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About

This chrome extension replaces the text editor with a much better one that supports markdown, indentation, code formatting, and more! Also provides options for making the top bar sticky, and hiding the list of sites in the footer.

Psst, I'm writing this with the new editor!

Main features (customizable in settings)

  • editor

    • full markdown support
    • indentation
    • code blocks
    • automatic lists (with nested indentation)
    • block quotes
    • "sticky" toolbar
    • side-by-side edit and preview
    • much more
  • cleaner Stack Exchange UI

    • Sticky header bar
    • removes the site list in the footer
    • dims the "How To Format" sidebar

Screenshots

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Download / Install

Install from the Chrome Extension Store

Code

GitHub repo: https://github.com/tituswoo/better-stack-exchange

Contact

Created by Titus Woo.

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    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Shouldn't the main tag of this question be app instead of script? – Kevin Guan Jun 21 '16 at 23:48
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    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​And by the way, the Insert Snippet button doesn't work, also shouldn't the top bar be hidden when it's Fullscreen mode? i.stack.imgur.com/mccIb.png – Kevin Guan Jun 22 '16 at 0:05
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    @KevinGuan you're totally right! Just changed the tag to app instead. Also thanks for the catch! I'll fix that tonight. :) – Titus Jun 22 '16 at 3:16
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    Fixed in v0.0.5: - sticky top bar hidden in fullscreen mode and for snippet previewing - insert snippet button will only appear on stackoverflow (other SE sites don't support snippets AFAIK) Thanks again for reporting those bugs @KevinGuan! – Titus Jun 22 '16 at 4:43
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    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Just tested the new version and everything's working! Awesome and thanks for the updating! – Kevin Guan Jun 22 '16 at 5:14
  • @KevinGuan :D :D yw! – Titus Jun 22 '16 at 5:15
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    Let us continue this discussion in chat. – Kevin Guan Jun 22 '16 at 5:32
  • I feel the editor should be a separate extension from the UI changes you make. I don't want a sticky nav bar, thanks, and I'm not sure why the footer needed updating. I'd love to try just the editor though. – Martijn Pieters Jul 11 '17 at 10:58
  • (And yes, these are separate options you can disable, it just feels the extension has been overloaded). – Martijn Pieters Jul 11 '17 at 11:04
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Using the 'code' button inserts a tripple-backtick block:

```
...
```

which is a GitHub extension, not supported on Stack Exchange sites. Please change this to use indentation instead.

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Preview options are confusing and partly broken.

  • Neither the side-by-side preview nor the inline preview can render Stack Exchange specific markup. For example, the [tag:bug] markup I used in this post is not rendered as a tag, it's just the literal text.
  • I can only have a live preview in full-screen mode, the regular Stack Overflow preview is not shown below the post.
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I can't edit a post in-line. Already posted answers can't be edited in the page; a separate page is opened instead, removing all the context.

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Because a separate edit control is used, and text is moved from that control over to the (hidden) 'real' text editor control when you hit 'post', the anti-bot measures kick in and you are always asked to verify that you are human with the Google Captcha.

Perhaps if you continually update the 'real' post box as you edit, the anti-bot measure doesn't have to kick in (as you then show that you have been editing the post for more than just a fraction of a second).

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