You have three options when it comes to install extensions or add-ons in the Firefox web browser. You can head over to the official Mozilla website and search for add-ons there, use the built-in Add-ons Manager in Firefox to do the very same thing, or rely on third party sources to do so.
The two official ways of finding and installing add-ons in Firefox provided users with the same functionality up until now. A search in the Add-ons Manager or on the website returned the same set of add-ons for the browser that users could install in it afterwards.
Mozilla announced a change to this practice yesterday on the official Mozilla Add-ons Blog.
The Add-ons Manager from now on will only return fully reviewed add-ons in the browser, while the Mozilla Add-ons website continues to display both preliminary and fully reviewed extensions.
The core reason for this according to the blog post is that the Add-ons Manager never made the distinction between partially and fully reviewed extensions.
Unfortunately, we never implemented this distinction in the Firefox Add-ons Manager. This meant that users were able to find and install preliminarily reviewed add-ons without any indication of their review level. Since we believe this can be detrimental for the majority of our users, we decided to limit Add-ons Manager search results to fully reviewed add-ons.
It is not clear why Mozilla did not make the decision to highlight preliminary reviewed extensions in the same way they are highlighted on the Add-ons website. If you visit the website, you will notice that fully reviewed add-ons are highlighted with a green download button, while preliminary reviewed add-ons with a striped yellow button instead and a notification underneath that the "add-on has been preliminary reviewed by Mozilla".
Mozilla defines the two review types in the following ways:
The change that was announced yesterday is server-side, which means that it affects all versions of the Firefox browser.
In case you are wondering, you open the Add-ons Manager in the following way:
Users who want all Firefox add-ons to be included in searches need to use the Add-ons website from now on and avoid the built-in Add-ons Manager, as it won't include preliminary or experimental add-ons anymore.Advertisement
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