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Greasemonkey Script: Yahoo Pipe Cleaner

I’m a very big fan of Yahoo Pipes. It’s an amazing service that lets you take information from websites (using RSS, XML, JSON) and then do all kinds of filtering and manipulation with it. Even though it is all done with a slick graphical user interface, it is not for the faint of heart — it really is a tool for programmers more than the average person, although once a pipe is created it is simple for other people to use it. For example, this is how you can create a blog digest post using a Yahoo Pipe I’ve created for you.

Yahoo Pipes can create automated lists that you can cut-and-paste into blog posts. My only real complaint is with the HTML markup they create. It doesn’t look good when you cut-and-paste it into a WordPress blog. This is where Yahoo Pipe Cleaner comes in. It is a Greasemonkey script for Firefox that fixes the Yahoo Pipe output so that it looks nicer when you cut-and-paste it into a WordPress blog.

  • removes any H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6 headers
  • dofollows the links (removes rel=nofollow)
  • replaces paragraphs with list elements
  • removes all class/id CSS selectors
  • remove media_thumbnail images

Yahoo Pipe Output Before

Yahoo Pipe Cleaner output before

Yahoo Pipe Output After

Yahoo Pipe Cleaner output after

How to install it

  1. How to Install Greasemonkey
  2. How to Install a Greasemonkey Script
  3. Install Yahoo Pipe Cleaner

Like it? Link it!

I’m glad you find it useful. I like to use Yahoo Pipes to autogenerate content for my blog posts (like digest posts), but I hate how it looks when I cut-and-paste it into a blog post.

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You can see the rest of my Greasemonkey/Firefox scripts here and a list of more Yahoo Pipes I’ve created.

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  1. […] Yahoo Pipe Cleaner – Yet another from IDT labs, if you’re a big fan of Yahoo Pipes and constantly copy code over to your blog pr website, you should use “Yahoo Pipe Cleaner”. It removes any and all H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6 headers, rel=nofollow, class/id CSS selectors, and replaces paragraphs with list elements. Download Directly or view Information Page. […]

  2. David Bradley said, on November 02, 2007 at 4:04 am

    This looks like a neat idea. I’m just writing about how scientists might use Yahoo Pipes on Sciencebase.com so will give it a mention.


  3. David Bradley said, on November 07, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    You see that trackback you’ve got called Yahoo Pipes for Scientists – it’s from a splog that scrapes sciencebase content. The genuine link to my Yahoo Pipes for Scientists article is here. I’m rather pissed off with whoever runs that splog as it shows up in my incoming links on several of my sites.


  4. engtech said, on November 08, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    @David Bradley:

    Looks like my Yahoo Pipes Cleaner is broken at the moment. Yahoo changed how the generate the pages. Might take me a weak or so to fix it.

  5. engtech said, on November 11, 2007 at 12:00 am

    Version 1.1

    – Works with the new version of Yahoo Pipes website
    – Removed media_thumbnail images
    – May not work with other people’s pipes if they have custom URLs. Leave a comment if this is a problem.

  6. […] WordPress Tip – Create a Digest Post in 3 seconds Greasemonkey Script: Yahoo Pipe Cleaner Non […]

  7. Eben Pagan Accelerate System said, on May 19, 2013 at 1:41 am

    You’re so awesome! I do not believe I have read through a single thing like this before. So good to discover another person with some unique thoughts on this issue. Really.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is something that is needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

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