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How to hide Tumblr likes from certain users with AdBlock

You know the ones – those Tumblr users who just can’t get enough of your style or “aesthetic.” (What would you call them? “Tumblr groupies?” Maybe. “Tumblr crushes” implies mutual lurve of curated content, not one-sided pining.)

They “like” every post you make and reblog a lot. But the liking. The compulsive heart-clicking. You weary of it.

Anyway, say you actually do like the user, but you just want to hide their 20 million clicks of the “heart” button from clogging up your activity page AND your activity quickbox from the Tumblr dash. Well, now if you’re an AdBlock user, I have some rules for you that work as of October 2015!

This solution is great because you’ll still see the user’s posts, asks, reblogs, and all that. Only the likes will be blocked with AdBlock. This should work on AdBlock Plus and AdBlock Pro without any or much modification, but I haven’t tried it on those.

Let’s pretend we’re going to block a user named noisyuser. Without further ado, here are the rules and instructions on how to paste them into AdBlock!

Copy these rules into your clipboard:


And, if you’re particularly annoyed, you can hide their avatar from your “top 4” bar on the activity page with this rule:


Now, click the AdBlock icon in your browser menu bar. Click Options, click Customize at the top (this may differ in other flavors of AdBlock), and then click Manually Edit Your Filters. Click Edit on the bigger list – make sure you don’t click edit on the Disabled Filters list.

Now, paste the above rules at the bottom of the Filters list.

IMPORTANT: CHANGE THE USERNAME noisyuser to the tumblr username of the person whose likes you want to hide, THEN click save.

Presto – a single refresh of your Activity page or Dash should hide all the likes you don’t want to see, while allowing reblogs and other notifications through.

Removing Google Plus pollution from Google News with AdBlock

For those of you still clinging to Google News like I am – mainly because you have neither the time nor the energy to make a user stylesheet to give Yahoo News a decent UI – you’re probably vexed with the continuing incursion of Google+ effluent into what is supposed to be a news site.

I’ll try to condense the obligatory Google Plus rant down real small this time: I DO NOT CARE ABOUT GOOGLE PLUS.  I WILL NOT USE IT.  STOP PUTTING IT IN MY NEWS, OR ANYWHERE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER. IT’S NOT POLITE TO POOP IN PUBLIC.

Since Google doesn’t care that nobody wants Google+, the above isn’t likely to happen, so I’ve temporarily solved the problem by blocking useless crap from Google Plus by using Adblock in Chrome. Similar techniques work for the various Adblocks in various Browsers; usually you can right-click on a steaming pile of content you don’t want, then click the AdBlock context menu, then (here’s the trick) click “Block an ad in this page,” and not “Block this ad.” Once you do that you can mouse around until you’ve highlighted the steaming Plus pile and left the rest of the content relatively intact, and add that rule to Adblock.

So far, here’s the only rule I’ve needed to de-Plus Google News for myself:


Enjoy. I’ll try to keep the above ruleset updated if I find myself needing to add more before I can replace Google News as I’ve replaced GMail and Google search. (I’m taking suggestions on replacements for News, Docs aka Drive, and Voice – the latter I’d happily pay for.)

Maybe someday I’ll get around to writing some user stylesheets that A) block Google Plus garbage from most other Google properties, and/or B) give similar services like Yahoo News a tolerable UI. Don’t hold your breath on either, though. I don’t have enough time for B, and A would require me to continue using Google properties when I am actively trying to disentangle myself from them as fast as possible.

Remember, Google, nobody wants to come to your obnoxious nerd tumbleweed party.