I signed up for an account today just to chime in that I would like to have this disabled.
I’m a huge Brave evangelist. I tell everyone I know to use Brave. I’m active on the Brave reddit, and in the Brave search trial. It’s important for Brave to keep users like me happy.
Let me explain why this is so important. Before switching to Brave, I used Firefox. I had been using it since back when it was called Netscape. One of the major problems that has come to plague Firefox over the years is the poor decision making with regard to default settings. Out of the box Firefox has a big UI with big icons, new tabs are filled with ads, and nagging messages pop up constantly. There’s no ad-blocking by default, no built-in Tor, nothing that any modern internet user would want or need. The first thing every power user has to do when they install Firefox is turn off telemetry and pretty much every other feature. Every default setting is wrong. That means something. It reflects the values of people at Firefox. They don’t respect their own users. I was loyal, but finally had enough. Thank goodness for Brave.
I would hate to see Brave go down this path of self destruction. Brave is brave for taking a stand against Google, and Brave needs to keep it up. Every time Google introduces a new feature, Brave needs to seriously consider it. Google is an enemy. That’s why we’re here. So when possible, Brave ought to bring itself into conflict with Google just for the sake of it.
Google wants a big ugly button on your screen. Brave needs more than just an option to disable. Brave shouldn’t allow its users to have a big ugly button even if they want one. Brave is our father figure, with a duty to protect us.
Thank you for your time and all the great work you do.