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[Resolved] [Nov 14, 2017] Review default home page when fx57 is released (bug 1411797)

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  1. AliceWyman 5147 posts
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    From https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/forums/contributors/712728 philipp said, on Nov 4, 2017:

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    • activity stream (at this point it's not clear yet if this will ship in 57): redesigned new tab page and perhaps eventually becoming the default homepage too. in any case there will be A/B-testing on the release population to compare metrics of the old design vs the new so not everyone may be seeing the same thing on that page (browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.enabled in about:config controls that in part).

    Bug 1411797 - Turn off activity stream for 57 ... is still open, and depends on: Bug 1410535 - [Shield] Pref Flip Study: Activity Stream in 57 Beta (quote) Jared Kerim [:jkerim] (Reporter) Description • 2017-10-20 17:21 EDT

    Basic description of experiment: Disable Activity Stream for a subset of the beta population What is the preference we will be changing? browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.enabled


    When the preference browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.enabled is flipped to false in Firefox 57 Beta, it removes the "activity stream" changes from the New Tab page you see when you open a new tab. It also changes the default home page to one that looks similar to the Firefox 56 home page but without the buttons at the bottom (Downloads, Bookmarks, ... etc., Restore Previous Session).

    The preference that actually restores the default home page when toggled to false is browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.aboutHome.enabled ... as mentioned here. There was a separate study for that preference, Bug 1405334 - [Shield] Pref Flip Study: Activity Stream about:home in 57 Beta

    From https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/forums/contributors/712728 ''philipp said'', on Nov 4, 2017: <blockquote> <snip> * '''activity stream''' (at this point it's [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1411797 not clear yet if this will ship] in 57): redesigned new tab page and perhaps eventually becoming the default homepage too. in any case there will be A/B-testing on the release population to compare metrics of the old design vs the new so not everyone may be seeing the same thing on that page (''browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.enabled'' in about:config controls that in part). </blockquote> [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1411797 Bug 1411797] - Turn off activity stream for 57 ... is still open, and depends on: [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1410535 Bug 1410535] - [Shield] Pref Flip Study: Activity Stream in 57 Beta (quote) Jared Kerim [:jkerim] (Reporter) Description • 2017-10-20 17:21 EDT Basic description of experiment: Disable Activity Stream for a subset of the beta population What is the preference we will be changing? browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.enabled ----- When the preference '''browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.enabled''' is flipped to '''false''' in Firefox 57 Beta, it removes the "activity stream" changes from the New Tab page you see when you open a new tab. It also changes the default home page to one that looks similar to the Firefox 56 home page but without the buttons at the bottom (Downloads, Bookmarks, ... etc., Restore Previous Session). The preference that actually restores the default home page when toggled to '''false''' is '''browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.aboutHome.enabled''' ... as mentioned [https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/firefox-default-home-page-has-links-to-features/discuss/7206#post-15530 here]. There was a separate study for that preference, [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1405334 Bug 1405334] - [Shield] Pref Flip Study: Activity Stream about:home in 57 Beta
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  2. AliceWyman 5147 posts
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    P.S. I edited the note for fx57 to the following, for now:

    {for fx57}{note}This article applies to older versions of Firefox (Firefox version 56 and below).{/note}{/for}

    We may need to change the note again when Firefox 57 is released, depending on what happens with the default home page.

    P.S. I edited the note for fx57 to the following, for now: {for fx57}{note}This article applies to older versions of Firefox ([[Find what version of Firefox you are using|Firefox version]] 56 and below).<!--Starting in version 57, the [[About Tiles in New Tab|New Tab]] page is now the default Firefox home page. -->{/note}{/for}<!-- This may not occur. See discussion and bug 1411797 --> We may need to change the note again when Firefox 57 is released, depending on what happens with the default home page.
  3. AliceWyman 5147 posts
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    It doesn't look as though the buttons are coming back, whether or not the Activity Stream is set as the default home page. See: Bug 1407957 Be able to add back "shortcuts" on about:home with Activity Stream RESOLVED WONTFIX (quote) Ed Lee :Mardak Comment 1 • 2017-10-13 12:03 EDT Those shortcuts were also removed from non-activity stream about:home in bug 1400326.

    Bug 1400326 Preparing existing about:home for 57 if we decide not to ship activity stream on it VERIFIED FIXED in Firefox 57

    It doesn't look as though the buttons are coming back, whether or not the Activity Stream is set as the default home page. See: [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1407957 Bug 1407957] Be able to add back "shortcuts" on about:home with Activity Stream RESOLVED WONTFIX (quote) Ed Lee :Mardak Comment 1 • 2017-10-13 12:03 EDT ''Those shortcuts were also removed from non-activity stream about:home in [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1400326 bug 1400326].'' [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1400326 Bug 1400326] Preparing existing about:home for 57 if we decide not to ship activity stream on it VERIFIED FIXED in Firefox 57
  4. AliceWyman 5147 posts
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    Bug 1411797 - Turn off activity stream for 57 RESOLVED WONTFIX

    Activity Stream is the default home page in Firefox 57 so I removed the "Needs change" entry, "[Nov 14, 2017] When Firefox 57 is released, review status of bug 1411797 and Fx57 default home page (see discussion). "

    [https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1411797 Bug 1411797] - Turn off activity stream for 57 RESOLVED WONTFIX Activity Stream is the default home page in Firefox 57 so I removed the "Needs change" entry, "[Nov 14, 2017] When Firefox 57 is released, review status of bug 1411797 and Fx57 default home page (see discussion). "
  5. AliceWyman 5147 posts
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    I updated the article summary to clarify that this article describes the default home page on Firefox version 56 and below.

    I also updated the article's note, as follows:

    {for fx57}{note}This article applies to older versions of Firefox (Firefox version 56 and below). Starting in Firefox Quantum (version 57) the New Tab page is the default Firefox home page.{/note}{/for}

    I updated the article summary to clarify that this article describes the default home page on Firefox version 56 and below. I also updated the article's note, as follows: {for fx57}{note}This article applies to older versions of Firefox ([[Find what version of Firefox you are using|Firefox version]] 56 and below). Starting in Firefox Quantum (version 57) the [[About the New Tab page|New Tab page]] is the default Firefox home page.{/note}{/for}
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