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the annoyance level is lessened by my use of the 'hide/show bookarmks' button found in the customize settings.

I'm glad to know that you found a means to improve this issue, but it should work without going through the steps you've described.
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DDG cares, but only so far it seems. Then again, You, whoever you are, do seem interested.
It's really a matter of prioritizing issues that impact a large number of users versus fringe issues with low impact. I am a DDG Community Leader and it's my pleasure to do what I can to assist you with this issue.

On my Windows 10 system I did the following:
  • Performed a clean install of FireFox 49.0.2 (no previous user profiles)
  • Installed the RBT extension
  • Imported all of the bookmarks from my primary browser (700+ bookmarks, some in folders, some at the top level).
  • Moved all of my bookmarks into the RBT toolbar.
  • Change Search Settings to make DDG the default search.
  • Shut down and restarted Firefox

Results: When restarting FF, RBT reloaded immediately, in fact it loaded faster than about:home did.

My best guest is another extension is the root cause of the issue. I would suggest that you create a new Firefox User Profile, then replicate the steps that I listed above and see if your results emulate mine.
posted by x.15a2 Community Leader1 year and 10 months ago Link