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Gustav
Strollin' around
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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ikjadoon
Strollin' around

I use Pocket all the time, and I agree: having it as an extension is better than having it always running even for Fx users that never use it.

I don't think it will be negatively impacted if moved to an extension, right? Pocket does work quite well as an extension in other browsers and even in Fx before it was integrated, IIRC all those years ago.

SaturnV
New member

Mozilla's own statistics report that Firefox has had over 200 million "Monthly Active Users (MAU)" since at least the beginning of 2019. However, "Over 10 million users rely on Pocket ...". So, about 5% of Firefox users "rely on Pocket" - not really a good reason to keep Pocket as necessarily integral to Firefox, is it?

As the opening post of this thread politely asks, please can Pocket be configured such that it can easily be completely disabled, or better still, completely removed.  Thank you.

 

tripleo
Strollin' around

If you're so busy browsing the web, what are you worried about Pocket for?

Firefox is at least a gig of code.  And how much is Pocket?  If they removed it, how would your experience change?

Sometimes I use it. sometimes I don't.  If I didn't see this thread, I wouldn't have even remembered that it was there?

I don't know what you're talking about (and maybe you don't either), unless there is something that I do not know (and I will be the first to admit it, or if not admit it then notice it, but...)

Just ignore it.  There are bigger problems in the world and even in our beloved browser!

Gustav
Strollin' around

The thing with adding feature-creep into any product is that the code base grows.

Design decisions that seemed to be good at the time can't easily be changed years later without also having to take into consideration legacy code.

Pocket is an superfluous bit of code that should only be run if and when the user wants and needs it. 

By looking at Pocket and creating a framework for who it could be integrated as an default add-on that can be removed by the end user I believe that even more functions in Firefox could be made like this.
The reason I'm saying default add-on is that I expect there to be some kind of contract that states that Pocket should be integrated and that the foundation receives a certain amount of money for that.

I'm not against the foundation being able to fund itself.

I'm for a Firefox that can be slimmed down by user choice after installation removing add-ons that have been preinstalled and getting a smaller and less resource hungry browser.

This new framework I'm imagining would also open up for other collaborations which would be good - because the final power would be in the end-users hands on what gets to stay after installation and what gets removed.

 

 

Hackgets
Making moves

I use Pocket a lot, but I don't feel the need to integrate it with Firefox because all the features are available on the website.

endolith
Strollin' around

I use Pocket, but I want Firefox lean and minimal, with all functionality provided by add-ons, like the good old days.

Lien
New member

Pocket is not a firefox feature - otherwise it wouldn't be called Pocket with its own website.

Make it an addon.

benlimanto
Making moves

At least make pocket in par with Chromium browser... In Chromium browser, People can see their list offline, their article offline,, with the highlight.. yet in Firefox, it's just a bookmark tagging, what a joke. Just remove it already... if pocket team doesn't care about it...