All of you certainly know already that Google is guarding its Chrome Web Store vigilantly and making sure that no bad apples get in. So when you hit “Report abuse” your report will certainly be read carefully by another human being and acted upon ASAP. Well, eventually… maybe… when it hits the news. If it doesn’t, then it probably wasn’t important anyway and these extensions might stay up despite being taken down by Mozilla three months ago.
As to your legitimate extensions, these will be occasionally taken down as collateral damage in this fierce fight. Like my extension which was taken down due to missing a screenshot because of not having any user interface whatsoever. It’s not possible to give an advance warning either, like asking the developer to upload a screenshot within a week. This kind of lax policies would only encourage the bad guys to upload more malicious extensions without screenshots of course.
And the short downtime of a few weeks and a few hours of developer time spent trying to find anybody capable of fixing the problem are surely a small price to pay for a legitimate extension in order to defend the privilege of staying in the exclusive club of Chrome extension developers. So I am actually proud that this time my other browser extension, PfP: Pain-free Passwords, was taken down by Google in its relentless fight against the bad actors.
Here is the email I’ve got:
Hard to read? That might be due to the fact that this plain text email was sent as
text/html. A completely understandable mistake given how busy all Google employees are. We only need to copy the link to the policy here and we’ll get this in a nicely formatted document.
In the meantime, PfP takes a vacation from Chrome Web Store. I’ll let you know how this situation develops.
PfP is now back in Chrome Web Store. But will the bad guys also manage to figure it out?
Wow, that makes total sense, in some universe...