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doc18 says:

GM Script: Flickr Buddy Icon Reply v2 (by doc18)

Back in Oct last year I did a little GM script to automate more personalised replies (used to do it manually with a little bit of HTML). It has been tested by quite a few of my contacts and I've just updated it to include some of the useful suggestions, so I thought I would throw it out to a wider audience.

It adds name_reply and icon_reply links at each of the comments under your photo. When you click on the link, the buddy icon html code will be added into the Add your comment box, where you can show nicely who your replies are directed at. Experiment with preview and you will get the hang of formatting your replies in no time. (Should work on photo and discussion thread pages).

It skips over deleted accounts and only offers the name_reply link if the contact has no personalised buddy icon. Unfortunately this might conflict with other GM scripts that you have installed and I have no time to test them yet.

v1 initial photo and information is here
v2 updates information is here
v2_2 bugfixes: name_reply function now works with apostrophes in usernames & group admins
v3 localization and improved (all credits to mortimer? for this great work!!!)

Please go to the new thread for new comments and suggestions,
www.flickr.com/groups/flickrhacks/discuss/72157605959212132/
Originally posted at 1:18AM, 16 January 2007 PST (permalink)
doc18 edited this topic 81 months ago.

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♥ shhexy corin ♥ says:

doc18 .... .... this is ace!
99 months ago (permalink)

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mortimer? says:

you are really everywhere!
99 months ago (permalink)

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shalf says:

Hm... I think the quotes in Rippie's name cause a problem for the name reply function.
99 months ago (permalink)

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shalf says:

And I still see it as Corin accusing Mortimer of being everywhere. Somehow the icon looks like a blockquote to me rather than a replacement for the name.

Just spitting into the wind here...
99 months ago (permalink)

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doc18 says:

(^_^)

I will look into that, shouldn't be hard to fix :) thanks
99 months ago (permalink)

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Christine Lebrasseur says:

doc18 Thanks :)
99 months ago (permalink)

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mortimer? says:

do you think it would be better to use the icon at the end of the sentence ?
99 months ago (permalink)

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Mr.Child♫ says:

hi,doc
it's really cool~
99 months ago (permalink)

ipernity.com/home/nicoleb / No to censorship [deleted] says:

Way cool - thanks!
99 months ago (permalink)

... has left the building [deleted] says:

Yes, mortimer?, that's how I use them, and it's way cool!

I had been wondering about this, when I saw it occacionally at my friend's stream. Thank you , I love it!
99 months ago (permalink)

~ fernando [deleted] says:

It does not look like a blockquote to me... more like a bulleted list, as I tend to reply to many in one comment, it allows me to label the verbose replies to some of the comments, and not use it for all the other simple "Thank you." ( example )

I hope it does not give it an air of giving a star-sticker for comments!

One comment, not a big deal, is that if one is using the script that makes the reply comment from the photographer all bold, then the "name quote" is not very useful. I had to switch to quoting names in italics thinking of people viewing the page with my replies in bold. This script sends me back to an easy bold, so it is not useful for that one. However, the icon reply is the biggie here.
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doctor.boogie says:

this is very kool and the gang....cheers
99 months ago (permalink)

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doc18 says:

thank you :) all suggestions are welcome!

name reply is a new function I added so am still looking for the best way to do it, and there is already a bug that I need to escape some of the characters in people's contact names.
99 months ago (permalink)

~ fernando [deleted] says:

yeah, I read about it above.

I guess this is more about interaction with other scripts, than what is good for your program. It would be best to retrieve the person's name if given. So, clickling on the link for mine would show "fernando" rather than "fernando [pixelstains]" for those that reveal a name (of course).

at any rate, this is a minor thing... I find the icon tag to be the real good application of this script :)
99 months ago (permalink)

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mortimer? says:

The "name_reply" doesn't seem to work in group discussion when the user is admin of the group as there is the little yellow star before the name. The script only inserts "<b></b>"
99 months ago (permalink)

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doc18 says:

details of the v2_2 bugfix update is included above

Rippie likes to put lots of apostrophes in his username! but I think I have fixed that now :)

ah I have not looked into accessing the real names via the API yet. I guess that will be the next interesting thing to do which will potentially improve the efficiency of this script. I will let you know after I take a look.

group admin username is now fixed :)
99 months ago (permalink)

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mortimer? says:

Thank you for the update. Have a look at this thread to find out how easy it is to make an API call to flickr with GM:
www.flickr.com/groups/flickrhacks/discuss/72157594148402197
99 months ago (permalink)

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Thunderchild7 says:

Please don't access real names it will ruin it for some people.
99 months ago (permalink)

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Claudecf says:

Is it supposed to work in two stages.
First, you post your reply and when you save, the icon reply tag appears and then you can post? Or do I get it wrong
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o3boR says:

It's Great!!!
99 months ago (permalink)

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Rafal S. says:

NIce work
99 months ago (permalink)

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shalf says:

Well, sort of .

But using it this way seems like a peculiar affectation, rather than a useful reference to the subject of your reply.

I agree, when several are stacked it does take on more of a bullet-list connotation, and less of the blockquote. Actually, I quite like it used this way. But I still misread mortimer?'s most recent post as doc18 thanking mortimer? rather than the reverse. If I'm the only one with this disability I'll just shut up about it.

I find it works well to click on name reply or icon reply then just add my text after the blat of code. Then click the PREVIEW button to be sure I didn't mess up the code or make a typo before clicking the POST NOW button.
99 months ago (permalink)

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doc18 says:

thank you :) It will be very useful!!!

ok I am only looking into it. I will not implement functionalities like that without respecting users' privacies and seeking opinions.

Simply click on one of the reply links and start typing your reply to that contact. You got it first time with your comment :) The icon can indicates who your are addressing followed by your reply. You won't need to preview after a few tries.

& Glad that you like it :)

I remember my contacts visually by their buddy icons so I instantly recognise them that way, i.e. for me using the icons makes it much easier to read than text. I guess I am using it as a substitute to text usernames rather then any particular conversational direction etc.
99 months ago (permalink)

... has left the building [deleted] says:

Did someone already mention that it doesn't seem to work with Flock?
99 months ago (permalink)

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doc18 says:

oh I have never tried Flock I presume that it is Greasemonkey installed as add-on for Flock that you are using? (I have no idea how Flock works with Flickr)
99 months ago (permalink)

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GustavoG is a group administrator GustavoG says:

If I'm the only one with this disability I'll just shut up about it.

You're not. I also keep interpreting the icons as attributions.
Everywhere in flickr we see the buddy icon of the speaker flanking what they say. It seems only natural that we extend this into attribution when seeing text right next to the (smaller) buddy icons...

doc18: Perhaps a colon might help (in lieu of the name, at the beginning of this line), or the (rather common) use of the @ symbol to address others.

: maybe this could be less ambiguous.

@: ...or perhaps this.
99 months ago (permalink)

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Rafal S. says:

I tend to use the colon. Or inline the icon (use it where I would put the name).
99 months ago (permalink)

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Eddie Birk says:

@ : this is a great script! thanks.
99 months ago (permalink)

NudiePatooties [deleted] says:

This is great! Thanks!
99 months ago (permalink)

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doc18 says:

glad that you guys like it :)

it is everyone's personal preference. I will look into letting user set prefix and suffix for both types of replies to suit their own style.
99 months ago (permalink)

... has left the building [deleted] says:

: Yes, I use greasemonkey on Flock. Most GM scripts work, but this one unfortunately doesn't. No biggie, just FYI.

Try Flock and see for yourself: It's great *especially* with Flickr! But I still alternate between Firefox and Flock.
99 months ago (permalink)

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alto maltés is a group administrator alto maltés says:

As soon as I finished writing my first GM script, I came on Flickr Hacks to post it... and discovered yours, which does pretty much the same thing, though your implementation seems to be more sophisticated...
I posted mine anyway...
Mine does not insert buddy icons, but it has the advantage that it inserts a backlink to the comment...
You are welcome to integrate this idea in your script if you like.
:)
99 months ago (permalink)

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Vaguely Artistic says:

: Now that I have everyone's attention :D
This is an interesting discussion that really got me thinking. I first saw this in use on one of 's photos. I had to scroll down a page or two to get to the comment box, when something caught my eye: It was small version of my buddy icon. I had forgotten about an earlier comment I made and would never have seen 's response so in my mind I see it as an attention-getter. When I started using it that way myself (pre-GM) the response was so overwhelming that at some point I actually created a snippet of text with all the HTML instructions (and a credit linked to , of course!) for all my replies.

Flickr's lack of a "quote" function -- something that is pretty common in online discussions -- has always baffled me, and I think by the time I saw this idea I had resigned myself to taking this approach. This is all pre-GM and, in retrospect, I think the notion of being able to "customize" Flickr in any way so foreign to me. If had originally used the icon as an attribution instead of an "@" placeholder I'm sure I would have been just as wowed :)

: You make a crucial point. Using the colon is key to this approach. Visually, it "anchors" the icon to the text and distinguishes the small icon from the large floating icon. When I see a small icon I just assume the colon is there, but scrolling back up to scan the previous messages I realized you may have identified a main source of the ambiguity!
99 months ago (permalink)

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Lutz-R. Frank says:

Thanks for a great tool - seeing the "@" above ...

@doc18 : would it be possible to add this to the name reply to really address the person (like this goes to doc18)
and
@Vaguely Artistic this to Vaguely Artist.

:)
99 months ago (permalink)

... has left the building [deleted] says:

@Lutz-R. Frank : This would be VERY easy to add manually ;-)
99 months ago (permalink)

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Vaguely Artistic says:

Hmmm.... It looks like some people are just haters ;)
99 months ago (permalink)

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Rafal S. says:

The argument they use that the pages load slower due to that is imply invalid. The browser has to load the icons anyway. And once loaded putting them all around doesn't cause any extra requests to be sent.

Perhaps somebody should offer them a GM script to remove all the buddy icons (including the standard ones) from the pages?
99 months ago (permalink)

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doc18 says:

sorry for the silence. have been busy offline so not been actively discussing the usability issues here. one can never please every user. the geek in me wants to make it infinitely configurable for the users, but I also know that the most successful designs are just a simple effectively way that works for most people. so I would probably add a config page for users to specify their own prefix and suffix for both types of replies. what do you think? :)

I will have to look into that but might take some time before I get around to it

the biggest overhead is GM parsing and that might have kicked in after the page is loaded i.e. the browser has already gone off to load all the graphics?
98 months ago (permalink)

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Rafal S. says:

: it is not that the haters would care about GM performance. Who doesn't like it, wouldn't install at all.

What they complain about is that when you or me put the icon reply, the page would load slower for them because of additional graphics load. Which is simply untrue.
98 months ago (permalink)

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Finecrafted by Nori says:

This is just the coolest thing, ! Thank you so much for sharing.
98 months ago (permalink)

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malik ml williams says:

doc18 thank you. i have been looking for an automated way to do this. (used to do it manually too.) very hot!
98 months ago (permalink)

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verybigjen says:

OMG this is so great. Me loves da greasemonkey!
98 months ago (permalink)

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josue salazar says:

YES
98 months ago (permalink)

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exfordy says:

Thanks for your quick reply to my mail. It works! It's great. Thanks.
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KWentin [deleted] says:

cool!
98 months ago (permalink)

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@fotochap says:

Awesome!

Thanks :D
98 months ago (permalink)

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insite says:



cool, bin wonderin how the cool kids did that
98 months ago (permalink)

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Quinnypin says:

Hee hee, this is so cool. :D
98 months ago (permalink)

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Kelli© says:

Umm how do you actually install it? Help!
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Chatdurouge says:

Ummm...I have a question and I guess it might sound dumb but I really don't know anything about the technical stuff. A contact of mine says that she uses adblock and doesn't see any of the images like invites and such that are posted in comments, does that mean she also doesn't see the buddy icon reply?
98 months ago (permalink)

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caramel*vanilla says:

this is good :-)
98 months ago (permalink)

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wenzday01 says:

This is sweet!
98 months ago (permalink)

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Mathieu Bertrand Struck says:

what are the known compatibility issues with this script and other GM scripts?

I´ve just installed it, and it seems normal. I have plenty of Gm scripts running on flickr (PM, more links etc.).
98 months ago (permalink)

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eszter says:

Thanks very much, this is great.

Kelli, you have to be using the Firefox browser and have Greasemonkey installed for this to work. Get Firefox first, then get Greasemonkey. You'll have to close and restart Firefox for Greasemonkey to start working. Then you can start installed GM (GreaseMonkey) scripts. Just click on the link above and a button will come up that you can click to _Install_.
97 months ago (permalink)

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_saurabh_ says:

it is A W E S O M E
97 months ago (permalink)

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ngai says:

This is killer, . I've been doing this manually for too long.
97 months ago (permalink)

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aJ GAZMEN ツ GucciBeaR says:

biggest thanks for this!!!
97 months ago (permalink)

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Perla* says:

It's AWESOME!
Thanks for making it available!
Cheers!
97 months ago (permalink)

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Perla* says:

Why is it not working for me?
I can see as below

says: name reply / icon reply
but when I click on it nothing happens... Help, please?
97 months ago (permalink)

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mortimer? says:

This is currently incompatible with the Commenting Tools (the one that shows a WYSIWYG edit field)... the developer of that script is looking at why it's like that.
97 months ago (permalink)

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bwana says:

Sick script. Loving it.
97 months ago (permalink)

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nulikka says:

@ yep, that's a nice one. thanks!

@mortimer? ...and thank you, too! that solved my problem!
would be great if they work together, but for now it's okay for me to switch between those scripts, as i rarly need both in the same comment and it's already a big help for me.
...btw: knew NOTHING 'bout how to use html before and i'm quite surprised how much i can learn 'bout this here.
did not expect this on flickr!
you all are doing a great job here! thanks a lot!
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doc18 says:

thank you everyone that have tried out this little script :) I have heard compatibility issues recently but at the moment I do not have time to look into this. I will do so asap.

(N.B. this script assumes the Comment Box to be at a certain place for inserting the icon html code, maybe that's why it is not compatible with the Commenting Tool?)
97 months ago (permalink)

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forzet says:

Fantastic


97 months ago (permalink)

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BillyWarhol says:

doc18 I love this thing*

U should maybe have a little ? mark so people can Find U*

kind of like the Flickr comments one*

altho it won't look aestetically as clean*

Congrats on a wonderful Hack*

;))
96 months ago (permalink)

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Nicole Hastings Photography says:

It doesn't seem to work form me :(
96 months ago (permalink)

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Nicole Hastings Photography says:

doc18
worked out it is not compatible with flickercommenttools hack
96 months ago (permalink)

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E.M.M.A.N.U.E.L.!. says:

I've been writing out the html by hand, to get the same effect; I to believe I'll enjoy using this script instead. Thanks for doing this!
96 months ago (permalink)

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Jose+Euge says:

Super King
Works well. Thanks for the script
96 months ago (permalink)

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Gloomy Little Cloud says:

I've been looking for this. I just recently joined and dislike that comments cannot be directly replied to or threaded, but this script perfect for that. Now I can finally reply to my comments :D
96 months ago (permalink)

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The Flooz says:


hooray! finally got the hang of it :)
96 months ago (permalink)

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Vanessa Pike-Russell says:

Brilliant! Thanks :)
95 months ago (permalink)

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Cooriander says:

Yay!


95 months ago (permalink)

e-person.ipernity.com [deleted] says:

Good stuff! :-)
95 months ago (permalink)

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abhic says:

another vote to help allow the smilies script and this one co-exist.

thank you.
95 months ago (permalink)

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Valentin.H says:

Yep, that's a sweet script but it would be cool to use it with the smilies and other wysiwyg scripts ;-)
Bye and thanks!
95 months ago (permalink)

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Kezzaroo says:

Hmm.. i have the little monkey chap in the bottom corner there but when im on the page with the script and click install, nothing happens? :(
95 months ago (permalink)

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Darlington girl says:

I upgraded to the Mozilla thingy, added Greasemonkey but when I click on that link up top, I just get a bunch of html and when I click install, nothing happens!

Can someone help me out?
95 months ago (permalink)

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Lumendipity says:

excellent, really very helpful!
I installed firefox and greasemonkey just for these kind of useful scripts for flickr...
95 months ago (permalink)

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quirkylemon says:

Having a little problem with this using Flock GM... any ideas?
95 months ago (permalink)

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[s e l v i n] says:

..thanks!
wanted this for a real long time...
any one of you working on finding on which user is online on flickr & allowing a chat interface...would be great!
..I've also suggested this to the flickr guys..hope someone is working on it! :)
95 months ago (permalink)

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[s e l v i n] says:

....testing my insanity...it worked! ;-)
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mortimer? says:

check that out:
flickr.com/groups/flickrhacks/discuss/72157594229661831/

I don't really know who's using it though.
95 months ago (permalink)

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Michelle Brea says:

I get an error message!!!!!!!!!! And I´m not usng the comment tracker!!! HELP!
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Trucker Pete says:

@ ⇒ ⇒ I don't have Firefox and don't really want it, so is there a way to do this on ie7, the way you do it.
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mortimer? says:

Well, everywone around here can extend firefox because it's open source. Most of us want to make it better because we had it's open source.

If you come with such attitude, perhaps you should ask the makers of IE7 to integrate such new features in their browsers... I am just not sure were the feature request box is.
95 months ago (permalink)

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Juan Pablo Giusepponi says:

That's awesome man!!
Everybody is using it now :) Counting me...
Congrats!!!
95 months ago (permalink)

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SimonWhitaker says:

Nice script! I've been seeing those little buddy icons in replies here, wondered where they came from. :-)
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*Stiletto* says:

I'd been wanting to learn how to do this and kept on trying to figure it out until one of my contacts pointed me here.
I've actually installed Firefox (which I had been resisting, my basic needs being happily met by IE7) specifically to use your script and am now delighted to have done so; Firefox really improves the Flickr experience!

So a big bunch of thanks from me! :-)
95 months ago (permalink)

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SuperKarmen says:

OH thanks.. its fantastic!
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shotbart says:

This is really a neat script... bravo

94 months ago (permalink)

bigdeke [deleted] says:

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh - maybe I am just being thick but I cant get this to work - I just get a runtime error every time
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mortimer? says:

are you using Firefox??
94 months ago (permalink)

bigdeke [deleted] says:

Firefox I can download but AOL doesnt seem to like Greasemonkey
94 months ago (permalink)

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conejo aureo says:

I love this script :)
94 months ago (permalink)

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Stitch says:


thanks for this one!
94 months ago (permalink)

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deniman says:

The buddy icon reply doesn´t work now, in spanish flickr :o(
94 months ago (permalink)

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【A】 says:

The buddy icon reply donesn't work in 繁體中文 flickr too~.
94 months ago (permalink)

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S.D. says:

Works nicely for me! Thanks for writing it!
;)
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doc18 says:

sorry for the lack of response :( been busy at work. so this is broken for non-english languages...
94 months ago (permalink)

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