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Joined:May 2008
Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 7:50:24 PM

Would there be any way to upgrade the ignore list so that if you put someone on your ignore list, they cannot view your posts either? I've heard a rumor that the mods can do that, but I think it would be a good idea for the ignore list that the users maintain to work like that by default.

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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2012 4:36:19 PM

In order to prevent constant arguing between users, the "force ignore" is left as an administrative tool.

We'll also review using the force ignore feature if a user requests to be force ignored by someone, usually we look to see if you've attempted to hide the other user from being seen by you on your own before doing this.

The idea behind the current ignore feature is that, ideally, people see a user posting in a way that they don't like, and initially most people think "Hey, I don't like the way that person posts!", ergo, users can use "Ignore ______" to hide the member from being seen by their account in the forums.

I'll forward your suggestion toward the development team for further review.


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Champion Author Columbus

Joined:Aug 2005
Message Posted: Nov 16, 2012 10:40:50 AM

I currently have 2 people in mutual forced ignore due to moderator action. In one case, I complained about a poster who would not stop attacking me when I addressed him directly. In the other, a dispute between the 2 of us but mostly driven by the other person's complaints, led to that action. (I get the impression that the mods do this to avoid banning people).

I rarely put people on my own ignore list, When I have done so, it is because their posts made me angry enough to respond rashly, so I wanted to cool off and avoid doing something that would get me into trouble.

I have had the mods tell me that, in one of the cases above, they would have preferred we ignored each other voluntarily. But ignoring someone who can still see and respond to your posts (invisibly to you) is not a satisfactory solution. I don't know how you implement it to avoid abuse, but some kind of GB member-initiated mutual ignore would be preferable to unilateral ignore.


[Edited by: gas_too_high at 11/16/2012 10:43:00 AM EST]
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Champion Author Cincinnati

Joined:May 2008
Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 6:42:58 PM

Most of the time when people put someone else on their ignore list it's because they have been harassed in some manner. I have seen a number of cases where, say person A put person B on their ignore list, person B continues responding to person A's posts and continues to harass them, especially once they find out they have been put on the ignore list. Often person A finds out when person C responds to person B and they see that post.

It might not be a perfect solution, but usually if someone goes to the trouble to put a person on their ignore list I think they would rather not have them see their posts either, if they had the choice. I only have 2 people on my ignore list, and I can say that if I had the choice I'd rather they not have the ability to see my posts either.

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Champion Author Maryland

Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:32:11 PM

The problem with your (by virtue of ignoring the other member) denying the other member from seeing what you post is that you're denying the other member the opportunity and ability to learn from you, or to gain your insight, and perhaps changing to the point that you might want to gain that person's insight.

There are any number of people on this website that I find irritating or irrational (poorly chosen words on my part) in their comments or views but that doesn't mean that I haven't learned something intelligent, useful, or informative from them at one time or another, and they've (hopefully) learned something, however minor, from me. Even if they choose to ignore me, I would hope that I would still be able to learn from them (whether reading their posts changes my mind or reinforces my point of view).

That said, because I find I learn from opposing points of view, the only time I've placed anyone on the Ignore list is by inadvertently hitting the Ignore button... though I won't say I haven't thought about ignoring several members at one time or another.
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Champion Author Pittsburgh

Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 5:10:02 AM

Just because you don't want to see someone's posts doesn't mean they should be forced not to see yours.
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Champion Author Sacramento

Joined:May 2007
Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:32:58 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new subject.

This suggestion would, by virtue of blocking one's own OPs, also prevent the ignored member from seeing any topic one has started, because currently if you can't see the OP, you can't see the topic. The only way to prevent that would be for this suggestion to block one's msgs except for OPs.
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