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Websites evolve and so does StackOverflow. However sometimes it takes a while for features to mature fully and being subjected to involuntary beta tests can be frustrating.

Since merely moaning about it would make little difference, I rolled up my sleeves and created a Google Chrome extension called undercurrent for disabling a few personal "favourites".

undercurrent

Its newest release can:

  • clear search strings from searchbox
  • clear gravatar shadows
  • disable searchbox animation (obsolete)
  • remove graphics next to username in the header (obsolete)
  • disable the quick report hovercard in the header (obsolete)

Downloads are available at its website.

Feedback and ideas for additional tweaks are welcome, just drop a comment.

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Update 6

undercurrent 1.0.9 is out.

  • removed tweak for sharing buttons as it no longer serves any purpose

Update 5

undercurrent 1.0.8 is out. It's an improvement release:

  • hides Google+ in addition to other sharing buttons

Update 4

undercurrent 1.0.7 is out. It's a bugfix release:

  • resolves a race condition on page loads

Unfortunately the autoupdate feature isn't working yet, so get rid of the old version before installing the newer one.


Update 3

undercurrent 1.0.6 is out and contains a new tweak:

  • hide the sharing buttons

Unfortunately the autoupdate feature isn't working yet, so get rid of the old version before installing the newer one.


Update 2

undercurrent 1.0.5 is out and contains a new tweak:

  • clear gravatar shadows

Unfortunately the autoupdate feature isn't working yet, so get rid of the old version before installing the newer one.


Update 1

undercurrent 1.0.4 is out and contains several significant improvements:

  1. individual tweaks can be turned on and off (Extensions -> undercurrent -> Options)
  2. undercurrent is now compatible with most Q&A sites on the network
  3. bugfixes (login and page lifecycle issues)

Unfortunately the autoupdate feature isn't working yet, so get rid of the old version before installing the newer one.

  • 1
    Hmm. This disables the disorienting search bar motion? I'll have to install it immediately, on every computer I ever touch. But what about the other features? Can I turn them back on if I happen to like them? And what is the "triangle before username"? I don't have/see a triangle before my/others user name(s). – Cody Gray Aug 26 '11 at 16:38
  • (Also, btw, moaning does make a difference. Check out my list of moans (err, questions) on Meta.SO.) – Cody Gray Aug 26 '11 at 16:39
  • @Cody Gray: Currently it's all features or nothing. I'm planning on adding an item-by-item configuration page, though. Maybe next week or so. Even the core functionality is still a bit rough on the edges (some weird timing issues with page loads). Too bad this post got booted off from Meta.. a lot less activity here. – Saul Aug 26 '11 at 16:48
  • @Cody Gray: The (downpointing) triangle is (was) located left of username link on the top bar. – Saul Aug 26 '11 at 16:55
  • @Cody Gray: Try the next version: less bugs, more sites and configurable tweaks. – Saul Aug 26 '11 at 22:34
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    Excellent! Thanks for adding configurable options. Too bad I can only give a single +1. – Cody Gray Aug 27 '11 at 23:22

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