The future of Mozilla Hacks

During the last year, we’ve seen a 330% improvement in the number of unique visitors for Mozilla Hacks, and out of those, we saw a lot of new readers as well. Thank you!

Here at Mozilla Hacks we are constantly working on improving the blog, and I thought I’d talk a little about us and where we’re heading.

What Mozilla Hacks is

Mozilla Hacks is one of Mozilla’s most important channels for developer outreach and engagement, and the goal is to be one of the key resources for people developing for the Open Web; talking about both news and in-depth descriptions of technologies and features. Topics here will range from tips and tricks for developers to technical insights for Mozilla products and upcoming standards.

Just like with MDN (Mozilla Developer Network), we want it to be a web browser agnostic resource, focused on the Open Web and sharing knowledge with all web developers out there.

Mozilla Hacks is not a press release channel – it our way to share information and engage in communication with you!

In line with being Mozilla we want to be as open as possible and share as much information as we can, e.g. most popular posts, number of readers and more.

Guidelines and goals

In the Mozilla Hacks blog guidelines and goals document, everything from our goals and visions to author responsibilities and behavior guidelines are covered. We want to be open with how we work, and share the process with you. One very important aspect there is how we treat each other:

If you ask a question here in a comment or give feedback, you deserve a reply from us. And when we talk about things – even though we might disagree – we should always expect to be met with respect and a proper behavior.

A dedicated Editor

I have just taken over as the Editor of Mozilla Hacks, and I will work hard to make it both an excellent resource for you as well as a place where you know you will be able to learn and take part in the conversation. If you have any feedback, good or bad, about the blog, please contact me at robnyman [at] mozilla [dot] com.

Some of the things we’ve done so far:

  • Removed the CAPTCHA for commenting. We want discussing and commenting to be as easy as possible, and using the CAPTCHA was far from optimal for anyone. Now it’s gone!
  • Guidelines and responsibilities are described in public
  • We created the GitHub repository for developers to look at, fork and use the code we have in blog posts
  • We’re looking into localization, to make the content available to as many as possible
  • We’re working on how to get the best metrics for Mozilla Hacks, and will share data on that as we progress

Write for Mozilla Hacks!

When it comes to content here, we have a good mix of authors and knowledge. However, to make it even more diverse, if you have skills within a field and want to reach a large audience, please contact me about writing for Mozilla Hacks!
And if you are interested in sharing something, but not sure about the writing or comments, please talk to me! I’m here, and I will help you make it happen!

What do you think?

We hope this sounds good to you! I would also love to hear from you what you like or don’t like with Mozilla Hacks, and any idea you have of how it might improve.

Just write a comment below or e-mail me at the above address. Let’s talk!

About Robert Nyman [Editor emeritus]

Technical Evangelist & Editor of Mozilla Hacks. Gives talks & blogs about HTML5, JavaScript & the Open Web. Robert is a strong believer in HTML5 and the Open Web and has been working since 1999 with Front End development for the web - in Sweden and in New York City. He regularly also blogs at and loves to travel and meet people.

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  1. Josh T.

    Hacks has always been a great resource. Are there plans to change the blog’s style to fit the One Mozilla style guide?

    September 20th, 2012 at 04:46

    1. Robert Nyman

      Thank you, glad to hear! Let’s make sure it stays that way. :-)

      When it comes to the style, we are definitely talking about a new design, making it responsive and much more. It seems like a plausible option that the design itself would go with the One Mozilla style, but at this time we haven’t gotten there in the discussion.

      Early days, and lots of small improvements!

      September 20th, 2012 at 04:53

  2. alain

    Just keep the good work and the useful resources !

    September 20th, 2012 at 04:51

    1. Robert Nyman

      Thank you very much! We will do all we can!

      September 20th, 2012 at 04:53

  3. Moldován Eduárd

    During my google searches I many times find what I want here, on Mozilla Hacks. I’ve been watching it closely for a while, and will do that in the future, too.
    So I think that it has been great so far, and it will get even better!

    September 20th, 2012 at 04:55

    1. Robert Nyman

      Thanks, exactly what I want to hear!

      September 20th, 2012 at 04:57

  4. Christian Sturm

    > What do you think?

    You had a “330% improvement in the number of unique visitors”, so continue this great blog the way you do! :)

    That Github-Repository looks great.

    September 20th, 2012 at 05:30

    1. Robert Nyman

      Good point. :-)

      September 20th, 2012 at 07:27

  5. Steve Price

    Congrats on all the progress. I deeply appreciate what you guys are doing. I’m a junior dev at the company I work for, but b/c of Hacks, I’m often better informed about the future of the Open Web platform than some of the seniors. You guys are a daily read. Thanks and keep being awesome!

    September 20th, 2012 at 12:20

    1. Robert Nyman

      Thank you!
      And that sounds excellent – we’ll do our best to keep it that way and steadily improve!

      September 20th, 2012 at 13:18

  6. fbender

    Is MoHacks only for topics around web standards or stuff in the works or is it also possible to write about ideas not yet in any standards body talks?

    Oh, and I still cannot use my Bugzilla e-mail address for the comment due to the little nasty ‘+’ … can you please fix that? Thanks!

    September 23rd, 2012 at 04:02

    1. Robert Nyman

      It is generally about existing or upcoming features. It depends on what you mean with ideas, but I’m eagerly listening!

      Please send me an e-mail to the address given in the post.

      Can’t help much with getting the bug for + in e-mail address fixed faster, unfortunately – it’s being prioritized against all other tasks.

      September 24th, 2012 at 03:25

      1. fbender

        Thanks for pointing me to the bug – I should have searched …

        Concerning “new ideas” I’ll write something and e-mail it to you when it is finished. Thanks.

        September 26th, 2012 at 10:05

        1. Robert Nyman

          Great, looking forward to it!

          September 26th, 2012 at 12:51

  7. Jen S.

    really if you have “330% improvement in the number of unique visitors for Mozilla Hacks” you doing something totally right and just keep doing that! Your weekly digests are great and useful so best regards with hacks.

    September 27th, 2012 at 10:31

    1. Robert Nyman

      Great, thanks! Very good to hear!

      September 27th, 2012 at 10:44

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