I know we have an official megathread about this, but I think this is important enough for everyone to know about.
Yes, there's an option to turn off the new Megabar—for now. The thing is, **[this option has already been removed from Nightly 77](https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/comments/fwhlva/address_barawesomebar_design_update_in_firefox_75/fmp4beq/)** (the most bleeding-edge unreleased version of the code). So soon enough you'll have to live with it even if you went through the trouble of going to `about:config` to turn it off.
As of Firefox 75, the new Megabar is now standard for all regular Firefox users. This has prompted another wave of negative feedback from Firefox users, including here. This isn't the first time, as people using the beta branches have gone through this process first. We've seen tons and tons of negative feedback, both here in this sub and elsewhere. [On Twitter, for example](https://twitter.com/search?q=firefox%20%20bar&src=typed_query&f=live)), or the [Firefox support forums](https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/firefox?tagged=megabar&show=all), or on [Ars Technica](https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/04/firefox-75-overhauls-the-browsers-address-bar/). (The only promoted comment? An `about:config` guide for turning off the new bar. [See how many negative comments there are.](https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/04/firefox-75-overhauls-the-browsers-address-bar/?comments=1)) There's been so impressively much negative feedback that it's absolutely clear this isn't just the usual user annoyance at change.
Since then it's become clear that Mozilla is not prepared to listen to user feedback. Indeed, if they were, they'd have done so when people complained on their bug tracker—which they did, politely and eloquently, from the moment this Megabar landed in the experimental branches all the way through to today.
Their strategy seems to be to ignore all complaints until people just give up. There's a common UX fallacy that your new design is *always right*, and users who complain just "don't like change" regardless of what it is. This whole sub, a group of over 100,000 Firefox enthusiasts, has been dismissed as an "echo chamber" that's not worth paying attention to.
My problem with all this is that there's clearly a really deep lack of respect on the part of Mozilla's devs for their users. They don't seem to believe that users are capable of thinking rationally and giving valid feedback. I and others have tried—my concerns were basically ignored, largely not even substantively engaged with on the tracker. I asked what sort of system is in place for listening to user feedback, and how they would weigh that against their own internal UX people's views. I did not receive an answer.
But when I saw how extremely unpopular these changes were among users, I believed this would make them pause and reflect. Surely, they can't just dismiss *all of us* as trolls? Unfortunately, that's exactly what they did.
Now that the option to turn off the new Megabar has been removed, they are basically saying that **our opinions are so worthless we're not even allowed to have an advanced option for this.**
For the past few days, we've seen that like 95% of the reactions to this change on this sub have been negative. **How is that not enough to keep at an advanced setting around, at the absolute least?**
[The bug removing the `update1` preference](https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1627969) was even locked when users requested that it be kept.
**Mozilla, please show that you're better than this,** and allow us an option to keep this customization instead of forcing it down our throats. Firefox was always known as [the most customizable browser](https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/firefox/customizing-firefox/1/). One that gives users the power to fine-tune their browsing experience. Here we have **a deeply unpopular change with a large segment of your users**, that has been unpopular since it was introduced months ago.
*If nothing else, please allow us to customize this.*