A while back I finally figured out how to use UBlock’s element blocker and promptly went mad with power. Just now I turned off all my extensions to debug something and realized how much more useable it made everything. As soon as I see something annoying I open the Ublock popup, select the element picker, click the annoying thing, and (most of the time) the annoying thing is gone forever and I never have to think about it. So here’s my shameless ad pitch for things you can do with it, other than the default “block ads”:

  • Remove all of the UI buttons that are definitely useful for someone but that you’re never going to use in your life
  • Remove UI buttons you use only once, like “register”
  • Hide the “Posts +” button in tumblr
  • Clear all of the information your credit card website tries to show you that you don’t care about so that you can focus on the couple numbers that you do
  • Send those pop-up “do you want to chat!” notifications to hell, where they belong
  • Remove various website overlays
  • Remove specifically the calorie numbers on food delivery websites
  • Hide the comments and recommended videos sidebar on youtube
  • Hide promotions that an adblocker doesn’t pick up on because they’re native
  • Hide your facebook newsfeed (if you just use it for chat/events/groups)
  • Hide discord’s sidebar when you just need one channel open and don’t want to be distracted, and then unhide it when you want it back
  • Get rid of distracting moving elements on pages
  • Hide almost all of the elements on twitter except the actual tweet, if you only interact with twitter via other people’s links and don’t want to be sucked down the rabbit hole
  • Generally hide “Related!” or “See also” or “You might like!” type distractions on sites where you only want to see what you came there for, not browse
  • Remove all of the news from weather websites so that they can actually do their job and show you just the weather
  • Remove the footer text on websites no one ever reads

I don’t think this requires being a Computer Person to use even though it has the Computer Person aesthetic, but being (to my great chagrin) a Computer Person I might be misjudging this. If you want help setting it up I will help you. If you want step by step debugging of why it suddenly break something I will help you. Two weeks away from graduating with my CS degree I have apparently discovered the obligatory Thing That A Computer Person Must Write Passionate And Slightly Unhinged Rants About No One Else Cares About. Via the power of caring way too much about something it now comes with free tech support, warranty not included, void where prohibited etc.

Further advice, because it is very non-obvious from the UI and I was very frustrated until I figured it out: the popup that shows up when you block things has two sliders. The one on the left makes your selection wide (i.e. also grabs the parents element(s)) or narrower; this is very useful if you’re trying to select something and just can’t managed to click in the exact right place that will grab the entire thing you want to block. The one on the right makes the selection more/less specific, so that in some cases when the default selection will grab all buttons of type X you can make it grab just this one button, or vice versa.


#PSA #oh my god #I’ve been experimenting with this the past few days and #I haven’t *quite* reached ”mad with power” but it’s definitely very nice to have #(for weather websites specifically I saw another post going around a while back saying that the trick is to use government-run sites) #(which was also an excellent idea) #(the links that post gave were American but I figured out that the Canadian analogue is

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