Nest Comments On Consumerist

Once people start replying to each other’s comments on Consumerist, it can be hard to keep track of all the various sub-discussions going on within a comments thread. That’s why it’s so great that YogurtEarl has updated his nested comments script for Consumierst once again. This is an optional add-on that makes it so comments that reply to one another appear below each other and indented. If you’re a Firefox user, you can install this script if you have GreaseMonkey, Internet Explorer users if you’ve installed Trixie, and Opera users if you have Opera UserJS.

Nested Comments Script [YogurtEarl]


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  1. RIP MRHANDS says:

    Tell your buddies at Gawker to make this an option instead of something we have to hack together with a script.

  2. MissPeacock says:

    Very cool. Thanks!

  3. This makes those 100+ commented articles infinitely easier to follow. Thanks!

  4. BalknChain says:

    Ben, will this function move to the other sites?

  5. ogman says:

    Very nice!

  6. stopNgoBeau says:

    How do I get this to work? I installed Trixie, moved the script to the scripts folder, made sure the check mark was next to the script in Trixie, and restarted IE7. What else?

  7. diggity says:

    please add this to Deadpsin & Gizmodo!

  8. homerjay says:

    And what of us Safari users? shafted again?

  9. MissPeacock says:

    @BalknChain: I added it to all the Gawker sites myself. In Firefox, go to Tools > Add-Ons. Select “Options.” Click “Add” and then add the url for each of the Gawker sites you want.

    Example: for Deadspin, add “*”

  10. yesteryear says:

    i wonder if this has something to do with why ive been logged out about 10 times today. weird. but cool add-on thank you!

  11. Buran says:

    @homerjay: Download Firefox.

  12. ColoradoShark says:

    Poor YogurtEarl. Isn’t this about the fourth version he’s written because the comments section keeps getting changed?

    Thanks, Yog!

  13. Michael Belisle says:

    @RIP MRHANDS: I agree. Gawker has the technology. They can rebuild him.

  14. homerjay says:

    @Buran: Yeah Yeah Yeah…. I just can’t get into it. I’ve tried but I’m kinda stuck here.

  15. Buran says:

    I had to remove the black border on the left because it’d drop down to underneath the comment, too, not just next to the text.

    And yeah, can’t we get this built in as a toggleable option so it doesn’t keep freakin’ breaking?

  16. Michael Belisle says:

    @homerjay: I tried switching from Safari to Firefox multiple times. Three weeks was the longest I lasted. Don’t do it.

  17. BalknChain says:

    @MissPeacock: thanks I’ll try that

  18. Bryan Price says:

    Greasmonkey. Every time I’ve tried it, I’ve run into performance issues, even after a complete uninstall. The only correction was reformatting the system and reinstalling. YMMV

  19. fhic says:

    @Bryan Price: I agree; nice idea, poor performance, at least on my older system here.

    Of course, if Gawker actually cared about this nested comments thing, they could do it themselves internally.

  20. DearEditor says:

    Camino looks sad, says “d’oh”.

  21. Buran says:

    @Michael Belisle: I tried Safari once. As soon as I saw that you can’t extend it one bit, I switched back.

  22. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

    @TinkishlyDelightful: Agreed! Thanks so much for this.

  23. homerjay says:

    @Buran: What do you mean, extend it?

  24. Mike Harris says:

    So it works on Consumierst. Does it work on Consumerist, too?

  25. homerjay says:

    I can tell you that without a doubt if it works on Consumerist, that it will also work on Consumerist. :)

  26. sam1am says:

    Doesn’t appear to work with Greasekit (greasemonkey clone for Safari).


  27. sam1am says:

    @Mike Nice one! Even the first few times I read your comment I didn’t notice that mis-spelling.

  28. Mykro says:


    Testing… :)

  29. PeanutButter says:

    yay! now i don’t have to spend forever and a day trying to read the various conversations to see if someone has already said what i want to say.

  30. benh57 says:

    This is the only site that hypes greasemonkey scripts to modify their own site. It’s kinda ridiculous, really, when they could just implement the code themselves.

  31. marsneedsrabbits says:

    Oh, wow! This is awesome. Thanks, Mr. Yogurt!

  32. synergy says:

    And I still say wow! Consumerist has some lazy programmers! Other sites do it themselves whereas around here the reader is expected to design the page better themselves.

  33. C2D says:

    Lazy programmers. You’re like the last major site on the web who doesn’t have nested comments without the addition of some else’s work.

    Here’s an idea: Pay the guy who made that script what he’s worth and have him fix your broken website!

  34. nardo218 says:

    @MissPeacock: Did you have any trouble adding sites? I can’t get Jezebel to work. I added and

  35. rabiddachshund says:

    I feel like the only person in the world who doesn’t use Greasemonkey or Adblock Plus. Seriously guys, the internet is just fine without them.

    Sidenote: Consumerist, why did you change your favicon? I hope it’s not a permanent change. It looks too much like a university logo. >.>

  36. Need this on Jezebel. Like, yesterday.

    And I agree, why not just add this to your code?

  37. Michael Belisle says:

    @Buran: Why would you want to extend Safari?

    Apple products are without flaws. They are the sublime paragons of superlative perfection and unparalleled excellence. Only through Apple can we achieve true universality and totality. Amen.

  38. homerjay says:

    @Michael Belisle: The leader is good. The leader is great. We surrender our will as of this date.

    Actually, my Safari crashes all the time. I’m just SO used to it that I can’t switch.

  39. MissPeacock says:

    @nardo218: It’s working on Jezebel for me. Did you add the asterisk at the end of the URL?

  40. stopNgoBeau says:

    Is ANYONE able to get this working with Trixie, like it says it should in the article. ANYONE AT ALL? I only have IE on my work machine, and can only use IE.

  41. Mr. Gunn says:

    rabiddachshund: It’s about scratching an itch. When you consistently are annoyed by something a site does, you can either complain to the site owner, or fix it yourself. Hooray for power to the people.

    I can think of one reason why they don’t have nested comments by default, and that’s because nested comments make back and forth arguments more likely. You often see the 3rd-11th levels of nested comments on slashdot entirely consisting of two people arguing back and forth about something fairly removed from the topic at hand. Non-nested comments breaks that up.

  42. Mr. Gunn says:

    The unfortunate thing about this script, now that I think about it, is that it requires a page refresh after commenting to re-establish the nesting.

    I’m still waiting for them to take out the useless and infantile @ sign prepended to every reply.