Changes to the Adblock Plus release process (or why the new version isn't available on addons.mozilla.org) · 2011-02-16 15:08 by Wladimir Palant
A while ago there was an announcement that AMO would try to reduce the number of “trusted” add-ons (meaning: add-ons where an update would immediately become available without review). The old approach was to mark add-ons as “trusted” if they are popular and go through a thorough testing process before each release. The new approach is to grant this status only if absolutely needed. Obviously, Adblock Plus and Element Hiding Helper no longer match the definition of a “trusted” add-on and so this status has been revoked now.
While I understand the reasons for that decision, last thing that I want is sitting around idly waiting for AMO to approve an update. So I decided to take it out of the loop — new releases will now be published and announced on adblockplus.org immediately. Once the release becomes available on AMO as well the download link will change automatically and point to their download servers.
There was one more policy change: there is now a limit to how long an add-on is allowed to go without review. This affects Diagnostics for Adblock Plus which has been intentionally left unreviewed so that one had to accept a warning to install it. The new policy doesn’t allow this so I’ll now have this add-on hosted on adblockplus.org only. The nice side-effect is that you will now get update notifications (need to install Diagnostics 1.1.4 first).
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