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This will be a short diary about the symptom of video embeds at DailyKos recently autoplaying for so many folks.

I don't have all the answers, but do have some "cures" to consider from various sources at the site.  This is intended as a group-help diary, so please bring your ideas to the comments section and I'll try to integrate workable ideas into updates to this diary.

More below Aunt Flossie's hairdo . . .

Does your web browser exhibit video autoplay symptoms at DailyKos.com?


If you open this diary and the video plays automatically against your wishes, this diary may be relevant to your interests.

Similarly, consider testing with these posted videos to check for video autoplay symptoms.

Below are minor browser configuration changes to consider which will hopefully prevent the video autoplay symptom from reoccuring at this site in either the Firefox or Chrome web browser:


Firefox

Firefox Solution Idea 1

This idea only pertains to those who have the Adblock Plus add-on installed and running in their Firefox browser.

Not sure?  You can go to the

Tools -> Add-ons

menu item and look under "Extensions" for "Adblock Plus" or a similar name.  If that exists in the list and is not disabled (i.e., not greyed out), then this solution can apply to your situation.

I noticed that turning off AdBlock Plus for dailykos.com stopped the autoplaying videos completely.  For more recent versions of Firefox, that entails visiting any page at dailykos.com and checking

View -> Toolbars -> Add-on Bar

Then, ensure that you see the "ABP" button on the Add-on Bar bar (which typically appears at the bottom of your browser window).

At this point, you can turn off advertisement blocking for this site, like so:

adp_dkos_disable
If you don't see the ABP button on that bar, right-mouse-button click on the Add-on Bar, select "Customize ..." and locate the ABP button in the window which appears.  Drag and drop that button onto the Add-on Bar and then hit OK to close toolbar customization.  At that point, attempt the step above for disabling advertisement blocking on the site.

Once the adblock capability has been disabled for dailykos.com, try refreshing or closing/reopening the problem page (either way should be fine) and see if autoplay has been effectively disabled.

Firefox Solution Idea 2

Another method for Firefox web browser users comes from happy camper:

Go to your URL address bar and type:

about:config

Then hit the <Enter> key or click on the little rightward arrow which shows in that address bar when your cursor is active there.

Type in the Search field:

click_to_play

ff_aconfig_ctp
If its value is "false" (as above), you can double click on that row with your mouse and that will toggle its value to "true" - that's the value which will disable autoplay globally within Firefox.

After this Firefox configuration setting has been made, try refreshing or closing/reopening the problem page (either way should be fine) and see if autoplay has been effectively disabled.

Firefox Solution Idea 3

As mentioned in comments here and other diary threads, some users prefer installing and utilizing a free Firefox add-on called Flashblock - it allows you to prevent all Flash (and related) content from appearing in your page, allowing you to selectively activate unique instances of Flash objects - such as video embeds - via a mouse click.

Flashblock is not unique - there are other add-ons which offer similar capabilities, so experimenting with different offerings may provide you with your preferred style of Flash-content blocking/enabling.



Chrome

Chrome Solution Idea 1

This configuration suggestion comes from Flying Goat:

1. Click on the right-hand corner icon with three parallel lines and select "Settings" from the menu which appears

2. Click the "Show Advanced Settings ..." link

3. Under the Privacy section which appears, click the "Content settings..." button

4. Scroll down in the Content settings and find the "Plug-ins" section, then select

Click to play
chrome_plugins_ctp
Close the Settings tab and try refreshing or closing/reopening the problem page (either way should be fine) and see if autoplay has been effectively disabled.

Chrome Solution Idea 2

As mentioned in comments here and other diary threads, some users prefer installing and utilizing a free Chrome add-on called Flashblock - it allows you to prevent all Flash (and related) content from appearing in your page, allowing you to selectively activate unique instances of Flash objects - such as video embeds - via a mouse click.

Flashblock is not unique - there are other add-ons which offer similar capabilities, so experimenting with different offerings may provide you with your preferred style of Flash-content blocking/enabling.



I've seen various suggestions for blocking Flash objects, etc.  Those ideas can certainly work, but if a global setting was made, that would block future content which may be of interest.  My suggestion is to first attempt a browser or plug-in setting to simply disable autoplay.

Corrections and/or ideas welcome.

Originally posted to wader on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 09:21 PM PDT.

Also republished by Cranky Users.

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