The NoScript controversy has become a full blown siege now. The author of the add-on, Giorgio Maone of Palermo, Italy, has not only responded, but also admitted to making an error (and some believe it was less than an honest error) in his coding that allowed the ads on his NoScript website to remain in view despite users reliance on Adblock Plus to block them.
The issue came to light when Wladimir Palant, the author of Adblock Plus, wrote an exposé, on May 1st, on his blog at http://adblockplus.org/blog/attention-noscript-users alleging that Maone had used “tricks” to prevent ABP from blocking ads on the NoScript domain. Maone made a reply to the charges on his blog at http://hackademix.net/.
But whether you come down on the side of ADP or NoScript, the fact is that Maone has lost credibility . . . hence his public apology on both the NoScript site and his own blog.
It is a full blown siege now, because the most recent entrant into the fray, the Ghostery add-on, claims that NoScript blocks the Ghostery notification window, an essential element of the add-on http://news.ghostery.com/post/103180001/attention-all-noscript-users.
Maone has disturbed some of his colleagues, and even Mozilla has gotten into the act, redoing its extension publishing policy to reflect a more thorough review.
How many other add-ons are going to make similar claims is anybody’s guess, but Maone has given his detractors essentially a free pass to allege wrongdoing because of the hit he has taken to his trustworthiness. Some even claim Maone may insert malware into his code . . . which I think is stretching this credibility flaw much too far. But before all this is resolved, I think you’ll hear many more claims like that, no matter how absurd or divorced from reality they may be.
Like it or not, Maone has suffered a mortal wound to his credibility. But it was his own doing, and he admitted so. He shot himself in his foot.
The real question now is, will NoScript survive this feud. And if it does, will it be in a form we recognize?