A NoScript user nicknamed hewee just wrote on the forum:

A couple weeks back I was on a site that had so much going on and that flash box was so small that I right clicked on the placeholder and clicked "Open Link in New Window". This has worked on almost all flash games and the best part is the game window size is bigger or full screen so you can see things so much better.

When, some months ago, I changed the behavior of plugin content placeholders to be more link-like, the main intentions were allowing other tools like FlashGot to transparently process the blocked content URL as a part of the document, and letting users right-click and choose "Save Link As...".

Looks like I missed the most obvious and funny side-effect: click this link, middle-click the Flash placeholder, left-click the placeholder filling the new tab... et voilà, full window game!

Users discovering unintended but nice usages for your creature is always exciting, in the true spirit of hacking :)
Thank you hewee!

7 Responses to “Welcome Misuses”

  1. #1 Ben says:

    That's a lot easier than going through the source and pasting the URL. I've gotta try this with DTD and Filler.

  2. #2 Aerik says:


    if you have Adblock Plus installed and have tabs put over objects/flash, you could just middle-click the tab and open the object/flash in a new tab, or right-click and select "open in new tab".... Been doin that for a long time. Or to easily download with flashgot before noscript had clickable placeholders.

  3. #3 Giorgio says:

    right, but AB+ tabs cannot work where JavaScript is disabled.
    Anyway I was just happy for users hacking NoScript, rather than the (still useful) functionality itself ;)

  4. #4 Aerik says:

    Well I also use a greasemonkey userscript called "videoembed". After every link to a youtube/metacafe/google video/etc. video page (for example, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whatever or http://www.youtube/v/whatever"), the video is automatically embedded just under the link. The consequence is that you can get a lot of embedded flash videos even with javascript disabled.

    It doesn't seem that useful for any kind of 'hacking' purpose, but you can right-click and copy link location on either the noscript placeholder or the ab+ tab and every youtube embed url can easily be rearranged into the viewing page. http://www.youtube.com/v/x = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x. I don't have to visit the youtube page at all if I decide I want to social bookmark the vid (or make a regular bookmark) to del.icio.us, reddit, digg or whatever. Or say if I'm surfing while simultaneously chatting, I like the video and want to share it in the chat, makes it nice and quick, dont have to load that youtube page with a gazillion asinine comments and "related videos" that in fact are not.

  5. #5 jonAthAn says:

    I love the security of noscript. I do have a question. how does one enable trusted toolbar plugins. i unchecked forbid plugins, but jiwire toolbar still fails to launch.
    is there a workAround?

  6. #6 Ninja says:

    Didn't work for me. It tries to download the flash.cab file. And your captcha just gave me the most impossible word ever.

  7. #7 noname says:

    if there's swf in page, proxo puts a few buttons in the middle of an empty box. one is a fwd arrow, one is a floppy (direct link to save), i forget the other icon :-)
    whats uniquely obnoxious about adobe flashplayer (plugin) is their screwball online privacy/spyware settings.

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