Moonchild wrote:thosrtanner wrote:You have of course considered that by listing them alphabetically, you are giving prominence to those add-ons that start with A (such as ABprime, Adblock Latitude) over those that begin with U ... Z (Such as U-block origin updater). This is a form of favouritism, the more insidious because everyone does it and think's it isn't discriminatory.
So what do you think is fair then? randomize the list for every visit? Nobody would be able to find anything.
Alphabetic sorting or ANY sorting will have a natural order to them, but that does not mean that what happens to be high on the list as a result is the result of favoritism other than the linguistic or mathematical one -- in which case you can blame language for predisposing certain titles, but not the presentation software. Let's not make it worse by introducing user- or developer-instigated favoritism. I'm very strongly opposed to this.
Any highlighting of new or updated extensions would favor developers who just churn out the fastest or the most. But that doesn't mean those extensions deserve any more attention than long-standing, stable ones. Quite the opposite, that alone already is setting up the extension site for severe bias based on something that isn't even related to the usability or quality of extensions.
As I said, give us (the users) the option of selecting a presentation order. Alpha, reverse alpha, latest update, etc.
In the interests of transparency, I wish to point out that with my name being towards the end of the alphabet, I have suffered from this cultural bias on occasion. Though not as much as those whose names begin with W.