Userscripts.org has been down for more than three days as of today. In case you did not know, it is a popular directory for so-called userscripts which you can install in web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to add, change or remove functionality from websites.
Even though its quality has deteriorated in recent time, it is still the go-to website for userscripts for many Internet users.
Especially spam and malicious script were pushed to the website regularly, and since it did not take much to get promoted on the frontpage, often ended up being installed by users who visited the website.
The userscripts.org team has not posted any information why the site is not available, which means that it could be anything from a denial of service attack over successful hacks to hardware errors or the shut down of the site.
Several issues are associated with the downtime. For one, there is no mirror of the site. If it is really gone, then a lot of userscripts that were only hosted on it are gone forever.
There are however alternative sites available that provide you with access to scripts. None is as big as the Userscripts.org website though which means that the selection of scripts is limited in comparison.
Read the rest of Martin Brinkmann's article HERE
Alternate sites for handy scripts - from links in the ghacks article:
There's also MonkeyGuts.com.
If you follow the link to Martin Brinkmann's article, from my original post, you will see that he has included that info:
Update: It seems possible to access the site using this address: http://userscripts.org:8080/
Since Userscripts is pretty much down except for a weird hacky way to get to the old site... it's probably best to stay far away from it.
Those user scripts have access to your entire browsing session after all. Don't bank and script.
I know people talk about malicious scripts being posted on Userscripts, and I've only used a couple myself -- but I had no idea that --
I was wondering if you could elaborate a bit on that for the purposes of education those - such as myself - who are unaware of the downsides to using scripts.
Also - I'd be interested to hear your opinion of those alternative sites, which some people are touting as places to find "safe" scripts.
Scripts and browser extensions generally have access to everything you're looking at on the page, and everything in the background as well.
So if you install an extension or a script, it has access to all the same things you have access to.
Unless you really trust the person making that script or extension, you should avoid.
Thanks very much Lowell - and for the link to that article which I obviously missed when it was originally published.
I only use a couple of scripts - but like many Firefox users have a number of extensions and add-ons to customize the browser to my liking...all of which have been downloaded only from the Mozilla add-on page.
But this is good to know.
Thanks very much!
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