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Post Posted August 6th, 2013, 8:34 am

Zigboom wrote:Strange, for me it's the complete opposite, two versions in a row totally stuck. Anyway, does anyone know who can I check it with?

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Post Posted August 6th, 2013, 11:34 am

Zigboom wrote:Strange, for me it's the complete opposite, two versions in a row totally stuck. Anyway, does anyone know who can I check it with?

Last month my updates were reviewed from Aris. Guess Ken is busy with Amp your Firefox challenge. :)

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Post Posted August 6th, 2013, 1:58 pm

TMK, all theme updates are personally reviewed by Ken, and only Ken right now. This was part of Mozilla's attempt to "improve theme quality" which seems more like a way to harass theme developers over non-issues and force one poor guy who's not even an employee to work his butt off for everyone else. I thought many times about joining Ken, but I just had little faith at that point that Mozilla was working in the best interest of themers, preferring instead to obsess over unimportant details, flag any themes using bindings for full code review every single update, continually break compatibility, and downgrade theme status on AMO.
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Post Posted August 6th, 2013, 4:40 pm

@ Zigboom

Try to check your themes with "Theme Test" add-on ( https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... heme-test/ ) and the official "Theme Guide" ( https://wiki.mozilla.org/AMO:Editors/Ed ... emeReviews ). Both show what theme reviewers have to do and to look at, while reviewing a theme.

I just looked into the last LavaFox reviews done by other theme reviewers and a few things are still missing in your latest versions. Do you have the review report from May 1. 2013, where Kris explained what was/is missing? PM me, if you have further questions.

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Ken is not doing this alone anymore. In the last six month new theme reviewers joined the team, so most themes are reviewed within a couple of days now, sometimes even faster. About your sig: what if add-ons name contains 'toolbar buttons'? :mrgreen:
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Post Posted August 6th, 2013, 5:03 pm

Thanks Frank, Jivko & Patrick!
I'll contact Ken asap ..
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Post Posted August 6th, 2013, 5:45 pm

Aris... no comment.
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Post Posted August 7th, 2013, 1:24 am

@ Zigboom: PMed you about your theme problems.
There are currently no themes on any review queue, so uploading a new version now might lead to a fast review.
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Post Posted August 16th, 2013, 6:38 am

Aris wrote:@ Zigboom: PMed you about your theme problems.
There are currently no themes on any review queue, so uploading a new version now might lead to a fast review.


Thanks! Just replied - need more details ..
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Post Posted September 19th, 2013, 5:09 am

Have you noticed a change in theme downloads lately? Ever since the Ft Dark theme (sorry if the name is wrong) won the amp your firefox challenge complete theme category its downloads have increased. This again proves how personas on page one affects custom theme downloads and that users click on the first thing they see (in our case personas). Here's part of a discussion I had with one of the authors on the mozilla add-ons blog. It's been a month now and nothing. Do you think a change is possible? I think that putting a box in which different custom themes appear each time a user reloads the page under the featured extensions box for example would help increase theme downloads. :wink:

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Post Posted September 19th, 2013, 5:52 am

Imo theme/add-ons downloads increased in the past two/three weeks, because in most countries summer holidays ended and now more people are 'surfing' and downloading again.
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Post Posted September 19th, 2013, 1:18 pm

Themes have not appeared as part of "featured addons" since the release of Firefox 3.6. Seriously. Remember in pre-4.0 when the addons manager had "featured addons" in there? Themes at that time were SO popular that they ranked inside that box squeezing out other crucial "featured" addons, the bulk of which at that time were severely broken regulars on the Problematic Extensions list.
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Post Posted September 19th, 2013, 6:51 pm

Lets face it word has come down from on high in Mozilla land to basically hide themes in the hope of killing them and the lower down flunkies are just trying to placate the masses by saying yes yes we will blah blah blah and then they do nothing
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Post Posted September 20th, 2013, 8:28 am

malliz wrote:Lets face it word has come down from on high in Mozilla land to basically hide themes in the hope of killing them and the lower down flunkies are just trying to placate the masses by saying yes yes we will blah blah blah and then they do nothing


Unfortunately for themes (and for Mozilla IMO) I agree - that's the reality as we know it.
It seems that this is part of a wider campaign that aims to make Firefox less customizable.
There is a lot of negative feedback towards this campaign (all over - also in leading tech blogs), I never saw any positive feedback anywhere (except from Mozilla's own team).
Strangely, Mozilla seems persistent in going against it's DNA, user-base and 3rd party contributors.
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Post Posted September 21st, 2013, 3:48 pm

Mozilla bull-headedly thinks they are moving into a new era and schluffing off the past is the only way forward for them. This is based on a spiral of yes-men circle logic that has been drowning out dissenting opinions for quite a while now. With no real toe-hold in the mobile market, and desktop OS's going increasingly towards walled gardens, Mozilla is desperate to appear hip and relevant. There are no-doubt many users in the up-and-coming generation who have never used a desktop browser other than Chrome, or a mobile browser other than iOS's crippled version of Safari.
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