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In order to install this into Chrome, you must go here http://userscripts.org/scripts/source/125635.user.js and save that script to your computer. Then drag that script onto the extensions page (the wrench->tools->extensions) and it should install like normal. This still works the same for Firefox users. See the bottom for installation instructions.
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The idea for this script came from this suggestion [link] and I thought it was a cool idea. And now after using it, it's really grown on me and I find it pretty handy :giggle:

This script lets you preview a forum thread's original post quickly before clicking on the thread and viewing the whole page. It's meant to let you get a sneak peak at the thread in case the thread title isn't very clear as to the thread's content.

You'll see eyes to the right of each thread on the main forum page, along with threads on each sub forum. If you hover over the eyes, you'll get a box with the post in it, along with who created the thread, how many direct replies to the thread creator, and how long ago the thread was made (not how long ago the last reply was).

You can unhover the eyes to make the box go away, or you can quickly move your mouse over the preview box in order to scroll down if the thread is longer than can be shown (may have to scroll with the scrollbar directly, depending on how your scrolling is set up, because of how small the box is). If you hover over the timestamp on the right, you'll get the exact time the thread was created, rather than how many hours/minutes/seconds ago it was made (by the way, there's some time discrepancies on very old threads - it will say it was created however long ago, and it's not always accurate. JavaScript and dates is a bitch to work with, and I didn't think it was worth getting right for threads older than a year or so :B).

You can also hover over the "says: " text after the username to get a link to the thread, just in case you want to click into the thread from there. You can click on the timestamp to get the direct comment link. This is useful in cases where a thread was moved. As you probably know, moved threads result in an annoying 404 when clicked, making it a pain in the ass to find the thread from the main page. But you can open the preview, click on the timestamp, and get to the comment of that thread. From there, you can click on the top link describing what the comment is on, and that will get you to wherever the thread was moved to.



There's not much else to explain with this - should be pretty easy to use and understand. And before anyone asks (=P), I tried to add some other useful information, like icons if the thread was locked or moved, but due to how I'm getting the original post, I can only do so much. I've tried to add as much useful information as I have access to.

To Install


You'll need either Firefox with Greasemonkey, or Chrome. This may work in other browsers that support third party scripts, but I haven't tested that. You can install it here: [link]

If you have any questions, complaints, or ideas for improvements, let me know :)

(And a huge thank you to everyone who has helped test this for me and gave me feedback while making this script).
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Given 2012-08-24
Forum Preview by `electricjonny is an extremely helpful script for forumers which allows users to preview forum threads before clicking onto the thread's page.

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electricjonny Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy holidays to you, too :love:
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
And kindly fuck off now :) Although I bet you are a bot, so I don't anticipate that anyone is reading this curt reply.
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Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student General Artist
The script seems to have stopped working for me randomly. I haven't changed any settings, updated my browser, or anything. It seems to be just out of the blue. Have you heard about anyone else having this problem?
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, hmm :o

Well it seems to work fine for me. Although I've seen a few of my scripts break with recent version updates from Greasemonkey. Sorry, not really sure how it could have broken :(
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Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Darn. O'well.
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I-is-smart Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD I would use this just to spy on the senior forum :giggle:
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, I actually tried to make it grab the full original post in forums you can't see, but after some testing, it didn't work. Would have been fun though :lol:
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Titanium-Zen Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oooh amazing!
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VolcaKagamineRin Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Artist
Your icon is amazing ;)
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Titanium-Zen Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol ikr xD
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:eyes: Grats on the DD!
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, thanks =P
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prosaix Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
It's great you got the DD but this script isn't very... fluid. :paranoid:
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh, yeah it's not really polished. I should have spent more time to make this more integrated, or just better looking. But I'm no designer ;P
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prosaix Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
:iconloki---plz:
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Egil21 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I think it's a great idea and I'm going to try it :nod: Thanks for sharing!
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope you like it :)
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aadvdrak Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you install this in Chrome?
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Chrome recently changed things so that you can only install scripts or extensions from their store :hmm:

But if you go to this site [link] and then download the script to your computer, and then drag it into the Chrome browser, it should install normally :)
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aadvdrak Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not working. I tried to download the script (in your link) and drag it to Chrome and still encountering the same problem.
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm. When you dragged it in, did you get an "install" bar down at the bottom to ask you if you're sure you want to install it?
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aadvdrak Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, but still, it said that I can only install scripts from Chrome store.. Ah well, I think it's time for me to move on to Firefox.
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah ok, I played around some more, and it does seems to work, but only if you drag the file on top of the extensions page (the wrench->tools->extensions), so you might give that a try.
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aadvdrak Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Thank God! Thank you so much. Kudos to you. :)
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem. I hope you like it :)
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm, yeah it said that to me when I tried from the userscripts.org site, but it seemed to work fine when I dragged it in :o You may have to drag it on top of the actual extensions page. Or I've heard there's a Chrome extension that makes installing scripts/extensions not from the store possible again.

Sorry for all the trouble here.
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SuperAimster Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! :heart:
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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Beliou Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good idea : D

Could i please ask how to make a forum post ? i need some help ^^;
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:iconelectricjonny:
electricjonny Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure, what kind of forum post do you want to make?
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Beliou Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
comission,and where i can buy cheap copics.
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electricjonny Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not very knowledgeable about commissions and all that, but for all paying type of transactions, the job forums are the place to look [link]

For topics about copic markers, then I would look at this forum [link] :)
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VrisKCa244 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Student General Artist
this is brilliant! thank you so much c:
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you like it :)
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Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm curious, since you were able to have this script show only direct replies rather then total replies, do you think it would be possible to create a script that modified the comment count under thumbs to show only direct comments?
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm, so instead of saying (2 Replies), it would just show the direct replies? Doesn't it already do that? I mean, it will show the number of direct replies to that last comment showing, not any of the nested replies under the direct replies, right? Unless I'm not understanding you here.

This doesn't quite sound like what you're asking, but I made this script a while ago [link] and it will display the comments (rather than having to load the page), which might be useful.
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Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
No, I mean the comment count under thumbs that DA just implemented all over the site. I'm wondering if it's possible to make a script that makes that show only direct comments, rather then the total number of comments and replies which is what the system does now.
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh oh, right. Ok yeah I know what you mean, and have heard complaints about it before.

I think I could make a script to do that. But I'm not positive. I'll give it a try and get back to you :)
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Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Sounds good! I really hope you can figure out a way to do it.

And if you do, could you have it so it displays with only the icon and not the word "comments" or at least an option to have it that way?
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yup :nod:

And while I haven't tested this yet, there's a style/script that shows just the number, without the comments word, here [link] you can use in the mean time :)
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Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Yep, I have that one. It works well.
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VernonX9000 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
That's pretty damn cool. I wouldn't use cuz I just click on damn near every thread anyway when I'm in there (titles can be misleading and I just like to see all the dumb shit anyways =P) but I still think it's really great.
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)

I personally like it since my internet is slow as shit, and this is much easier to get an idea of where I want to go :lol:
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Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome.

And I agree, this has grown on me as well. I love having it.
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, right? :lol:

I saw this suggestion, and thought I would try making a script, but didn't think I would actually use it. I was wrong :lol:

I'm glad you like it too :D
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Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student General Artist
:nod:
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Ushio-Akuma Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! It's become very useful!
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