Don't Read the Comments! Help

This page will tell you in more detail about DRTC!'s features and capabilities. To learn how to create custom profiles for websites DRTC! doesn't know about yet, check out the profile tutorial.

Page Action

A page action is an icon in Chrome's omnibar. DRTC!'s page action shows a yellow diamond icon when DRTC! is enabled on the current page, and a grayed-out version when it is not.

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Clicking DTRC!'s page action lets you see and configure the DRTC! profile for the current page.

When DRTC! does not have a website profile matching the current page, it will show this message. You can click on "Enable" to start creating a profile.

The page action dialog automatically fills in the site's domain. From here, you can fill in the comment section and/or comment selectors, or choose a comment system template to use. (See below for more on creating a website profile.) You can also chose a category for this site with the Category menu.

The Upload button (if available) will send the website profile to coldbrewsoftware.com to be included in a future update of DRTC! so that others can use it too! Clicking Save will save your profile and reload the page, so that DRTC! can apply the new profile.

You can also use Show Me The Comments! to immediately disable DRTC! on the current site.

Options Page

The options page controls global settings for DRTC!. It is accessible from the Chrome extensions page (chrome://extensions) or the link in the page action.

Website Profiles

These tables list all website profiles created in DRTC!, grouped by category. You can edit any current profiles using the edit button (with the pencil icon). Remember to click "Save" to save your changes!

Comment System Templates

Here you can add and edit comment system templates. You'll need to save a new template before it can be used to create a website profile.

Comment Severity Threshold

When using Individual mode, DRTC! uses this setting to decide whether to hide an individual comment, based on what proportion of the words in it are in one of the bad word lists. A threshold of 0 (the default) causes DRTC! to hide all comments, and it can go up to 5.

Bad Word Lists

This section contains the bad word lists which DRTC! uses. The lists can be disabled individually, and additional words can be added to the custom list.

Website Profiles

DRTC! uses profiles to know which page elements to block on a website.

How to create your own profiles


Domain

DRTC! determines which site your browser is on by using the domain part of the currently displayed page's URL. For example, if you're on http://www.bbc.com/news, the domain is bbc.com.

Each DRTC! profile has a domain parameter which determines which pages it will be applied to. A profile with the domain bbc.com, for example, will apply to any page with a URL beginning with bbc.com, but not bbc.co.uk.

DRTC! profiles can also use wildcards (*) in their domains to match multiple domains. For example, bbc.co* would match bbc.com and bbc.co.uk.

As a final example, DRTC! also ignores subdomains when looking for a matching profile. So, a profile with bbc.com would also match shop.bbc.com.

Mode

DRTC! operates in one of three modes, which can be set per profile.

  • All mode blocks the entire comment section at once.
  • Individual mode blocks comments individually, based on the comment severity threshold.
  • Disabled mode causes DRTC! to not block anything at all.

Section and Comment Selectors

DRTC! profiles use CSS selectors to tell it which page elements to block. The section selector specifies the entire comment section on the page, while the comment selector specifies individual comments. Only one of these selectors is needed at a time: a section selector is required for All mode, and a comment selector for Individual mode.

DRTC! supports all standard selector syntax, including # for ids, . for classes, and , to join multiple selectors.

Learn more about using CSS selectors here.

Template

Because many websites use third-party comment systems, such as Disqus or Facebook, DRTC! defines common templates for these systems. These templates can be applied to the profile of a page using one of these systems to block the comments in one step.

Category

Categories (such as World News and Technology) are used mainly on the options page to keep website profiles organized in manageable chunks. Profiles can be meved between categories by dragging and dropping them. You can also use the mode buttons at the bottom of each category table to set the mode for all profiles in that category.

Clicking the + Category button creates a new category table to add profiles to, and the button with the pencil icon let you edit the category name.

Comment System Templates

Comment system templates are similar to profiles, in that they define a pair of section and comment selectors. When applied to a website profile, a template sets the profiles selectors to match its own. A template's selectors, as well as its name, can be edited just like a profile.