installs the extension, is it clear how to use it?), settings management, user interface copy, etc.
  • Is the extension relevant to a general audience? The tightly curated nature of Recommended extensions means we will be selective, and will only recommend  extensions that are appealing to a general Firefox audience.
  • Is the extension safe? We’re committed to helping protect users against third-party software that may—intentionally or otherwise—compromise user security. Before an extension receives Recommended status, it undergoes a security review by staff reviewers. (Once on the list, each new version of a Recommended extension must also pass a full review.)

Participation in the program will require commitment from developers in the form of active development and a willingness to make improvements.

How will the list be maintained?

It’s our intent to develop a Recommended list that can remain relevant over time, which is to say we don’t anticipate frequent turnover in the program. The objective is to promote Recommended extensions that users can trust to be useful and safe for the lifespan of the software they install.

We recognize the need to keep the list current, and will make room for new, emerging extensions. Firefox users want the latest, greatest extensions. Talented developers all over the world continue to find creative ways to leverage the powerful capabilities of extensions and deliver fantastic new features and experiences. Once the program launches later this summer, we’ll provide ways for people to suggest extensions for inclusion in the program.

Will the community be involved?

We believe it’s important to maintain community involvement in the curatorial process. The Community Advisory Board—which for years has contributed to helping identify featured content—will continue to be involved in the Recommended extensions program.

We’ll have more details to share in the coming months as the Recommended extensions program develops. Please feel free to post questions or comments on the add-ons Discourse page.

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April’s featured extensions

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Pick of the Month: Disable WebRTC

by Chris Antaki
Do you use VPN? This extension prevents your IP address from leaking through WebRTC.

“Simple and effective!”

Featured: CSS Exfil Protection

by Mike Gualtieri
Gain protection against a particular type of attack that occurs through Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

“I had no idea this was an issue until reading about it recently.”

Featured: Cookie Quick Manager

by Ysard
Take full control of the cookies you’ve accumulated while browsing.

“The best cookie manager I have tested (and I have tested a lot, if not them all!)”

Featured: Amazon Container

by JackymanCS4
Prevent Amazon from tracking your movements around the web.

(NOTE: Though similarly titled to Mozilla’s Facebook Container and Multi-Account Containers, this extension is not affiliated with Mozilla.)

“Thank you very much.”

If you’d like to nominate an extension for featuring, please send it to amo-featured [at] mozilla [dot] org for the board’s consideration. We welcome you to submit your own add-on!

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March’s featured extensions

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Pick of the Month: Bitwarden – Free Password Manager

by 8bit Solutions LLC
Store your passwords securely (via encrypted vaults) and sync across devices.

“Works great, looks great, and it works better than it looks.”

Featured: Save Page WE

by DW-dev
Save complete pages or just portions as a single HTML file.

“Good for archiving the web!”

Featured: Terms of Service; Didn’t Read

by Abdullah Diaa, Hugo, Michiel de Jong
A clever tool for cutting through the gibberish of common ToS contracts you encounter around the web.

“Excellent time and privacy saver! Let’s face it, no one reads all the legalese in the ToS of each site used.”

Featured: Feedbro

by Nodetics
An advanced reader for aggregating all of your RSS/Atom/RDF sources.

“The best of its kind. Thank you.”

Featured: Don’t Touch My Tabs!

by Jeroen Swen
Don’t let clicked links take control of your current tab and load content you didn’t ask for.

“Hijacking ads! Deal with it now!”

Featured: DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials

by DuckDuckGo
Search with enhanced security—tracker blocking, smarter encryption, private search, and other privacy perks.

“Perfect extension for blocking trackers while not breaking webpages.”

If you’d like to nominate an extension for featuring, please send it to amo-featured [at] mozilla [dot] org for the board’s consideration. We welcome you to submit your own add-on!

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February’s featured extensions

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Pick of the Month: ContextSearch

by Mike B
Select text to quickly search the phrase from an array of engines.

“Very intuitive and customizable. Well done!”

Featured: Word Count

by Trishul
Simply highlight text, right click, and select Word Count to easily do just that.

“Beautifully simple and incredibly useful for those of us who write for a living.”

If you’d like to nominate an extension for featuring, please send it to amo-featured [at] mozilla [dot] org for the board’s consideration. We welcome you to submit your own add-on!

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January’s featured extensions

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Pick of the Month: Auto Tab Discard

by Richard Neomy
Save memory usage by automatically hibernating inactive tabs.

“Wow! This add-on works like a charm. My browsing experience has improved greatly.”

Featured: Malwarebytes Browser Extension

by Malwarebytes Inc.
Enhance the safety and speed of your browsing experience by blocking malicious websites like fake tech support scams and hidden cryptocurrency miners.

“Malwarebytes is the best I have used to stop ‘Microsoft alerts’ and ‘Windows warnings’.”

If you’d like to nominate an extension for featuring, please send it to amo-featured [at] mozilla [dot] org for the board’s consideration. We welcome you to submit your own add-on!

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December’s Featured Extensions

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Pick of the Month: Full Screen for Firefox

by Stefan vd
Go full screen with a single click.

“This is what I was searching for and now I have it!”

Featured: Context Search

by Olivier de Broqueville
Search highlighted text on any web page using your preferred search engine. Just right-click (or Shift-click) on the text to launch the context menu. You can also perform searches using keywords in the URL address bar.

“Great add-on and very helpful! Thank you for the good work.”

Featured: Behind the Overlay Revival

by Iván Ruvalcaba
Simply click a button to close annoying pop-up overlays.

“I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed an extension, but man, what a find. I get very sick of closing overlays and finding the little ‘x’ in some corner of it or some light colored ‘close’ link. They get sneakier and sneakier about making you actually read the overlay to find a way to close it. Now when I see one, I know right away I can click on the X in the toolbar and it will disappear. So satisfying.”

If you’d like to nominate an extension for featuring, please send it to amo-featured [at] mozilla [dot] org for the board’s consideration. We welcome you to submit your own add-on!

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November’s Featured Extensions

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Pick of the Month: Undo Close Tab

by Manuel Reimer
Access recently closed tabs by right-clicking the icon in your toolbar.

“The extension does exactly what is stated: it restores tabs, and not just the last one closed, but up to 25 recent tabs.”

Featured: Lilo

by Lilo
Help fund social and environmental causes by simply using Lilo search.

“Very positive. This engine allows us to help in a concrete way without any effort or money.”

Featured: SoundFixer

by unrelenting.technology
Adjust the gain and pan levels for almost any audio you encounter on the web.

“Wonderful – so many videos I like are so low I can’t hear them at all. This really, really works! Yay!”

If you’d like to nominate an extension for featuring, please send it to amo-featured [at] mozilla [dot] org for the board’s consideration. We welcome you to submit your own add-on!

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Apply to Join the Featured Extensions Advisory Board

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Do you love extensions? Do you have a keen sense of what makes a great extension? Want to help users discover extensions that will improve how they experience the web? If so, please consider applying to join our Featured Extensions Community Board!

Board members nominate and select new featured extensions each month to help millions of users find top-quality extensions to customize their Firefox browsers. Click here to learn more about the duties of the Featured Extension Advisory Board. The current board is currently wrapping up their six-month tour of duty and we are now assembling a new board of talented contributors for the months January – June, 2019.

Extension developers, designers, advocates, and fans are all invited to apply to join the board. Priority will be given to applicants who have not served on the board before, followed by those from previous boards, and finally from the outgoing board.

To apply, please send us an email at amo-featured [at] mozilla [dot] org with your name and a few sentences about how you’re involved with AMO and why you are interested in joining the board. The deadline is Monday, October 22, 2018 at 11:59pm PDT. The new board will be announced shortly thereafter.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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