Toronto Comment Killer

   12 May 2009, late morning

This is my gift to my fellow Torontonians: A greasemonkey script that will kill comments on articles published by the Toronto Star and the National Post. The comments sections for all the Toronto newspapers are basically giant hives of scum and villainy, a place for racists and cranks to hang out and shout out all the things society won’t let them say in public anymore. No one needs to read this stuff, unless you need high blood pressure. Placing comments inline with the news articles is obnoxious and disrespects the writers at the Star and the Post. This script fixes that. (The Globe and Mail no longer displays comments on their articles inline, praise the lord.) If you use Google Chrome, rather than Firefox, you can follow these instructions to use the script. Any problems, please leave a comment and let me know — It’s amazing how little Javascript I know.

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Comments

  1. Hey, I posted a fix for some small issues in the script in the Issues section. Can you update it? I want to tell my friends about this.

  2. Thanks for the suggestions. I’ve fixed the script. Let me know if you have any other ideas, or see other problems.

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Some things to keep in mind: You can style comments using Textile. In particular, *text* will get turned into text and _text_ will get turned into text. You can post a link using the command "linktext":link, so something like "google":http://www.google.com will get turned in to google. I may erase off-topic comments, or edit poorly formatted comments; I do this very rarely.