[Maildev] Integrating popular and useful extensions into TB

Magnus Melin mkmelin+mozilla at iki.fi
Thu Dec 7 03:59:43 EST 2017

I'd like to add that I don't think integrating the add-ons as add-ons is 
necessarily a good idea. For popular features, I do support moving those 
features to core, and certainly welcome add-on authors to keep maintaining 
their feature there. For good code, moving it to core is not likely to be 
significant work, at least compared to alternatives. I think it's basically a 
requirement, because if the code lives elsewhere, localization and other 
coordinated efforts can't be made to work in a reasonable manner.


On 07-12-2017 00:20, Ben Bucksch wrote:
> At today's TB Council meeting, we discussed the options how to deal with 
> breaking addons.
> One suggestion by Wayne that many liked was to integrate popular and useful 
> extensions into TB core. They should contain functionality that is closely 
> related to Thunderbird core, be very useful, and be very popular.
> A good starting point are the list of the most popular 10 or so extensions.
> Another hint are extensions that large enterprise deployments consider 
> vital, e.g. IMAP folder sharing to allow for vacation replacement.
> Here's a filtered list of the most popular addons:
> *Name* 	*Userbase* 	*AMO URL*
> importexporttools 	4,02% 
> https://addons.mozilla.org/de/thunderbird/addon/324492
> lookout 	2,11% 	https://addons.mozilla.org/de/thunderbird/addon/4433
> enigmail 	1,69% 	https://addons.mozilla.org/de/thunderbird/addon/71
> manually-sort-folders 	1,42% 
> https://addons.mozilla.org/de/thunderbird/addon/15102
> compactheader 	1,36% 	https://addons.mozilla.org/de/thunderbird/addon/13564
> extra-folder-columns 	1,27% 
> https://addons.mozilla.org/de/thunderbird/addon/9716
> quicktext 	0,97% 	https://addons.mozilla.org/de/thunderbird/addon/640
> gcontactsync 	0,90% 	https://addons.mozilla.org/de/thunderbird/addon/8451
> signature-switch 	0,88% 	https://addons.mozilla.org/de/thunderbird/addon/611
> remove-duplicate-messages-alte 	0,72% 
> https://addons.mozilla.org/de/thunderbird/addon/4654
> send-later-3 	0,70% 	https://addons.mozilla.org/de/thunderbird/addon/195275
> gmail-conversation-view 	0,62% 
> https://addons.mozilla.org/de/thunderbird/addon/54035
> mail-merge 	0,60% 	https://addons.mozilla.org/de/thunderbird/addon/47144
> Here, "Userbase" means the percentage of all TB users that have this 
> particular addon installed. That means e.g. 1 in 166 users have "mail 
> redirect" installed. There may be many more users who would like to use this 
> feature, but don't know that the extension exists, and more that would find 
> that feature useful, but don't know that something like this exists. So, we 
> cannot just take the raw numbers, but also need to consider the usefulness 
> for our users in general.
> Please discuss each addon in its own thread. To help finding the thread, 
> please start the subject with "Integrating"
> Ben
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