[tbb-bugs] #30600 [Applications/Tor Browser]: Restore NoScript control widget icon to the Tor Browser toolbar

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#30600: Restore NoScript control widget icon to the Tor Browser toolbar
 Reporter:  cypherpunks               |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  defect                    |         Status:  reopened
 Priority:  Very High                 |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser  |        Version:
 Severity:  Major                     |     Resolution:
 Keywords:  noscript                  |  Actual Points:
Parent ID:                            |         Points:
 Reviewer:                            |        Sponsor:
Changes (by cypherpunks):

 * status:  closed => reopened
 * resolution:  wontfix =>


 OK, I see.  I wasn't paying close attention and missed proposal 101.

 > Do you have evidence for that? What does "break" here mean, given that
 NoScript's settings are basically not active at all at that level as we
 don't block any content on "standard" (anymore).

 I wasn't aware of changes in content blocking policy in "standard" mode.
 The impetus to posting this bug was actually a visit to
 https://www.starlink.com, which does not render in "standard" mode without
 fiddling with per-site permissions in NoScript.  Perhaps this behavior is
 now generally better and such fiddling is less necessary in "standard"
 mode--but it remains necessary.

 >  There is still a piece missing, the exposing of per-site settings in
 the UI, which is tracked in
 https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/30570. We hope to get soon
 to it.

 This is the bigger issue.  You pushed out an update to the toolbar UI when
 this proposal is *not ready*.  This update broke an essential part of the
 workflow for "safest" mode, and at least until recently a usually-
 essential part of the "standard" mode workflow.

 I am posting here, so I'm sure you won't question that I am a longtime Tor
 Browser user.  This update broke my workflow.  I had to revert to
 "standard" mode--which, again, quickly broke on starlink.com--because I
 could not figure out how to get my NoScript widget back.  It took me, once
 I had spare time, about 10 minutes of exploring and fiddling until I
 figured out how to get it back, so my workflow wasn't totally broken.

 Forget the issues with "standard" mode.  For all your "safest" mode users,
 their workflow is now totally fucked, with no clear instruction or UI path
 to re-enabling that essential functionality.  Would you have pushed out an
 8.5 that completely removed "safest" mode?  That's more or less the result
 of this update for a lot of users.  I support proposal 101.  It's a good
 idea.  This sudden UI change was definitely premature.  Please restore
 NoScript to the toolbar until the proper UI for per-site permissions is

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/30600#comment:2>
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