Stack Overflow – Edit Summary Quicklinks

I requested a feature to make the few edit summary suggestions clickable. I, like many developers, don’t normally let my keys leave the keyboard. However, this was one case where I felt making those suggestions of “corrected spelling” and “fixed grammar” should automatically be inserted.

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Well the suggestion was declined. I can’t blame the team. Nobody upvoted the suggestion. But I felt strongly enough about it, and knew that it was very simple to implement that I whipped up a GreaseMonkey script to do it myself. The script runs like a charm and even adds a few extra suggestions to the original three. It handles formatting and commas all automatically, so don’t worry about a thing, just click. Enjoy!

Script to Add Edit Summary Quicklinks

Script to Prevent Blank Edit Summaries

UPDATE: Fixed to use keng’s URL and added just plain old stackoverflow.com without the beta sub-domain in preparation for a launch. Thanks keng!

DOUBLE UPDATE: Sam put out a “wanted ad” for a Greasemonkey script to prevent blank edit summaries. I whipped that script up and linked to it up above. Thanks Sam! Quick Demo

12 Responses

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keng on September 5, 2008 at 1:25 pm  #

I like this but when i go to edit one of my own posts the only clickable things are in the ‘tags’ section. note: i’m using this with a url of http://beta.stackoverflow.com/*/edit/*
rather than the one that ships (as i cannot edit other’s posts yet and i think that’s what your url indicates). Any way of adding my url?

Thanks.

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Joseph Pecoraro on September 5, 2008 at 6:17 pm  #

@keng: Thanks for the fix keng. I don’t know how I got that original URL or why it was working before, but you’re absolutely correct. Re-click on the link above and override your previous script and let me know how things go.

@all: Let me know if you have improvements or if you see changes. I’ll try to keep this updated.

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keng on September 6, 2008 at 8:21 am  #

Excellent!!
works great, THANKS!

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Sam Hasler on October 29, 2008 at 6:18 pm  #

Any chance you could add a feature to (optionally) stop you submitting an edit without filling in the summary?

If you do, please let us know here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/248296/what-third-party-tools-exist-to-use-with-stackoverflow#248601

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Joseph Pecoraro on October 30, 2008 at 12:45 am  #

Thanks for the idea Sam. I quickly implemented it and added a link in the article!

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Sam Hasler on October 30, 2008 at 8:39 am  #

I don’t like how it’s implemented. If you forget you have it installed you end up having an edit summary of “Don’t leave me blank” which is worst than the “Added X characters” message.
I’d prefer if it just highlighted the edit summary field without putting anything in it. Maybe some kind of “glow” effect.

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Sam Hasler on October 30, 2008 at 8:48 am  #

I’ve just commented out the line:

// editSummary.value = “Don’t Leave Me Blank!”

for now, but some way to draw your attention to the field other than your cursor going to it would be nice.

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Joseph Pecoraro on October 30, 2008 at 9:59 am  #

Okay, that sounds good. I’ll try to get to that before or around the weekend. I actually took it on last night for some “fun” between classwork. I’ll let you know when its updated.

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Joseph Pecoraro on October 30, 2008 at 11:58 pm  #

Sam, the script has been updated to a Red Flash/Glow. I hope you like that much better. Can we improve this further. Is there any way that you would like to submit a blank value?

Maybe add a second button to “submit empty”?

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Sam Hasler on October 31, 2008 at 2:42 pm  #

That’s perfect. Thanks!

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Sam Hasler on April 10, 2009 at 8:00 am  #

The edit page URL has changed, add:

http://stackoverflow.com/posts/*/edit

to the included pages to fix.

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Joseph Pecoraro on April 10, 2009 at 9:51 am  #

@Sam: I’ve updated all the Greasemonkey scripts to inlclude the new URL. Thanks for the heads up.

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