Hey everybody: I moderate comments lightly here, and intend to continue with that policy. However, I want to accommodate readers who may get sick of particular other commenters and want to not have to read their comments. So: for those of you who use Firefox, I recommend this:
- Install the Greasemonkey user script extension.
- Restart Firefox
- Install the killfile script by clicking on the large black Install this script button at the top of the page.
Now, when you load a page on ScienceBlogs (and any of several other blogs) each post will have two new bits of hot text in the Posted by: line: [kill], which hides all comments by this poster in every thread; and [hide comment], which hides only the single comment.
In place of a hidden comment, a one-line notice appears saying “Comment by User Foo blocked [unkill] [show comment]”. Clicking on [unkill] reveals all of the posts by that user; clicking on [show comment] reveals just the single comment.
Hopefully that’s straightforward enough for everyone to follow. I had to read it three times before it made sense to me, but then I’m kinda tired right now. If you’re having trouble after reading/trying a couple times, leave a comment saying so and hopefully I or someone else can help you out.
Also, initial Googling does not reveal any equivalent for Chrome. Does anyone know of one? Times like these make me wish I had more programming skills, because if I could I’d write the plugin myself.