Mark your contacts September 17, 2006 7:17 PM   Subscribe

Highlighting contacts? Would it be possible to highlight the name of anyone you have listed in your contacts? Nothing flashy, just something to draw attention to the poster's name if you are skimming a long thread.
posted by quin to Feature Requests at 7:17 PM (10 comments total)

Specifically, I was thinking about the banner Matt uses when deleting threads, (the darker color of whatever *Fi you are on) with the person's name in the standard yellow.
posted by quin at 7:17 PM on September 17, 2006

It sounds like a good idea, except when you consider the load it would put on the server to process all the pages against the database of your favorites, and then insert the code around those names. Now multiply that by however many people press "refresh" or load up a new thread at any given moment.
posted by crunchland at 7:19 PM on September 17, 2006

Mark contact contributions, a greasemonkey script by Plutor.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 7:21 PM on September 17, 2006 [1 favorite]

Yeah, it's a bit too much processing to do everywhere, so try the greasemonkey script instead.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:39 PM on September 17, 2006

Wow, that's works pretty much just as advertised. Thanks monju_bosatsu. I had been putting off installing greasemonkey and this was just the impetus I needed to do it.

And good call on the server issues crunchland, I guess I figured with all the stuff Matt has MeFi doing, it never occurred to me that something so "minor" could have such an impact.

Thanks all.
posted by quin at 7:42 PM on September 17, 2006

crunchland: The join really isn't that insane as far as server load goes... unless the database is poorly constructed and/or indexed... and actually you don't even need to do it with a join, cookies would do just fine.
posted by twiggy at 7:28 AM on September 18, 2006

The join really isn't that insane as far as server load goes...

He says, between service outages.
posted by cortex at 8:25 AM on September 18, 2006

cortex: are you really sure it's because of server load, though, and not because of a bug causing a crash, or a piece of hardware that needs to be replaced?

either way, do it with cookies.. easy peasy and much less server load.
posted by twiggy at 9:10 AM on September 18, 2006

I'm not sure at all, twiggy. Just some light-hearted wood-knocking, not a serious counter-argument.
posted by cortex at 9:11 AM on September 18, 2006

sorry.. my sense of humor hadn't woken up yet.. I had a late night last night...
posted by twiggy at 11:03 AM on September 18, 2006

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