Hidden feature?
June 21, 2010 1:39 PM   Subscribe

Ok, so whenever I hit Ctrl+Shift+A anywhere on Metafilter, a little thing pops up saying "Please enter the site you'd like to link!" What? For what? Is this a feature I was never informed about? By the way, I'm running Ubuntu Lucid, with Firefox.
posted by azarbayejani to Bugs at 1:39 PM (29 comments total)

If you mouse over the little HTML shortcut icons on the comment form below on this very thread, you'll see tool tip titles pop up and let you know how to highlight text and use keystrokes to invoke those features.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:41 PM on June 21, 2010


Oh cool! That's pretty nifty. But this also appears on pages where you can't make any comments, like the front page. Shouldn't this be disabled there?
posted by azarbayejani at 1:43 PM on June 21, 2010


There are keyboard shortcuts for that?! What other non-obvious Mefi keyboard shortcuts are there?
posted by ocherdraco at 1:54 PM on June 21, 2010


That is a little strange on the main pages. We can send links into the ether. Where do they go?
posted by zennie at 1:54 PM on June 21, 2010


When you do it on Safari 5 on Windows, the browser thinks you're trying to Autofill a form and complains that there is no form.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:56 PM on June 21, 2010


Well, the javascript should load only on thread pages, but we might be loading it everywhere accidentially.

Other weird shortcut is the j/k keyboard navigation on all front pages and threads. Go on, try it out on a long thread.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:56 PM on June 21, 2010


Nifty! But Ctrl-Shift-T overlaps with Firefox's "Reopen Closed Tab" keyboard shortcut. Why not, say, Ctrl-Shift-I?
posted by Electric Dragon at 1:57 PM on June 21, 2010


Ctrl+Shift+B also overlaps with Firefox; it opens the "Organize Bookmarks" window.
posted by Godbert at 2:25 PM on June 21, 2010


Yep, accidentally loading it everywhere. It should be working properly now.

Yeah, it's easy to get in an arms race with the various browser/OS/extension/software keyboard shortcuts. There are no safe choices. We've moved them to different keys over the years and it ends up a never ending shuffle.
posted by pb (staff) at 2:36 PM on June 21, 2010


the little HTML shortcut icons

Damn. I never even noticed the little HTML shortcut items in the first place.
posted by tangerine at 2:39 PM on June 21, 2010


you've been typing in your code manually? what is this, 2009?
posted by shmegegge at 3:13 PM on June 21, 2010


I can manually type code faster than I can find those tiny little buttons.

Disclaimer: I am dorky.
posted by elizardbits at 4:00 PM on June 21, 2010 [8 favorites]


We can send links into the ether. Where do they go?

Yeah, Matt. Where do they go? WHERE DO THEY GO?!?
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 4:12 PM on June 21, 2010


It would be easier if you all had a MeFi key on your keyboard like I do.

you know you want one
posted by davejay at 4:19 PM on June 21, 2010


[W]henever I hit Ctrl+Shift+A anywhere on Metafilter, a little thing pops up [...]

Don't do that.
posted by Crabby Appleton at 4:54 PM on June 21, 2010


It would be easier if you all had a MeFi key on your keyboard like I do.

you know you want one


Well -- yeah!!

So, are we talking fantasy fiction here or is there a way that does not involve blue and white nail polish and some very wonderful stencils?
posted by bearwife at 4:56 PM on June 21, 2010


Those little buttons are for babies! HTML is for kiddies! When I need to format something, I use a zero-day browser exploit to jump to hand-assembled custom-written machine code.
posted by Crabby Appleton at 4:57 PM on June 21, 2010


I like the j/k thing, kinda handy.
posted by Max Power at 5:17 PM on June 21, 2010


Where do they go? WHERE DO THEY GO?!?

They become FPPs on the Anti-MeFi in the mirror universe, where all the mods have goatees and are evil. You should see jessamyn with a goatee.

I just did a site-specific Google search and the mirror universe / goatee joke has been done such a ridiculous number of times. Maybe there should be a warning dialog when you type in a joke that has been done too many times already. But that won't stop me!
posted by XMLicious at 5:18 PM on June 21, 2010


You should see jessamyn with a goatee
Oh.
Tired eyes read text poorly...I'm so sorry.

posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 5:36 PM on June 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


fdfdfd

So when I use those shortcuts in Firefox, I get the Mefi effect as well as the Firefox commands. Is there any way to tell the computer which I want it to choose?
posted by bardophile at 1:45 AM on June 22, 2010


Ctrl-H-Enter-Tab-Numlock makes unicorns shit gumdrops right into your mouth!
God, I love this site!
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 6:10 AM on June 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


It would be easier if you all had a MeFi key on your keyboard like I do.

you know you want one


I call bullshit without a pic!
posted by slogger at 7:52 AM on June 22, 2010


"Numlock" has always sounded like a derogatory term to me... as in "you frigging numlock!"
posted by HuronBob at 7:55 AM on June 22, 2010


. . . anyone else just try out the konami code?
posted by dinty_moore at 8:18 AM on June 22, 2010


Alt-F4 on Windows boxes brings up a WSIWYG editor too. Nifty.
posted by substrate at 1:29 PM on June 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Press '+++' then 'ATH0' to see something awesome!!!!
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 3:01 PM on June 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


For what it's worth, this bugs the heck out of me too. Ctrl-Shift-T overlaps with FireFox's "Open last closed tab" shortcut, which I end up using a lot due to my browsing style (liberal use of tabs).

So someone will put a link in a comment, I'll read/look at the link, close it, and go back to comments. Someone else makes a reference to it - I open it back up with Ctrl-Shift-T to check it out again. Come back to the thread and ... I'M AT THE BOTTOM OF THE #$%^ PAGE and now I have to find my place in the comments again...

pb: Is there a way I can disable these shortcuts? I never use them, and that one irritates me on a near daily basis. Is there a specific .js file I can block (without messing up favorites or anything else javascripty)? An existing greasemonkey script (I didn't see one on userscripts.org)?
posted by CrayDrygu at 4:05 PM on June 22, 2010


No, you can't disable the HTML keyboard shortcuts without disabling other features. You can block this file with AdblockPlus or Script Block, but you'll lose the HTML buttons, j/k navigation, the inline youtube player, and live preview.

You might be able to come up with a Greasemonkey script to assign those keypress combos to a function that does nothing, but I'm not sure how to do that offhand.
posted by pb (staff) at 4:14 PM on June 22, 2010


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