Currently, there's a fixed download count near the top of GetFirefox.com (otherwise known as the Firefox product page) that reads "Join more than 44 million others and make the switch today." It would be a good idea if it could instead read "Join 44,503,871 others (and counting) and make the switch today", using the new Spreadfirefox.com Syndicated Download Counter.
I agree that the counter should be updated based on the data from the feed at: http://feeds.spreadfirefox.com/downloads/firefox But I believe it would be more user-friendly to leave the information somewhat vague. "More than 44 million" is a thing which the casual surfer will easily understand and remember, while "44,503,871" will just be registered as a "bunch of digits". The text could change to "almost 45 million" if the actual count surpasses, say, 44.8 million, to "more than 45 million" if that number is exceeded, and so forth. Also, one might include special texts for special "milestones", e.g. 50 million.
Unless the number can be made to increase à la Gmail (or even a textified version of http://ed.agadak.net/greasemonkey/ffCounter/ffCounter.php ), I think it's best to extract the number of millions from the feed and just slot it into the current text. It's becoming impractical to update the download count manually every million. Also, this bug's severity should be "enhancement".
To be honest, I think it best that things are left as they are because of the problems we experienced with load immediately after the launch of the counter. We really don't need such an increase in traffic being caused by the inclusion of a dynamic counter on the product page! If nobody has any objections, I'm requesting this bug be marked INVALID.
you mean, WONTFIX
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 14 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
Component: www.mozilla.org → General
Product: Websites → www.mozilla.org
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