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Post Posted September 11th, 2018, 7:56 pm

skuddle, I spitted your off-topic question off as a new thread at viewtopic.php?f=38&t=3041565

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Post Posted September 12th, 2018, 4:58 am

Take a look at this new WE - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... ark-notes/

Doesn't have an import feature for existing Descriptions, yet, but it looks like that is planned.

Import Descriptions from Bookmarks into Bookmark Notes
https://github.com/emmyemi/bookmark-notes/issues/1
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Post Posted September 23rd, 2018, 7:37 am

Downgrading to Firefox 60.2 ESR worked! I got my bookmark notes back. Bookmark notes are the main reason I still use Firefox instead of Chrome. I find it a convenient way to store passwords and other information. Should I turn off updates? Will the next version of ESR get rid of notes too? Why did someone think this was a good idea? It doesn't make sense to arbitrarily remove a popular feature of Firefox without warning.

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Post Posted September 23rd, 2018, 8:05 am

divedoggy wrote:Downgrading to Firefox 60.2 ESR worked! I got my bookmark notes back. Bookmark notes are the main reason I still use Firefox instead of Chrome. I find it a convenient way to store passwords and other information. Should I turn off updates? Will the next version of ESR get rid of notes too? Why did someone think this was a good idea? It doesn't make sense to arbitrarily remove a popular feature of Firefox without warning.


From the bug report:

"Descriptions are a minor feature of bookmarks, they are fetched from the page at the bookmarking time and can be manually edited by the user.
Their usefulness is very limited, since we don't even search on them, and they can (do) affect performance of bookmark operations.

Since now we have a description field in moz_places, used by Activity Stream, we can rely on that, if we really care to show a description anywhere in the UI. It wouldn't be user modifiable though."


The next version of ESR which is scheduled to be version 68 will not have the Descriptions field

How popular is the feature. I had 3 entries in all of my bookmarks. All set by the site when I bookmarked them.
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Post Posted September 23rd, 2018, 10:41 am

You are right, the description that is set by the website is useless. It is the ability to create your own notes that is useful. I use this feature to store passwords and other information. Just because you don't use this feature does not mean that others don't find it useful. Also, it is unique to Firefox. PLEASE BRING IT BACK!

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Post Posted September 23rd, 2018, 11:13 am

ESR 68 which won't be until about a year from now, won't have the descriptions, but the each 6 weeks ESR updates 60.3, 60.4, etc will until then. Also note that Mozilla developers are not on this unofficial forum.

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Post Posted September 23rd, 2018, 11:57 am

Okay thanks very much for the info. If you know any of the developers, please send them my plea.

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Post Posted September 28th, 2018, 2:55 pm

Add my name to those that use the bookmark "description box" feature and am not happy it's missing thanks to the new update.

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Post Posted October 2nd, 2018, 4:40 pm

This is irresponsible of Mozilla to delete information users stored w/o at least warning them. (And the fact that some website warned it was going to happen is totally irrelevant.)

Obviously, users like this functionality. Maybe they should optimize code (for the supposed performance hit) instead of irritating users by removing something useful.

This is as bad as Google. Now where do we go for a good browser? I'm very disappointed.

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Post Posted October 2nd, 2018, 6:36 pm

Justinh wrote:This is irresponsible of Mozilla to delete information users stored w/o at least warning them.

The data is still there, but there's no user interface controls to view or edit it.

Justinh wrote:Now where do we go for a good browser?

You can use an add-on with Firefox 62, or you can switch to the Extended Support Release of Firefox 60.

* https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/bookmark-notes/
* https://support.mozilla.org/kb/switch-to-firefox-extended-support-release-esr

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