(In reply to Kirk Steuber (he/him) [:bytesized] from comment #7)
Given what you have told me so far, it occurs to me that you might be interested in this Enterprise Policy intended for power users: ManualAppUpdateOnly.
There is a bit more information about this in Bug 1653430, if you are interested.
Ah, no worries, it's a pain but it's not something that drives me crazy. Like you said, it's intended to be aggressive!
But a pulsing green arrow or the like would also be aggressive in its own way, and be there always, not just once a day (for nightly at least).
Even if my particular suggestions suck, I have no doubt the process can be done better.
(In reply to Kirk Steuber (he/him) [:bytesized] from comment #6)
What you are describing would be changes to the Proton UI design, so I'll try to get the Proton team involved.
(In reply to L from comment #4)
One is a pain in the ass
Try having 30 popups a month on nightly!
This is not the first bug that I've seen involving people that have automatic update downloads disabled on Nightly. I would like to understand this situation better, because it is a bit confusing to me. In the interest of understanding how people use our product, would you mind explaining to me the motivation behind doing this? If you want a version of Firefox that updates to use the very newest code every day, why do you want to be notified every time? I hope this question doesn't come off as rude; I am genuinely curious and I feel that better understanding our users will help me make the product better for them in the future.
Hah, well, you might be surprised a bit by the answer.
First, the logo is cooler. I like it. Stuff like this may sound silly, but aesthetics do matter, and Firefox will always 1-up Chrome there. Nightly looks really cool. Massive point here: You ABSOLUTELY should give a distinct logo to Firefox Beta and Thunderbird Beta. I have never used FF Beta or TB Beta because the logo just looks like crap with the little "Beta" there. Who wants to use a browser with that sign?! Nightly however is its own beast. Guess I'll open a bug report for that, but seeing we were on the topic...
Second, Nightly is definitely "stable" for everyday use - in my opinion, and in my case. Yes, sometimes a bug here and there may appear, rarely pretty bad, but honestly I'll take being two months in the future relative to the average user of Firefox for a few minor inconvenience here and there.
Third, the change that updating from one day to the next can bring will be minimal for most days. Yes, changes accumulate, but I'd rather just update every 3 or 5 days than everyday, when an update won't have actual visible impact for the user. Not everyone who uses Nightly hunts for bugs! (Sorry to pile on different topics, but Beta and nightly should be visible for download from the main webpage, not hidden at the bottom or on another page... my two cents.)
Remember also that you must restart your browser to update, and how many people like doing that? And everyday?! So I just defer until I feel like it.
As for why "automatic downloads" disabled, well, because I don't want an update to download, only to have to re-download again when I open firefox because a newer update is out (e.g., you download update today, and in two days restart browser, now you're one day behind in updates. This is something I think could be "fixed" too, so if a newer update is available the current is purged and newer downloaded. Currently I do not think this is done). In fact, it sometimes happens that I restart and an update is applied, and if I go to "About Firefox" a new update starts to download. Yuck experience.
If you really want to psychoanalyse me, you could say I also just like the feeling of power. What if some horrible change happens, or some virus is somehow embedded in the latest update? (think Transmission: https://gizmodo.com/mac-bittorrent-client-transmission-gets-infected-with-m-1785957214) Not saying it's going to happen, or even that it could, but I like to be able to say no, do not download anything yet, let's wait a couple days.
I'll make bug reports for the two tangential issues I mentioned above and link them here.