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Blocking Forum Members...Please?

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By *untaliciousCouple OP   Couple 7 days ago

York

Please can we block other forum users?

I appreciate you want an open space for people to discuss almost everything and anything, which I totally accept ... but, our world can have a lot of people from many different backgrounds, social standings, political backgrounds and all manner that quite frankly are not compatible. It's an open space for people to voice their opinion, yes, but it's not an open space for us to have to accept it or tolerate it. A block button would help filter out the crap.

Personally, I've seen a lot of toxicity in the forums, especially surrounding the opening of clubs, there's been a lot of fake news, false statistics and poor justifications for attacks on the clubs. I've been banned (justifiably sometimes) for speaking my mind and had a friendly message to quite simply say:

'The forums are meant to be fun and if you feel your blood pressure rising as you read a message on there, maybe take a break from it for a short while? If there is a particular user bothering you, just skip over their posts or report to Admin if you think we need to take a look.'

The forums are not fun, but I still use them to keep up to date with clubs and events, really, it's the only reason we use and support fab. Telling people to 'skip over their posts' when they are posts that don't really bring anything to a conversation, off topic, continuously 'troll like' and baitey whilst ignoring user reports against them doesn't really help and a pretty poor user experience.

The forums would be a much more mellow place if users could block other users. Not a user account block, IP block please! We've had at least a few single guys make a new account to message us when we have blocked them.

Whilst we are there, it's time to open up the club sections again, sure we can go to each individual clubs website but I like the central location for it. The justification for keeping them closed has long since lapsed and guidelines have long, long been updated.

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By *uietlykinkymeWoman 7 days ago
Forum Mod

kinky land

Blocking posts from other people to view would confuse a thread, also the forums are online.

Admin will do their updates when they are ready, however, given the likelihood of more local restrictions and possible further lockdowns

Also most ip addresses are dynamic.

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By *rs BerryWoman 7 days ago

Isle of Wight


"Blocking posts from other people to view would confuse a thread, also the forums are online.

Admin will do their updates when they are ready, however, given the likelihood of more local restrictions and possible further lockdowns

Also most ip addresses are dynamic. "

Is it not possible for block to work on a full thread? For example if I've started a thread - people who I have blocked cannot post on that thread at all. This would not confuse a thread as only people I haven't blocked could post on it.

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By *untaliciousCouple OP   Couple 7 days ago

York

Even just a blank space saying 'blocked post' would suffice.

I'm sure if it's relevant it will be picked up in quotes.

The majority of the people I'm talking about bring exactly zero to a discussion anyway.

I want that choice even if it confuses a thread...I consider myself at least half intelligent enough to pick up the pieces.

I'd be worried if I posted in a forum post and someone saw an event we were at which might filter through to people we don't want...no it can't ever be perfect but it's a start.

IPs are dynamic, yes. I would bet the demographic for desktop vs phone would be enough to block by device...theres a fingerprint by browser and the average user is not going to know in the slightest how to spoof that

I know fab can block new accounts made by IP, a blanket ban on all accounts from that IP thats ever used it is more than doable. It at least makes it harder for trolls...

Just some ideas...

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By *atchguyMan 7 days ago

South West

Blocking a post would be no more confusing than removing a post, which is currently allowed and causes the confusion you're trying to avoid?

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By *agicfingers75Man 7 days ago

Near the lake

The confuse a thread is a non started argument imo. If it's linked the profile name then only the corresponding profiles wouldn't see the others post and everyone else can, also it makes the non static IP addresses as an argument also redundant.

A few other forums have implemented this suggestion very successfully for some time now.

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By *oodnitegirlWoman 7 days ago

Yorkshire

Would the post not just be removed for the person who’s done the blocking though? For example if I blocked OP (I’m not going to, they are lovely - just an example? Surely it would only ‘confuse’ me as I couldn’t see their post.

I know TOTALLY what OP is saying though it’s ok to say ‘just ignore everyone is entitled to their say’ but we can all see the ones who just troll for the sake of it and it’s uncomfortable to see.

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By *agicfingers75Man 7 days ago

Near the lake


"Would the post not just be removed for the person who’s done the blocking though? For example if I blocked OP (I’m not going to, they are lovely - just an example? Surely it would only ‘confuse’ me as I couldn’t see their post.

I know TOTALLY what OP is saying though it’s ok to say ‘just ignore everyone is entitled to their say’ but we can all see the ones who just troll for the sake of it and it’s uncomfortable to see. "

Unless I'm mistaken the OP is referring to other posts including their own that the blocked person comments in. They could also do as you suggest and those posts don't appear in forum updates too.

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By *oodnitegirlWoman 7 days ago

Yorkshire


"Would the post not just be removed for the person who’s done the blocking though? For example if I blocked OP (I’m not going to, they are lovely - just an example? Surely it would only ‘confuse’ me as I couldn’t see their post.

I know TOTALLY what OP is saying though it’s ok to say ‘just ignore everyone is entitled to their say’ but we can all see the ones who just troll for the sake of it and it’s uncomfortable to see.

Unless I'm mistaken the OP is referring to other posts including their own that the blocked person comments in. They could also do as you suggest and those posts don't appear in forum updates too."

Oh ok. I think I just misunderstood x

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By *agicfingers75Man 7 days ago

Near the lake


"Would the post not just be removed for the person who’s done the blocking though? For example if I blocked OP (I’m not going to, they are lovely - just an example? Surely it would only ‘confuse’ me as I couldn’t see their post.

I know TOTALLY what OP is saying though it’s ok to say ‘just ignore everyone is entitled to their say’ but we can all see the ones who just troll for the sake of it and it’s uncomfortable to see.

Unless I'm mistaken the OP is referring to other posts including their own that the blocked person comments in. They could also do as you suggest and those posts don't appear in forum updates too.

Oh ok. I think I just misunderstood x"

well not really as your point does reflect along similar lines to what the OP was suggesting.

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By *naswingdressWoman 7 days ago

Manchester

Other forums manage this by having a toggle interface.

"Person-U-Blocked has posted. Click here to view"

I think it'd slow down a lot of sniping.

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By *agicfingers75Man 7 days ago

Near the lake


"Other forums manage this by having a toggle interface.

"Person-U-Blocked has posted. Click here to view"

I think it'd slow down a lot of sniping."

and clearly show it's deliberate too.

Great idea.

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By *naswingdressWoman 7 days ago

Manchester


"Other forums manage this by having a toggle interface.

"Person-U-Blocked has posted. Click here to view"

I think it'd slow down a lot of sniping.

and clearly show it's deliberate too.

Great idea."

To be clear, Person U Blocked would be replaced by a username... I just wanted to pick something that'd be read as neutrally as possible, given the content

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By *ugby Does MFMCouple 7 days ago
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O o O oo


"

I think it'd slow down a lot of sniping."

I think that is a very optimistic view

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By *naswingdressWoman 7 days ago

Manchester


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I think it'd slow down a lot of sniping.

I think that is a very optimistic view "

It'd reduce the temptation to look at people who annoy you. Or mine anyway. I read everything. If I have to toggle to view it, I'd be less likely to bother. (And it'd make it more clear who did it deliberately rather than having lapses)

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By *moothman2000Man 7 days ago

Leicestershire

This seems easy on the surface, but it will have unconsidered consequences...

hat happens if you decide to block Fred but Susan replies to him and quotes what he's said?

Do you block Susan and anyone else that quotes what Fred ssys?

What happens if Fred starts a topic that your best mate John replies to, if Fred is blocked then the topic won't exist...

Personally, I'd love to be able to avoid the tediously dull conspiracy theorists, but I'd rsther tolerate and ignore them than loose everybody else...

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By *naswingdressWoman 7 days ago

Manchester


"This seems easy on the surface, but it will have unconsidered consequences...

hat happens if you decide to block Fred but Susan replies to him and quotes what he's said?

Do you block Susan and anyone else that quotes what Fred ssys?

What happens if Fred starts a topic that your best mate John replies to, if Fred is blocked then the topic won't exist...

Personally, I'd love to be able to avoid the tediously dull conspiracy theorists, but I'd rsther tolerate and ignore them than loose everybody else...

"

On the other forums I've been part of, if you block A and B quotes A, you see it.

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By *litterbabeWoman 6 days ago

hiding from cock pics.

Another site I've used you would still see the post, and just would see the words "blocked user" instead of the name, so the thread made sense but you would not know who had actually posted some of the individual posts on it if you had blocked them.

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By *eeleyWoman 6 days ago

Dudley

As someone who fairly often gets into heated discussions with people, I don't think any posts should be blocked on the forums, everyone should be able to have their say even if it is a load of tripe.

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By *agicfingers75Man 6 days ago

Near the lake


"Another site I've used you would still see the post, and just would see the words "blocked user" instead of the name, so the thread made sense but you would not know who had actually posted some of the individual posts on it if you had blocked them."

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By *agicfingers75Man 6 days ago

Near the lake


"As someone who fairly often gets into heated discussions with people, I don't think any posts should be blocked on the forums, everyone should be able to have their say even if it is a load of tripe. "

One of fab rules is that if you're blocked from someone then you shouldn't reply to their comments in the forum. It can be seen as stirring at best and can receive a time out if reported.

One wouldn't get involved in a debate with a blocked person anyway for obvious reasons.

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By *ugby Does MFMCouple 6 days ago
Forum Mod

O o O oo

The rule is you can't ask them to unblock you / ask them why they have blocked you or to mail you because you have them blocked.

You can answer anyone on the forum including people who have you blocked or vice versa as long as you are not causing trouble. Most people wouldn't know if they were blocked or not and mods wouldn't know either so wouldn't be able to police that

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By *eeleyWoman 6 days ago

Dudley


"As someone who fairly often gets into heated discussions with people, I don't think any posts should be blocked on the forums, everyone should be able to have their say even if it is a load of tripe.

One of fab rules is that if you're blocked from someone then you shouldn't reply to their comments in the forum. It can be seen as stirring at best and can receive a time out if reported.

One wouldn't get involved in a debate with a blocked person anyway for obvious reasons."

I wouldn't have checked if I was blocked, I'm usually not interested in getting to know them so I wouldn't look at their profile

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