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Avoiding Overlapping Replies Avoiding Overlapping Replies

WordPress.org Also Viewing is a script which lets you know if someone else who has the script installed – like another forum helper – is looking at the same thread you have open. This helps avoid duplicate replies on the same thread. To use the Also Viewing script:

  1. First, install the Tampermonkey or Greasemonkey browser extensions.
  2. Next, click here to install the Also Viewing script. (You can also click the “Raw” button next to the /src/alsoviewing.user.js file there.)

Once you and another person viewing the same thread both have the script installed, you’ll see an orange banner at the top of the thread that looks like this:
Also Viewing

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Clearer Plugin and Theme Support Clearer Plugin and Theme Support

WordPress.org Plugins and Themes Topic Highlighter is a script which provides some color-coding for the status of plugin and theme support topics. To use the highlighter:

  1. First, install the Tampermonkey or Greasemonkey browser extensions.
  2. Next, click here to install the highlighter script. (You can also click the “Raw” button on the /src/wordpress-plugins-topic-highlighter.user.js file there.)

Once installed, you’ll see some handy highlights clearly identifying unanswered, resolved, and stale topics over a week old:
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Searching Documentation Searching Documentation

If you use Alfred, along with its paid Powerpack, there are Workflows to search the Developer Reference and search the Codex Function Reference. Alfred has documentation on how to install Workflows.

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Saving Form Fields Saving Form Fields

We used to recommend Lazarus: Form Recovery here, it was a wonderful cross-browser extension that stored your form data in local storage, so you could recover your brilliantly crafted reply, even if the forums or your browser crashed. Lazarus is dead now (ironic, we know), so we can no longer recommend it. If you have any better recommendations than what follows, please let us know in #forums on Slack.

If you use Chrome, try Typio Form Recovery.

If you use Firefox, and you don’t want to risk losing what you’re writing, you’re probably better off drafting your replies in a plain text editor.