Mozilla announced the Recommended Extensions program for Firefox on April 9, 2019 designed to promote excellent extensions for Firefox in various ways.
Extensions need to meet the "highest standards of security, utility, and user experience", be in active development, safe, offer exceptional user experience, and be really good at what they do.
The program goes beyond the featured extensions listing that Mozilla uses currently on the official repository for add-ons.
Recommended extensions will be reviewed by human reviewers before they are accepted in the program, and then each time an update is released. Human reviews reduce risks associated with automatic review systems significantly; it would look really bad if Mozilla would recommend and promote an extension that would do something shady.
Mozilla plans to promote the extensions in several ways, e.g. on the official Add-ons repository and through the contextual extension recommendation feature of the Firefox browser.
Mozilla mentioned that it contacted several developers already but did not mention names or specific add-ons that it considers for the program.
Popularity may play a role in the initial selection phase but it is likely that popularity -- user counts and ratings -- are not the only factors. If an extension is well designed and exceptional, it is probably a candidate even if the user count is low in comparison.
Tip: A good starting point is our best of Firefox add-ons listing.
Mozilla and the extension developer both need to be willing to accept an extension in the Recommended Extensions program.
Mozilla's Firefox Add-ons website list 15095 extensions for Firefox. Which of these will be included in the program?
If you look at the most popular extensions, you will find several likely candidates. Content blockers and security extensions like Adblock Plus, uBlock Origin, or NoScript are likely candidates. Productivity tools, Video DownloadHelper, EasyScreenshot, Enhancer for YouTube or LastPass may also be included.
Some top rated extensions, even though some may have less than ten thousand or even less than a thousand users, may be candidates as well. Extensions such as SingleFile, Panorama Tab Groups, or Vimium-FF are potential candidates.
If you ask me, I'd like to see a good mix of popular extensions and lesser known but highly polished extensions added to the recommendation program. It would not make much sense to just look at user numbers and base the decision solely on that as it would reduce the discovery aspect of the recommendations.
Remember the time when barely a week passed by without a new cool Firefox extension release that added something unique to the browser or sites you visited? Some of that magic would certainly be useful.
Now You: Which extensions would you like to see added to the program and why?Advertisement
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