Since their launch last year, users have created more than 56,000 collections of add-ons. Collections and user reviews are the two ways in which everyday users can contribute content to the add-ons site.
I’ve been thinking about ways to improve collections since last year, especially as many other sites now support similar groups of content. Facebook has groups of friends, Twitter has lists of followers, Youtube has playlists of videos, and we have collections of add-ons. We’re a bit different though: collections were designed primarily as a sharing vehicle, which is why we have a public directory listing them when other sites don’t.
But one thing I really love about others’ list features is their simplicity of creation and management. We’re well underway in rewriting addons.mozilla.org in Django, so now is the perfect time to make some improvements to the feature as we rewrite it for the new site. With the goals of making collections easier to create and manage, using them to power other features across the site, and making them more personal, here are a few changes in store for collections in the coming months.