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To Chow: Can you add an ignore feature?

I have been on Chowhound for many years (at least 12). During most of that time, I have come across few if any posters I would not want to meet in person. Lately, however, I have seen a few posters who would fall into that category, and since I visit just a few boards, I suspect there are others out there.

Rather than subject myself to these posters on threads I'm interested in, I'd like to be able to just ignore them, which is possible on many other popular web sites. Can Chowhound get something like that?

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  1. I'm not trying to be sarcastic nor becoming one of the people you want to add to this list but I don't see why it's a problem? If you receive email notifications of threads your involved in it tells you who the poster is so you don't click it.

    If your just scrolling through a thread again if you see their handle just skip over it.

    I know when a thread is started there can be several sub topics that come up during the thread with many people commenting to each other within a thread. If you were to ignore somebody and not be able to see or block their posts it would seem to create more of a problem following the flow rather thank just skipping it and reading on.

    Just my thoughts.

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    1. re: jrvedivici

      Well, I'm going by the Wash Post boards, where they recently added an ignore feature that works incredibly well. On facebook, same thing.

      In most cases, it's pretty easy to follow the discussion without seeing the blocked posts.

      I don't get the email notifications, so perhaps I could try that. I get more than enough email already so what's a few more. 8>D

      1. re: Bob W

        FYI I created an email strictly for my social network pages. I direct it all there and I check it only when I want to see what's going on etc. This way I don't big my normal/work email down with that kind of stuff.

      2. re: jrvedivici

        I'm with you, jr. Way I see it, there ain't nobody making anybody slow down and stare at the wreck on the other side of the highway. Channels can be changed.

        Sure there are a few other 'hounds whose comments make me feel sad that they think the way they do, but it's like going into a bar, ordering a drink and realizing that Fox News is on - I don't have to like it or listen, but it's up to me either way. I'd rather just forgive 'em, forget 'em, laugh at 'em even, but I don't need to have somebody come over and cover my eyes and ears in the hopes of pretending that they don't exist. My sandbox days are but a distant memory.

        Maybe I'm naive, but I have come to accept the notion that there are other people out there with different world views, opinions, reactions, whatever. So what? Sometimes, even a blind squirrel and all that, no?

      3. Bump. There's got to be a way to "hide" the posters you simply do not want to read, ever. Not the threads they start, not the posts contained in other threads.

        It's a simple feature on majority of other web forum software (especially phpbb), but alas, not avail on Chow. It's sorely needed.

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          How is it CH is the only forum I've ever posted on that doesn't have an ignore feature?

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          1. re: rasputina

            Possibly because it is a closely moderated site that does not have the problem that many free-for-all sites have. There's no real need for such a feature here.

            1. re: GH1618

              Huh? This site is not heavily moderated compared to other sites I've been a member of and they have all had ignore features. One does not disqualify the other.

              1. re: Hobbert

                The MODS have banned certain posters from different boards, which I think is brilliant and for some posters, I think they should do that for all boards for except gardening..

                IMHO, If you've been banned from a certain board, that should be a big wake up call that you don't play nice with others and maybe you need to take a big time out and look at other forums that might suit your negative fancy.

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  I completely agree with you. Being able to ignore certain posters might change the continuity of a thread slightly but for the few I'd ignore, it would be worth it. Sadly, a few bad apples can really ruin my enjoyment of a thread. Overall, CH does a great job of moderating but this would be a helpful feature.

                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    I'm not sure using the CH moderation policy as a proxy for judging an individual's (who we don't actually know) relative happiness, ability to get along with people, or attitude produces an accurate assessment, or is really appropriate, for that matter.

                      1. re: carolinadawg

                        Let's use Dawg here as an example; If there was an ignore feature Dawg would have used it on me many, many moons ago. If Dawg had done that, Dawg would have never had the opportunity to become smitten with my contributions as Dawg currently is. So you see, just because you want to "ignore"one day, you might miss out on later appreciating their humor, charisma, charm, wit, extremely good looks and did I mention charisma?

                        Right Dawg?

                        1. re: jrvedivici

                          Except for the face that the ignore feature isn't permanent, you can choose to take people off your ignore list if you want to.

                          And I'm not going to get into a debate over how or why you'd choose to do that. The fact is you can.

                  2. I think we are all born with a ignore feature don't you?
                    The very idea sounds hostile and rude to me. Finger pointing isn't a great quality but any one of us could be provoked into showing a not so great side of our personality. Mods do the thankless housekeeping but, it's good enough for me...and all my many flaws.

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                    1. re: HillJ

                      In the ignore feature I envision, the ignored one wouldn't actually know they're being ignored. If a notification is sent, then, yeah, that's hostile and I wouldn't use it. It would just be nicer to have to take that extra step to open an ignored person's comment. Others have mentioned just not reading their comments but that doesn't work for me. I use CH on my phone and read really quickly so when CH is pulled up, I've read everything on the screen before I can determine what I want to read.

                      1. re: Hobbert

                        Hobbert, I would never ignore your posts. But, if I did, how would you not realize it? Your comments would not be responded to.

                        FWIW, that's one subtle step to being pushed out of this community without ever knowing why. Crickets all around you while the rest of the thread engages. Nah, I'm too much of a softy for that kind of feature. Just my typical 2 cents.

                        1. re: HillJ

                          I can see where you're coming from. I might argue that no one replying to your posts should be a signal to change your ways, but it is a slippery slope to the feature being used to ice out certain posters with a bit of group effort. I'm still in favor of the feature but am edging closer to being on the fence. Thanks for your input!

                          1. re: Hobbert

                            Thank you. I'm equally interested in what CH's far more familiar with the feature than I am have to say or suggest.

                            I see how piling on can happen when you're not ignoring a comment. Snide remarks happen often enough and I don't see CH's asking themselves (including me) should I refrain from being annoyed in my reply comment and just ignore the comment that's bothering me. Instead, the idea is to just make that comment go away.

                            So, I was wondering to myself how ignoring someone out of many people joining the same thread would play out. Until you ARE the monkey in the middle, perhaps it's harder to fathom.

                          2. re: HillJ

                            I don't see how this leads to anyone being pushed out of the community. It's doubtful that anyone would be "ignored" by every other person on the site. I occasionally "turn off" people on my Facebook feed when they get into a rut about about topics I'm not interested in. They are all still there, so my "ignoring" them did not force them off Facebook. There are people on Chowhound that I would like to turn off for one reason or another. Just because I would do it does not mean everyone else would. On the other hand, TPTB seem to think that an ignore feature would interrupt the flow too much, so I don't see it happening here - question has been asked and answered several times.

                            1. re: Samalicious

                              My son who uses FB just demonstrated how this feature works on FB. And the person you are ignoring receives a notification to their FB page. So they do know you are ignoring them or unfriending them.

                              1. re: HillJ

                                Do you, per chance, mean *blocking* a person? You do not receive a msg (unless they've fucked around with their features yet again), and even if you unfriend someone, the only way they eventually find out is when they see the number of their friends went down by one or when they actually visit that person's profile.

                                1. re: linguafood

                                  hey lingua, no this was the ignore feature. for purposes of demonstration my son and his brother explained all the FB features to me one at a time. Figured I better get an education!

                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    I don't know what you mean by "ignore" feature on FB. Do you mean un-following someone's newsfeed? They don't have to know about that, nor do they automatically.

                                    1. re: linguafood

                                      When my son removed his brother, his brother rec'd a notification.

                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        My son just called it HIDE. And, if this person now on your HIDE list tries to reach you they will know they can't "poke" you.

                                        1. re: HillJ

                                          There are ways to hide or unfollow someone without them finding out.

                                          But I'll leave it to your son to 'splain FB to you, since we really should get back to talking about CH and the ignore feature on *this* site here :-)

                                2. re: HillJ

                                  Facebook isn't representative of internet forums ignore features.

                                  1. re: rasputina

                                    FB has been used as one of the examples on this thread and others related to features members would prefer to have as options of CH.

                                    On the site I use for work (where I also Mod as a floater covering days off for 3 volunteers) we do not have an ignore feature at all. Moderation takes care of the non industry people who show up posing but the fur flies in very heated adult conversation over work related issues. The tone sometimes is very helpful. Pros do lose their cool with each other sometimes but no one holds a grudge or feels hated. We wouldn't dream of ignoring each other....even when we don't agree.

                              2. re: HillJ

                                "But, if I did, how would you not realize it? Your comments would not be responded to."

                                I'm not sure if this came out the way you expected, but this would be under the assumption Hobbert, or every/anyone was specifically waiting for your response. If you did in fact ignore them, they wouldn't know it, they wouldn't receive your comments, but would still see everyone else's.

                                They would only realize it if they were sitting there waiting for you specifically to reply to their posts, and your not because you've ignored them.

                              3. re: Hobbert

                                With every single ignore feature I have ever seen, the person being ignored /blocked is not told that someone has blocked him. There is no hostility or rudeness involved. There is no law that says everyone has to see everything from everyone else.

                                Since it's such a common feature of comment boards these days, I don't understand the resistance.

                                1. re: Bob W

                                  Yeah, it is puzzling to not at least do a trial run. I don't know much of anything about computer stuff but I can't imagine it's that difficult to set up.

                              4. re: HillJ

                                So then you don't have to use it. But in reality it would likely ease the load of the moderators because people could make the choice to not see certain peoples post who annoy them and that would reduce conflicts.

                                It's up to individuals to choose to use it or not.

                                1. re: rasputina

                                  I understand that it would be an option. This thread is asking for consideration by the team that would implement the work. The rest of us are weighing in. Just like you, I have an opinion about the feature and voiced it.

                                  So no I don't need to do anything more than a) ignore your comment now or b) respond. But if you would prefer CH's have the option to ignore you...well, that's your right.

                                  1. re: rasputina

                                    To your second point about reducing work for Mods, that has not been confirmed by anyone. The post you find offending could still remain up or be taken down for reasons unrelated to your issue with it and as it has already been explained not everyone would be ignoring the same poster. The flag button is already in place for any poster to use. Same work for mods. So no, I don't follow that part of your comment.

                                    But having said that, it would be nice to be entirely clear on whether or not this suggestion would ease moderation.

                                    1. re: HillJ

                                      I don't see what moderation has to do with this. It would be, as you said, an option. How I would choose to customize my individual experience would have no direct effect on anyone. If someone chose to ignore me, I would not care. This obviously does not hold true for everyone.

                                      1. re: Samalicious

                                        rasputina brought up moderation...that this feature would help Mods have less to correct. I don't happen to agree and I don't see what it has to do with the feature at all.

                                        Maybe rasputina knows something about this.

                                        If I may say WE, we all agree it's an option. I'm not debating that.

                                      2. re: HillJ

                                        You're missing the point. And actually it's pretty well documented in the millions of forums that already have ignore features that it's less work for moderators when people who annoy each other no longer interact. In fact I've been on forums where the mods are known for suggesting people choose to use ignore so as to reduce their work load by having to referee the interactions that have proven problematic.

                                        X annoys someone to the point that they tend have issues when interacting, sometimes that may be taken to the point where mods feel the need to intervene. Having an ignore feature means that Y can chose no longer see that persons posts and as a result no more issues between the two of them.

                                        Sure that doesn't stop others from commenting or having their problems, but we aren't talking about user agreement violations, we are talking about personality conflicts.

                                        1. re: rasputina

                                          Makes perfect sense to me, especially since it seems to be the same folks that continue to have arguments on CH.

                                          I think an ignore feature would deflect that, and thus leave less work for the mods.

                                          So.... I'm all for it :-)

                                          1. re: rasputina

                                            I'm going to respectfully stop with you on this. If I was using this thread as an example of the Ignore feature in use I wouldn't be reading your comment but I'd see what everyone else had to say about it. If the Mods had to moderate the thread the thread would stop making sense.

                                            But I have no reason to doubt you. So, if and when the feature is announced I'll figure it out then.

                                            1. re: HillJ

                                              And look at all the time that would have been saved from you reading my posts if we had an ignore feature and you could use it on me.

                                              LOL I know it would have saved me from responding to the questions you asked me.

                                              1. re: rasputina

                                                I have no reason to ignore you. That point really WAS lost.

                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                  Sorry, I guess the LOL wasn't enough to convey the humor I intended.

                                                  1. re: rasputina

                                                    No I got it. Thanks for the exercise :)

                                    2. Perhaps we are over-complicating the issue. Yes, I agree, an ignore feature would be a very good idea. That's just my opinion. If the person being ignored sees that and reacts poorly -- then it becomes the moderators job to do something about that.

                                      Most ignore features I have seen -- the person being ignored is not aware of it. So, there is no retribution, hard feelings, offended parties, insults, etc.

                                      Just make it simple. See what the ignore feature entails, and move on.

                                      1. I guess what I can't really get my mind around is just what types of posters anyone would choose to ignore. Are there bigger as*holes on regional boards than on the national ones? Is it that some folks are too argumentative? Vulgar? Long-winded? Simply trolls?

                                        Anyone want to try and explain of provide some sort of examples?

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                                        1. re: MGZ

                                          I was just thinking of a couple of posters whose snark quotient outweighs the value of their insights. To me, this is a very, very, very tiny subset of CHers. Far different from most comment boards.

                                          1. re: MGZ

                                            Overly argumentative and mean spirited posters. There are only a couple I would ignore in the thousands who post here so it's not a rampant issue.

                                            1. re: MGZ

                                              Misogynists that use every opportunity to post sexualized comments about women.

                                            2. I have an "ignore" feature.
                                              It is in my head and works quite well.

                                              I am old though, and I could see where those of a younger generation might need technological help.

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                                              1. I'm now ignoring this thread from this point forward. Say, does that word "ignore" have anything to do with being "ignorant"? Oh well, I've learned enough so anything new that comes along I'll just ignore that too!

                                                1. My understanding of the "ignore" feature on forums still allows that person to "peek" if they want to.

                                                  I say if you want to ignore that bad. No peeking allowed!