Doug asked, "Do you personally have any 'pet' bugs in any Mozilla products?"
Yeah, Doug, I do. There are a couple of bugs that I'd like to see fixed and several features I'd like to see added. Before Firefox and Thunderbird, things were a lot worse. I had at least a couple dozen bugs that bothered me and about 15 features or feature changes that I desperately wanted. My only pet bugs today are things like the address field dropdown not closing on second click (bug 192577), the "hidden window" showing up when you use Expose on Mac (bug 223779), and various inconsistencies in creating and loading Bookmarks from different locations. My pet feature requests have gone down dramatically as extensions fill in those gaps and the only ones that I still hope for are the ability to delete attachments from emails (bug 2920 - the extension still doesn't work right for me), Gecko improvements to cache the DOM and JS context so we can get some of that fast back button speed like Opera (bug 38486), and maybe plugin controls like we have for cookies and pop-ups (bug 94025 or similar). Overall, I'm quite satisfied with the application and think that Firefox 1.0 will be the best 1.0 release ever.
Jack asked, "Does Mozilla.org give any money to Mozillazine to help support the huge bandwidth costs they face ? If not do you not agree this would be a nice gesture as they have a hugely positive impact on the community, especially the bug finding/triaging side."
Jack, Mozillazine is an extremely valuable component of the Mozilla community. I consider Mozilla.org, Mozillazine, and Mozdev to be the three visible stars in the Mozilla community constellation and we certainly wouldn't be where we are today without the years of support from Chris Nelson, Jason Kersey, Alex Bishop and the other that have contributed so much of their time and energy to making Mozillazine a great resource that we all use. That being said, we don't give them a dime :-) Actually, both mozilla.org and the Mozillazine team have always appreciated the value in these two organizations remaining independent from each other. The Mozilla Foundation staff realizes the importance of Mozillazine and we will do what we can to make sure they are able to continue providing those great services, but to date, there hasn't been a financial or editorial relationship and I believe everyone would still like to keep it that way.
Ali said, "On July 7th you mentioned that there are over 100,000 registered Bugzilla accounts. I'm wondering how many of these accounts are still active, and how many of them contribute on a regular basis."
I had hoped to get some detailed and contemporary statistics for you but I'm having trouble with my SQL queries so I'll have to push this Ask Asa item to the next installment. Next time I run these queries, I'll see if we can't get something set up to do regular reporting of these statistics. To hold you over until then, here are some stats from my developer day presentation (the data is about 6 months old) earlier this year. About 60,000 people have Bugzilla accounts with activity. Over 50,000 people have reported a bug in Bugzilla. Slightly more than 18,000 individuals reported at least one bug in the last year. We've had 9,000 individuals report at least one bug in the last six months. There are about 2,000 testers with advanced Bugzilla privileges. Some stars in the Bugzilla world include Henrik Gemal who leads the pack with more than 2,500 bugs filed, sspitzer and timeless both with over 2,000 bugs reported, another two dozen people have reported greater than 500 bugs each. BZ has resolved (a combination of fixed and other) 7,700 bugs, matti and R.K.Aa, more than 5,000 each, and dozens more have resolved over 1,000 bugs in Bugzilla. David Baron has attached nearly 950 testcases to bugs, Mats Palmgren 922, BZ 907, Jesse Ruderman over 300, and nearly two dozen others have attached more than 200 testcases each. So we've got a very active community and this was before all the great Firefox press of the last six months so the numbers are probably a good bit higher today.
Jesse asked, "Which is worse, voting Republican (US) or using Internet Explorer?"
Well, Jesse, I really can't say with any certainty, but I will say that talking a lot about security doesn't actually make things more secure. People who are satisfied with that now will one day probably come to regret not asking for more than just talk.
Joey asked, "This kinda sounds like a dumb question but... about how many downloads of firefox/mozilla/thunderbird are there per day, per hour, and so far? I'm just curious."
Joey, it's really difficult to calculate this with any accuracy and it changes depending on how recently we've released products, but I'd estimate that combined, Firefox, Mozilla, and Thunderbird are responsible for between 100,000 and 200,000 downloads per day at the mozilla.org FTP servers. My quick and dirty math says that it's about 75% Firefox and Thunderbird and about 25% Mozilla application suite.
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