joeytwiddle Author

Hi Alorel, the latest version should meet your request. Sorry it took a while!

Thanks Marti, I did adopt your solution in the end.

Sorry I didn't see your message earlier. I would love email notification for this site. ;)

Is it possible you were using FaviconizeTheWeb instead of FaviconizeGoogle? It is a secret feature of that script to make random icons appear in unexpected places!

If you are still getting this problem with FaviconizeGoogle, please send me a screenshot so I can reproduce and investigate. Cheers.

Sorry for late reply lol.

You can set the last value to 0.0 to make it transparent:


Or you can just replace the whole string:


However I must admit my implementation was not so beautiful. If the link currently has element styling, then the script will override that element styling. (That means the site's CSS is also not so beautiful!)

If I was writing it again, I would use a CSS class with !important, and leave the untouched.

Re: @joeytwiddle:

By the way, I just added @grant GM_addStyle not because we are using it, but because @grant none and @require were resulting in a massive freezeup during page load on Firefox + Greasemonkey.

Re: @joeytwiddle:

This site knows where the userscript is on Github, because it auto-updates from there. It would be nice if the site could make that upstream URL available, e.g. on the SourceCode page.

Thanks for that. Sorry I didn't see it until now!

You cannot imagine how long I spent fiddling with the border-radius on the original script. In the end my eyes melted and I went large, possibly encouraged by iPhone marketing material which was prevalent at that time.

But it appears to be 2 vs 1 in here, so I have merged your styles into my copy. :)

And I have just done an update to @require jQuery, because $ appears to be missing from today.

Just thinking about the license ... imagine if we wanted to actually take our script and use it on their site. What license would make them able to do that?

My userscripts are hidden deep inside a monolithic repo: One day I may get organised like jerone and separate them out.


I often don't see the feature when creating a new issue.

I think this might be because Github is using pushState() to make a single-page-app, so the script is not loaded because the @includes were checked when I was viewing an earlier page.

If that is the cause, then I suppose the workaround would be to @include the script on all Github pages, and decide whether to activate the script more dynamically (e.g. just after a pushState() occurs).

Might be a bit of a fiddle, but it's probably something that a few other userscripts are needing to do these days.

Neither Shadeness nor jerone are in IRC right now. Talk about splitters!

However, there are a few people in the web chat channel on gitter:

So if you want to get chatting, get in gitter!

(I even heard a rumour that there is an IRC proxy into gitter.)

This script looked useful so I gave it a go, but when I visited it kept reloading the page!

I saw the filter list appear. But then the reload started. I haven't had time to debug the cause. I could take a look in a week or two...

I'm using Chrome 36 with TamperMonkey on Mac OSX, which usually seems to do a good job with Greasemonkey compatibility, but I suspect the different environment is the cause. (I understand you're using Firefox.)

Disabling Ghostery and AdBlock extensions did not help.

Re: @jerone:

Gosh it's only been 9 days since the last set of fixes! I've updated the script and it looks ok to me now (Chrome).

Thanks, will do the screenshot thing.

Thanks both, I have now updated all my active scripts with @grant and @version tags. (I notice @grant none is no longer needed since GM 2.0, but it is still useful for legacy users, and to indicate that the script has been vetted.)

Regarding the tag listings on the /add/scripts page, I don't think @description is OUJS-specific! Since that is listed, I think we could also list @version and recommend authors to fill that in too. Although I will have to get into the habit of incrementing that ... I wonder if I should make a git hook. Or perhaps it could be a feature of this site, to auto increment @version when the author uploads or pushes a new version!

Re: @Marti:

Greasemonkey is awesome but.

What is the point of the sandbox? To protect site scripts from using Greasemonkey's GM_xmlHttpRequest and GM_getValue. But at what cost?

90% of scripts don't even need those functions, and could safely run in page scope. Yet they have to deal with the excessively limiting sandbox in order to run, which manages to interfere with even the most trivial things like event handler callbacks.

Sure you can workaround these limitations with .wrappedObject or just break the security with unsafeWindow when you get desperate. But working this way means your script now cannot work without a Firefox Greasemonkey environment. It will break in Chrome and it won't run as a normal script or as a bookmarklet. I prefer to write portable code!

I recall having to change my script three times in a row because each new Greasemonkey release changed the workarounds I had to do to deal with the sandbox. Yes, occasionally GM_XHR and GM_set/getValue are awesome features, but only in 10% of the scripts. The rest of the time it's just an uphill struggle for no great benefit.

Anyway I'm glad to see that nowadays if we don't use any GM_ functions we can run outside the sandbox. But still it's a shame to be sandboxed when I just want to use GM_addStyle.

Anyway just wanted to get that off my chest!


DRY is Don't Repeat Yourself. Although it doesn't exactly apply here, I just notice that with the issues feature and collaboration this site is solving problems we already have a solution for. I would say "we should encourage people to get onto GitHub" because it is an awesome place for collaborative development, but the fact it is a non-free platform gives me pause. I am very glad to see OpenUserJS is a GNU project from the outset! :) Anyway no problem, we can collaborate on Github or on here, so it seems we have the best of both worlds!

Syncing changes?

But I am concerned if a collaborator contributes to a script on here, I might not notice the changes, and end up clobbering it with a small update and a push to Github. If your changes were complex ... well diff and patch I guess! :P I notice there is no "script history" here at the moment. (That is quite a useful feature on USO which might dissuade help malicious users from injecting evil stuff into their script before uploading a clean version.)

Minimum Meta Tags

My suggestion is that meta-tags which you think are really important could go in a section just above the " Specific" block. I only suggest it because I didn't have time to click and read the links when I was uploading. There are quite a few more tags than when I last looked. The links are good!

After this long post, you had better like my userscript!

I wrote GrimeApe a while back, which is how I learned that synchronous XHRs are bad! That had no security concerns. By which I mean, it had no concern for security! :D I always meant to rewrite it in Node but never did... it could have gone the way of TOMODO had I done it right.

Anyway, Greasemonkey, TamperMonkey and userscripts rock. Down with GM_*!

Re: @joeytwiddle:

After reinstalling the script and restarting Firefox again, it has now stopped working. THANKS A LOT MARTI!

Chromium indicates that it got $ from the CDN:

> window.$
function (t,e){return new Q.fn.init(t,e)}               frameworks-df9e4beac80276ed3dfa56be0d97b536d0f5ee12.js:2

Don't ask Firefox's Browser Console (Ctrl-Shift-J) about window.$, it will say undefined. Ask the Web Console instead (Ctrl-Shift-K), it will say [object Function]. But you still need the first one open to see all the error messages...

I can get somewhere in Greasemonkey by putting this at the top of my script:

var $ = unsafeWindow.$;

But then I get "Permission denied to access property 'handler'". The problem appears to be GreaseMonkey's long-problematic security enhancements. These make scripting a nightmare, especially since 90% of scripts run in page-scope, and don't need any special access. But it seems if I remove the @grant GM_addStyle then it seems the security locks turn off. So I did that.

Please give the latest version a try!

I thought I would use jQuery to save time. Of course I had forgotten about Greasemonkey ... :P

After updating to the latest Greasemonkey (nightly 2014-06-23), this userscript is still running fine for me. I got $ and everything! So what's the beef, cowboy?

Marti, I would consider making you a collaborator, to help fix the issues with whatever crazy modern setup you are running. But I am concerned how this would work with the Github hook I am using. If you contribute changes on here, how could I get them back to Github? And isn't there a danger I might overwrite them without noticing, by pushing a new version to Github?

One thought also occurs, about this site in general. With its own "Issue tracker" isn't this site re-inventing the wheel and violating DRY? Shouldn't instead be encouraging and enabling people to do collaboration on GitHub, rather than splitting the effort over the two services?

(I can think of one argument against that. Github is, ironically, not FOSS!)

Re: @Marti:

Gosh so many bugs! Thanks for the feedback.

I have been using TamperMonkey in Chromium, but the script appears to work fine under my Firefox 28 too, so I could not have detected these myself! (Greasemonkey nightly 2014/04/16) (My Firefox is sick; she hangs for 4 minutes shortly after startup. I only have 20 extensions and 150 tabs open, so I dunno what's up.)

  • @version DONE
  • @grant GM_addStyle DONE (really, I have to do this now? :P )
  • @license I'd probably choose some communist nonsense like GPL so perhaps it's better I leave it as MIT :P
  • jQuery - this is a curious one. I assumed GitHub had included $ and so I was using it too. Perhaps GM is blocking it because of page scope? GM_grrr...

I didn't have time to click through and read the Greasemonkey Wiki. If you think @version (and other tags) are very important then perhaps they should also be featured in the left-hand column.

I'd really like computers to do more work, and me to do less, so I wish everything would just work without needing 20 @ tags in the header! Cheers!

"GreaseMonkey will be updated after you restart Firefox." I feel I'm going to regret this...

I see the toolbar when writing a new post, but it would be great if it was also available when I click to edit an existing post.

I tried this in TamperMonkey on Chrome. I got strange black blobs above the buttons with dropdown menus (the h# and the pin icon).

Otherwise it seemed to be working after some simple testing.