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    On the topic of uBlock filters, I’d hacked together this list a while ago: https://zge.us.to/files/anti-youtube.block I wonder if anyone here could suggest some improvements.

    Basically, it makes sure that all temptations, allures and other tricks that youtube wants to use to make you watch another video are ignored – thinking about it, there’s not a lot of difference between a “recommended” section and regular advertisement. Oh, and youtube comments are blocked too for the sake of sanity.

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      Thanks, these are very handy.

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        I find that ‘Distraction-Free for YouTube’ works quite nicely to remove a lot of the pointless YouTube UI, with the added bonus that you can toggle it on and off with one click.

        https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/df-tube-distraction-free/mjdepdfccjgcndkmemponafgioodelna

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          totaly breaks youtube, the main page doesnt contains any channels, not usefull.

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            I should have mentioned that it only makes sense when one isn’t logged in. No account usually means the recommendations are a lot worse.

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          Why remove comments sections though? Occasionally I’ll come across informative comments in YouTube videos.

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            Because I’m too easily sucked into arguments.

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              Sure, but why put that into the same list that’s about vertical real estate?

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                … good point. I’ll remove it, then, and just keep it in my personal list.

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                I hear you. I’ve been considering that recently.

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              I love this. I’ve been thinking about vertical real estate lately and how ridiculous that my phone wastes 25-30% of my screen on: physical header, Android header, chrome header/address bar, lobster header. After all of that I finally can read the title of the article.

              I’m no UI expert but I’d be curious to see a content-first and metadata (titles and toolbars) second approach to design.

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                Almost all of my custom uBlock origin filters that don’t remove the occasional missed ad are for removing floating ui elements. I really wish there was an addon which allowed you to “freeze” divs like in the element picker.

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                  The vast majority of mine are for removing popups or banners informing me that by hitting the “close” or “ok” button, I consent the site’s use of tracking scripts/cookies. (I know that doesn’t actually make a difference, but it does feel a bit better that least I’m being tracked without my consent).

                  I would’ve blocked the fixed headers/footers, but they usually contain useful functionality; they just don’t need to be fixed. I’ve occasionally used other means to make various elements on a site position: absolute, but yeah, an addon specifically for that would’ve been useful.

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                    I’ve occasionally used other means to make various elements on a site position: absolute

                    uBlock Origin is actually capable of doing that, so you don’t need a second add-on:

                    medium.com##.metabar:style(position: static !important)
                    medium.com##.u-overflowHidden:style(overflow-x: hidden !important; overflow-y: auto !important)
                    

                    These rules, as they look like, don’t actually block the element. Instead, they’re adding my own CSS code into the page (making Medium’s top bar not float instead of actually hiding it, and preventing Medium from locking your browser’s scroll when it’s trying to show you a pop-up, because that class is actually being added to the body and of course I don’t want to block the body).

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                  A hero!

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                    You can try Reader mode on Safari, or install Firefox with ublock on Android. Reader mode is the best thing since sliced bread…

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                      I’ve sort of stopped using reader modes completely, most of the articles I try to read with various reader modes (either in browsers or through pocket or through instapaper) seem to be missing some crucial piece, like all code blocks or some images, and it’s not even always obvious that the problem is that something’s missing and not just that the article is kinda bad.

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                        Images and code, yes I agree, those mysteriously disappear sometimes. But, for things like Medium (non code), NYT, the guardian and all those other ad ridden sites, reader mode is still a blessing.

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                        I run Linux (but I use Firefox Reader mode for that)

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                      Is there a list like this that can also automatically remove all of the EU cookie nags?

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                        If you use uBlock Origin, the included “Fanboy’s Cookie List” (under “Annoyances” in the “Filter lists” tab in the dashboard) claims to do this, and works pretty well.

                        I typically turn on all the other annoyance filters while I’m in there. I couldn’t tell you what all they filter, but I do find the web hilariously unusable when I have the misfortune to try to use it without an enthusiastic blocker running.