The Shut Up icon, a round speech bubble with a minus carved out

Shut Up

Comment Blocker
Browser extensions: Chrome and Safari
Sublime comment blocking brought to you by shutup.css
  • Automatic

    You never have to see comments again if you don't want to.

  • Easy to turn off

    Want a peek at the chaos? You're just a button away.

  • It's free

    No strings attached. Just download, install, and browse.

Huh?

Comments are awful. Shut Up hides them by default, sparing your sanity and preventing you from getting sucked into a world of hurt.

A web comic about comments on CNN's website, courtesy of Chainsawsuit
"Comments Section", a Chainsawsuit comic by Kris Straub

For the sites where discussions can be more constructive – like GitHub, Reddit, or Stack Overflow – you can show comments by default.

How's it work?

Shut Up is an app you can install on an iPhone or iPad, and a browser extension you can install in Chrome or Safari. At its core is a stylesheet by Steven Frank called shutup.css. The extension injects the stylesheet's rules into almost all of the pages you visit.

When you want to see comments, it couldn't be easier:

  • Shut Up's toolbar icon on Safari for Mac
    On Chrome or Safari: Click the Shut Up button in your browser's toolbar.
  • How to turn off content blockers temporarily on an iPad
    On iPad or iPhone: Long-press the Reload button, then tap "Reload Without Content Blockers."

Rarely, you might find that Shut Up inadvertently blocks legitimate page content, or doesn't block comments properly. Please contact me if you think something's not working right. If you're good at web development, you can submit a pull request for shutup.css on GitHub.

What about privacy?

Shut Up won't track nor spy on your browsing activity. The extension only periodically contacts Steven's server for the newest copy of shutup.css, at which point some temporary diagnostic logs are recorded. Learn more about those logs, or about the extension's privacy.

Anything else?

On iPhone or iPad, Shut Up requires iOS 9. You also need a 64-bit processor. Any of the following devices will work:

  • iPhone 5s or newer
  • iPad Air or newer
  • iPad mini 2 or newer
  • iPod touch (6th generation)

One more thing: You have to activate Shut Up in Settings before it may start blocking comments. To do that:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Safari.
  3. Tap Content Blockers.
  4. Turn on Shut Up.
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