phpBB3 Greasemonkey scripts

These scripts are for the Greasemonkey extension for Firefox.

When viewing phpBB 3 forums which use the default prosilver theme, the scripts will rearrange things slightly or add some extra features missing from the default theme.

Two scripts are available:

Beware:

  • The scripts will not work with phpBB themes other than the default (prosilver) unless they are very, very similar (e.g. just a re-colour).
  • The scripts have only been tested on English forums. In other languages there may be problems due to date/time formats, the order of phrases, etc..
  • As with any Greasemonkey script, if you notice anything wrong with a site you're viewing, try disabling Greasemonkey and then Ctrl-F5 to force the page to refresh and check if the problem is with the site or with the changes the script makes to it.
  • I made these to make reading the Directory Opus user-to-user forum easier. They're my first Greasemonkey scripts. They're unlikely to be perfect but I hope they're still useful.

phpBB3 Forum Compactor

This script makes the following cosmetic changes to the phpBB3 default prosilver theme:

  • Rearranges forum lists and topic lists so their columns no longer have multiple types of data interwoven.
  • Highlights the names of unread forums and topics in red. (Instead of only their icons turning red.)
  • Makes it easier to see who is saying what in threads. The name of each reply's author is larger and comes first. (By default, prosilver displays the author as tiny, secondary information.) Separators are also added between replies so that the pale-blue reply backgrounds don't all blend together on the white page background.

Install:

If you have Greasemonkey installed then you should be able to add the script by clicking this link:

(v1.6, 22/Nov/2010: Updated for phpBB 3.0.8 which seems to use a different name for new posts and stopped them turning red.)

The script will apply itself to http://resource.dopus.com/* by default. You'll need to adjust the list of include URL patterns if you want to try it on other phpBB3 forums.

Screenshots:

Here's what it does to a forum index:

before & after screenshot


Here's what it does to a topic list:

before & after screenshot


Here are some full-size screenshots which give a better idea of the improvements:


phpBB3 Next/Prev Links

This script adds "Next Topic" and "Previous Topic" links to the top and bottom of the page when viewing topics on phpBB3 forums which use the default prosilver theme.

(Similar links were present in the default phpBB2 theme and still exist in some other phpBB3 themes but are missing from prosilver.)

Install:

If you have Greasemonkey installed then you should be able to add the script by clicking this link:

(v1.3, 26/May/2012: Fixed to work with "viewtopic.php" as well as "./viewtopic.php" in the first HREF. I guess it changed in a phpBB update at some point.)

The script will apply itself to http://resource.dopus.com/viewtopic.php?* by default. You'll need to adjust the list of include URL patterns if you want to try it on other phpBB3 forums.

Screenshots:

next/prev links screenshot