Yesterday, I received a copy of Mark Pilgrim's "Greasemonkey Hacks
" in the mail - and it didn't take me long to find Hack #71 "Add a Table of Contents to Long Pages" a.k.a AutoTOC. Woho! :) Mine! Precioussss! (OK I must admit - it's a been a long time since I've seen my source code printed on paper... I'm guessing the high school assignments back in 95?? :)
The interesting part is the period of time from when I knew nothing about Greasemonkey, until Pilgrim contacted me and asked me if I would contribute the script to his book. It took less than two weeks. Fair enough, we're not talking about cure to cancer or a Microsoft Office-competitor, but still... two weeks!! Vive la revolution!
I didn't ask Mark how he found the script, but I'm guessing he found it through Jeremy Dunck's wiki
(most people did at the time - and still do). Others tend to find the script through my Technorati tags or through user script portals like userscripts.org
The point is - I've been blown away before - about how quickly information and tools spread in this relatively new age of blogs, RSS and wikis... and then it happened to me.
Anyway, thanks to Mark for recognising the script (even though he forgot to include my name in the Contributors section ;)). Also, thanks to all of you (my 3 loyal readers and AutoTOC power users) for your kind suggestions, comments (and error reports).