Is there some way of disabling that annoying "share a link to this hot question to earn the publicist badge" message that keeps popping up all the time?!? (I don't use Facebook or Twitter, and I'm not the least interested in earning the publicist badge.)

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    $\begingroup$ +1. The site is slowly becoming a mess of things that popup at you... I have still to find use of any of those things! $\endgroup$ Jan 18, 2011 at 1:56
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    $\begingroup$ +1, I never knew what this popup could be good for. If I want to link to a question, then I know what I have to do. $\endgroup$ Jan 18, 2011 at 12:06

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I got tired of seeing this pop-up, so I killed it.

Edit the user stylesheet for your browser (for me it was userContent.css); there are tons of tutorials online for where to find this for your OS/browser.

Add a line:

.share-tip {display:none!important;}

Restart your browser and you shouldn't see the pop-up any more.

Note: Jeff Atwood has said it's fine for me to post these instructions. Some people have been surprised that I even bothered to ask, but I have been banned for similar things at other sites.


A data point: as of right now, it seems that no one has been awarded the coveted publicist badge...

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    $\begingroup$ Over at stackoverflow it has been awarded 4 times, but this is also the only badge awarded 10 times or less. $\endgroup$ Jan 18, 2011 at 20:55
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    $\begingroup$ right, it is also one of the newest badges $\endgroup$ Jan 20, 2011 at 21:31
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    $\begingroup$ Can you estimate how many times the popup has been shown? It'd be interesting to know the conversión rate $\endgroup$ Jan 20, 2011 at 21:42

This <div> only appears on "hot" questions

  • on page load, while they are hot
  • after upvoting a hot question

In both cases, there is only about a 20% chance of the event happening.

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    $\begingroup$ I understand that, but I would still like the chance to be 0%. An active user of the site is much more likely to look at "hot" questions than cold ones, and then this popup appears way more often than what is tolerable (IMHO). $\endgroup$ Jan 18, 2011 at 10:19

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