Color coded usernames April 29, 2008 7:58 AM   Subscribe

I'm terrible at remembering names. It would be great to have usernames that are favorites show up as a different color. Is there a way?
posted by stbalbach to Feature Requests at 7:58 AM (82 comments total)

This Sounds Like A Job For Greasemonkey, basically.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:01 AM on April 29, 2008


This is definitely one of those "greasemonkey should handle this" features because I think it would be distracting and weird to have it be a regular way the site operated.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:01 AM on April 29, 2008


In fact, there is a Greasemonkey script that does it -- one color for your contacts, another for people who contact you, a third for mutual contacts. I think it is MeFi Navigator?
posted by Rock Steady at 8:10 AM on April 29, 2008


metafilter -g
posted by Wolfdog at 8:10 AM on April 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


Plutor's Metafilter mark contact contributions is what you seek.
posted by Partial Law at 8:17 AM on April 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


Can I have some of my favorites show up with a different smell?
posted by yhbc at 8:17 AM on April 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


As somebody who's also terrible at remembering names, it's probably because you don't really care about other people that much.
Don't sweat it, just call everybody dude or something.
posted by signal at 8:18 AM on April 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


This idea is cool. Dibs on one of the first 256 (the rest can suffer in their jocks). I want to be 'earth' colored [I hate that I had to drop the u to be accepted, there are so many things that are Amarentric].
posted by tellurian at 8:21 AM on April 29, 2008


9999CC for me please.
posted by cashman at 8:29 AM on April 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


What! You have a problem with the word 'Amarentric'. Well, just talk to me and I'll explain, possibly.
posted by tellurian at 8:30 AM on April 29, 2008


I would like to be able to hear the poor, hungry and unjustly treated of the world cry out my name whenever I post a zinger to MeTa. Thanks in advance.
posted by Jofus at 8:33 AM on April 29, 2008


I like that one dude's idea upthread.
posted by quin at 8:34 AM on April 29, 2008


This is a great idea.

How about having a button on the profile page that would give you a color grid like the one you get to choose text color in Gmail, where any member could choose the color any other member's name would appear in thereafter.

When you go to the profile page the color the user's name appears in changes right now, maybe a spectrum of colors wouldn't be to hard to add.

I'd use it on a per post basis to follow the contributions of individuals and groups of individuals (sort of a low-tech threading) and on a global basis to help make sure I didn't miss the contributions of the people I follow closely.
posted by jamjam at 8:55 AM on April 29, 2008


I would like all comments by yhbc to both blink AND marquee. And maybe play the theme from Shaft.

Can a greasemonkey script do this for me, or do I have to hire a backing band?
posted by eyeballkid at 9:02 AM on April 29, 2008


Shut your mouth!
posted by yhbc at 9:06 AM on April 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


Can we get a script that removes some of the smell? Cause when that one dude comes into a thread it gets all stanky.
posted by Big_B at 9:08 AM on April 29, 2008


Use a highlighter. That way it's easy to find posters or comments that you want to remember, or that you thought were useful. They make a huge variety of colors now, so it's easy to have a bunch, and you can draw a key on your profile to help you remember which color is which.

I also find it's useful to use an industrial-grade hole-punch to punch the threads for the day so that I can place them in organized notebooks. (My first few months on Metafilter weren't pretty-- little slips of paper all over the place with double posts I'd forgotten to shred, and favorites sticky notes falling off files everywhere and littering the floor!-- and I imagine it's the same for most new MeFites.) It's important to remember to set the printer for double-sided printing, since paper is becoming prohibitively expensive.
posted by Viomeda at 9:19 AM on April 29, 2008 [10 favorites]


My username should be replaced by a pair of bulging biceps.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:20 AM on April 29, 2008


I want a script that turns me into Daniel Craig every time I comment.
posted by scrump at 9:23 AM on April 29, 2008


I'd use it on a per post basis to follow the contributions of individuals and groups of individuals (sort of a low-tech threading) and on a global basis to help make sure I didn't miss the contributions of the people I follow closely.
posted by jamjam

Creep-tastic!

/seriously though, do a lot of people do this?
//I'm glad I'm not interesting enough to be cyber-stalk-able
posted by Grither at 9:25 AM on April 29, 2008


what?
posted by quonsar at 9:35 AM on April 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


How about each post assigns a randomly-generated number to a user throughout the post. That way, we never base comments on user personalities- only their written word!
posted by jmd82 at 9:48 AM on April 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


"I'm terrible at remembering names."

And I'm terrible at forgetting them. Anyone got a hammer? I have a few ex-girlfriends, ex-crushes, and ex-stalkers I'd like to get rid of.

Yes, I know, eponysterical. Only not, because why the heck do you think I chose the username I chose?
posted by Eideteker at 10:00 AM on April 29, 2008


The lyric from Dylan's Brownsville Girl,
Well I'm
standing in line in the rain to see a movie
starring Gregory Peck Yeh but you know it's not
the one I had in mind He's got a new one out now I
don't even know what it's about But I'll see him in
anything so I'll stand in line.

sorta describes my adoration of Plutor's scripts. I really thought I had them all, but somehow I'd missed this one.
posted by dawson at 10:02 AM on April 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


How about each post assigns a randomly-generated number to a user throughout the post. That way, we never base comments on user personalities- only their written word!

I'm in with you 100%, user Z8732592/0137/55B.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:19 AM on April 29, 2008


I'd like each username to be replaced with the first result from a Google image search for it.

Except for fishfucker, obviously.
posted by Armitage Shanks at 10:22 AM on April 29, 2008 [2 favorites]


Is there a script that will occasionally remind me to stop reading MeFi and get on with my life?
posted by neuron at 10:24 AM on April 29, 2008


Can ve haf ein script zat automatically highlightz ze contributions off ze Jews?

No reason.
posted by klangklangston at 11:44 AM on April 29, 2008


"Only not, because why the heck do you think I chose the username I chose?"

Because it sounds like a German videogame.

Likely with giant Mechs.
posted by klangklangston at 11:45 AM on April 29, 2008


Can ve haf ein script zat automatically highlightz ze contributions off ze Jews?

Remind me, are you a Jew so this has some sort of ironic humor value or a non-Jew so I can tell you that I'm a Jew and don't find you very funny?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:48 AM on April 29, 2008


I'm like OJ Simpson—Not a Jew.

But here I was thinking I was making fun of Germans, as a German.
posted by klangklangston at 11:56 AM on April 29, 2008


Can I have a Greasemonkey script that replaces "klangklangston" with "Colonel Klink"?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:06 PM on April 29, 2008


I'd like each username to be replaced with the first result from a Google image search for it.

Heh. This is mine.

So yeah, I'm on board with this idea.
posted by quin at 12:18 PM on April 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'd like each username to be replaced with the first result from a Google image search for it.

Mine's a photo of me from Scripting News. Figures.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:21 PM on April 29, 2008


I AM THE AHB MASTER which is really actually kind of a let-down. I sort of like this, though.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:37 PM on April 29, 2008


Here's mine. Ugh.
posted by The corpse in the library at 1:00 PM on April 29, 2008


"Can I have a Greasemonkey script that replaces "klangklangston" with "Colonel Klink"?"

My secret shame is that I'm more of a Shultz.
posted by klangklangston at 1:02 PM on April 29, 2008


Oh, I have this, I wrote a Greasemonkey script that show usernames in different colours depending on whether they are communist, gay, goth, supporters of William III, or members of the Italian national football team.

I'm having some trouble telling the tree-huggers and the Irish apart, though.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:03 PM on April 29, 2008


Re: first image results

I'm almost mythical in my beauty.
posted by klangklangston at 1:03 PM on April 29, 2008


I'd like each username to be replaced with the first result from a Google image search for it.

I am for this.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:04 PM on April 29, 2008


I am suddenly secksy
posted by Jofus at 1:23 PM on April 29, 2008








It's times like these when I'm glad nobody picked Goatse as their MetaFilter username.
posted by burnmp3s at 2:06 PM on April 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


My name brings up solar panels on a roof. Make of that what you will.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:16 PM on April 29, 2008


I'd like each username to be replaced with the first result from a Google image search for it.

Mine is a bunny in a bra. WTF, Google image search?
posted by sveskemus at 2:16 PM on April 29, 2008


(Oh, very slightly NSFW!)
posted by sveskemus at 2:17 PM on April 29, 2008


If I'm not too mistaken, the first image hit for my username is.... a picture of bongs with Phire written on them? Classy.
posted by Phire at 2:19 PM on April 29, 2008


I searched Google Images on 'klangklangston' and found Cary Grant, Shane from the L Word, and a dance line made up of ladies in Nazi uniforms. I think this bears further investigation.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:21 PM on April 29, 2008


Let the record show that I fully support Willem III aka King Gorilla. Especially on Koninginnenacht (noisy people in the street). I imagine like Steve Ballmer doing the monkey dance.
posted by jouke at 2:25 PM on April 29, 2008


I imagine him like...
posted by jouke at 2:29 PM on April 29, 2008


I'd like each username to be replaced with the first result from a Google image search for it.

Nu-uh! I do not wish to be that pregnant again, thankyouverymuch.
posted by dabitch at 2:51 PM on April 29, 2008


I searched Google Images on 'klangklangston' and found Cary Grant, Shane from the L Word, and a dance line made up of ladies in Nazi uniforms. I think this bears further investigation."

Yeah, that's pretty much, like, my life, man.
posted by klangklangston at 4:09 PM on April 29, 2008


Here's my first google image. Nice.
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:24 PM on April 29, 2008


Mine. Lunarium! that is so going to be my sock puppet name [if I ever have the need for one].
posted by tellurian at 4:42 PM on April 29, 2008


I am on board.
posted by Dr. Curare at 5:13 PM on April 29, 2008


Cortex is a slave keeper. He makes his slaves keep AWREADY low.
posted by Dr. Curare at 5:17 PM on April 29, 2008


I'd like each username to be replaced with the first result from a Google image search for it.

ABSOLUTELY NOT!
posted by dobbs at 5:39 PM on April 29, 2008 [6 favorites]


Oh. Oh my.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:46 PM on April 29, 2008


On the first page of image results for jessamyn there is also that famous chicken. I'm sure all of the other Jessamyns of the world are stoked.
posted by popechunk at 6:01 PM on April 29, 2008


I'd like each username to be replaced with the first result from a Google image search for it.

ABSOLUTELY NOT!
-posted by dobbs at 8:39 PM on April 29


Oh. Oh my.
-posted by cortex

Can I just say that after these two comments the level of dramatic tension about what the implied search would reveal was SKY HIGH.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:30 PM on April 29, 2008


mine is... my metafilter user image. Huh.
posted by fermezporte at 8:36 PM on April 29, 2008


Mine is porn, due to my finest Metafilter comment ever.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 9:04 PM on April 29, 2008


I want a script that turns me into Daniel Craig every time I comment.

Once wouldn't be enough?

And I want my username to show up in orange.
posted by orange swan at 9:12 PM on April 29, 2008


And I want my username to show up in orange.

Well, I just added you as a contact, and due to how I configured my little Greasemonkey script, it does show up in orange for me. So there you go.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:19 PM on April 29, 2008


screenshots or it dint happen
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:42 PM on April 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


Ta-Da
posted by Rock Steady at 2:53 AM on April 30, 2008


Well I'm the Director of MI5 so watch it, bitches.
posted by jontyjago at 5:17 AM on April 30, 2008




posted by not_on_display at 5:53 AM on April 30, 2008


Nah, I don't think I'd like that too much.
posted by not_on_display at 6:01 AM on April 30, 2008


Bow wow wow.

Also, I've sent Plutor a MeMail saying as much, but might as well go for the public callout: you're awesome.
posted by middleclasstool at 6:32 AM on April 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


Yeah at some point we need to have a OMGPlutor thread, I'm not sure we have had one in MeTa yet.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:26 AM on April 30, 2008


I'm pretty sure we could do that with greasemonkey.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:43 AM on April 30, 2008


I'd like each username to be replaced with the first result from a Google image search for it.

Hmm. Mine is a picture of TV on the Radio. Interesting.
posted by Viomeda at 8:21 AM on April 30, 2008


And I want my username to show up in orange.
Double.
posted by tellurian at 9:11 AM on April 30, 2008


jessamyn: Yeah at some point we need to have a OMGPlutor thread, I'm not sure we have had one in MeTa yet.
cortex: I'm pretty sure we could do that with greasemonkey.

Indeed.
posted by matthewr at 9:12 AM on April 30, 2008


That is full of WIN.
posted by middleclasstool at 9:16 AM on April 30, 2008


Of WIN that is full. Oh yes.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:42 AM on April 30, 2008


Can I just say that after these two comments the level of dramatic tension about what the implied search would reveal was SKY HIGH.

Is there a greasemonkey script that will make me unsee that?
posted by dubold at 11:56 AM on April 30, 2008


OMGPLUTOR

There. By the way, what does matthewr's script do?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:44 PM on April 30, 2008


What in the hell is wrong with you people?
Just kidding, I love you too.
posted by Plutor at 1:01 PM on May 2, 2008


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