Over the past year, there’s been a growing debate around how add-on developers can receive compensation for the work they put into their add-ons.
Neither @dcancel nor I believe that contributions will help Mozilla build an extension ecosystem. To be sustainable, either individually or collectively, extensions must provide economic or entertainment benefit that people are willing to pay for. The Mozilla developer community needs an application commerce solution — an app store — and we need it soon. Mozilla is falling behind as a platform in this regard, and we all need it to stop.
Contributions are an unhelpful delay and diversion that will allow a few key people to rationalize wrongly that an app store can be avoided without hurting Mozilla overall. We’re not putting up a contributions link for Ghostery, and we discourage others from doing so as well. Hopefully, if enough developers avoid the Contributions program, Mozilla will get the message.