First, an apology: Recently lots of hacks have been broken, as a result of the massive changes happening to the Your Etsy area of the site. I’ve fixed a bunch of them, but there are still some that are gone. I’m working on them when I can, but unfortunately hacks have a habit of getting broken right when I have no time to work on them. I also have an almost overwhelming number of emails to reply to.
Some of you have reported that some of the “fixed” hacks haven’t been working for you. There are a few things you can try:
make sure you have the latest version
Greasemonkey has a terrible habit of using browser-cached versions of the scripts when you tell it to install. This can often lead to you installing the last version you installed, rather than the latest one.
The simplest thing to do is to clear your cache before upgrading. However, if you really want to avoid all doubt, scroll down on the hack’s page to the “release history” section - each link in there links to a specific version of the hack, and clicking it will install that version. So, find the very latest version, and install that one.
clear the decks
Sometimes when hacks break, they break your stored data. Upgrading doesn’t always fix that broken data. I’m referring specifically to Sold Orders Plus here, which I know a lot of people have had trouble with lately. What you can do in this case is clear out all the data, and start over. It’s not 100% guaranteed, but worth a try if you’ve verified you’re on the latest version and it’s still not behaving.
(Note that doing the following steps with the Forum Wrangler hack will make it forget all your forum-browsing history, and it won’t easily get that back. I don’t think it’s necessary to do it for Forum Wrangler, and just want to make that really, really clear.)
So, to go for the “clear the decks” approach:
- In Firefox, go to Tools > Greasemonkey > Manage User Scripts
- Select the hack (typically Sold Orders Plus) in the column on the left side of the box that pops up.
- Check the “Also uninstall associated preferences” checkbox down at the bottom.
- Click the “Uninstall” button.
- Go back to the hack page and click the install button (paying attention to the notes on cached versions above) and install the hack.
- Do whatever hack setup steps you need to do (according to the hack’s page).
For Sold Orders Plus, those steps are:
- Go to http://www.etsy.com/your/listings/sold.
- Go to Tools > Greasemonkey > User Script Commands > Import all sales data
- Wait, patiently. Sometimes Firefox will pop up an “unresponsive script” box while importing. The script isn’t unresponsive, just really busy. Click “continue” and let it do its work.
That should be it. See http://www.etsyhacks.com/greasemonkey/sold_orders_plus/ for more details, screenshots, etc.