Inspired by the reaction to Beta release of Collectives™ on Stack Overflow, I decided to create a small practical solution in the form of a user script.

It will remove almost all traces of Collectives™ on Stack Overflow:

  • Tag-icons on posts.
  • Award icons & small orange affiliation banner on user cards on posts.
  • Box under the user avatar on user profiles.
  • List item saying "X user groups" on user profiles.
  • Box in the home page right sidebar.
  • Answer endorsements ("Answer recommended by ...").

The exception is to the Collectives™ link in the left sidebar and the Collectives™ themselves. I wanted to keep this so that one can still go there and read about them.


Should work with any user script manager & any browser running JavaScript.
Tested (mostly by 10 Rep) on Windows 10 using

  • Opera, Chrome & Edge with TamperMonkey.
  • Firefox with ViolentMonkey.


For bugs, please post here. Comments are fine too.


JavaScript using jQuery:

// ==UserScript==
// @name         Stack Collectives Off
// @namespace    scratte-fiddlings
// @version      0.8
// @description  Pretending Collectives don't exist
// @author       Scratte (stackoverflow.com/users/12695027)
// @include      https://stackoverflow.com/*
// @exclude      https://stackoverflow.com/collectives*
// @grant        none
// ==/UserScript==

// NOTE: The script does not remove the "Explore Collectives" on the left sidebar.
//       It's still possible to go to a collectives site and check them out.

(function() {
    'use strict';

    // Start with user profiles (since Stack removed the defining class on the links).
           // Another optimization suggested by Oleg Valter
           // https://chat.stackoverflow.com/transcript/message/52657512#52657512

    // Suggested by Oleg Valter (https://stackoverflow.com/users/11407695)
    // https://chat.stackoverflow.com/transcript/message/52657173#52657173
    const mostCollectivesStuff =
                  // the collective on the home page right sidebar
                  // both 1: the collective icons from posts on the home page
                  //      2: the award icons from user cards on posts
                  // the particular collective in the sidebar on posts

    const postCollectivesStuff =
                  // orange affiliation banner from user profiles on posts
                  // "Answer recommended by ..."
                  // recognized member icon in comments.
                  "div.comment-body span[title='Recognized Member']"

    document.querySelectorAll(mostCollectivesStuff.concat(postCollectivesStuff).join()) // "," is default
            .forEach(e => e.remove());

    const removePostCollectives = () => document.querySelectorAll(postCollectivesStuff.join()) // "," is default
            .forEach(e => e.remove());

    // And the list item saying "X user groups" from user profiles
    document.querySelector("ul div[aria-describedby=groups-popover]")

    $(document) // needed for it to work with updates as in reviews
        .ajaxComplete((event, request, settings) => {



GitHub | Install

  • You should make this into a gist, tag it with .user.js, so people can simply click/install, as opposed to creating a new script, pasting in code, etc.
    – Blue
    Sep 27, 2021 at 17:31
  • @ughStackExchange Done. I usually don't do that with less than 100 lines of code. But since you asked :) Sep 27, 2021 at 17:37

1 Answer 1


When I turn on your script, I see that it hide the first element of Hot Meta Posts in Sidebar, as below:


When I turn you script off, everything is fine:


I face this bug in 0.1 & 0.2 and I am using Firefox 90.0.2.


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