Enhancement Suite for MetaFilter? March 7, 2012 5:34 AM   Subscribe

Enhancement Suite for MetaFilter?

So, I've been using Reddit's Enhancement Suite (RES 4.0) and have been so pleased with how it has, for lack of a better word, "enhanced" my experience of the website. Inspired by Scientist's Metatalk post about the greasemonkey script, I'd love a way to keep a couple notes on other users as well..

Like, Scientist knows his science.

and jaduncan knows his layman's law.

Any tools out there today? Any way to enhance the 1 tool greasemonkey scripts into a more general tool for the site?
posted by namewithhe1d to MetaFilter-Related at 5:34 AM (48 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

You mean something like this?
posted by Jpfed at 5:44 AM on March 7, 2012


Is that plugin giving anyone else a hard time in Chrome? I keep getting a message in the upper-right (next to logout) saying "sitewide notes off" and then clicking it either does do anything or changes it to on. Except the message seems to appear randomly and never stays "on."
posted by griphus at 6:05 AM on March 7, 2012


namewithhe1d: keeping notes on us all. Must be eliminated.
Scientist: knows his science. Must be eliminated.
jaduncan: knows his layman's law. Must be eliminated.
Jpfed: appears quite helpful. Must be eliminated.
griphus: having a hard time in Chrome. Must be eliminated.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 6:09 AM on March 7, 2012 [22 favorites]


item: reading Metafilter without wearing a shirt. Must be eliminated.
posted by item at 6:12 AM on March 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thanks jpfed.. That's a start.. RES is much more developed at this point, and it would be great to have dynamic, or customized home pages based on the content I want.. among other things.

the quidnunc kid... first you have to catch me. I'm as slippery as the greased up deaf guy.
posted by namewithhe1d at 6:18 AM on March 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Teddy the quidnunc kid: Don't believe his lies.
posted by griphus at 6:25 AM on March 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


...it would be great to have dynamic, or customized home pages based on the content I want...

Have you looked at My MeFi and My Ask MeFi?

Is that plugin giving anyone else a hard time in Chrome?

It came up in another thread that that script doesn't work in Chrome. It uses a data storage mechanism that hasn't been implemented in Chrome. Memo mentioned an alternative.
posted by pb (staff) at 6:33 AM on March 7, 2012


As an FYI, here is the list of scripts and plugins for the site from the wiki. May not be complete.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:27 AM on March 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Make sure you read the fine print on any "enhancement" tool, and if the effects last for more than four hours, see your physician.
posted by jbickers at 8:15 AM on March 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


"Enhancement Suite" sounds like the deluxe package at a New Age hotel.
posted by jonmc at 8:49 AM on March 7, 2012


""Enhancement Suite" sounds like the deluxe package at a New Age hotel."

See, I thought it sounded like the question my masseuse asks right at the end...sort of "Enhancement, Sweet?"
posted by HuronBob at 9:14 AM on March 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Gross.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:16 AM on March 7, 2012 [8 favorites]


"Enhancement Suite" makes me think of Robotech, but instead the person is riding a pony and they get to shoot flags or favorites.

Yeah, a suite is not a suit, but I needed a mental diversion after Bob's comment.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:10 AM on March 7, 2012


user notes? Takes all the fun out of keeping track of your obscure and long-lasting grudges.
posted by The Whelk at 10:36 AM on March 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


pb, jessamyn. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.. Definitely some useful tools.
posted by namewithhe1d at 10:59 AM on March 7, 2012


What did you just call them?!
posted by heyho at 11:47 AM on March 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


user notes? Takes all the fun out of keeping track of your obscure and long-lasting grudges.

Oh yeah? Hang on just one second.

Frank, pull my notes on dossier #80649. Right. Right okay. What's it say in column 6B? Okay, right. Amended? Got it. Is that it? Okay, good.

Screw you, buddy.
posted by griphus at 11:50 AM on March 7, 2012


According to the 4th bullet point in the sub paragraph B under heading 27 in Section 7-G, you owe me three dollars.
posted by The Whelk at 11:55 AM on March 7, 2012


  • All livestock will be examined for signs of disease before leaving Facility Delta-3.
posted by griphus at 12:20 PM on March 7, 2012


and we all know why
posted by The Whelk at 12:23 PM on March 7, 2012


Here's the place where I'll admit that I loved the user notes plug-in until I got to used to it on my laptop and missed having it when on my phone -- which is how I read the site mostly non- 9 to 5. And then I realized I probably wouldn't want anybody to think I was an asshole based on one thing I said, so I shouldn't hold them to that standard.

What I'm saying is, from now, I'll only remember you're an asshole if you're memorable about it.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:19 PM on March 7, 2012


user notes? Takes all the fun out of keeping track of your obscure and long-lasting grudges.

All of my obscure and long-lasting grudges have been tactful enough to use MeMail, so I'm covered.
posted by davejay at 2:24 PM on March 7, 2012


griphus I demand to know what your usernotes about me say.
posted by shakespeherian at 4:45 PM on March 7, 2012


DON'T BRING UP DAVID LYNCH DEAR GOD
posted by The Whelk at 4:50 PM on March 7, 2012


All I have on you, shakes, is a photo of you with a lipstick heart around it.
posted by griphus at 4:55 PM on March 7, 2012


I SENT THAT TO YOU IN CONFIDENCE
posted by shakespeherian at 5:01 PM on March 7, 2012


You do have a certain air of confidence in the photo, yes.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:02 PM on March 7, 2012


HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE YOU SHOWN IT TO OH GOD
posted by shakespeherian at 5:03 PM on March 7, 2012


Is that a heart? I thought it was more like a ring of confidence.
posted by dg at 5:07 PM on March 7, 2012


RE: the photo. I understand the eye liner, but the silverware?
posted by The Whelk at 5:10 PM on March 7, 2012


Originally I was just going to be holding a spoon on my nose, but then I got carried away.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:17 PM on March 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


burning ring of confidence.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:21 PM on March 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


that was such a strange Johnny Cash song.
posted by The Whelk at 7:43 PM on March 7, 2012


am I going to start seeing commercials on late-night comedy TV for all-natural MeFi enhancement now
posted by DoctorFedora at 8:02 PM on March 7, 2012


Yeah...there's really nothing natural about it.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:53 PM on March 7, 2012


Perfectly natural, just not native to this particular planet.
posted by The Whelk at 9:09 PM on March 7, 2012


I hate RES. So many handy features, but it slows Firefox to a crawl.
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:32 PM on March 7, 2012


I hate RES. So many handy features, but it slows Firefox to a crawl.

I love RES. So many handy features but it doesn't impact Safari at all*.

*Except when Reddit's servers have shat their pants are are about to shat said server pants.
posted by birdherder at 9:42 PM on March 7, 2012


I hate RES
So many handy features
But it slows Firefox to a crawl
I love RES
So many handy features
But it doesn't impact Safari at all
I don't know RES
So many handy features
But it's not available for IE
I want RES
So many handy features
A switch to Chrome or Opera's in store for me
posted by SpiffyRob at 4:20 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


RES performance is a real mixed bag. For some people it seems to make the site intolerably slow, but for me with Firefox I can barely notice a difference, except for the occasional brief flash of custom styling before RES has a chance to remove it.

The best thing about RES by far is the keyboard navigation. MeFi has a similar feature with j/k keys to move, but RES adds numbers to each link in a comment so they can be followed without putting your hand on the mouse. It makes it easy to read lots of articles and comments quickly without ever using the mouse.
posted by Rhomboid at 4:23 AM on March 8, 2012


The MES should put a button next to every post and comment to instantly create a Meta post that doesn't link back or otherwise refer to said post or comment. Automatically generating a title like "so racism is ok now?" or "i didn't realize we were all americans" would also be helpful.
posted by planet at 10:17 PM on March 8, 2012


You're all so weird.
posted by infini at 3:03 AM on March 9, 2012


The Minimalist Suite provides a really great way to concatenate tons of various scripts into a single module with a really slick interface for customizing those "enhancements."

Might be worth building something there...
posted by schmod at 7:14 AM on March 9, 2012


Dammit. Now I've got Ring of Fire on endless replay. Please, somebody insert another quarter.
posted by likeso at 7:34 AM on March 9, 2012


I give no quarter
posted by infini at 7:53 AM on March 9, 2012


Mercy!

/Southern accent
posted by likeso at 8:44 AM on March 9, 2012


(inserts quarter)
posted by flabdablet at 4:55 PM on March 9, 2012


The QuickFox add-on for FireFox is interesting, integrated note facility (that description is WAY simplistic; it's a nice bit of software) that could easily be used to keep a note on each user. You could write as much or as little about each user in their notes, it's searchable (I think you can plug in keywords and search on them, so you could punch up "Scientist" and it'd find anyones note that has that keyword.

I've dinked around with it some, it caught my interest, I'm damn sure no expert at using it. But it doesn't seem like rocket science; like most anything else, you bang on the software for a while and gradually it opens up to you.

Here is the QuickFox add-ons page at Mozilla, here is the developers page, here is a video shows what the software does, a fairly well-done demo.

As I say, I've banged around on it some, should anyone start messing with it and have some success maybe you could let us (and me) know; should I jump into it I'll update anyone who seems interested.
posted by dancestoblue at 2:06 AM on March 10, 2012


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