Shorten Bodizzle's (eg Aero Fox) theme descriptions

RESOLVED WORKSFORME

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addons.mozilla.org Graveyard
Administration
RESOLVED WORKSFORME
10 years ago
2 years ago

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(Reporter: Dave Garrett, Unassigned)

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Description

10 years ago
Bodizzle is now pushing pay versions of his themes and leaving shotty free versions on AMO.  Regardless of who thinks this is good or bad, the short descriptions (summary) are 3 or 4 times as long as they should be.  Each listing takes up way too much space and looks quite bad.  In the Get Add-ons window, selecting Aero Fox makes the entry so big that it needs more than 2 background gradient images to fill the space with a normal window size.  He also uses line breaks which all run together when shown in the add-on lists.

Someone should contact him and request that all his summaries only contain a brief description of what the theme is.  Noting that a full version is available is fine, however explanations of why he's doing this and complaints about users somehow miraculously exchanging pay versions of a downloaded file don't belong here.  Additional info should be placed in the long description space or the developer comments, as that's what it's for.

If he doesn't make the needed changes within a reasonable amount of time an AMO editor should simply truncate the text until he does.

We should also take this opportunity to discuss significantly lowering the character limit for this field.
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Updated

10 years ago
Summary: Shortten Bodizzle's (eg Aero Fox) theme descriptions → Shorten Bodizzle's (eg Aero Fox) theme descriptions
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Comment 1

10 years ago
For reference, this is the current summary shown for Aero Fox in the lists on AMO and in the Get Add-ons window:
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Aero Fox redone for Firefox 3. This theme is my basic version meaning it contains the full features of the navigator toolbar, bookmarks toolbar and tabs while the rest of the theme uses features from the default Windows theme. This is a lite version of the theme for users who need nothing more than just the main toolbar and do not use a lot of extensions and other add-ons. The fully skinned, maintained, and supported version of my themes are available at my website http://www.virtusdesigns.com and certified and guaranteed spyware free.. I have decided to do this because of the enormous time and energy that goes into developing and maintaining Firefox themes. There are people who have taken copies of my premium themes and uploaded them to sites where you can download them for free. They have done this without seeking my permission because they feel entitled to taking and distributing my work without compensating me for my time and efforts as I continue to work on developing high quality themes for Firefox users to enjoy. There is no way I can stop them from doing this so I will leave it up to you, the users, to choose to download from them or to help support me in my efforts. For my premium version of Aero Fox along with other themes including color variations of Abstract and Aquatint, visit my new site at http://www.virtusdesigns.com The premium themes will continually be improved and updated in order to minimize issues with extensions and appearance.
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Here's a list of his themes that currently have this:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4391 Abstract Classic
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6028 Abstract Zune
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6070 Aero Fox
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/7089 Aero Silver Fox
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6111 Aquatint Black Gloss
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5042 Aquatint Redone
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4516 Bible Fox
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4755 Bible Fox Blue

All of his other theme summaries look normal.

Comment 2

10 years ago
I've reached out to the author requesting for him to shorten his short descriptions. Hopefully he'll take care of it soon - if not, I'll make the change myself.
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Comment 3

10 years ago
Thanks.

I suggest the character limit here just be dropped down to about 400 to prevent this sort of thing from coming up again.  Not really his fault; the system allows this as-is.  Does this sound like a possibility?

Comment 4

10 years ago
Verified the URLs listed in comment 1. Author has taken care of this.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 10 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5042 was missed... still too long.
Status: RESOLVED → REOPENED
Resolution: FIXED → ---

Comment 6

10 years ago
Have emailed the author about it.
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Updated

10 years ago
Blocks: 443977
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Comment 7

10 years ago
Spun off issue of prevention to bug 443977.
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Comment 8

10 years ago
"Aquatint Redone" still needs fixing. All that's needed is to truncate after the second paragraph (after "extensions and other add-ons." and before "The fully skinned"). That's all that was done for the other ones.
Emailed the author again.  I'm resolving this because I feel that we should handle this by fixing bug 443977 first.
Status: REOPENED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 10 years ago10 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
Component: Add-ons → Administration
QA Contact: add-ons → administration
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Updated

2 years ago
Product: addons.mozilla.org → addons.mozilla.org Graveyard
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