Calling all scientists and scientist-lovers! Do you like knowing when a comment you're reading on MeFi was written by a Person of Science? Well, have I got a greasemonkey script for you.
posted by Scientist to MetaFilter-Related at 7:17 AM (135 comments total)
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So it occured to me last night, when I was supposed to be reading a paper on the idenfification of β-defensin primers in passerine birds but was instead reading MetaFilter, that I really love it when I'm trawling through some science thread on the blue or the green and some actual scientists weigh in to provide a little bit of expert perspective. In order to facilitate this experience, I thought it would be neat if someone made a greasemonkey script that marked scientist contributions in the same way that Plutor's excellent script marks the contributions of librarians.
So, I made one! Well, OK, I popped open the hood on Plutor's librarian script and rejiggered it just a tiny bit so that it would do what I wanted. (I did get his blessing, albeit retrospectively as it were.) It works great, though! Basically I changed all references to librarians to scientists, changed the book to a microscope, and changed jessamyn to me.
That's right, I made myself the curator of the Big List of Scientists (and then went and set a few people who I think are pretty unambiguously scientists as my colleagues in order to test things out a bit) such that anyone who I name my colleague on MetaFilter will be identified to those running this script with a little microscope next to their name. I solemnly swear that I will use my powers solely for good.
So, everyone, if you want to know who's a scientist on MetaFilter, you should go get the script
. If you're a scientist (of any rank or stripe, biologist, physicist, sociologist, archaeologist, PhDs, grad students, technicians, anyone who works in the sciences!) and you want people to know about it then you should send me a MeMail and tell me what you do so I can put you on the list. I'm so excited, unicorn farts are pouring out my ears!
Hooray for Greasemonkey, Plutor, and Science!