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

I used to know how to cook... Apr 2, 2011 07:46 PM

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...



  1. linguafood Feb 25, 2012 11:09 AM

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

    Just lucky? Perhaps.

    1 Reply
    1. re: linguafood
      L.Nightshade Feb 25, 2012 11:13 AM

      I think it's been removed, per this post above:

    2. w
      wyogal Feb 25, 2012 10:38 AM

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

      1. mamachef Feb 25, 2012 10:12 AM

        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. iL Divo Feb 24, 2012 03:59 PM

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

          1. mudaba Feb 23, 2012 04:04 PM

            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

            9 Replies
            1. re: mudaba
              sunshine842 Feb 24, 2012 01:30 AM

              like, like, like

              1. re: mudaba
                L.Nightshade Feb 24, 2012 08:23 AM

                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
                  srsone Feb 24, 2012 10:51 AM

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

                  1. re: srsone
                    L.Nightshade Feb 24, 2012 04:06 PM

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

                    1. re: L.Nightshade
                      srsone Feb 25, 2012 09:01 AM

                      which browser?

                      1. re: srsone
                        L.Nightshade Feb 25, 2012 10:40 AM

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

                        1. re: L.Nightshade
                          srsone Feb 25, 2012 07:12 PM

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

                          1. re: srsone
                            L.Nightshade Feb 25, 2012 08:21 PM

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

                2. re: mudaba
                  opinionatedchef Feb 24, 2012 03:47 PM


                3. Midlife May 24, 2011 05:25 PM

                  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.

                  3 Replies
                  1. re: Midlife
                    jen kalb May 29, 2011 04:42 AM

                    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
                      onceadaylily May 30, 2011 08:19 AM

                      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
                        Midlife May 30, 2011 09:33 AM

                        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. srsone Apr 11, 2011 04:16 PM

                      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....

                      4 Replies
                      1. re: srsone
                        CindyJ Apr 11, 2011 07:26 PM

                        How did you get rid of it in Firefox?

                        1. re: CindyJ
                          srsone Apr 11, 2011 07:43 PM

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

                          look for kunegunde's post in this topic

                          1. re: srsone
                            kibbles Apr 28, 2011 07:41 AM

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


                            ...poof. gone.

                            1. re: kibbles
                              jen kalb Apr 28, 2011 07:53 AM

                              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. m
                        Mer_Made Apr 11, 2011 11:23 AM


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

                        1. g
                          GEC Apr 9, 2011 06:59 PM

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

                          1. j
                            janniecooks Apr 8, 2011 04:44 AM

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

                            2 Replies
                            1. re: janniecooks
                              jen kalb Apr 8, 2011 12:21 PM

                              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
                                Melanie Wong Apr 8, 2011 12:27 PM

                                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. CindyJ Apr 7, 2011 07:27 PM

                                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. sunshine842 Apr 7, 2011 02:53 PM

                                  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.

                                  6 Replies
                                  1. re: sunshine842
                                    hohokam Apr 7, 2011 03:54 PM

                                    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
                                      Quine Apr 7, 2011 04:13 PM

                                      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
                                        hohokam Apr 7, 2011 04:15 PM

                                        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
                                          MplsM ary Apr 7, 2011 04:17 PM

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

                                          1. re: MplsM ary
                                            hohokam Apr 7, 2011 04:49 PM

                                            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
                                      linguafood Apr 11, 2011 09:14 AM

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

                                    3. Quine Apr 6, 2011 08:18 PM

                                      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!

                                      4 Replies
                                      1. re: Quine
                                        rworange Apr 6, 2011 08:36 PM

                                        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
                                          jen kalb Apr 6, 2011 09:11 PM

                                          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
                                            rworange Apr 6, 2011 10:39 PM

                                            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
                                              jen kalb Apr 7, 2011 07:56 AM

                                              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. rworange Apr 6, 2011 08:10 PM

                                        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. Becca Porter Apr 6, 2011 04:06 PM

                                          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. hohokam Apr 6, 2011 11:35 AM

                                            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. Davwud Apr 6, 2011 11:16 AM

                                              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. re: Davwud
                                                rworange Apr 6, 2011 11:49 AM

                                                >>> Seriously, how annoying can it possibly be??


                                              2. manraysky Apr 6, 2011 10:27 AM

                                                What Lucy said. It's super annoying.

                                                1. jen kalb Apr 6, 2011 10:25 AM

                                                  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. r
                                                    ryback Apr 6, 2011 10:13 AM

                                                    Please lose it.

                                                    1. g
                                                      givemecarbs Apr 6, 2011 12:27 AM

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

                                                      1. sunshine842 Apr 6, 2011 12:21 AM

                                                        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.)

                                                        6 Replies
                                                        1. re: sunshine842
                                                          Chris VR Apr 6, 2011 09:58 AM

                                                          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
                                                            rworange Apr 6, 2011 10:08 AM

                                                            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
                                                              opinionatedchef Apr 6, 2011 11:06 AM

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

                                                          2. re: sunshine842
                                                            srsone Apr 6, 2011 11:59 AM

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

                                                            1. re: sunshine842
                                                              alanbarnes Apr 10, 2011 11:33 AM

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

                                                              1. re: sunshine842
                                                                kibbles Apr 28, 2011 07:40 AM

                                                                i added an AdBlock filter for this:


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

                                                              2. opinionatedchef Apr 6, 2011 12:04 AM

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

                                                                1. MplsM ary Apr 2, 2011 09:10 PM


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