Download Source:



  1. Install Greasemonkey for Firefox.
  2. Restart Firefox.
  3. Return here and click the 'download source' link.
  4. Once downloaded, click Tools > Greasemonkey > Manage User Scripts
  5. Select "so-bigbox" from the list, and add the following "Included Pages"
    1. *stackoverflow*
    2. *serverfault*
    3. *superuser*
  6. That's it, you're done.

General Information:

Works on Meta, Stackoverflow, Serverfault, and Super User. Determines your user-id automatically based upon the DOM. You can change it to any other id to spy on your friends.

var user_id = $("#hlinks a[href^='...']").next("a").attr("href").split("/")[2];

    user_id = 22656; /* What is Jon Skeet up to lately? 
                        Overwrites previous value. */

Upon page-load When the panel is opened for the first time after a page-load the script will request any lists you've explicitly declared as 'true' within your copy of the script. It will then add a toggle-bar to the bottom of your screen (fixed). Clicking this bar will toggle the search-lists. Searches are now case-insensitive!


Comes with a list of configurable sources. If you don't want to search your own past answers, modify the sources-block:

var user_questions = true;
var user_answers   = false; /* I DO NOT want to search my answers */
var user_favorites = true;

Ships with a default cap of 100 recent items. This means your default lists will contain only the 200 most recent items. You can manually change this if you like:

var max_items = 100;

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    You might as well just take a branch off the Firefox development line and build a StackOverflow-enabled web browser.
    – TheTXI
    Commented Jul 21, 2009 at 14:43
  • 1
    I think Jonathan should definitely add "Stack Overflow's unofficial Grease Monkey" to his bio page. Commented Jul 21, 2009 at 15:23
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    I'd hate to sound like an idiot, but to make this accessible to more people, could you add step-by-step instruction on how to try it out? What to do with the JS file, and do you need something specific to use it? (Firefox? some FF extension? or any browser?)
    – Jonik
    Commented Jul 21, 2009 at 17:56
  • Sorry, Jonik. You need the Greasemonkey plugin for firefox. Download that, then come back and click the link - greasemonkey will auto-install the script.
    – Sampson
    Commented Jul 21, 2009 at 18:27
  • I've added an Installation section to the above post, Jonik. Hope that helps.
    – Sampson
    Commented Jul 21, 2009 at 18:29
  • 100 recent items as default? Does this mean that there are scaling problems
    – Casebash
    Commented Oct 25, 2009 at 0:30
  • This is really awsome and something I wanted since my first visit to these sites! I would really love to use something like this with Google Chrome if possible
    – JasonDavis
    Commented Jan 19, 2010 at 0:52
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    @JonathanSampson This script is awesome. Maybe you should put it up on userscripts.org/scripts/search?q=sofu&x=0&y=0 so more people can find it? You could use software.hixie.ch/utilities/cgi/data/data for the images, to keep people from hitting your server. Just a thought, thanks for the script. Commented Mar 28, 2010 at 5:41
  • After installation on FF6.0.2, nothing seems to have changed in my browser. Commented Sep 15, 2011 at 16:26
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    Is it on StackApps?
    – CharlesB
    Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 7:05

7 Answers 7


Just for the record, that is really cool. I wish I could resize it myself though.

  • Yeah, resizing is something I thought about working into it.
    – Sampson
    Commented Jul 21, 2009 at 15:12
  • You can manually set the height in the json-css located within the script.
    – Sampson
    Commented Jul 21, 2009 at 15:22
  • Ug, that javascript stuff scares me...
    – jjnguy
    Commented Jul 21, 2009 at 15:25

Not to toot my own horn, but this thing really is awesome. I'm finding it easy to jump back to questions I've recently answered just by clicking the toggle-bar, and looking to the top of my "Answers" list. I can see which favorites were recently updated by looking to the top of my favorites list, and the same goes for questions I've asked. This is great!

  • I think you did toot your own horn a bit, but it's ok, as this does look great! So +1. I like seeing which of my favourite questions have new answers/edits, and the search/filter thing works really smoothly.
    – Jonik
    Commented Jul 22, 2009 at 15:54

Looks and works good, although doesn't work in GreaseKit (safari).

One recommendation I have is using a better search algorithm. Exact matching can get gruesome when you have a lot of questions/answers. I find the quicksilver search/sort algorithm to be particularly good, which was ported to jQuery by John Resig himself. It will make your code a bit longer, but will greatly improve searching for power-users, who are probably more likely to use this anyways.


A feature request :) Could you add some more info about the recently changed questions..?

Now the tooltip shows the start of the question, but I think far more interesting would be the start of the most recent (or most recently edited) answer. And, at least, it would be useful to see who made the most recent change and when. For example "jul 15 at 10:18 Roubachof" like on the favourites page - this could IMHO be shown all the time (i.e. not in the tooltip) somewhere near the question title, maybe in slightly smaller font and another colour.


Love the script, but I found it hung a few times waiting for a response from your server, so I inlined the images. I couldn't figure out how to reuse the loading image so added it three 3 times. Happy to post the update if you'd like.


I have a slight problem with this script. I modded it to show 300 items per (what can i say? i ask and favorite a lot of stuff) and it always seems to be spinning for my questions...


Doesn't work for me. I made sure to restart and add the sites, but I don't see anything

  • Look at the very bottom of your monitor...no new bar showed up?
    – Sampson
    Commented Feb 15, 2010 at 4:58
  • Worked on Windows, will try again on Mac later
    – Casebash
    Commented Feb 16, 2010 at 0:23

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