Removing the Quiz stories from the Facebook homepage

Although it has some quirks such as some missing links, the new Facebook design works for me. One of the things I quite dig is the new homepage, showing me what’s going on in my friends circle. However, there’s a problem with that live-lifestream … some of the info contained (mainly those darn quizzes) is just irrelevant to me. Therefore I’ve knocked up a GreaseMonkey script which removes the quizzes from the Facebook homepage.

Installation is pretty straightforward:

From now on (until Facebook redesigns again that is) the quizzes (both current ones as future ones) won’t bother you anymore 🙂

Update 2009.03.23

If you want to block that rather new “Pick your five”-thing, add the code below on line 38 of the GM_BRAMUS.facebook.homepage.noquiz file:

forbiden_strings.push("What are yours?");

Note: GM_BRAMUS.facebook.homepage.noquiz is inspired upon quiz stories remover which unfortunately did not work for me.

Published by Bramus!

Bramus is a frontend web developer from Belgium, working as a Chrome Developer Relations Engineer at Google. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since (more …)

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  1. Thanks for the tip. I’m not really a fan of the new design myself, but I’ve noticed that Facebook have given in to some of the user pressure and have reverted back some of the old features.

    – John

  2. This isn’t working for me as of 4/10/09.

    It’s simply deleting every single item in my feed after 1 second or so. My feed is now blank. I verified that toggling the script off returns my page to normal. I am also running the firefox extension “Boost for Facebook” too which recolors a few things and adds blowing pics up to full size on mouse-over. I wonder if that’s the culprit?

  3. Brandon,

    I have uploaded an updated version that fixes this issue which got introduced ever since Facebook changed something in their HTML output.


  4. Love this script! The spelling-error is a sad thing though… “forbidden” beats “forbiden” 😛

    Wish I could actually enjoy this script, but firefox seems a bit ill, crashes about twice a day. Chrome never does that 🙂

  5. That quizzes thing had pissed me off. Glad that that I found your blog I won’t be bother anymore by this useless quizzes stories. Thank you for this post!

  6. Great script, some quizzes are still getting through, but overall: great job!

  7. All you need to do is hide the apps and quizzes as the quizzes roll in, and you’ll never see that quiz again. Works for me, all I have on my page is just the personal stuff, no “Mafia Wars” or “What kind of flower are you” type stuff. You can just use the tools that are already there…

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