The Most Delightful Greasemonkey Script You're Not Using (Yet) November 8, 2013 11:47 AM   Subscribe

rangefinder 1.4 has created the most amazing script ever. It draws rainbow & fluffy cloud borders around your comments in recent activity. It's making me so happy, you guys.

She is also the brilliant genius behind video fishy and comment hedgehog.
posted by phunniemee to MetaFilter-Related at 11:47 AM (36 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

Fabulous!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:02 PM on November 8, 2013


What would the site look like if someone installed every single available weird plugin at once? Can someone who is not me test this out?
posted by showbiz_liz at 12:16 PM on November 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


What would the site look like if someone installed every single available weird plugin at once?

None more black, of course.
posted by planetesimal at 12:23 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh my God, I think I just had a flashback to fourth grade and my sticker collection. OF RAINBOWS. This is hilarious. Thank you, phunnimee and rangefinder 1.4!
posted by MonkeyToes at 12:34 PM on November 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


Love comment hedgehog. I used to have a metric shitton of stickers with rainbow+clouds on them. I will have to install this.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:45 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I forgot I demanded video fishy. I got a new PC last year and haven't installed any scripts. This must change.
posted by yellowbinder at 1:24 PM on November 8, 2013


Oh man. This reminds me of a middle grade book series I read when I was in grade school, about a group of girls who would leave notes for one another in various designated hidey-holes. They each had their own stationery, and one of them had those rainbows. I can't remember what series that was...
posted by ocherdraco at 1:28 PM on November 8, 2013


This reminds me of the fantastic job Andrew Braybrook did on the Amiga port of Rainbow Islands.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 1:33 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


This brings back middle school lunch breaks, with the girls-trading-stickers and the boys-playing-D&D vying for control of the carpeted "pit" area of the Media Center.
posted by blueberry at 2:03 PM on November 8, 2013


I LOVE STICKERS!

*sticks a strawberry ice cream scratch 'n' sniff on the thread*
posted by maryr at 2:33 PM on November 8, 2013 [5 favorites]


Is there a list of metafilter plugins anywhere? Every now and then one comes up here and I think I MUST HAVE THIS NOW, so it'd be nice to have a look.
posted by Ned G at 2:38 PM on November 8, 2013


This page on the wiki. If this isn't on it, feel free to add it.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:40 PM on November 8, 2013 [3 favorites]


I now have all the awesome things! Woohoo!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:47 PM on November 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


the girls-trading-stickers and the boys-playing-D&D vying for control of the carpeted "pit" area of the Media Center.

Man, if you ever wanted to draw a picture of my childhood's inner conflict, just draw a picture of a kid being pulled in both directions between these two poles.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:49 PM on November 8, 2013 [17 favorites]


Wow! Following jessamyn's link to the wiki led me down an inescapable death spiral culminating in me committing MetaFilter suicide. Thanks to the mods for resurrecting me again! Let this be a warning to all those tempted by curiosity. The MeFi Wiki is a dark and dangerous place and curiosity will kill the cat or at least the Hairy Lobster.

I had never explored the Wiki before so I followed the link, went to the front page and found this at the very top of the "Interesting Topics" box:
"Shadowy Back Alleys"
Intriguing! So I jumped to that page and there it was:
"Close Your Account. This is the page you see when you click the link at the bottom of your profile."
What do people see when they close their account? Will this just show the page they see? Or will it actually close my account? I want to know. I MUST know!

I was like Stimpy in Ren & Stimpy's Space Madness:
"How can he possibly resist the diabolical urge to push the button that would erase his very existence? Will his tortured mind give into his uncontrollable desires?? Can he withstand the temptation to push the button that even now beckons him ever closer??? Will he succumb to the maddening urge to eradicate history at the mere push of a single button???? WILL he hold out????? CAN he hold out??????"

"NO I CAN'T!!!!!!!"


*pushes button* *clicks link*

*tries unsuccessfully to log in*

*emails admins*

"So, um, I accidentally disabled my account by clicking on a link in the wiki"
Again, thanks for resurrecting me.
And heed my warning! Stay away from the wiki! There is nothing there for you but darkness and despair!
posted by Hairy Lobster at 3:23 PM on November 8, 2013 [19 favorites]


After all that you didn't even bother to take a screenshot for the rest of us?

Thaaaaanks.

I must resist the link. I will resist the link.
posted by cmyk at 3:32 PM on November 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Just to clarify, you can't close your account simply by clicking a link. Once you click the link on the wiki (or the link at the bottom of the Preferences page) you are taken to a page where you have to enter your password and click a big red button to close your account.
posted by pb (staff) at 6:53 PM on November 8, 2013 [5 favorites]


Needs more unicorn poop
posted by maggieb at 6:54 PM on November 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Another recommendation: when something on the web upsets me, I cover it up with Cornify.
posted by Miko at 6:59 PM on November 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh my, this is so fun! Thank you thank you!
posted by Lynsey at 11:05 PM on November 8, 2013


Speaking of Greasemonkey scripts, I would like to share something that I just found out myself.

I was wondering why some scripts had stopped working since this summer, when I realized that I had ticked "Secure browsing" in preferences, which sends the browser to https instead of http. And the scripts only include the latter, not the former.

My solution was to edit the scripts and add "https//*.metafilter.com/*" to the addresses that are included in the beginning, and now everything is working again.
posted by mahershalal at 3:06 AM on November 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Just to clarify, you can't close your account simply by clicking a link. You must first beat the end of level unicorn by firing a comment hedgehog using the rainbow that activates the video fishy. It's recommended to save your game position before you begin.
posted by 0 answers at 4:03 AM on November 9, 2013 [5 favorites]


I would like a script that replaces all site content with gifs of kittens, please.
posted by Going To Maine at 12:31 PM on November 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Going To Maine, no script needed. That's built in.
posted by pb (staff) at 1:39 PM on November 9, 2013 [7 favorites]


I sense my commenting frequency is about to increase. More rainbows!
posted by arcticseal at 1:45 PM on November 9, 2013


I love that hedgehog.
posted by davejay at 7:34 PM on November 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


I actually made that comment so that I could see the little guy.
posted by davejay at 7:36 PM on November 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Speaking of user scripts, is anyone else having issues getting mefiquote to work with Tampermonkey on Mac? It's working fine on my Windows work computer but not on my Mac at home. Other scripts seem to work fine, but mefiquote just does nothing.

Here's a picture of my cat to make up for the lack of cute in this question.
posted by brundlefly at 8:30 PM on November 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


phunniemee, thanks so much for the post and the kind words!

(I mentioned this on the script's web page, but this script was originally inspired by one of phunniemee's comments from a while back. Among the various images I tried, the rainbow seemed to work best for this type of border.)

jessamyn and yellowbinder, it's cool to see you in this thread too, since you were the catalysts for the other two scripts!

Some background:

MetaFilter was actually the reason why I installed Greasemonkey some years ago. The first Greasemonkey scripts I used were Plutor's MetaFilter Scroll Tag and matthewr's MeFi Navigator -- two incredibly helpful scripts that have enhanced my MeFi navigation/browsing experience (try them out if you haven't!).

Then Rhomboid created the wonderful unicorn submit button script, and soon added the narwhal preview button. (For anyone who doesn't have them already: unicorn and narwhal buttons!) In retrospect, this was significant for me because of a few reasons:

Thanks to Rhomboid's script, later I was able to understand how to create a style-focused Greasemonkey script (the hedgehog comment pointer was my first attempt, and I don't think I would have tried it if I hadn't been using the unicorn script).

More importantly, the script added a happy unicorn, narwhal, cloud, and rainbows to the MetaFilter universe! It was (and still is) a concrete visual example of the good humor and fun shared here, and I remember thinking at the time that it was so neat that the MeFi community inspired and appreciated such things as cute unicorn and narwhal buttons.

So, to continue the sentiment now: thanks for the inspiration to learn and make these little scripts -- I had fun creating them, and it makes me happy to know that people are getting a kick out of them.
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 8:31 PM on November 9, 2013 [6 favorites]


Whoops, in case it wasn't clear above, I also meant to thank everyone here and in the past for the positive words -- thanks, all!

brundlefly, I'd actually take a look if I had access to a Mac, but maybe someone else can chime in; you could also try dropping a note to Plutor.

I would like a script that replaces all site content with gifs of kittens, please.
posted by Going To Maine


Going To Maine, no script needed. That's built in.
posted by pb (staff)


Yay MetaFilterest! (Another great example of the good-spirited humor of MeFi.) There's also no script needed to replace all site content with a jpg of a kitten.
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 9:09 PM on November 9, 2013


Tangential- is there a working version of Greasekit/Creammonkey that works with Safari 7?
posted by mkultra at 12:27 PM on November 10, 2013


mkultra, you could try seeing if NinjaKit works with Safari 7. I just did a quick search and found a few mentions of people using NinjaKit with Safari 6.
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 10:50 PM on November 10, 2013


rangefinder 1.4: "mkultra, you could try seeing if NinjaKit works with Safari 7."

Sweet, it does!
posted by mkultra at 8:10 AM on November 11, 2013


I really need these scripts to work in iOS Safari.
posted by IndigoRain at 4:21 AM on November 13, 2013


This was made all the more special by the fact that the first comment of mine that appears in Recent Activity is "Hooray!" and now it's surrounded by Rainbows. Perfect.
posted by Kimberly at 8:58 AM on November 15, 2013


Oh look, and there's the hedgehog! This makes Friday even more fun than I had hoped.
posted by Kimberly at 8:59 AM on November 15, 2013


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