Give Reddit A Makeover With These Tools

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 27, 2010
Updated • Apr 22, 2012

For the last years I have been ignoring Digg as it turned from a powerful news source into a site ruled by power users, news by top sites and bad management. I used to find Digg valuable then to discover new websites that I did not know about before. Now, it is just the same day in day out.

Reddit on the other hand managed to keep much of its identity and contents, making it my number one new site discovery service. If there is one thing that could use some improvement, then it's the layout and design of the site. I'm sure that I'm not the only one who thinks that it looks a bit messy, and could use some polishing because of this.

The following is a list of userscripts and styles to give Reddit the makeover that it deserves. Before we start: Firefox users need the Greasemonkey add-on installed before they can make use of userscripts, and Stylish for styles.

Reddit web 2.0 but even more pretty

This userstyle is compatible with all modern web browsers. It modifies the Reddit layout giving it a polished and stylish web 2.0 look and feel.

Embedifier - Images and videos are posted often on Reddit. They are usually linked to the source website, which means they need to be opened in a new tab, window or on the same page. This userscript adds arrow icons in front of embeddable media, which will expand the media on the Reddit page on click. No more leaving the page to view an image or video.
reddit embedifier

Reddit Uppers and Downers Enhanced - ever asked yourself what the ratio of up votes to down votes was? Wonder no more. This userscript displays the total amount of up and down votes on Reddit comment pages to give interested parties an idea on a submission's popularity.

Reddit Enhancement Suite - one of the most sophisticated makeovers for Reddit. This userscript adds dozens of features, from loading and displaying all images on the page to keyboard navigation, account switching, auto loading of next pages to saving comments. It is all there and more.

  • Configuration Console
  • Inline Image Viewer
  • Keyboard Navigation
  • Show New Comments
  • filteReddit
  • Account Switcher
  • Never Ending Reddit
  • Never Ending Reddit
  • Uppers and Downers Enhanced
  • Subreddit Tagger
  • User Tagger - now with ignore!
  • Show parent on hover
  • Full Comments Linker
  • Single Click Opener
  • Live Comment Preview
  • User Highlighter
  • Style Tweaks
  • Username Hider
  • Show Comment Karma
  • Hide All Child Comments

Reddit Comment Boxes - draws boxes around comments which makes identification a lot easier.

Top Reddit Comments Preview - Firefox only. Displays a top link next to each submission. Clicking the link displays the two top comments on the same page.

Reddit SFW Check - If you need your Reddit fix at work or a public computer you may find this userscript helpful. It adds a link next to each article listing. Clicking this link will scan all article comments for the words nsfw and not safe for work. It then displays the number of occurrences and the total number of comments, so that the user can decide to view or avoid the linked website.

Reddit Secure Pro - Force https connection when visiting Reddit.

Digg2Reddit - Redirects you to Reddit whenever you load the Digg website (accidentally I presume).

Reddit Top Comments Sidebar - Displays top comments of a submission in the left sidebar. Great for a quick overview of the most popular comments.

top comments

Reddit Spam Button - With popularity comes spam. This userscript can be used to submit a spammer's profile to /r/repotthespammers .

Reddit Comment Highlighter - highlights reddit comments at the 75%, 90%, 95% and 98% levels (you can adjust these in the code) based on the comment points. Also, increases the font size of higher rated comments.

Reddit Username Colorizer - Automatically calculates the character sum of all usernames on a reddit page and colorizes them with it. Usernames will always have the same color no matter what page they are on.

Reddit Jerks - Remembers jerks you come across on Reddit and highlights their comments in the future with a JERK! sign so you can down-vote them again!

Think I missed something? Let me know in the comments.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  13. Mystique said on September 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Article Title: Reddit enforces user activity tracking on site to push advertising revenue
    Article URL:

    No surprises here. This is just the beginning really. I cannot see a valid reason as to why anyone would continue to use the platform anymore when there are enough alternatives fill that void.

  14. justputthispostanywhere said on September 29, 2023 at 3:59 am

    I’m not sure if there is a point in commenting given that comments seem to appear under random posts now, but I’ll try… this comment is for

    My temporary “solution”, if you can call it that, is to use a VPN (Mullvad in my case) to sign up for and access Reddit via a European connection. I’m doing that with pretty much everything now, at least until the rest of the world catches up with GDPR. I don’t think GDPR is a magical privacy solution but it’s at least a first step.

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