Closed Bug 597970 Opened 10 years ago Closed 10 years ago

'Created by' in extension's About dialog changes from creator in install.rdf to information from amo


(Toolkit :: Add-ons Manager, defect)

Windows 2000
Not set





(Reporter: john.p.baker, Unassigned)



(1 file, 2 obsolete files)

Attached image about popup
My extension contains the following in the install.rdf:

  <em:creator>Terry Yuen</em:creator>
  <em:developer>John P Baker</em:developer>

Initially, the information shows properly in Tools/Add-ons and on the About pop-up but, at some subsequent stage, the By gets replaced by 'John P Baker' - presumably from the amo site.

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.0; rv:2.0b7pre) Gecko/20100919 Firefox/4.0b7pre
Attached image wrong information (obsolete) —
This is for the moment intentional. Why do you have a different author listed on AMO to that in the install.rdf?
I can see the arguments for this in listing and details so I will morph this bug back to my initial concern - the About dialog. I feel this should show the correct (and possibly legal) information from the install.rdf and not something guessed at from amo.

In my case I took an extension created by someone else and adapted it for Fx 2.0; In the more visible case of DOM inspector many people worked on it and Shawn is the current custodian.
Summary: Extension listing changes from creator in install.rdf to 'by' from amo → 'Created by' in extension's About dialog changes from creator in install.rdf to information from amo
Attachment #476789 - Attachment is obsolete: true
Attachment #476787 - Attachment is obsolete: true
Two names on amo are also odd; For TabCloser the about dialog promotes johnath to Creator and demotes Gavin to Developer, after the change to amo data.
There are a couple of things going on here. Firstly we wanted a way to link to details about the author, the AMO data provides us with that however in order to do it we have to use the AMO author data (or attempt to marry author names on AMO with those in the install.rdf which I don't care to attempt). Unfortunately AMO data only includes multiple authors, it does not separate out the concepts of creators and developers like install.rdf does.
AFAICT my concerns are covered by bug 603409.

Globally setting extensions.getAddons.cache.enabled to false has the desired effect, so I am assuming that doing so particularly for one extension will do likewise.
Closed: 10 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Duplicate of bug: 603409
You need to log in before you can comment on or make changes to this bug.