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Firefox upgrade to version 23 - several problems

Hello.

This is my first post in this forum, although I am a long time user of Firefox. I'll take the chance and thank to Mozilla for all the effort you put into making the best browser available and keep the web open.

Everything was working fine until I allowed Firefox to update to version 23 today.

I am having multiple problems, perhaps more than in any other upgrade process to this date, which is why I am taking some of my time to write this post and hopefully provide some feedback to make Firefox become better in future releases.

1- In previous version, I had all plugins blocked with the setting "plugins.click_to_play" set to true. Right now, I am aware that it is possible to set this option individually for each plugin, in firefox>extras>plugins, the problem is now I have to turn them all to "always ask", even though click_to_play is still true and in "about:permissions", I still have "always ask" enabled. This doesn't make any sense and it goes against the feature Firefox introduced not so long ago, the click to play plugins in every page.

2- Youtube videos stopped working, they don't load at all and sometimes youtube report "an error ocurred". I've tried with plugins enabled and click to play but nothing works. However DailyMotion and Vimeo videos are loading fine so far.

3- Facebook Messenger for Firefox stopped working too. I have removed and added it again numerous times, login and logout from facebook, following the steps of this troubleshoot https://support.mozilla.org/pt-PT/kb/how-does-facebook-messenger-firefox-work but nothing seems to make it work, the chat remains empty with no one there and the buttons for updates and friend requests don't even show up.

I'm also a bit annoyed with the change in the search, I usually kept two different search engines, one in awesome bar and other in the search bar, it was very useful. Now when we change the engine in one bar, its the same in the other, then why keep the search bar at all? Why not integrate it all in the awesome bar? This change doesn't make any sense as well. Let's say I have Google in awesome bar and want to search DDG, I have to change it first and only then search, but then I have to revert again, it is a quite unfortunate decision. If it is to make it easy to change the default search engine, this should be found in settings.

Besides, I don't think that entirely removing features from the browser is the best way to keep user share for that matter, having different search engines could remain an option for those who want to, the same can be said about disabling tabs, even though some of them may never be used by most people, it doesn't mean they are not used at all. Configurability is what always made Firefox special, the ability for it to become *your* browser.

Even though I am frustrated with these problems, please take this feedback as a constructive one. I will be always supporting Firefox every way I can!

BTW, I love the design of the new logo!

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