I've said this already everywhere, and I'm kind of surprised I have to say it at all. I doubt anyone would think I removed the options by accident, therefore I did it on purpose, and thus there's no point in asking or demanding
that I add some minor thing back just for you. If you want the feature for the old browser, use the old version. Magic does not force you to upgrade against your will. It'll even still avoid the captcha on Geotool for another few months.
Let's play the devil's advocate on adding detection for those who didn't update Firefox yet or SeaMonkey users. Well, then I'd have to add back the messy dynamic position code that seems to be breakable by crapware installed on other peoples computers (though fortunately, that hasn't happened in a while, but it did in the past). The new code is simpler and better. I'm not putting it back.
Even if you have some sort of obsession with the left side of the address bar, I'm not adding an option just for you to put it back there. (I don't use the word obsession lightly... there was one comment on the blog I didn't let out of moderation that rambled on for a couple screens and complained about how he knows it in his taste and DNA that the icon must be on the left)
Let's play the devil's advocate for a bit on the address bar positioning. That too would need to go away from a normal overlay again, and again bring back some complexity. Say I did decide to add a new option just to move the icon to the left, just for the dozen out of a million and a half people who want it. And then it'd be another pain in the ass to get the new text for the options dialog translated into 3 dozen languages, which while it would sound simple, would take another month. Then you know what? I'd probably have to get rid of it for Firefox 5.0.
(which they claim will be out in only months, but I don't believe them yet) Early mockups for what they eventually want to do is to transform the identity button and always have one for all domain names, then have the path after it, to better show the user what site they're on. (most people can't read URLs) Then the "left side" of the address bar the flag would be going to would now be effectively in the middle of the URL. Ok, then what if I were to go further left past the favicon? Well, the favicon is getting removed from here eventually, as it's always shown twice due to it being on the tab. So first off I don't want Flagfox getting confused for a favicon. Then secondly, this whole area on the far left is being used for icons for prompts and notifications. It's where the icons for password remembering prompts and geolocation prompts and etc. are supposed to hang out, and they plan to expand this idea when they eventually add their fancy new automatic password manager. Flagfox isn't a notification bubble waiting to for you to answer a question, so it does not belong here, and there are plans for special styling over there that Flagfox wouldn't fit into. So again, we're back to having to have the flag only on the right side of the address bar.
Do people honestly think I didn't think this through or something? I posted on the blog
about this, but maybe I should have rambled on so long that nobody would want to read it just so I can cover every contingency for you (which I guess I've ended up doing here). The only place that is left for now and in the future is the right side of the address bar, and it's the most logical and in my opinion best looking place. (if you have a differing opinion, good for you)
I'm going to stop debating this now; it isn't up for debate. If you want old, use old. If you want new, use new. To those who can't handle this, please learn to accept you have no say in the matter and stop posting rude to rambling crap here or on the blog or emailing me or abusing the review system on AMO. Some of you have been polite; others have been shockingly arrogant or melodramatic. There might actually get up to maybe many dozens of people who care... that means over 99.99% of the current Flagfox user base don't.