MetaFilter hedgehog comment pointer

By rf 1.4 Last update Jul 3, 2013 — Installed 3,780 times.

Script Summary: Replaces the linked comment triangle pointer with a hedgehog.



Version: 2.0

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(Check out the screenshots linked above for a quick look at what this script does.)

Change log:

  • Version 2.0: 2013-07-03 - Now works with the new "Use SSL everywhere" user profile preference for logged-in MeFi members. Also added support for automatic script updates, as well as better compatibility with Chrome.
  • Version 1.1: 2011-10-23 - Moved hedgehog a tad farther left, so that it doesn't overlap with the left stripe along comments by the asker/OP in AskMe threads.
  • Version 1.0: 2011-10-20 - First release.
What this script does:

A triangle pointer normally appears when navigating to an anchored permalink for a comment. To see it in action, just visit any direct link to a comment, e.g. http://metatalk.metafilter.com/21102/hooray-for-readability#936714

This script basically overrides the triangle and replaces it with an image of a hedgehog, as suggested by jessamyn.

For more details on the functionality of the pointer, see these threads in MetaTalk:
- "Improving links to specific comments"
- "Hooray for readability"

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This script works on MeFi, AskMe, MeTa and all other subsites. Version 1.0 was tested in Firefox 7.0.1 for Windows; thanks to MeFites in the "Hooray for readability" MeTa thread for confirming that this script also works in Firefox for Mac, and Chrome for Windows and Mac.

Update: Latest version tested to work with Firefox 22 and Chrome 27 for Windows. There are no guarantees that it will work anywhere else or with other MeFi-related scripts.

If you'd like to modify the script, please feel free. Disclaimer: I am not a programmer, but if you have suggestions for improving it, I'd be interested in learning about them.

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Credits:

The hedgehog image is licensed by Depositphotos.com/(c) artjazz

Thanks to Rhomboid and his MetaFilter unicorn and narwhal buttons script, which I basically used as a model for this script.

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More animals for your MeFi experience:

If you like the hedgehog, you might also want to check out the MetaFilter inline video fishy icon (another script I posted). I also highly recommend Rhomboid's MetaFilter unicorn and narwhal buttons (as mentioned above) and laser kitty.