Mozilla vows MDN ‘isn’t going anywhere’ as layoffs cause panic among developers
Mozilla, the organization behind the Firefox browser, announced this week that it plans to cut about 250 workers amid coronavirus-era revenue declines.
Along with calls to find jobs for the people being displaced, web developers on Twitter and discussion sites such as Hacker News quickly reacted with concern about another prominent Mozilla production: the set of online manuals known as the MDN (for Mozilla Developer Network) Web Docs.
Mozilla just let go the ENTIRE MDN team AND their amazing dev tools engineers.
WTF? Firefox is officially a dead browser now IMO.
MDN is THE web platform docs. What do we use now? Fuck. https://t.co/5V8ATci9V2
— Chris Ferdinandi ?? (@ChrisFerdinandi) August 12, 2020
It’s not an exaggeration to say I use MDN at least once almost every working day. Web devs would be so much worse off if it falls apart. https://t.co/WzBQzvlZaA
— Alastair Coote (@_alastair) August 12, 2020
In response to an inquiry from Fast Company, a Mozilla spokesperson said the site will continue to exist, even as the broader organization restructures.
“MDN as a website isn’t going anywhere right now,” the spokesperson said in an email. “The team is smaller, but the site exists and isn’t going away. We will be working with partners and community members to find the right ways to move it forward given our new structure at Mozilla.”
Mozilla intends to focus more on products that generate revenue, reported TechRadar, such as its recently launched VPN service. The organization saw layoffs earlier this year, even before the pandemic, amid a decline in market share for Firefox and a lack of sales for its other subscription products.