Disable Slack Wysiwyg

Disable Slack Wysiwyg

UPDATE (2019-12-18): The script this extension is based on no longer works (you should use the no markup setting instead). Slack used to have the ability to use markdown in their text. This extension fixes that.

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What is Disable Slack Wysiwyg?

Disable Slack Wysiwyg is a Firefox add-on that disables the WYSIWYG text input widget implemented by Slack, allowing users to use markdown in their text for a better user experience.

Stats date:
Users: 9 ▼ -1
Rating: 5.00 (3)
Version: 0.1.1 (Last updated: 2019-11-21)
Creation date: 2019-11-21
Weekly download count: NaN
Firefox on Android: No
Manifest version: 2
Size: 18.75K
Email: Click to see
URLs: Website
Risk impact: Moderate risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood

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Not available on Edge

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UPDATE (2019-12-18): The script this extension is based on no longer works (as of Slack version hash 0756f06a6f0457de4e355149a4321a9abb8befa5). For more information (or to help fix this), read the issue: https://github.com/kfahy/slack-disable-wysiwyg-bookmarklet/issues/27.

Disables Slack Wysiwyg 'Feature'.


Slack used to have the ability to use markdown in their text. They changed this permanently for all users without the ability to go back. Per Arthur O’Dwyer on his blog entry that was posted on [Hacker News](https://quuxplusone.github.io/blog/2019/11/20/slack-rich-text-box/) on 2019-11-20):

> Slack has just recently rolled out a “WYSIWYG text input” widget to its Web browser interface. (Apparently, the phased rollout started at the beginning of November 2019, but it’s just now starting to hit the workspaces that I participate in.) The user experience of using this new input method is really, really, really bad.

Inspired by the 2 Hacker News articles today: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21589647, https://github.com/kfahy/slack-disable-wysiwyg-bookmarklet

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User reviews
by Passit, 2019-11-27

Thank you! This extension makes slack usable again. Looks like I need to use the browser version for a while.

Works amazing! Just install it and it works in the background. First I tried to find a button to "click", not needed. It just works (:
by chl, 2019-11-22
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Risk impact

Disable Slack Wysiwyg may not be safe to use and it requires some risky permissions. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing.

Risk likelihood

Disable Slack Wysiwyg has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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