Script Summary: Reorganize the NYTimes home page for readability and interest -- versions 2 and 3 combined. This script is no longer supported. Please use NYTimes Front Page Layout, instead.
NYTimes Layout2+3 reformats the 3 columns of story links on the NYTimes home page so that most of the material that interests me is visible in a single glance.
I am still maintaining two similar scripts: this one and "NYTimes Front Page Layout," but I would like to retire this one soon. I encourage you to try the other. It produces identical results below the fold, and it makes some additional changes to the layout above the fold. If you don't want to keep all of my reformatting, you should be able to find and delete the applicable lines in the source code after you install the script.
I also run AdblockPlus and a couple of old scripts on this page: New York Times Convert Popups and New York Times Single Page Format. (Click the "newyorktimes" tag to see these.) This script may not work unless you are also using AdBlock Plus. (See https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/... .)
The script performs the following functions:
* Knocks out remaining ad text and gray background shading at the left margin (after AdBlock Plus).
* Removes the Classifieds widget on the right.
* Widens the 3 columns of headlines below the fold.
* Enlarges section title fonts.
* Rearranges the sections.
NYTimes' home page layout continues to evolve, which sometimes requires adaptations in this userscript. (See "Revision history" discussion.) The current revision of the script has been stable since July 2009. If it stops working for you, return to this site to see if an update is available. Reinstalling the script, if necessary, should be trivial.
6/20/2010 NYTimes is getting more demanding of cookies. It now forces the reader to allow cookies or login each time. Following login, the home page URL comes up with an extra slash: http://www.nytimes.com// . I added another @include line to the front of the script to make it work for this URL as well as the old ones.
10/24/2011 IMPORTANT: NYT made major changes to its home page. This creates a number of technical challenges. For example, the HTML controling the area below the fold is now organized into rows instead of columns. Therefore, I am no longer supporting this script. Please use NYTimes Front Page Layout, instead.