Linked by Kroc Camen on Sun 16th Jan 2011 13:52 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones A mini-tempest has been raging across the web with anger at Mozilla for removing the RSS icon from the Firefox 4 toolbar by default (and moving it to the bookmarks menu). This has been going on for a couple of weeks now, and I had avoided writing about it on OSNews since the recent furore is often cited to have begun around a personal blog post I wrote, but now things have come to an impasse: "No matter how loudly you shout, what you see in the beta with regard to the feed auto-discovery button is what will ship in Firefox 4". When Mozilla can say they are open to input, but refuse to change in the face of near universal disagreement, we all lose, not just me.
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If Mozilla are determined not to keep it, fair enough. It's their software, and they've clearly put a lot of work into the decision. But it would surely be a good idea to make it a configurable option so that those who are absolutely unpersuadable can have their way. (Or perhaps they have?)

They have. You can add the button back in the address bar if you want. What Kroc is complaining about here is the lack of discoverability for new users.

(Myself, I doubt that new users will just click on every icon of their web browser, especially when they just look like a wireless network connection indicator, but well...)

Edited 2011-01-17 21:24 UTC

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