I just wanted to call this out. I am at the Add-On-Con in Mountain View today. The keynote was good. Great questions, good back-and-forth, interesting responses.
I asked the panelists (reps from Conduit, http://www.oneriot.com/, http://www.alexa.com/, http://www.adaptiveblue.com/, http://www.cooliris.com/) how much of their time or mental energy is taken up by dealing with confusions or bugs from cross-addon interactions.
I see this as a, theoretically, very serious problem. It was interesting, though, that the panelists said things like (paraphrasing):
- "browser upgrades are more of an issue. MS is bad about this and Mozilla is much better"
- "this does take up time, but the problems have gotten better"
- "Symantec should not try to clean up people's registry"
- "there are generic best practices and these could be more publicized"
I think the responses I heard speak well of how Mozilla has addressed or is addressing this issue. Considering how huge the problem could (again, theoretically) be, it is great that people who are actually relying on their add-ons to make money do not seem to be very upset or worried about it.