The Firefox add-ons repository, short AMO (Addons Mozilla Org), hosts thousands of add-ons for the Firefox web browser.
I like Firefox AMO more than the Google Chrome Web Store, and the core reason for that is that it makes add-on discovery easier. I can sort by newest or updated for instance, something that cannot be done on Google's Chrome Web Store.
Mozilla lists featured add-ons, most popular add-ons, as well as up and coming extensions on the front page.
All add-on types that are supported by Firefox are highlighted on Firefox AMO. This includes WebExtensions and classic add-ons. The repository even lists add-ons that are no longer compatible with recent versions of the Firefox browser (due to changes to the add-ons system).
With Mozilla's decision to support only WebExtensions in Firefox 57 comes an issue that Mozilla has not addressed yet: most add-ons on AMO are not WebExtensions, but are still highlighted to users when they open the repository.
Lets take a look at featured, most popular and top rated, and the ratio of legacy add-ons and WebExtensions:
Please note that this reflects the current status of the add-ons. Some add-ons, like NoScript for instance, will be released as WebExtensions before Mozilla makes the cut in Firefox 57.
The main issue with the current display of add-ons on Mozilla Firefox's add-ons repository is that Firefox users who install any legacy add-on will have those add-ons disabled in November 2017 when Firefox 57 gets released.
This can be a frustrating experience, considering that November 2017 is just around the corner. I'm not suggesting that Mozilla removes all legacy add-ons on AMO, but the organization should consider hiding those on the main entry pages.
The reasons why add-ons should not be removed are:
Firefox users, especially new ones, who visit the AMO site may install legacy add-ons in the browser. Those will work just fine for the next release cycles, but won't anymore with the release of Firefox 57.
Mozilla should, at the very least, add a disclaimer or notification to the legacy add-on installation process that highlights the fact.
While tech savvy Firefox users know all about the change already, the majority of Firefox users probably does not.
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