A Firefox extension that lets you monitor your account activity on any Stack Exchange site that support the Stack Apps API. Automatically refreshes on a set interval to display your latest stats.

Now has a handy toolbar that monitors mention changes and where you can see the latest mentions.

Support for monitoring questions/answers will be added in the future.

Instructions for using the plugin can be found here.

Change Log

The following is a short list of main features added with each release.

Version 1.6

  • Support for version 1.0 of the API

Version 1.3

  • Now forcing all refresh frequency to be greater than 60 seconds

Version 1.2

  • Added toolbar button and icon, will update with status changes
  • Added support for monitoring mentions
  • Added highlights to changed values so you can tell what changed
  • Added ability to change format of reputation display from short to full (see the add-on preferences for that option)

Version 1.0

  • Initial release




You can find the addon on the Firefox plugin page.


Firefox 3+ on all platforms.


I have set up a Google group for Swatch support. I can also be reached by email [email protected].


The Swatch source can be found on github.

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    +1 Pretty cool work.I've already two feature requests: 1. A ding sound when reputations change. 2. A third stat with reputation and badges together. Commented May 27, 2010 at 12:34
  • Is it possible to show the rep without the "k" notation?
    – Espo
    Commented May 30, 2010 at 13:37
  • @systempuntoout I'll add an optional ding if I can. @espo I'll make it an option.
    – carson
    Commented May 30, 2010 at 16:22
  • I have a small problem. When I tell Swatch to find my user name it returns an error "There was a problem with the request: Status code = 500" Any ideas?
    – Pulse
    Commented Jun 10, 2010 at 10:04
  • @Pulse are you getting that when you try to find your id on stack overflow or one of the other sites? Can you tell me exactly what you typed into the search field?
    – carson
    Commented Jun 10, 2010 at 11:36
  • Hi. Select 'configure' from the status bar, select a site that I am logged into, such as Super User or Server Fault, select 'search', enter my user name and select 'Lookup' The extension says it's searching but after approximately 20 seconds it returns the error message noted above. All sites respond the same way.
    – Pulse
    Commented Jun 10, 2010 at 11:54
  • @Pulse I think I need to know exactly what you are entering as your name. My guess is that something isn't being encoded correctly and I need to fix that. Can you give me an example of what user name you are entering that gives you that error? Can you try searching for something like "Jon" and tell me if that breaks as well?
    – carson
    Commented Jun 10, 2010 at 12:14
  • I am using Pulse for the user name although I did try my real name, just in case. I also tried your name (carson)for the Stack Apps site and one or two other names, chosen at random from the other Stack sites. They all return the same error.
    – Pulse
    Commented Jun 10, 2010 at 12:24
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    @Pulse Can you tell me the version of firefox you are using? This could be a tough one to track down. It may also help if we move the conversation over to the support group that I set up here groups.google.com/group/swatch-support
    – carson
    Commented Jun 10, 2010 at 12:29
  • I'm running 3.6.6pre but I can download a 3.6.3/4 version and see if it makes a difference, it will only take a few minutes. I'll move over to the google group now.
    – Pulse
    Commented Jun 10, 2010 at 12:50
  • You didn't do this, did you? meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/54597/… Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 15:40
  • @George Stocker The plugin polls so I could see that happening. Depending on how many profiles the person configures, how many mentions they have and how quickly they tell it to poll. A 15 second poll would work out to 10.5KB each poll and that is still pretty big, all my info polls in about 2KB.
    – carson
    Commented Jun 22, 2010 at 16:24
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    @Carson are you still developing it? Commented Jul 29, 2010 at 14:15
  • 4
    The download link is not working
    – Raj
    Commented Mar 6, 2011 at 9:04
  • 1
    I get this msg "This add-on has been disabled by an administrator." Please suggest. Commented Oct 30, 2012 at 11:45

2 Answers 2


This seems to have worked so far great (on FF4b2) its got the mentions for my SO and SA. However I can't add my stackoverflow username, I can add my SO and SA username but not SO. I type in Jonathan and it doesn't come up with my avatar. Could you make it possible to type in the number ID directly, without having to search for usernames. You'd only need to enable the textboxes.

  • 1
    Could you upload the extension so I can download it? The main link seems to be broken :/ Commented May 4, 2011 at 4:27

This is currently disabled on Firefox plug-in page:

Mozilla.org > ADD-ONS > Extensions > Swatch

Are there issues with this 'by-passing' controls, or allowing extra privileges?

  • If you find it let me know where.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 20:50

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