Everyone of us is using this site in a certain way. Beside showing what I use, I really like to see tips, tricks or tools that I'm not aware of.
Therefore, are there certain things in your everyday usage of SE that are worth sharing? I'm especially interested (but feel free to post other things too!) in
- What tools, user-scripts, plugins do you use that help you?
- Are you going through new questions in organized way? This is especially important when you weren't on the site for a day and the list of new questions is several pages long?
- How do you use the tag system effectively when looking through questions?
- Is there a better way when searching for a post of a specific user than looking up his ID and using
user:IDin the search bar?
Here are some of my tools:
Tools and Scripts:
I use our ImageUploader most answers I write. Since it is so easy to include images with this, I find myself appending an image of how the result looks for almost all my answers.
The additional editor buttons are at least as important as the image uploader because you can easily format code and short-keys with it.
- When I try example code that was given by a poster, the Select Code Block user-script is extremely helpful. When you hover a code-block, then a button appears which let's you select all code instantly. Since the above link doesn't have a downloadable version, you can use the selectCodeBlock.js from my GitHub page.
- For the chat, I learned to love the SE Chat Modification script. This provides simple keyboard short-cuts to reply or quote messages beside another million things it can do. Read here for a complete list of commands
- When I need to include code in another language than Mathematica, then I want it colorized appropriately. For this you can prepend a html language hint in front of your code block.
- Very often needed when I want to look up what new users can and cannot do: The list of priviliges
- When I search the site with the internal search, there is a good deal of search directives you can use to narrow down the result. Very often, I'm using it search for questions only (
is:Q). Other times it is helpful to find good questions that need to be answered:
- Since I have enough repuation to help moderate the site, the site with the moderation tools is helpful. You can find it as first tab of the review queue, but I had missed to see this for a long time.
- Remember that in comments you can use quick links like
[faq]. For a complete list see here
- Although, we have two posts about standardized greeting comments here and here, over at TeX.SE they have an extremely large list of boilerplate comments for all kinds of situations. We should probably think about adapting this list for our needs. And while we are at it: The SE Auto Review Comment script can be used to insert boilerplate comments with one click. I guess adapting this for our site is a matter of some minutes.