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June 15, 2013 9:27 AM   Subscribe

Internet slideshows got you down? Deslide!*

Examples:
Cracked: "27 Insane (But True) Early Versions of Famous Characters": Original, Deslided
Salon: "Turmoil and tear gas in Istanbul’s Gezi Park" Original, Deslided
Slate: "Vintage Typing Machines" Original, Deslided

The Pernicious Myth That Slideshows Drive Traffic
Secret Meeting Has 'Washington Post' Buzzing As paper struggles, big-name journalists meet with the paper's top business exec - "Accounts of the evening that are making the rounds suggest it was hardly comforting to their journalistic souls. Hills was said to have shocked with remarks that awards "don't matter," urged more traffic-driving slideshows over original Post photos"

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posted by the man of twists and turns (35 comments total) 87 users marked this as a favorite

 
sweet. Now I can go through all the CNBC slideshows.
posted by stbalbach at 9:33 AM on June 15, 2013


This is a sanity saver.
posted by arcticseal at 9:49 AM on June 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


This is the second best thing I've learned about on Metafilter.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 9:53 AM on June 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


It used to be cool to post Coral Cache links here to help sites from being slammed (why did we stop?)

Maybe it can become cool to add a [deslided] link in posts linking to pagepimp sites. Everybody wins!

/me gets to work on a Greasemonkey script
posted by sidereal at 9:59 AM on June 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


Yes.

Yes.

YES.
posted by DU at 9:59 AM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


It isn't even pagepimp sites, though, which is the super annoying thing. It's sites that have all the images on one page, but stacked in time instead of space. You have to keep clicking "next next next next" and can only view one at a time and WHY WOULD EVEN CRIPPLE ME THAT WAY IT GAINS YOU NOTHING

Also, it doesn't work with Make Magazine's blog, which makes me very sad. I was hoping I could momentarily reverse their ever-dis-improving site with this.
posted by DU at 10:04 AM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


That said, I just noticed for the first time that Make as a "view all" button that rotates the slideshow out of time back into space. A tiny victory against the forces of dumb!
posted by DU at 10:05 AM on June 15, 2013


Sweet! Will it help me lose belly fat?
posted by whistle pig at 10:13 AM on June 15, 2013


Conde Nast hates this!
posted by sidereal at 10:16 AM on June 15, 2013 [6 favorites]


Seems to work okay with this scrumptious looking (and deslidified) BuzzFeed post: 31 Eggs in Exciting Holes.

From the original: "The phrase 'exciting holes' might speak to you in a way that’s not related to food. I’m OK with that."

(Sadly, you have to click on the original Buzzfeed link to get the links back to the actual recipes.)

Anyhoo, very cool tool! Thanks for posting this.
posted by marsha56 at 10:23 AM on June 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


And comes with bookmarklet? Übercool!
posted by fredludd at 10:35 AM on June 15, 2013


Slideshows are indeed the worst thing ever. Ugh. And most of them are knowingly abusive of online advertising systems.
posted by GuyZero at 11:19 AM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Woooo!!!!!!
posted by windykites at 11:20 AM on June 15, 2013


Sites seem to have gotten wise to the fact that some people like slideshows/multipages, and some people don't: I see more and more "View Single Page" links these days, on prominent sites that rely on ad views. (I can imagine the meeting room arguments between the UX people and the ad people, whew).

Maybe desliding will eventually work its way into user choices too, as a variant of "View Single Page".
posted by sidereal at 11:36 AM on June 15, 2013


Mr. Yuck: "This is the second best thing I've learned about on Metafilter."

Other than me. I know, I know, but it is SO hard for me to be humble about myself.

(Although, seriously, what was the other?)

And this is MOST cool! Cheers, TMOTAT!
posted by Samizdata at 11:44 AM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh, and who's the housewife?
posted by Samizdata at 11:48 AM on June 15, 2013


Very excellent! I love all the cool things the computers and internets can do, but sometimes you just want simplicity, you know?

(Although, seriously, what was the other?)

READABILITY CHANGED MY LIFE. Seriously. Although I can't speak for Mr. Yuck.
posted by polly_dactyl at 11:53 AM on June 15, 2013


Conde Nast hates this!

Conde Nasty hates fun in general as far as I can tell.
posted by mephron at 12:22 PM on June 15, 2013


I hate slideshows with the passion of 3k Naga Viper peppers applied to severe sunburn.
posted by BlueHorse at 12:30 PM on June 15, 2013


That's pretty passionate.
posted by DU at 12:36 PM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ditto to Readability.com. It does what I've been doing with client-side scripting for years.

/derail
posted by sidereal at 12:42 PM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yes! It wrangles the New Yorker Cartoons from the Issue just fine! Conde Nasty, you are now MY bitch.
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:43 PM on June 15, 2013


[Start]

T [next]

h [next]

a [next]

n [next]

k [next]

s [next]

! [end]
posted by wensink at 2:23 PM on June 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Tools like this should be built into the browser. HTML was originally intended to essentially hint towards display formatting allowing resizing and to some extent reflowing, to get the information most effective presentation per viewer.
posted by sammyo at 3:03 PM on June 15, 2013


I hope this will work on ipad.
posted by bz at 3:27 PM on June 15, 2013


Excellent. Hopefully a Firefox plugin coming soon?
posted by zardoz at 4:16 PM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Similar, but only for Television without Pity reviews: TwoP-1pager: plug a multi-page review/interview/whatnot in here, and it spits out a single page view.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:14 PM on June 15, 2013


That. is. fabulous. (and about 15 minutes too late for that incredibly irritating slideshow I just worked my way through. Click.... wait.... scroll down a bit to get past the ads to look at picture..... scroll down further to read the explanation.... scroll down further to get past more ads.... carefully click the tiny, tiny 'Next' button instead of the giant adjacent advertisement.... sigh loudly.... repeat 40 times)
posted by kjs4 at 7:02 AM on June 16, 2013


The Onion has been doing some pretty good takedowns of the slide show genre lately. For example. (Also, here's a NSFW one.)
posted by klausness at 7:51 AM on June 16, 2013


I find closing the tab an effective way to deal with slideshows.
posted by delmoi at 9:12 AM on June 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


(Although, seriously, what was the other?)

Some heavily favorited explanation of how to properly dispose of dead bodies.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 10:27 AM on June 16, 2013


As someone for whom forty clicks is a significant and problematic energy expenditure, I love this.
posted by jocelmeow at 10:30 AM on June 16, 2013


marsha56: "Seems to work okay with this scrumptious looking (and deslidified) BuzzFeed post: 31 Eggs in Exciting Holes."

Thanks to marsha's link and deslidifier, everyone in my family got french toast with eggs in holes for Father's Day!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:52 AM on June 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


(Also, here's a NSFW one.)

Umm...
posted by mysterpigg at 10:28 AM on June 17, 2013


LongURL: 'Find out where links really take you.'
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:16 PM on July 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


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