Renaming extensions · 2010-05-21 11:24 by Wladimir Palant
Some people using development builds probably noticed already: the full name of Element Hiding Helper is no longer “Adblock Plus: Element Hiding Helper” but rather “Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus”. Given that some people are still confusing Element Hiding Helper with Adblock Plus this change is long overdue. The only reason it hasn’t been implemented earlier is that the new name is no longer language-neutral, it needs to be translated into various languages. But that’s something that can be done now. Element Hiding Helper also got its own icon which is slightly different from the Adblock Plus icon.
Other extensions should follow. For Adblock Plus Watcher I am thinking about the name “Diagnostics for Adblock Plus” which should make more obvious that this extension isn’t meant for general public. The icon should have an eye symbol in the lower-right corner. One question remaining to be answered is whether it should still be hosted on addons.mozilla.org — Mozilla isn’t too happy about add-ons that stay in the sandbox forever, automated updates don’t work for such add-ons either. Releasing it to public will bring too much attention to it however. But maybe with the new name that will be acceptable.
Weave Sync extension needs a new name as well. Given that Weave is now being called “Firefox Sync” I am thinking about “Adblock Plus Sync” here or maybe the uglier “Sync for Adblock Plus” (with the former people will still tend to ignore the last word in the extension name).
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