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Forum Preview by electricjonny Forum Preview by electricjonny

Important—Please read

In order to install this into Chrome, you must go here 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.

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.
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?
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 :(
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Darn. O'well.
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:
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:
Dr-Platinum Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oooh amazing!
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