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Please, please, please get rid of that SHARE thing on the left.

Hello Chowhound,

Please, please get rid of the SHARE thing on the left or at least provide a way to opt-out.

It blocks the left side of the thread I'm trying to read.

No way I'm going to Tweet, Email, Thumbs-Up, Like or Share a Chowhound thread. I'm not here for a social experience. I'm hear to read and learn and hopefully share my knowledge of food.

It is BEYOND annoying. If my mouse cursor happens to get anywhere near it, the darn thing expands and I have to hover near it to get it to go away. Sometimes it goes away pretty fast, other times it takes several seconds to get the hint.

There's no way to close it off. It's just there, hanging, hanging, hanging on the left side of screen.

Waiting to pounce again should my poor little mouse cursor happen to inadvertently wander into it's territory...

Please... Please... Please...



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    1. i HATE this feature. what a FPITA. PLEEEEEEESE take it away.

      1. strange -- I have FF 3.6.16 with AdBlocker Plus -- the bar is there, but it's in a grey margin by itself and doesn't obstruct anything.

        I don't care for it, but it doesn't get in my way.

        (Not doubting you -- just wondering what's different about my formatting from yours.)

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        1. re: sunshine842

          Same here. I've gotten used to it, and it doesn't draw my attention like it did when it was first implemented. There's about a 1/2 of dark gray margin before the lighter gray of the page background. It doesn't block any content on my screen.

          1. re: Chris VR

            Unfortunately for me, as I mentioned in a topic about speed, a few seconds after opening a topic, the grey sidebar expands, hangs for about 5 seconds and then collapses. It is difficult to ignore or get used to with the in your face animation.

            Also, while I was entering a reply, with my fingers nowhere near the "share" tab, it expanded and hung there until I had to manually close it.

            1. re: rworange

              exactly as you described it. ARGHHHHH!!!!!!!

          2. re: sunshine842

            did u use the addon for abp ? for ff ?
            it completely eliminates it..
            it tells u how in the other thread...

            1. re: sunshine842

              Me too, but if you inadvertently scroll over it the damn thing expands. Argh.

              1. re: sunshine842

                i added an AdBlock filter for this:


                ...and it is now 100% gone. phew.

              2. Agree with Lucy. April first is over people, enough with the pranks! (please?)

                  1. Sometimes it doesnt bother me, but when I try to move my cursor up a list it often jumps out and blocks the view. Cant we simply have the option to keep it minimized

                    1. What Lucy said. It's super annoying.

                      1. It doesn't bother me at all and while I may never use it I will like the fact that it's right there if I do. It sits off to the side taking up 1/4 inch of space. Seriously, how annoying can it possibly be??


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                        1. Loads quickly for me and then sits quietly off to the side about 1.25" away from the left-hand edge of the thread area.

                          Non-issue for me.

                          1. I came to site talk to find this thread, because I knew it would be here. I hate it too! It's fine unless your cursor grazes it, which happens to me every 2.2 seconds or so.

                            1. Just a thought, but if all this social networking is that desirable, why can't it be designed as well as it is in Flicker

                              There's a neat tiny section at the top of the page with the icons for email, Facebook, Twitter and a drop down list for more options. Until this annoying change in Chowhound, I never noticed that was on my Flickr pages. For those that use that stuff, it is right at the top of the page and easily located. It is not jumping out at people who don't want to be bothered.

                              I can get the need and even go along with this links but why all the useless repetative links all over the place. It's hard to find search on this site, but social networking is dancing all over these boards.

                              Who cares how many tweets there are at the top of the page. Just put the links there and get rid of that tab on the side ... and the repetative links to the upper right ... AND the add letting everyone know about social networking if they missed it in all the other places.

                              1. This topic is being exhaustively covered (about 109 replies so far) on this board :


                                Lots of good solutions, one that instantly killed that nasty sucker for me right away.

                                Come on over!

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                                1. re: Quine

                                  I don't open posts with over 100 replies and the focus of that thread is different than this one.

                                  God, one of those automatic tweet things got a hold of my most recent posts. Seriously, why is this stuff repeated 8 times? If this is being initiated automatically by this site, it seems really deceptive if the statistics show eight tweets.

                                  Really, please real people, don't tweet my posts and I won't tweet yours. I mean, anyone who has ever read my stuff KNOWS I'm not a tweetable person.

                                  I have tens of thousands views on Flickr and not one tweet, thank goodess. I'm not being tweeted against my will ... and to make it worse ... it is not even by a human. I feel used and violated.

                                  1. re: rworange

                                    better to just ignore this social networking stuff if thats not your world. but I agree with your point - the nice quiet little box at the top - its still there - is acceptable, this thing that pops out and moves is obtrusive.

                                    1. re: jen kalb

                                      Well, yes. I had planned to ignore it but I don't seem to have a choice in the matter.

                                      I'm posting about Guatemala on the Central American board. AFAIK, three people read what I post there with an occasional stray tourist. It ain't exactly a hub of activity.

                                      That is why I was so surprised to see a tweet a few minutes after posting. WTF(udge), I thought.. Who would want to tweet this stuff?

                                      So I look and this is repeated 8 times

                                      "Antigua, GT: El Viejo Café – Pretty good strudel: I want to like El Viejo Café more but it is just such a C + re"

                                      Really, what is the value of that?

                                      I'm not ani-Twitter. I'm anti uselss information.

                                      1. re: rworange

                                        I guess I just dont get it. such a high % of the info in that universe is totally useless u nintelligible blabber that i just ignore it. Im glad to interact with people who can write in full sentences and care about more than projecting their personality.

                                2. Hmm. The thot plickens.

                                  The grey box is there in its own dark-grey margin.
                                  Out of curiousity after reading some of these posts, I deliberately ran my cursor over it, parked my cursor over each of the fields...nothing.
                                  Now -- if I physically go over there and click one of those buttons, it will make the link, but otherwise it just sits there, waiting for me to do something (and it's in for a very long wait)

                                  I have no idea why mine is being so benign.

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                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                    That's how it has behaved for me since the get-go. I assume it has something to do with differences across browsers (I'm using Chrome on Mac OS X).

                                    1. re: hohokam

                                      I installed AdBlock in my Chrome (running on a PC) as per other thread on this topic and that floaty twit box is gone forever! TaDa!

                                      1. re: Quine

                                        I find the box totally innocuous. About the only time I notice it at all is when I'm participating in a thread about it. :-)

                                        1. re: hohokam

                                          I found it just too damn bouncy when navigating long threads.

                                          1. re: MplsM ary

                                            Hmm...once I get into a thread, it parks itself right below my browser's toolbar and stays there as I scroll up and down through the thread.

                                    2. re: sunshine842

                                      Dito. Using Safari on a MacBook Pro. NO problems whatsoever.

                                    3. I'm in total agreement -- it just doesn't belong here. It's presumptuous to believe that everyone here tweets, twitters or toots. Most of us know how to share the posts we want to share with others; we don't need the fad-of-the-moment in our faces. I find it obnoxious and thoroughly distracting. Where's the option that lets me give it a "thumbs DOWN"?

                                      1. Not only is the share thing still on the left, it is now at the top of the first post in each thread!!!!!

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                                        1. re: janniecooks

                                          It definitely sitting there, big and grey, and blocking post content as I scroll up and down.
                                          I cant install executable software (e.g. non-corporate ad blockers) on these computers, and I have accepted chowhound popups to access the site, so its really annoying

                                          1. re: janniecooks

                                            The share buttons at the top of the original post to each thread were launched before the bouncing gray thing on the left. Which makes me wonder why it was necessary to add the redundant gray thing on the left. If nothing else, drawing the eye to the left margin makes it less likely that I'll catch the Chow teasers and advertising on the right side of the page in my peripheral vision.

                                          2. Yes. Please, please get rid of it. It is so annoying. It gets in my way.

                                            1. Agreed!

                                              This is the first time I've visited Chowhound in over a week because of that thing.

                                              1. anybody know how to get rid of it in opera?
                                                i got rid of it on my firefox at work...
                                                but havent figured out opera yet....

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                                                1. re: srsone

                                                  How did you get rid of it in Firefox?

                                                  1. re: CindyJ

                                                    adblocker plus extension for firefox
                                                    with the element hiding helper addon ...

                                                    look for kunegunde's post in this topic

                                                    1. re: srsone

                                                      ill make it easy. add a new AdBlock Filter for this:


                                                      ...poof. gone.

                                                      1. re: kibbles

                                                        its just hanging over in a grey side panel now and not popping up over the posts so I dont really care about it any more. Much less obtrusive, thanks engineering staff.
                                                        dont know what it duplicates stuff on th right side, but none of it is relevant to me.

                                                2. I have to check it out at home too (I'm on a computer at work), but it appears that the social network tabs have now been moved to a pop-out tab at the left of the screen. If you don't want them they're pretty unobtrusive, and pop out when you click on the tab that says "SHARE"..

                                                  Thanks Chow!!!

                                                  Sorry if I'm late to this party. I didn't see a topic about it.

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                                                  1. re: Midlife

                                                    for some reason this share thing pops out and covers the restaurant name when I am deleting extra entries for a restaurant - very annoying.

                                                    1. re: Midlife

                                                      I was having issues with FF4 the other day, and switched back to IE for the first time in over a year, and was surprised to see that the share tab was collapsed, as you described. But now I'm back on FF and it's hanging out there again. Apparently, it functions differently on different browsers. Weird.

                                                      1. re: onceadaylily

                                                        I can't see the tabs at home, on FF, because I did the fix I learned here. At work it IS on IE.

                                                    2. Hi, We removed the lefthand share tab today, and streamlined our share options in general. Hope you like the change as much as we do.

                                                      Meredith of CHOW

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                                                        1. re: mudaba

                                                          Thank you, thank you.
                                                          It used to pop out and cover the text, and I had to keep reloading adblock to fix it. Now I'm set, and happy!

                                                          1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                            never had to reload adblock...its been gone since it started.....

                                                            1. re: srsone

                                                              Interesting. Mine stops working quite frequently, I have to download it again and again.

                                                                1. re: srsone

                                                                  Chrome. Funny, speak of the devil, all the ads are back today!

                                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                    ahh...i usually us firefox..once i blocked it all its never come back...

                                                                    1. re: srsone

                                                                      Yeah, I think, perhaps, Chrome adblock is still in beta.

                                                          2. "Please, please get rid of the SHARE thing on the left or at least provide a way to opt-out."
                                                            +1 hate it

                                                            1. If I add one more "please, oh god, get rid of that annoying feature because it makes me want to kill people" would you get rid of it?

                                                              1. I used to see it on the left, but now it's at the top of the first post.

                                                                1. I don't see it anywhere, and I don't have adblocker.

                                                                  Just lucky? Perhaps.

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