Community Marketing Initiative Week 5

Wednesday August 25th, 2004

This week's Community Marketing Initiative is a campaign to engage college students with the marketing of Firefox. o do that, the marketing team has come up with a few ideas to help tackle marketing on campus, including a college poster campaign, starting a college rep program, and a steering committee for college issues. Read more on Blake's weblog.

#14 Re: Re: Firefox devs and the community

by leafdigital

Thursday August 26th, 2004 2:31 AM

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That's not what is supposed to happen. The suite is being phased out - not that they'll stop producing it or anything, but development work specific to the suite has already faded away. Serious UI problems that remain with the suite are not likely to be fixed. (For example, you can't delete bookmarks by right-clicking and choosing 'delete'.)

What's supposed to happen is that everyone, certainly including power users, uses Firefox. The intention is that they'll remove every possible useful feature from Firefox then let you install ten thousand extensions that add them back in. (Ok, that was a slight exaggeration - but I do think they've gone a bit too far in some cases. For some cases I think there needs to be a concentration on official extensions that are always updated simultaneous with each release and perhaps can be obtained as part of the installer process [even if the installer actually just downloads them as normal].)

I also think it's worrying if too many 'passive' features - features that are activated by webpages, not by users, such as a styleswitcher - are removed from the default installation. (I don't know whether this has happened or not, I haven't been paying attention to Firefox, as I still use the suite.) These are quality-of-web features that Mozilla should provide as a responsible network citizen, and not just provide them to 3 users who know they need them but to the millions of ordinary users. Some of whom might find out they can be useful, but they'd never know if they don't get an indication that the feature is available...

Anyway, I don't think they've made any hugely poor decisions re Firefox (maybe a few minor poor decisions, see above, but nothing very serious) and it looks like the 1.0 will be ok. So, yay. Oh and I installed Firefox for somebody at work yesterday. :)