I am a long time user of NoScript Firefox extension. I find it's an effective cure for obtrusive advertisements and weird page features, plus it gives me the feeling that I can still control who can execute code on my computers. I also hate being tracked by various bugs embedded in pages and NoScript allows me to block those iframes and scripts that send information about my visit to third parties.
Unfortunately NoScript took a path all to many software projects take. From doing a simple task of blocking script execution it grew into a giant that wants to solve all of the browser-related security problems. That by itself isn't such a bad thing, but such complexity invariably leads to problems and it's those that are starting to annoy me.
For instance, NoScript nowadays comes with some heuristical algorithms for preventing XSS. As far as I know, they have yet to save me from malicious content, but are constantly breaking legitimate scripts like Instapaper, even when I put it on all white lists I can find. Same goes for something called ABE, which constantly prevents me from following links to servers on my local network. Again, it might prevent attacks against my local routers, but security that constantly gets in your way is worthless.
So I decided to rather donate some of my time to help with that last problem. I downloaded the complete history of stable and development NoScript releases from addons.mozilla.org and committed them to a GitHub repository. Using their API I also set in place a mechanism that will automatically update the repository with new releases, hopefully with minimal maintenance from my side. I also added a simple script that can be used to create an XPI file from code in the repository that should be nearly identical to official releases (except for author's cryptographic signature, of course).
As usual, you can check it out with a command like this:
$ git clone https://github.com/avian2/noscript.git
This also has a useful side effect in that it makes the original upstream development somewhat more transparent. With a diff between two releases one click away on GitHub, you can check the changes between two releases yourself. With a tool like that undesirable changes like NoScript messing with Adblock Plus back in 2009 might have been discovered earlier.
And finally, having all of NoScript history in git means you can easily create nice graphs in a few key strokes (courtesy of gitstats). Enjoy.
Number of releases of NoScript per month (note that for releases earlier than 2007 I don't have information of their exact date hence the spike on the graph)
Number of files in NoScript XPI through time
Lines of code in NoScript through time