Demise of Netscape Voted Most Significant Mozilla Event of 2003

Sunday January 11th, 2004

Last month, we asked you what you thought was the most significant event for the Mozilla project in 2003. The top choice was the demise of Netscape, which received 35% of the 1,947 votes cast. The launch of the Mozilla Foundation came second, with 29%, followed by the new end user focus (16%) and the new Roadmap (12%). The Firebird naming conflict finished in last place, with only 4% of voters considering it to be the most important event of last year.

For our first poll of 2004, we've picked five of the most popular Mozilla development books and want you to tell us which you think is the best. Choose from the Netscape Mozilla Source Code Guide, Essential XUL Programming, Creating Applications with Mozilla, Creating XPCOM Components or Rapid Application Development with Mozilla and watch the results to see which Mozilla book other readers favour.

#18 Re: explain

by Tanyel <>

Monday January 12th, 2004 11:50 PM

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One characteristic that should change is calling people trolls every time they offer suggestions or criticism. The general elitist attitude of the Mozilla project hinders it. When one says Mozilla should have a certain feature, the proper response is not "program it yourself". That could only turn non-programmers against the project. The belief, that (Mozilla is absolute good) and (anyone who disagrees is wrong), hurts Mozilla. Suggesting software should not be changed to suit the masses because "the masses are idiots" is suggesting that the small group of people who actually like Mozilla are the only ones who matter. The people will not adjust to suit Mozilla. Mozilla has to adjust to suit the people. That is necessary because popularity comes from all of those "idiots". Without appealing to them, bad things happen like getting discarded by one's primary corporate sponsor. I think the rest will abandon Mozilla as well because the attitude of the project ruins any chance of making the browser popular or suitable for most people. That is the reason for the original comment.