User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.6; rv:16.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/16.0 Build ID: 20121024073032 Steps to reproduce: went to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/collections/?sort=created Actual results: Postings are being created for 1-800 support numbers for all kinds of services, nothing to do with Mozilla. See link provided. BTW, this is also affecting the Quicken Live Community forums (qlc.intuit.com), as I am a Forum member (SuperUser) there. Inuit has been trying to tackle this problem for weeks now. I can place you in touch with their admin regarding this issue if it would help. Expected results: SPAM should be blocked from being posted!
We have been trying address this in bug 1211012 and others. Given the collections are likely going to be removed very shortly, not planning on too much more work on this.
Are you serious that Collections are likely to be removed? I have hundreds of add-ons that I have organized in over 100 collections. The is a MOST HELPFUL tool. It was bad enough that the Collections add-on tools were removed some time ago. Please don't take this away too. Add-ons, and the ability to organize them, is one of the main reasons I use Firefox. Without collections, Firefox starts to be more like all the other browsers, loosing one of its key distinctions...it's large plethora of add-ons AND its ability to organize them. With such a large assortment, you need these tools to stay on top of all the variations, etc. Otherwise, it becomes unwieldy to sort through them all in an efficient manner. Please say it ain't so.
And if they are removed (which I truly hope the powers that be will reconsider), will there be any way to be informed about this?
If they are, then yes, there would be a deprecation plan to allow people to get the data out of them. I stongly support good ways of finding add-ons, I'm not sure if collections are the answer. From what I've seen, the number of users of collections don't justify the time spent maintaining them.
I agree that Collections are not a great way of finding add-ons...BUT Collections are far more than that; they are a great way to organize them for those that want to track useful ones. Without collections, it becomes impossible. There is a Dutch proverb that says "Do not remove a leaky bucket until you have a new one." In other words, do not remove something that may be working poorly until you have a better tool. I hope that will be considered.