Posted by tealady on July 27, 2006, at 1:31:15
In reply to Re: Ignore user option, posted by Dr. Bob on July 19, 2006, at 21:40:24
> > Dr. Bob has chosen not to make that option available. The only option is to not open posts.
> Well, there's also the option of trying to coexist...
sigh, you TOTALLY the point DrBob ???!! sigh..
I'll try to explain.
A lot of forums (its the norm I'd say) have an ignore user option.
Its a friend way of not having to read posts accidentally of people who for some reason "offend' you.
It puts the responsibility totally onto the person (user) of making the choice of who they want to chat to or read posts from without having to worry about remembering nicks or names or history..
Some of us (me anyway) have really dreadful short term memories, and don't want to have to remember who we dont want to read again etc.. we just want to forget .. set and forget.
It makes it simple... but way more important is it places the responsibility of deciding who or who we think "offends" us onto the reader.
A SIMILAR thing is implemented here with the DNP request.
Only here (IMO) the responsibilty is taken away from the person. Here the implementation , in my opinion, reflects more like one would treat a kindegarten age child...one who runs to their parents and says/""but Mummy/Daddy..so and so (brother or whatever) called me names.. and the parent implements something like asking the child not to in future.. or here someone posts a DNP request.
Whereas in other forums with an ignore button, the posters are considered capable of takng the responsibility of deciding quietly if they want to read someones; post in the fture..for however long a period.. without mamking a public display oif calling fro a DNP request and possibily "hurting" the person PUBLICLY who they put a DNP on.
similarly here blocks are used too.. and babblemails are blocked too along with the blocks.
it takes the responisbilty away from the user (reader) to my thinking.
IMO it means the posters here (if they havent already)don't get the chance to develop the responsibility to NOT read people who "offend" them;
..the ignore also blocks "forum mail" in othere forums .
IMO here posters are not considered capable of decidng who they want to read.
The SAME result can be achieved without hurting anyone too much, without making it public, and often without anyone (even the person being placed on "IGNORE" knowing). The reader just doesn't "see" any of their posts in the future..
noone is offended , everyone is happy..
and if the poster who is placed on ignore gets no replies.. they may wonder that's all.
It works effectively on many other forums I post on, and I use it too :-)
But I'm sure I'm on a few people ignore lists as well.. it can be used just to cut down on the amount of reading as well.. its just a way of making forums more managable ..timewise, and making sure one does get more time to help your "friends" and those who one does relate to as well... a sort of "select" button..
some forums have "friends" buttons as well which gives another levels of selection available.. but the most important is an ignore buttin IMO.
If you had an Ignore button here, you wouldnt need any DNP rules.
Also you wouldnt need to block babblemail in posters that have been blocked..alowing these people access to help and support from others which is often most needed at this time... not everyoone has exchanged email addys.. or met up.. or on other private forums or groups where they can talk together when blocked here.
The blocks are really , in this way, very unlevel in effect.
Not blocking babblemail would help even this out..
and having an "ignore" option ..which also blocked babblemail from that user..would prevent any problems of posters sending "hate" mail or similar.
again all my opinion only.
Its not about "trying to coexist..." ..
on that note..what are the blocks and the DNP's about.
If you do recall from the numersous posts you have read here, mine have always been consistently against the blocks and DNP.. more on the trying top coexist and learning to acccept differences and trying to talk about these differing viewpoints and accepting them or even better coming to some agreement, even if agreeing to differ..something I don't feel is allowed to happens when blocks are placed for just having differing views and stating them on the politics board? IMO Blocks are placed way too often instead of trying to talk it out and reach some understanding?
Yes SOME blocks should happen for some things.. but rarely IMO again. A LOT can be achieve by an IGNORE user option instead..
well hope this clarifies the "IGNORE" post option and how it works..