The smart install box should allow "*pre" users to install extension with minVersion $1, i.e. 3.0pre users to install extension which have 3.0 as minVersion. (Because they have the code of the RCs as nightlies.)
Yes, 1.1pre is lower than 1.1, but if an RC1 has been released as 1.1, the newer nightlies are still 1.1pre, so you can install the add-on only in an older build.
Hm, I see your point. Have you tried if the add-on manager will actually allow installing an add-on on, say, a 3.0pre nightly when the add-on is marked as compatible with 3.0-... only? If not, there's no use showing a green button on AMO.
archaeopteryx, comment 3?
No, by default the x.0 application can't install x.0pre add-ons, but you can do this with the extension Nightly Tester Tools. Currently, you can't access the file, IIRC. (There is currently no RC/later pre situtation, meh.)
We have an "install anyway" button now. -> fixed
I don't see this fixed on production or preview, there is a popup telling to upgrade (sic for RCs and pre nightly builds) or to check the older versions. The 'Install anyway' button is only shown if used appversion > add-on maxVersion, not for <. Example: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/14228/ (I have no pre Nightly here to test this.)
7 years ago
1) Authors should be setting the min version correctly. This isn't a moving target like maxversion so it shouldn't be hard to do. 2) We want to encourage people to upgrade to the newer versions of Firefox. I don't want to add additional complexity to already complex code for this edge case. Calling this wontfix.