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Making moves
Status: In review

A less complex product will have less bugs.

The core of Firefox should only be the needed functionality to browse the web.

Additions that are built in like Pocket add additional code.

I my idea is that Firefox should split Pocket out from the Firefox executable and have it as an pre-installed extension which can be disabled by users or even removed if they do not want to have have it in their installation.


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@job> Technically it is possible to disable pocket by setting extensions.pocket.enabled = 'false'. It is not ideal, but may result in less resources used.

Strollin' around

Pocket as an extension would be awesome. Sounds like this has been in review for awhile. I wonder when they provide updates on this kind of idea?

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please remove pocket, its unhelpful and annoying

Making moves

I have never used Pocket. For me it is not part of the core functionality of a web browser. The "Save to Pocket" is just another icon I have to move off the toolbar when fixing the Firefox UI to make it usable.

Bookmarks - core functionality with my data saved to my device.

Pocket - an optional service that saves my data to a place where it can be harvested.

So I try to NOT use functionality/sync/non-core functionality provided by the same organisation as the organisation producing the browser. Especially where it puts "my data" somewhere other than on my device.

Making moves

Reading through this thread I've been wondering... How much bloat does Pocket even add in practice? I've never used the thing, but as far as I understand it's just an extension for managing... bookmarks? It can't possibly be any worse than your run of the mill javascript-ridden website. In fact I think it's borderline funny to ask of the Firefox devs to make a lean browser when the modern web is such a cluster****.

I mean, I've tried lean browsers. And they all suck because they all miss critical features that, unfortunately, are mandatory in 2024 and have been ever since Chrome became the dominant browser and Google started making the standards for itself.

But I digress. Conceptually, I agree that Pocket should be an extension. Practically, I think it has 0 performance impact. Realistically, I think that no dev would bother refactoring it into an extension because no normal user would care about it, even if this issue got its fair share of Kudos among the power users.

Making moves


The point I was trying to make when creating this suggestion is that Mozilla adds things to Firefox that a small sub-group of users actually use.

This added code creates complexity. Regardless of how small impact (it can never be 0) it has it gets installed for all users since it is included in the core product.

That there seems to be some sponsor agreement as far as I have been able to understand gives me zero hope that Mozilla will actually move Pocket into a pre-installed plugin (that can be uninstalled by the user if they wish).

I hope that more people vote for this suggestion, but after 2+ years I think that Mozilla has parked the suggestion in "In review" because they don't have the courage to that "if we do this we will lose sponsor money and therefore will not implement".

I mean - if there was any progress made on this they would have had so much time to update us in this thread.