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October 26, 2011 / Ben Simon

The Mozilla Manifesto

I mentioned this last week, but I’m very excited that we’re going to be rolling out a sign-on/endorsement campaign around the Mozilla Manifesto tomorrow morning via the Firefox & You newsletter.

We’ll definitely be pushing the campaign in other channels over time, and introducing related actions in addition to signing; the reason I’m so excited is that it’s our first foray into mission-focused, low-bar engagement that I’ve yet been involved in here — and it’s definitely the first that’s primarily on the Foundation side.

You can sign here. Exciting!

Update: We’re working on figuring out exactly how to update this further before pushing it out widely, so I’ve removed the link to the sign-up page itself for now.



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  1. Deb Richardson / Oct 26 2011 3:59 pm

    Is it possible to view a list of who has signed?

  2. tbiz (@tbiz) / Oct 26 2011 4:03 pm

    Suggestion: do not make the “opt in to receive Mozilla emails” a required field to select – that doesn’t feel very opt-in :-0

  3. Pascal / Oct 26 2011 4:56 pm

    What is this about? Harvesting email addresses?

    Seriously – why do I have to give you my email address to sign a manifesto?

    Why do you say “Add your name to the Manifesto using this form and receive email updates, so that together, we can make the Web a force for good.” at the top and then have a field “I want to receive email updates about the Manifesto and Mozilla’s other projects and campaigns, and I’m okay with you handling this info as you explain in your privacy policy.” which is mandatory?!

  4. Potch / Oct 26 2011 5:14 pm

    Kinda need to echo the sentiment here- requiring e-mail opt in to sign a manifesto about choice on the Web is not kosher.

  5. Ben Simon / Oct 26 2011 5:51 pm

    Hey all — we are fixing that pre-launch; email will not be required before it’s pushed widely.

  6. Lukas Blakk (@lsblakk) / Oct 26 2011 5:53 pm

    I hope that you’re able to re-visit the user experience of this site and tweak it to give more user choice and be clearer about its intent & purpose. In the future it would be great to get a chance to kick the tires on something like this site internally first for feedback before it goes live.

    • Lukas Blakk (@lsblakk) / Oct 26 2011 5:54 pm

      and now i see your comment about pre-launch – so how does this public facing site qualify as not launched?

      • Ben Simon / Oct 26 2011 6:04 pm

        Lukas — We don’t have a staging environment for pages, which is why it’s “live” before being pushed out widely.

    • Ben Simon / Oct 26 2011 6:23 pm

      Other than the change to opt-in, mind expanding a bit on what else you mean for UX changes? Not sure if we’ll be able to make em for this campaign, but in terms of the page itself it’s a template I’m planning to use somewhat frequently so eager to hear feedback.


  7. alinamierlus / Oct 27 2011 8:09 am


    It’s awesome that Join team thinks about mission-focused “campaigns” using the Mozilla Manifesto. Anyway, as a Mozillian who has been involved from the early stages of Join Mozilla and Drumbeat programs, I would have preferred a discussion or at least an announcement on the Join Mozilla community list: (or other public list as drumbeat) .

    There are a couple of people who have been thinking for a while at simplifying the Mozilla Mission and I assume that they may have things to share (especially before the campaign goes live).

    As for the web-page of the campaign, I think that there is a need of a simplified version (IMHO, the 10 principles are too much for the audience we are trying to target w/ Join Mozilla).
    Also, part of the Manifesto principles would probably need an update, especially if it is aimed for a public engagement campaign (eg. security –> would become more privacy + online identity etc.).


  8. Clochix / Oct 27 2011 12:55 pm

    It would be really great to translate this site. People are more likely to sign that sort of manifesto if they can read it in their language and really understand what it implies. Quickly translating the website is not a problem for the community, if you explain where to find the strings to translate.

  9. davidwboswell / Oct 27 2011 2:54 pm

    Ben, exciting to see a way to make the Manifesto’s principles more interactive.

    It might be cool to rethink the Manifesto page itself. A while ago when we were redesigning the site, we did a mockup of what a more interactive Manifesto page might look like.

    Might be something to think through some more?


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