Open Library pull-down menus issue

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04 Nov, 2017 10:58 PM

There seems to be an issue (with the javascripting?) at Pull-down menus do not work at all (when clicked on, the menu items appear, but selecting one has no effect), making the site unusable. I contacted openlibrary, and they merely offered the standard advice of clearing cookies and reloading, which did not resolve the issue. Anyone else encounter this, and can it be fixed?

Thanks for feedback and (hopefully) resolution!


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 05 Nov, 2017 06:55 AM

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    Carn, do you mean , if you click where indicated in the attached image, it has no effect? This works for me. If you mean something else, please specify.

  2. 2 Posted by Carn on 05 Nov, 2017 12:00 PM

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    Hi Chris,Yes, that's right, if I click on  BROWSE - MY BOOKS or MORE at the top, nothing happens. If I click on TITLE next to those, I see the items in a pull-down menu (AUTHOR - SUBJECT, etc.) but I am unable to select any of them.The fact that I wasn't able to choose the category from the pull-down menu on the TFF tenderapp page leads me to suspect that this issue may involve such menus generally, and I just haven't noticed because there are few such menus in the relatively few sites I visit in TFF.I tried disabling AdBlock, NoScript, and ShareMeNot, to no effect. Any other suggestions? (Oh, and how can I recover my tenderapp pw??)Thanks!
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  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 05 Nov, 2017 12:57 PM

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    This is very likely a JavaScript issue. There might be some residue left from NoScript or other add-ons that interferes with JavaScript even if you disable the add-ons. It may help to uninstall the add-ons completely, or look through about:config for any "noscript" entries and delete them, or "refresh" TenFourFox (Help>Troubleshooting Information), or just create a new browser profile.

    Regarding your password, see here

  4. 4 Posted by Brian Szemon on 06 Nov, 2017 03:18 AM

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    I have no problem using this site what plugins may you have running?

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 06 Nov, 2017 01:15 PM

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    If Chris' solution doesn't work, my next advice would be a profile reset (see "How to reset your profile" at the bottom right). There might be a stuck setting that's causing trouble, since you mentioned the problem may be more general for you.

  6. 6 Posted by Carn on 07 Nov, 2017 07:36 AM

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    Problem Solved!

    Opening in Safe Mode didn't do the trick, so I went ahead and did a profile reset, and so far things seem to be working as expected. Thanks, Chris and Cameron!

    I'm curious if other TFF users are using privacy/security add-ons like NoScript, AdBlockPlus, ShareMeNot, and Ghostery?I think a lot of the (painful!) slowness I experience with TFF is due to these extensions. Given that my Safari 3.0.4 is getting blocked so frequently now with ubiquitous https, it might make sense to now make TFF my day-to-day browser, though that can only realistically be done if I do not slow it down with these burdensome add-ons. Any opinions on this matter?

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 08 Nov, 2017 02:38 AM

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    Certainly extensions can be a source of performance problems, especially ones that need to check on every site. The trick is to find an adblocker/spyblocker that, by blocking expensive ad and analytics scripts from running, gives you a net win over its own overhead.

    In my personal experience, uBlock Origin and Bluhell Firewall seem to be much lighter than the ones you're using, though they may also not be as comprehensive. Chris might have some additional suggestions. Ultimately it's a factor of how much privacy you want versus how much overhead you're willing to put up with.

  8. 8 Posted by Brian Szemon on 08 Nov, 2017 05:23 AM

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    Carn I use uBlock Origin it runs in TFF allot better the ABP and that's it also have tweaked some setting in about:config but that user dependent.

  9. Support Staff 9 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 11 Nov, 2017 04:43 PM

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    I use a combination of uBlock Origin and YesScript. YesScript is a very simple blacklist style JS blocker, as opposed to the whitelist approach of NoScript, which I find too complicated for daily use. Most beneficial for performance, however, was the switch from Adblock Plus to uBlock Origin. Hints for even better performance: Disable cosmetic filtering and only use filter lists that are a) relevant for your browsing habits and b) don't duplicate other active filter lists.

  10. 10 Posted by Carn on 13 Nov, 2017 04:51 AM

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    Thank you for the replies! I have not had a chance to install anything new, so TFF is bare-bones at the moment (and much more usable as a result!), but I will slowly introduce the add-ons that have been suggested and see how I fare with those.

    One of the drawbacks/benefits of still using my ancient Safari 3 is that it constantly brings up, on any page with a facebook like button, an annoying dialog box asking to approve the connection to facebook (which I always deny). Is there a way in TFF to permanently deny any such connection attempts to facebook?

    (OT to this discussion, but just wanted to state that I was just now pleasantly surprised by a youtube video that unexpectedly began playing within my browser! How long has this feature been active? And what is the video format playing? Can it be true that I don't have to download youtube vids from download sites to watch them any more?! Anyway, great work, guys!)

  11. Support Staff 11 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 13 Nov, 2017 10:25 AM

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    >Is there a way in TFF to permanently deny any such connection attempts to facebook?
    If you use Fanboy's Annoyance List (or any other social block list) in Adblock Plus or uBlock you will be spared such connections.

    Youtube videos play as Web.m in TenFourFox.

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