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SOS – Invites & Comments for Flickr

October 11, 2007 by debbie T

I am not updating this script any longer. I don’t really participate in the flickr awards/voting groups as often as before, so please do not ask me to add your group codes. I recommend the SICI script, also based on the original SIC script. This script is customizable so you can choose only the groups you need, and leave out the rest. I have been using both my SOS script and the SICI scripts. Two menus appear, and I use them both. I like having a few extra groups from the SICI script, and it has been working fine!

DOWNLOAD SOS version 0.26

What is SOS – Invites & Comments?

The SOS – Invites & Comments is a special Greasemonkey script for Firefox browser users. When installed, the script creates two drop down menus to post various Flickr group "invite" and "vote" html codes into photo comments.

screen shot of SOS menus

My script is based on the original SIC script, which I found it to be very helpful. Unfortunately, the script didn’t include some of my favorite group codes, and updates needed to be made to some of the existing group codes.

So, I decided to edit the script to better fit my needs, adding more group codes and updating the existing ones. After testing it for a few weeks, I am ready to share it with other Flickr users.

Which Flickr Group Codes are Included in the SOS Script?

Invite Codes:

+ Spring-Summer
+’ Autumn-Fall’
+ ‘Winter’
+ ‘AwesomeShot’
+ ‘AdorableCritter’
+ ‘BestInShow(Dogs)’
+ ‘BetterThanGood’
+ ‘Blue Ribbon’
+ ‘Big Fave’
+ ‘BrilliantEyeJewel’
+ ‘ColourArtAwards’
+ ‘ColorPhotoAward’
+ ‘CreativePhoto’
+ ‘Citrit’
+ ‘EverydayIsSunday’
+ ‘FlickrDiamond’
+ ‘Friends’
+ ‘GoldStarAward’
+ ‘ImpressedBeauty’
+ Love It
+ ‘MagicOfaWorldinMacro’
+ ‘MacroAwards’
+ ‘MacroMarvels’
+ ‘MasterPhotos(Flowrs)’
+ ‘My Winners’
+ ‘NaturesFinest’
+ Free Nature
+ ‘Nature Group’
+ ‘NaturePhotographs’
+ ‘PerfectPhotographer’
+ ‘PhotoSmiles’
+ Picture Perfect
+ ‘PlatinumPhotograph’
+ ‘SearchTheBest’
+ ‘Shield of Excel’
+ Superb Masterpiece
+ ‘SuperShot’
+ ‘UnforgettablePictures’
+ ‘WelcomeToMyWorld’

Vote Codes:

+ ‘FlickrSmilie’
+ ‘Heart Awards’
+ ‘APlusPhoto’
+ ‘ShiningStar’
+ Spring-Summer
+ ‘Autumn-Fall’
+ ‘Winter’
+ ‘AwesomeShot’
+ ‘AdorableCritters’
+ ‘BetterThanGood’
+ ‘Big Fave’
+ ‘Blue Ribbon’
+ ‘BrilliantEyeJewel’
+ ‘ColourArtAwards’
+ ‘CreativePhoto’
+ ‘Citrit’
+ ‘EverdayIsSunday’
+ ‘FlickrDiamond’
+ ‘Flickr Golf’
+ ‘Friends’
+ ‘GoldStarAward’
+ ‘ImpressedBeauty’
+ Love It
+ ‘MagicOfaWorldinMacro’
+ ‘MacroAwards’
+ ‘MacroMarvels’
+ ‘MasterPhoto(Flowrs)’
+ ‘My Winners’
+ ‘NaturesFinest’
+ Free Nature
+ ‘Nature Group’
+ ‘NaturePhotographs’
+ ‘PerfectPhotographer’
+ ‘PhotoSmiles’
+ Picture Perfect
+ ‘PlatinumPhotograph’
+ ‘SearchTheBest’
+ ‘SuperShot’
+ Superb Masterpiece
+ ‘ShieldExcellnce’
+ ‘UnforgettablePictures’
+ ‘WelcomeToMyWorld’

What is Greasemonkey?

For those new to Greasemonkey, what is it? Greasemonkey is a Firefox browser extension that allows the user to install special javascript files that customizes the display of a web page.

If you would like to try Firefox, click the link below to download:

Installing Greasemonkey is as easy as installing any other Firefox extension. Click the "Install Now" button on the main Greasemonkey extension web page.

Install Greasemonkey

Once Greasemonkey is installed, it should be fairly easy to install new scripts. Most times, just clicking on the script file will show the install window. Find many Greasemonkey scripts at Userscripts.org, but be aware that some scripts can be malicious, so be careful what you download.

Download SOS – Invites & Comments for Flickr

Download and install the SOS script by clicking on the link below. You must have the Greasemonkey Firefox extension installed before installing the SOS script.

Click to Install: http://splashofstyle.com/Greasemonkey/sos.user.js – Latest Version

Install SOS script

If you would like to view the script coding before installing, click on the button for “Show Script Source” from the install window.

IMPORTANT: For those that are already using the original SIC (Super Invite Comments) greasemonkey script, it is your choice to disable or uninstall the script. If you choose to keep both scripts, both menus will display.

To uninstall any Greasemonkey script:

In the Firefox menu, click Tools>Greasemonkey>Manage User Scripts.

Uninstall Any Greasemonkey Script

Select the script from the left side column listing all installed scripts, then click the "Uninstall" button. If you don’t want to uninstall a script, but only disable it, UNCHECK the checkbox next to "Enabled".

Updates & Revisions

Keep an eye on this web page for updates!

If you find any errors, please let me know.

Recent Revisions:

Thank you to Santiago Caamaño(scaamanho) for authoring such a useful flickr script and for allowing me to edit and redistribute the script on my own!

I am not updating this script any longer. I don’t really participate in the flickr awards/voting groups as often as before, so please do not ask me to add your group codes. I recommend the SICI script, also based on the original SIC script. This script is customizable so you can choose only the groups you need, and leave out the rest. I have been using both my SOS script and the SICI scripts. Two menus appear, and I use them both. I like having a few extra groups from the SICI script, and it has been working fine!

There are 76 comments

  1. Hi,
    great job.
    I tried to install this but it’s “scroll bar” didn’t work

    Comment by evolusi on November 3rd, 2007
  2. scroll bar doesn’t work

    Comment by evolusi on November 3rd, 2007
  3. Thank you. This is going to be very helpful. I’m kind of on Flickr leave right now except to monitor my pools, but when I post next, I’ll put into my caption a link to this URL.

    Comment by mimbrava on November 3rd, 2007
  4. Hello, I am sorry, your comments got stuck in my spam folder for some reason.

    Evolusi, I will contact you by email.

    Thank you Mimbrava for commenting. I hope you enjoy the script

    Comment by debbieT on November 5th, 2007
  5. Hi, thanks for writing a better script. One of the groups I like to invite to is ne of the longest standing quality groups

    The Best: Bravo

    Also, The Magic Donkey group is very good quality photography.


    Comment by ecstaticist on November 8th, 2007
  6. Thanks for your suggestions, Ecstaticist! I will consider your requests.

    Comment by debbieT on November 9th, 2007
  7. Found another great script based on the original SIC script – the SICI script is customizable. You choose the group invites and votes yourself. Very good idea.

    Check it out here:

    Comment by debbieT on November 11th, 2007
  8. This worked perfectly immediately after I installed it. As an Admin for Better Than Good, I was very pleased to find our codes included, and I expect to use this dozens of times a day. I am often in the position of wanting to add the award under an image but can’t quit what I am doing to grab the code. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Comment by wildcardpoet on November 14th, 2007
  9. Oh awesome, I am glad that the script is working out so well for you.

    Comment by debbieT on November 14th, 2007
  10. Great script .. thanks for sharing this
    Works real well …


    John Piercy

    Comment by John Piercy on November 15th, 2007
  11. What a great little tool (a cool tool).
    You’ve stopped at the “S”s. Will you be adding more groups to complete the alphabet?

    Manas Dichow

    Comment by Manas Dichow on November 20th, 2007
  12. Nice tool.. Now I can do more flickring

    Comment by Raju on November 29th, 2007
  13. Thank you for this great tool! Do not have Firefox but will look into it, as I am newbie on Flickr was just thinking how there must be an easier way to comment/invite!

    Comment by Charley Haven (hartnm1) on November 30th, 2007
  14. yo no entiendo lo de sos

    Comment by maría alejandra on December 1st, 2007
  15. Hello there,
    I have down loaded the FireFox and Greasemonkey but it does not run/read. It said the file is not complete/file type not supported. Does it have something to do with I am a AOL user??
    Thanks for your help

    Comment by Eddie Chui on December 15th, 2007
  16. Hello Eddie,

    Let me ask you, did you install Firefox first, and make sure that it works properly? You will need to do that first before installing Greasemonkey.

    As far as I know, you should be able to use Firefox and AOL at the same time. Just log into your AOL account first, then launch Firefox.

    Once you complete that, click on the Greasemonkey link, and install it as a new extension.

    Good luck!!!

    Comment by debbieT on December 16th, 2007
  17. Something of that is valid for Internet Explorer? Can I use SIC or SOS in IE?

    Comment by LUZ ROVIRA on January 4th, 2008
  18. I googled “greasemonkey on ie”, and found a few links, try here – there might be something that will help you.

    IE isn’t available for my Mac, so I have no idea what works and what doesn’t. But when I use Windows, Firefox is the browser of choice. You might consider changing. It is a very good browser!

    Comment by debbieT on January 4th, 2008
  19. thnx for invit me

    Comment by miss burberry on January 9th, 2008
  20. Worked like a charm the first time.

    If you could add the Winter and Vivid groups that would be greatly appreciated. Ideally, it would be great if the end user were able to add any group he wanted on his own.

    Thanks for saving me untold amount of time.


    Comment by David on January 15th, 2008
  21. can i able to use it with opera?

    Comment by neaz ahmed on January 15th, 2008
  22. Winter is already included in the script. I love that group. I will keep Vivid in mind for the future. Thanks!

    As for Opera, I do believe that Greasemonkey scripts can run on it. You might have to google for instructions. 🙂

    Comment by debbieT on January 17th, 2008
  23. Could you please add goldenglobe1_awards to the script?
    2. Is there a way a user, like me, could add more groups to the script?
    3. Is it updated automatically, or what would be the way to get the script updated?

    Comment by Max Rempel on January 22nd, 2008
  24. Thank you for writing, Max, I will keep it in mind.

    In the meantime, have you checked out the SICI script. There is a link at the top of this article. You can pick and choose the groups…I use it with my SOS script; I have two drop down menus. It makes it less cluttered with less groups to look through.

    And yes, if you know about coding, you can edit the script yourself. That is how I did it. If you have no coding experience though, I don’t recommend messing with it….I do recommend the SICI script!!!

    Have fun!

    Comment by debbieT on January 22nd, 2008
  25. Thanks, SICI is great!

    Comment by Max Rempel on January 22nd, 2008
  26. what a powerful script. i used it. and love it.

    Comment by imp. winartho on January 27th, 2008
  27. Thanks tons for this!!

    Comment by TingyWende on February 15th, 2008
  28. I am having a difficult time installing this script…help !!

    Comment by sholgk on February 24th, 2008
  29. Did you install Firefox first, Sholgk? Then you need to install Greasemonkey. The detailed instructions are listed in the article.

    good luck!!!

    Comment by debbieT on February 24th, 2008
  30. Hi!
    I USE GM MORE THAN YEAR MOSTLY FOR http://www.flickr.com/ ORGANIZERS FOR CONTACTS AND GROUPS! NOW I LOST IT! I TRY TO DOWNLOAD IT AGAIN, BUT IT APPEARS I CAN NOT: I try again and get this errors Error (error edited by debbie T)
    I am using Firefox on Mac! Never before I didn’t have problem! I AM NOT A COMPUTER MAN[WOMAN], I DON’T KNOW HOW AND WHAT TO DO WITHOUT STEPS!

    Comment by Mia de Fleur on February 24th, 2008
  31. Sorry, I am not a Greasemonkey expert. I am not a script creator. I just edited the original SIC script, but I don’t know much about the code itself.

    My suggestion would be to go to your extensions window, and make sure greasemonkey is uninstalled, then install again.

    And please keep your CAPLOCKs off. No need to SHOUT! I can hear you just fine!

    Good luck!

    Comment by debbieT on February 24th, 2008
  32. Debby is my angel savior!
    After more than 20 letters for help to anyone connected with grease monkey, I FIND HER!
    In few hours I received letter and help!

    Now I have what I need!


    Comment by Mia de Fleur on March 2nd, 2008
  33. Can you please add my group to the script? Thank you so much! I love your script.

    (edited by Debbie T to remove extra html)

    You are invited to add your radiant image to:

    Radiant Gallery

    Comment by Lyndon Mendoza on March 5th, 2008
  34. Thank you so much for writing Lyndon. I will keep your group in mind for the future.

    In the meantime, you might ask the SICI author to add your group. He has a big long list of groups that users can pick and choose exactly the groups they like.

    Here is his flickr group:

    There is a discussion to post your group requests.

    Thanks and have fun!

    Comment by debbieT on March 5th, 2008

    You are invited to display your image.

    Golden Palm Award
    Invitation Only
    we would be happy to see your images.
    Please tag your photo "GoldenPalmAward".

    Comment by Golden palm on March 30th, 2008
  36. Does this program works with Safari?????

    Comment by Francisco Lopez on April 22nd, 2008
  37. ok …i guess its fun

    Comment by paul saulnier on April 22nd, 2008
  38. Thanks for putting so much time and effort into this project…sue

    Comment by Sue on April 26th, 2008
  39. Thanks for invitation!

    Comment by Aquira on April 27th, 2008
  40. great job !




    Comment by miadefleur on May 4th, 2008
  41. Thank for Invite !

    Comment by atena-w. on June 9th, 2008
  42. Thank vor Invite,



    Comment by atena-w. on June 9th, 2008
  43. It would be lovely if you could point out for your users that not all flickr people are happy about icon group invites/ awards in their comment sections, and that people who use this stuff should PLEASE check the profile pages first.

    Thanks a lot.


    Comment by Cybergabi on June 10th, 2008
  44. Thanks for your comment, Cybergabi, but I don’t think it is up to me to tell people not to post comments on flickr photo streams.

    If someone is gracious enough to visit my photo, and leaves me a nice comment w/ an award, how could I possibly be insulted?

    Comment by debbieT on June 10th, 2008
  45. Oh, don’t get me wrong – I love comments. And I would never discourage anyone to leave a real comment on my stream. Everything’s welcome, also criticism (at least if it’s not rude, but friendly.)

    I just don’t like most of the icons/ awards. They are like the output of a conveyer belt. Or like the marks a dog leaves on every tree in the neighborhood. A comment for me is something personal, or should be – not some standard copy-and-paste GIF that shows up in the same repetitive way over and over and over again! This one summarizes it pretty much: http://flickr.com/photos/dogfaceboy/254342981/

    Your script gives it even MORE of a conveyer-belt character. People just click a button, and wham! – one more photo is ruined by some glitter… VERY annoying to many people.

    Comment by Cybergabi on June 10th, 2008
  46. I felt the same as you when I first started to use Flickr, and then I realized that there are more important things to worry about.

    I don’t consider a photo to be “ruined” by posting a comment with a graphic included w/ it.

    And again, if it is annoying, you can very easily just delete those comments, or perhaps limit comments to only your contacts.

    Comment by debbieT on June 10th, 2008
  47. Did I get that right? You were annoyed yourself by the icons, but then you told yourself that there are more important things to worry about and started off creating a script that annoys others who felt like you even more with its output? Sorry, but that’s hard to get for me.

    I do consider it a huge distraction from a good photo when it’s all blinking and flashing below it. And I hate it when I go through my recent comments and have to visually work my way around an armada of tasteless blinking GIFs in order to find what reasonable people are actually discussing.

    Be assured, I do delete icon invites/ awards on my own photos, and I even go so far as to delete comments I have left on photos of others who have posted their photo later to these mindless groups, or as to not making people contact who post a lot to these groups.

    I wish flickr would install an award-opt-out setting which forbids any icons on photos of people who don’t want that. But as long as that won’t happen, we can only request people like you to check the profile pages of us first before you post awards to our photos. Is that really too much to ask for?

    Comment by Cybergabi on June 11th, 2008
  48. Wow, someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

    If you actually bothered to read my script article before posting your comment, you will see that I DID NOT create it, but I edited it from an original script from another flickr user. And if you bothered to read further, you will see that I am not maintaining it anymore.

    And more importantly, I do not post any graphic containing comments to anyone’s photo unless I know they would appreciate it. And I certainly never posted one to any of your photos! So, I am not sure why you have such hostility toward me personally.

    I am going to let this drop now, because obviously you have your mind set in a certain way, and there is no getting through to you with a satisfying explanation.

    Have a good day, and I really really hope that you can move on and just let it drop. There are really more important things to worry about.

    Comment by debbieT on June 11th, 2008
  49. The reason why I am so upset (not hostile) is that you just wouldn’t acknowledge that for some people this is a major annoyance, but instead have tried to play it down with statements like “there are more important things to worry about”. Sure, there are more important things, but that’s ALWAYS the case, with everything in life. Should we thus stop to voice our feelings about the “little things”? Certainly not.

    What annoyed me is that you just don’t want to deal with the arguments me and others have, but instead only play down the issue. THAT’s annoying – not the fact that you seem to like these award groups. I am sure you are a lovely person, but I just don’t feel comfortable if someone just brushes off a concern by saying “it’s not important”.

    It’s good that you yourself respect people’s preferences with regard to icons/ awards. Still, whether you “invented” or just “improved” the script (which people have used to put awards on my photos against my explicit will), I think it would be only fair to point out to your user community that not everyone appreciates these. After all, every product that has potential “side effects” should have a warning about them, right?

    But let’s drop this, since I feel we are getting nowhere. I’ll think about other ways to change the world.


    Comment by Cybergabi on June 11th, 2008
  50. Thanks Debbie!
    One question:
    My groups and contacts Organizers dont WORK with last version of GM?
    If I take older one can I still have SOS??

    my best


    Comment by MIADEFLEUR on June 11th, 2008

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