Just for the sake of having tried, I submitted 1.22.5rc2, and I received the same exact answer as above.
I also sent the following reply:
There is no “bundles of unrelated functionality” in uBlock Origin.
Could you please be more specific about which part of uBlock Origin you
consider to be a “bundle”?
This was the answer:
Subject Re: Chrome Web Store: Removal notification for uBlock Origin development build
Your Google Chrome item, ” uBlock Origin development build “, with ID: cgbcahbpdhpcegmbfconppldiemgcoii did not comply with our policies and was removed from the Google Chrome Web Store.
Your item did not comply with the following section of our policy:
An extension should have a single purpose that is clear to users. Do not create an extension that requires users to accept bundles of unrelated functionality, such as an email notifier and a news headline aggregator. If two pieces of functionality are clearly separate, they should be put into two different extensions, and users should have the ability to install and uninstall them separately.
For example, an extension that provides a broad array of functionalities on the New Tab Page/ Start-up Page but also changes the default search are better delivered as separate extensions, so that users can select the services they want.
For more information on the new Chrome extensions quality policy, please refer to the FAQ:
Developer Terms of Service:
In other words, stonewalling.
Since the next uBO release will essentially be what 1.22.5rc2 is, consider that uBO is probably coming to an end of life in the Chrome Web Store — there is no good reason to believe uBO 1.22.5rc2 would no longer be rejected with only changing the version number to 1.23.0.
Those who still want to use uBO will have to find another browser for which uBO will still be available.