Forgive me if there is already something like this in the works that I am currently unaware of, but Brave should establish it’s own extension “market” or “store” where people can rate, recommend and of course source extensions or add-ons instead of relying on the Chrome store, as it is under the control of a competitor to Brave.
Not to mention that Google isn’t known for effective data protection of users of Google services or products, so the usage of extensions sourced from the Chrome store may be a concern for Brave Browser users.
As for developer mode: I currently use an extension known as “Dissenter”, this is a simple but ingenious comment hosting service where users can comment on web-pages directly, similar to “Disqus” but it is more versatile. As it has been removed from the Chrome store, I needed to source the extension from the site behind it directly. (A dedicated extension market would negate this issue.)
The problem with this is that as I had to enable developer mode to add it, I now always need to hide a message warning me about it despite the fact that I disabled developer mode. A simple solution would be to add a “trusted extensions” feature or something of the sort to prevent that message from always appearing. I’ve seen it and I am well aware of what it is warning me about, but I am also well aware that Dissenter poses no such risk.
I’m sorry that this is longer than it needed to be, but I thank anyone who took the time to read it. I hope Brave grows in popularity and becomes more successful as it is an effective browser with interesting features.