One of the greatest things about Firefox is that it is an endlessly extendable browser. Your web browser can be about far more than simply browsing the internet, and there are all manner of add-ons available that can add all sorts of features to enhance existing options or provide you with completely new utilities. But the sheer number of add-ons that exist, coupled with the constant updates to Firefox, means that there are going to be problems with some add-ons that become incompatible as browser development continues.
Not all browser add-ons are updated as frequently as Firefox itself, and it may be the case that the developer is not aware of any problems. Add-ons Compatibility Reporter enables you to send a report to Mozilla letting them know that you have experience compatibility problems with an extension – the more people do this, the greater the chance that developers with be able to fix problems in future releases.
Firefox is a constantly evolving browsing – and Mozilla has recently decided to increase the rate at which updates are released – and this has had a somewhat unfortunate side-effect or Add-on Compatibility Reporter. Before the release of Firefox 10, it was possible to use the add-on to force the browser to assume that other add-ons are compatible, but Firefox now assumes that all add-on are compatible by default. It is something of a shame that this render this particular extension nothing more than a problem reporting tool, but it is still useful in this regard and it is good to see that Firefox itself has evolved.
It should perhaps come as no surprise that this is how the add-on ends up working, especially as the name includes the word ‘reporter’. While it may be slightly disappointing to lose a previously useful feature, it is worth noting that the add-on can also be used with Mozilla’s Thunderbird and Seamonkey.