[Maildev] Integrating popular and useful extensions into TB

Jonathan Kamens jik at kamens.us
Thu Dec 7 09:13:27 EST 2017

Let me just be clear about this, because I'm not sure I was entirely
clear about it in my last message: I will not commit to maintaining
Thunderbird core code. In my experience, it is just too much of a pain
in the neck. So if you decide the right answer is to move my add-on's
functionality into Thunderbird core, then I'm OK with that, but don't
expect me to keep maintaining the code after you've done that, because I


On 12/7/17 3:59 AM, Magnus Melin wrote:
> 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.
>  -Magnus
> 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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