Our team is saddened and disappointed that we cannot currently support a Tab for a Cause add-on for Firefox. We are hoping to be able to support Firefox again in the future.
We'll provide a summary here. For a deeper dive, please see this issue on Github.
As you may know, Tab for a Cause lets people easily raise money for nonprofits, for free. Once you set Tab for a Cause as your new tab page, your new tab page shows ads that raise money for some spectacular causes.
Tab for a Cause must be a website (rather than, say, an offline file) to show ads successfully.
Recently, the Mozilla Firefox team has become stricter about allowing users to set their new tab to a website. We strongly agree with the motivations behind the policy, which are aimed at keeping users safe.
Unfortunately, however, the Mozilla team has decided that it's against policy for the Tab for a Cause add-on to set the new tab page to the Tab for a Cause website.
We disagree with the Mozilla team's decision because:
- We explicitly ask for user consent. Tab for a Cause clearly asks for user consent to update the tab page (indeed, "tab" is even in our name). Our team has always been grounded in the principle of respecting our users.
- Our add-on has no surprises. It does one thing: changes the new tab page. It requires no additional permissions. (You can check this claim for yourself in our open source code!)
- The add-on policy appears to be applied selectively. Other add-ons, such as New Tab Override, redirect the user to remote new tab pages. We want these add-ons to remain approved—given they're still the only way to set a website as your new tab—but have not received any clarification on why Tab for a Cause cannot have a web page as the new tab when other add-ons can.
We respect the Mozilla team, we're Firefox users ourselves, and we always strive to comply with policy. At this moment, though, we have no clear way of serving our users on the Firefox platform. While users might choose to set their new tab page to Tab for a Cause by other means, we aren't comfortable recommending 3rd party software to do so, given that we can't ensure it will keep our users safe.
Thus, we're left with the option of asking our users to transition to Edge, Chrome, or Safari.
We hope the Mozilla team clarifies this grey area of policy or improves Firefox's technical support for custom new tab pages. When that happens, we will work to bring Tab for a Cause back to Firefox.
If you’d like to voice your opinion to the Firefox team, you can contact them here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I just had to reinstall and realized it was gone. I am shocked! I've used Firefox since it came out and I've used Tab for a Cause since it started. I'm unsure of how to move forward, for now I'll just try to find an xpi I guess.
Okay that's dumb. Similar situation to Beaupedia, I just installed Firefox on a new computer, and now I'm thinking I might want to grab my profile from the old computer since this add-on was still enabled in that.
Last I checked, one of Firefox's goals was to empower users (Free and Open Source Software style), but this seems like the exact opposite. There had better be a workaround for this; I know what I'm doing (and I'm only asking to change the new tab page), don't patronize me, Mozilla!
Just to be clear, this is because of a change with how Mozilla moderates their addon site, not a change in the Firefox application itself, right?
overridden with New Tab Override (currently a recommended plugin, which hopefully means it's trustworthy enough). What are they doing differently from this plugin?
I still think this is dumb, but at least there's a workaround. (I'd really rather minimize the number of plug-ins and pages I have to trust, though. Never know when someone's addons.mozilla.org account could get hijacked or something)
I ended up using an xpi from my old profile. How are you using New Tab Override for it? I recruited so many people to Tab for a Cause (173 as of right now), and have convinced so many people to use Firefox, and now lots of them are coming to me that they can't use Tab for a Cause.
I really don't understand why the guys at Gladly don't just let us download the xpi at the very least.
I installed that plug-in, and set the new tab to gladly's new tab page, https://tab.gladly.io/newtab
one noteworthy problem with New Tab Override is that it puts the address of the page in the address bar, rather than leaving it blank like TFAC does. So you have to clearly address bar out yourself before using it
Any chance you have an add-on that works for Vivaldi? I've been considering switching to that and this (in spite of the lousy work around, which is more trouble than it seems to be worth due to the thing I said about the address bar) is making me think long and hard about whether Firefox actually stands for what they say. I suppose their assumption is that "well we still empower users, because they can submit pull requests", but that's something that can be said about any open source project really. What makes Firefox special (anymore)?
@Phillip -- Vivaldi can load Chrome extensions, so Tab for a Cause should work on it:
I will definitely give that a try. Immediately in fact. I noticed earlier today that Firefox was using 7.5 GB of RAM. I'm not content giving a browser that much RAM under any circumstances, especially since killing the most RAM-heavy process didn't seem to do anything detrimental...
(i.e. it's currently using 1.5 GB and working just fine, including plug-ins. Why can't it be more consistent?)
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