I see that the new feature of a profile popup for a user of sufficient rep rep $\geq 1000$ appearing when one mouses over the user's Gravatar has been implemented. My thinking is that I am not that lazy to not visit the user's profile page if I am interested in learning more about him/her, so this popup is rather annoying.

Is there a way to add a user setting for enabling/disabling this?

  • $\begingroup$ Maybe you can tweak one of the scripts mentioned here (I don't know how, but would love to know) $\endgroup$
    – t.b.
    Sep 1, 2011 at 6:27
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    $\begingroup$ @Theo: Oh joy, Greasemonkey. I could, but I sure wish I didn't have to... :( $\endgroup$ Sep 1, 2011 at 6:29
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    $\begingroup$ <rant> I have nothing against that info being displayed on request, by clicking, or, say, by increasing the wait-time to 5 seconds. However as is, we'll soon have reached the point where there is no safe zone for your mouse pointer anymore when scrolling vertically. If only the hate of meta tags extended to the unsolicited display of meta-info. </rant> $\endgroup$
    – t.b.
    Sep 1, 2011 at 6:34
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    $\begingroup$ One particular annoying side effect of this is that one can no longer easily cut and paste a username because as soon as the mouse hovers near it, one gets the popup. I used to use this to copy usernames not easy to type (e.g. with accent characters) $\endgroup$ Sep 1, 2011 at 14:52
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    $\begingroup$ @Bill: You can still use copy and paste within the popup. But I agree that it's not as convenient as before. $\endgroup$ Sep 2, 2011 at 10:53
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    $\begingroup$ @Bill: You can copy usernames if you approach the name from the right side -- the annoying pop up seems to appear only if you hover over the icon/gravatar, not the username itself. $\endgroup$ Sep 3, 2011 at 3:19
  • $\begingroup$ @Shr Indeed, that workaround does the trick - although it is a bit more cumbersome than pre-popup. Thanks. $\endgroup$ Sep 3, 2011 at 3:29

3 Answers 3


They've just changed the behaviour; the popup only appears when you hover over the gravatar. I find this makes the whole thing a lot less annoying. See How does the User Card popup work?

  • $\begingroup$ That's a great development! $\endgroup$ Sep 3, 2011 at 9:36
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    $\begingroup$ That's better. What's still annoying is that if I start copying a username (from right-to-left to avoid the popup) it's still difficult to avoid hitting the popup. The popup should be disabled if one is in the middle of a copy operation. $\endgroup$ Sep 3, 2011 at 17:41
  • $\begingroup$ @Bill: For me it behaves exactly as you rightly propose: if I copy from right to left, the the popup doesn't appear, even if I move the mouse pointer too far to the left. $\endgroup$ Sep 3, 2011 at 23:40

If you don't want the Gravatar in your user card to be, as Theo puts it, "hover-dangerous", here's a hackish way of making it so:

From this meta.SO question, there is the line

...we support explicitly specifying your user card excerpt summary using the following syntax:

<!-- summary: This is my profile, there are others like it but this one is mine. -->

What I did for my profile was to insert

<!-- summary: &nbsp; -->

before all the other stuff showing up in my profile (I suppose any other non-displaying character but a space would do, as plain <!-- summary: --> doesn't work). You can go check that nothing pops up anymore when you hover your mouse pointer over my Gravatar.

(Of course, this is a per-user thing, so still not a good solution...)


After peering through the HTML (sigh), apparently this new bit is called user-menu; I suppose this straightforward modification of Simon Brown's script might work:

var style = document.createElement("style");
style.type = "text/css";
style.textContent = "#user-menu { visibility: hidden !important; }";

Any willing Guinea pigs there? (For reasons I don't want to elaborate on, Greasemonkey is giving me headaches on my box.)

  • $\begingroup$ P.S. (The only answer I'll be accepting is an answer pointing out a user-settable option linked to somewhere in the profile page...) $\endgroup$ Sep 1, 2011 at 7:14
  • $\begingroup$ I think that if your profile is incomplete you don't get a popup. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Sep 1, 2011 at 7:21
  • $\begingroup$ Mine is incomplete, but there's still a popup on my Gravatar... $\endgroup$ Sep 1, 2011 at 7:22
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    $\begingroup$ Cool! It works... almost. now only the Gravatar pops up (I don't know how to capture my mouse pointer that was right between your eyes). $\endgroup$
    – t.b.
    Sep 1, 2011 at 7:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Theo, JM: It is strange because Theo doesn't have a popup, but me and JM do. Perhaps something with the "About" text? $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Sep 1, 2011 at 7:53
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf: that's what I would have guessed, too, but Jeff Atwood has about-stuff but doesn't have a popup. $\endgroup$
    – t.b.
    Sep 1, 2011 at 7:55
  • $\begingroup$ @Theo: And moderators can edit comments even past the five minutes limit. Those with power can enjoy a bit more... it is the law of nature. :-P $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Sep 1, 2011 at 7:57
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf: Right, the popup only appears if the info text is long enough. I don't know exactly what qualifies as "long enough". $\endgroup$ Sep 1, 2011 at 8:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Theo: could you try appending div.um-gravatar.style.visibility = 'hidden' to the script? $\endgroup$ Sep 1, 2011 at 8:29
  • $\begingroup$ Done; I tried inserting it in various places but no matter where I insert it, it breaks the script completely, i.e., the entire popup appears (also when I add a semicolon at the end of the line). By the way: did you notice the fancy shadow the hover-dangerous gravatars now have instead of a white triangle? :) $\endgroup$
    – t.b.
    Sep 1, 2011 at 8:38
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @Theo. At the very least, I now know that the element displaying the Gravatar in the popup is div.um-gravatar; I'm not too motivated to look into my CSS refs to see what should really be done, and I hope somebody with better scripting ability comes along to modify what I've written. Sorry for the trouble. $\endgroup$ Sep 1, 2011 at 8:42
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, it's already much better this way, I can live with that. It's also a bit counterproductive to work against the higher-ups by trying to circumvent the scripts they're just about to install. I'm sure a script will soon appear on stackapps. $\endgroup$
    – t.b.
    Sep 1, 2011 at 8:44
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    $\begingroup$ Bleh, I should really be noting the SE engine versions when I complain about "features"; we're apparently now at rev 2011.9.1.2; so I suppose that white triangle in 2011.9.1.1 was removed... $\endgroup$ Sep 1, 2011 at 8:44
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    $\begingroup$ @Asaf The requirements are that the user's "About Me" section must have at least a certain length (a few sentences is usually sufficient), and that the user have at least 1000 reputation. $\endgroup$
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Sep 2, 2011 at 13:47
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf: to add to Grace's note (heh. :)), Arturo has a pop-up, so I suppose the character length required of "About Me" for a corresponding popup isn't that long... $\endgroup$ Sep 2, 2011 at 15:06

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