How do I get that damn-blasted Tweets button off my screen? I don't want it there. I never asked for it. As far as I can see, the only thing it does is block the left side of my screen, covering other things that I do want to see. Not everyone is a tweetaholic. If this is an example of the "improvements" Brother Richard has been bragging about, I want no part of it. HOW DO I TURN THE FUCKING THING OFF?????

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Comment by Stephen Goldin on December 10, 2009 at 1:15am
Wow, Sacha. How did you ever decipher that I'm really Osama bin Laden in disguise?

Thank you for saving me thousands of dollars in psychologist bills. Well, I'll go back and huddle in my cave now.
Comment by sacha on December 9, 2009 at 10:36pm
You are quite rude. My guess is that you never learned to speak with respect, and most likely once you do comment on something, no one wants to accommodate you. Truly there is no excuse for your behaviour. You expect to be asked your opinion for anything that changes on this site? Wow, you must be a miserable person who feels as though the world owes them something because if you feel that strongly about a little Twitter rectangle on a very well run, user-friendly, and free site, I imagine that you are angry about a lot of things, a lot of the time, and I feel as though everyone so far has been too nice to you in regards to this irrational post, you don't deserve any response until you learn to inquire nicely.
Comment by Stephen Goldin on December 9, 2009 at 6:30pm
Because my eyesight is going, I have to use a resolution of 832x624, which is lower than a lot of people use, I know. My screen isn't wide enough to fit everything in, and when I scroll to the right, the floating button goes along so that it does obscure what I'm trying to look at. My vision is bad enough on its own without having something deliberately insert itself in the way and obscuring what I'm trying to read.

But I don't think my screen resolution should matter. I fail to see why this couldn't have been a simple non-floating button along the top bar where you have such buttons as "My Page," "Members," "Forum," etc. Someone made a conscious decision to make the button always float on the screen. It did not occur naturally. I'm not questioning the feature itself, I'm questioning the by-fiat decision that it always has to be in-my-face. If I want to check Events, Blogs, or Photos, I can scroll to the top of the page and click on the bar there. Why not put Tweets there as well?
Comment by The Nexus Group on December 9, 2009 at 5:48pm
As we don't have the money to individually program additions, we are dependent on all or nothing software. As from the beginning we have tried a few things that have stuck and others that have not. As far as this thing in concerned, we will see what others say. It is temporary at the moment. I am amazed that it is causing you such pain and frustration.

If you can't upgrade your browser, it might have something to do with the size of your monitor and your screen resolution. On both computers I tested this on, it doesn't cover any of the content of Nexus. It is fully contained in the border. If I knew it was going to obscure anything, I would not have tried it out.
Comment by Stephen Goldin on December 9, 2009 at 5:32pm
I'm glad you appreciate my politeness, Brother Richard, just as I would have appreciated being asked, "Do you want to have a button obscuring things you're trying to read on the left side of your screen, or would you rather have a choice in the matter?"

I'm not against Twitter per se; it can be an effective communications tool. But as long as we're talking about being polite, you could have sent out an email (as you did the other day), saying words to the effect of "To upgrade the timeliness of our internal communications, we're adding a feature that lets us notify people by Twitter of up-to-the-minute notifications. You'll notice along the top bar of every page a new Tweets button to bring you the latest information whenever you want it."

Freedom of choice. Isn't that what A|N is about? I find that button as it currently is intrusive, obnoxious and annoying. I feel it's been forced down my throat, much like church elders tell their flock "You have to read the Bible because it's good for you, and you should be grateful we're providing it to you."

By the way, you never did answer the question. How can I get rid of the floating button? Or is that impossible? Am I stuck with it forever and ever, amen, because someone else decided it was good for my soul?
Comment by Stephen Goldin on December 9, 2009 at 4:56pm
Thanks for the support, Grundgetta. Atheist|Nexus should be about more freedom of choice, not less.
Comment by The Nexus Group on December 9, 2009 at 4:55pm
Stephen, it is so nice of you to politely ask if there was a way to remove the tweet button. It warms my heart to know my brags are so greatly appreciated.

From those who have commented, you are the only one who doesn't like it so far. It is going to be used to keep people up to date on real time events, news, etc. Ironically, members who aren't "tweetaholics" don't have to join Twitter to read them.

So for the moment, I recommend trying to implement the simple and free improvements others have offered.
Comment by Stephen Goldin on December 9, 2009 at 4:43pm
Thanks for the suggestion, T.N., but AddBlockPlus doesn't seem to be compatible with my browser (Firefox 2.0 on OpenSUSE Linux...and no, I can't seem to get later versions of Firefox installed, either).

And that's really beside the point. Something like a floating tweets button should be an opt-in feature, or even better as a non-floating button across the top bar that you could choose whether to press or not. Imagine how upset everyone here would be if there was a floating button "Tell me more about how Jesus can save me" permanently obscuring the left-hand side of the screen. I find it very offensive not to be given a choice in the matter, or be forced to resort to outside software to get rid of something I don't want and never asked for.
Comment by Little Name Atheist on December 9, 2009 at 4:43pm
I'm holding out for Grunter, where people only post monosyllables.

I don't see any way to turn it off other than using Firefox and Adblock Stephen, but hopefully more savvy people will see this and comment.



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