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Ignore button, please

There is a certain poster on the board I participate in that posts non-sensical items incessantly. In some threads, their posts constitute 50% of the thread, and it's rare that this poster posts anything even remotely useful. Often, posts are nothing more than 'smilies'. It's completely out of control, and I can't do anything about it, other than not read 90% of threads. I find myself shying away from the board more and more. It's overwhelming, and I know others feel the same.

I don't want to curb their enthusiasm, so perhaps an alternate solution exists. If you were to introduce an ignore button, I think it would help filter out a lot of the noise. Many other forums have it, and it proves a useful tool.

Is Chowhound able to implement such a tool?

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  1. When a tread starts getting overrun with that type of posts, I report it. Are you talking about a 'button' where you wouldn't see a particular poster's posts or any threads they reply on?

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    1. re: c oliver

      This is a common occurrence on 'my' board. It affects most threads.

      Only that you wouldn't see their posts - not threads they reply on, entirely. Similar to how other forums implement the same.

    2. There was a discussion on this topic just a week or so ago:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8841...
      We seem to be split among the Kumbaya camp, where everybody should just put up with everyone because that's what makes it fun, and the Ignore camp, where people want to customize their experience here without hurting anyone's feelings. I am with you...There are a couple of Negative Neds and Chatty Cathys that I could cheerfully ignore forever.

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      1. re: Samalicious

        Seems like most are in favour. I didn't see chowhound wade in on that thread, perhaps they will on this one.

        1. re: justxpete

          Here's what CH said last April. I doubt their position has changed.

          "It's been discussed and hasn't been definitively shot down, but I wouldn't say it was in the works or on our priority list of features."

          1. re: carolinadawg

            Thanks. I don't see why ANYONE would object to it. But certainly all programming costs money.

            1. re: c oliver

              I object to it, and the discussions here (the very sort of back and forth that would be handicapped by the policy) confirm my opposition.

                1. re: c oliver

                  I feel strongly about the issue -that an 'Ignore' function is a wrong-headed concession- but I want to compose a measured response, and that's not going to happen on a Saturday night. I will elaborate soon, though.

      2. Why don't you just implement your own personal "ignore button" and skim past their posts without reading them? This is what I do if something doesn't interest me. I think it's dumb to implement an ignore button on a public message board. The whole point of a message board for me is to interact with lots of different people. You never know when someone might have something substantial or helpful to offer, so I would never choose to "block" certain posters even if their was that option.

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        1. re: SaraAshley

          Sara, for you darlin', I wish there was a "come hither and tell me more" button....:)

          1. re: SaraAshley

            You are fairly new on this playground, IIRC, so you likely haven't experienced any number of posting "styles" that get quite tiresome over time. Especially when those you wish to ignore for their posting history follow you around like a puppy dog, and you know they generally don't have much to add to a discussion at hand -- at least for your own personal value.

            The sometimes cliquish, often immature back and forth between a few 'offenders' might be amusing for a while, but it gets old fast.

            Of course you can always 'try' to ignore those who bother you the most, but we're not all perfect or always good at it.

            1. re: linguafood

              I see what you're saying. I can see why someone wouldn't enjoy feeling like they were being "followed around" or targeted. That to me is a different story.

              1. re: SaraAshley

                It's called stalking, and it is a reportable offense. No one deserves a sociopathic curse here. We are here to enjoy the site.

                1. re: Veggo

                  Yep. And having that ignore button would make the site more enjoyable for any number of posters, apparently.

                2. re: SaraAshley

                  There's also lingua's comment:

                  "The sometimes cliquish, often immature back and forth between a few 'offenders' might be amusing for a while, but it gets old fast."

                  Very, very old.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      But so are constantly negative posters. Sometimes it is just their personality I would guess.

                      1. re: sedimental

                        And if one had the option to ignore those people, then what's the problem? And if later on one want to "un-ingnore" :) that's another option.

                        1. re: c oliver

                          Yeah, I am not sure where I stand on the ignore button issue.
                          On the one hand....I have many people I wouldn't hesitate to use it on.
                          On the other hand, I think it might make the conversation disjointed, as I have experienced on other forums. It really can mess with the discussion flow and get hard to read.

                          I am not worried about anyone's feelings....including mine. It is more about continuing to have the threads readable. This effects people that choose not to use ignore as well as those who do use it.

                          1. re: sedimental

                            Good points. I'd be unlikely to "ignore" at least to begin with for fear of missing some of the "wheat" to get rid of the "chaff."

                            1. re: c oliver

                              Yes. But... Unfortunately, it also effects people that are not using it. It sounds like some advocates of it here, might have not been on forums that have the feature. Sometimes it is great, sometimes a disaster to a conversation.

                              When you are watching a conversation from only *some* people that can't see or "hear" each other....the conversation can look bizarre and can quickly not make sense or follow a logical track of conversation. It can look circular or nonsensical. Worse case is that others (that can see the entire conversation) start to "fill in the blanks" for the "blind"(ignored) poster. What a fucking mess that can become.

                              1. re: sedimental

                                I don't agree. I've participated in many that have the feature. If a question goes unanswered, others jump in. Conversations only become disjointed when a number of people are ignoring a specific individual. There's something to be said for that.

                                1. re: sedimental

                                  I agree with you. But let me tell a bit of a story. I knew a CH who flat out told me that s/he doesn't know jack about cooking or eating out. But posts to "entertain" others. But I'm not here to be entertained. So if I could "ignore" I'd lose that 'noise' and the 'noise' that follows him/her. And if I do it and no one knows I'm doing it, then no one else need do the same. Not sure I'm clear about what I'm saying.

                                  1. re: c oliver

                                    I kind of gave an example of what I mean on the other ignore button thread.

                                    I am not against it, but I would be concerned about it effecting the conversation. Hell, people get bent out of shape when the mods delete a few posts and interrupt the flow...they get upset when a post is edited, rendering their post "hanging" out there or not relevant. Well...that ain't nothin' compared to ignored posters.

                                    Having people quote other people that are blind to you, having posters asking where THAT came from? Very interesting conversations can come from several people posting being blind to each other or being blind to different people in the same conversation....They sound ridiculous!

                                    There are enough regular posters here that just might ignore each other enough to effect how discussions look
                                    (not in a good way).

                                    It is just something to consider.

                                    1. re: sedimental

                                      I think you are overestimating the power of ignore. There is only one poster I wish to ignore. They bring little to any thread, but as with the example justxpete gave, this person offers no information but is just a PITA.

                                      1. re: MplsM ary

                                        Well, it is not the power of one person putting one other (PITA) person on ignore...I get that, and often wish for it ;) But, it is the collective power of many different posters and their many perceived PITA's that can make a thread sound/read really wonky. I have experienced it elsewhere. It makes posters sound idiotic at times.

                                        It might be interesting to try it for a month and see what happens before making a commitment. I have no idea how hard it is to "do and un-do" something like that on a site this big.

                                        1. re: sedimental

                                          My sense of the nonsensical :) is that those who reply to him/her are making non-CHish comments also so what's the loss?

                                          1. re: c oliver

                                            You certainly might be right about that.

                                            Once the thread has taken the "snotty turn" (as I like to think about it) it might be already pointing downward, so that if it starts looking bizarre....who cares? Might be easier for mods just to delete all the people participating in the subthread at once! Poof!

                      2. re: SaraAshley

                        OMG Sara! What are you doing here? Imagine running into you! I can't believe this, I was just asking Veggo if he knew what you were up to! So tell me what did you have for breakfast, lunch and dinner today! I can't wait to hear all about it! Also tell me what you were wearing for each meal, your beverage and any condiments that you used! I can't wait to read all about it and imagine each bite you have taken all day!

                        I guess if you got responses like that everytime you posted you might enjoy an ignore feature. Or you know someone requesting a come hither button, all the creepy stuff. Lol

                        Please do not feel the need to respond to any of the above it was for example purposes only.

                        1. re: jrvedivici

                          Well clearly this is a very extreme example, and I've never personally encountered, or been part of anything that extreme.

                          I'll just say that I can see why certain things annoy certain posters. Including the off-topic chit-chat. I just don't personally get annoyed by very much when it comes to the boards.

                    2. re: SaraAshley

                      For some people it's interacting with a lot of people, for other people it is not. Why not let everyone interact in the way that they want? It's not "dumb" if it doesn't affect you one way or the other.

                      1. re: Samalicious

                        Agreed. As I wrote above, why would anyone mind...other than those paying for the change?

                      2. re: SaraAshley

                        And if you don't want to ignore anyone, you don't have to. I can't understand why anyone would object to it. If you don't want to utilize the ignore feature, then don't. Simple.

                        1. re: carolinadawg

                          By the same token, if you want to ignore someone just do! I don't object to the feature but I do find it odd that it seems like people feel the need to have it.

                          1. re: jrvedivici

                            Why would anyone find it odd? Kinda different strokes and it effects only those who choose the option.

                            1. re: c oliver

                              Yes, personally I find it odd that people feel the need to have a way to mandate an ignore feature rather than just ignoring it on their own. It's a bit of a foreign concept to me, but again if someone feels the need for this I respect that. I just don't understand it.

                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                  What I would say is this- sometimes people piss me off and personally, I would like a nice way to let them express their (blather blather blather) opinions and ignore them than to, say, report them or worse, engage in some nasty back-and-forth with them.
                                  It may be passive aggressive, but it doesn't step on anybody's toes. Good Lord, I have a group of friends that meet for lunch at work, and one guy not only completely dominates the conversation every day, he considers himself a foodie, but I think he's a cheapass scrounge that has no idea what it costs sometimes to make really good food. But I'd never tell him that, or report him to the Cafeteria Police (weak comparison to this site, I know). He also critiques his (hospital cafeteria) meal each and every day. Sometimes I need to take a break from the group rather than choke the little shit, despite the fact that one of the guys in the group has been a good friend for a very long time and I never get tired of him.
                                  People need to be themselves, I'd like to be able to mute the annoying people's voices without hurting their feelings.

                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                Ok, this is an example of a thread.

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                                It's not fun wading through all the useless info. It's tedious. Sure, an extreme example, but not that far off from some actual threads. Now expand that the amount of text, multiple threads and consistent posts, and ignoring someone (constantly) isn't as easy as you might think.

                                1. re: justxpete

                                  You've been on unmoderated boards? Multiply those useless posts by about 10.

                                2. re: jrvedivici

                                  It's not physically possible to ignore posts on thus board. They are there, one can't not read them, when you open a thread, all posts are there. If you don't object then why do you seem to be objecting? Again, if you don't want to utilize the feature, then don't.

                                  1. re: carolinadawg

                                    There is a difference between objecting and offering ones opinion.

                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                      And some object to hearing an opinion different from their own. Right here in democratic America!

                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                        Maybe you're just not very good at expressing yourself.

                                        1. re: carolinadawg

                                          I would probably be willing to bet if you were to take a poll of both users and mods here an inability to express myself would not be a quality attributed to me.

                                          Any takers?

                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                            No taker here. And in contrast to some, you tend to be upbeat and positive.

                              2. There was another thread on this subject recently. My opinion is that this is an unnecessary and even undesireable feature in a well-moderated site such as this. I don't want it. The more they tinker with the software to try to accomodate the various requests for features, the more likely they are to break it. Better to just leave well enough alone.

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                                1. re: GH1618

                                  Yes, that was pointed out upthread. Actually, there are several previous posts on this topic, which, to me, indicates a high degree of interest in such a feature. Anyone who doesn't wish to utilize such it is free to not do so. No harm, no foul.

                                  1. re: carolinadawg

                                    Two or three threads on a site which has hundreds of active users certainly does not indicate a "high degree of interest."

                                    1. re: carolinadawg

                                      I have a hard time seeing how an ignore button would work without possibly making a thread appear disjointed when you've chosen to ignore a certain poster that is posting on that thread. What if someone you haven't ignored responds directly to someone you have ignored. You're only going to see the non-ignored person's responses, and they possibly won't make any sense since you can't see what they're responding to. I guess if this doesn't bother you than fine. But I think that's the part I find most odd.

                                      1. re: SaraAshley

                                        If you don't utilize the feature, then it won't impact you. No need to worry about what other people's experience is...that's up to them to worry about.

                                        1. re: carolinadawg

                                          Well Carolinadawg, this is precisely why I won't utilize this feature if given the option. We have differing opinions on the issue, but I'm interested in knowing your side rather than being told not to worry about it. I enjoy discussion that doesn't always agree with me.

                                          1. re: SaraAshley

                                            It's not about discussions that "don't agree with you". At all. And you wouldn't have to utilize it, so no big deal.

                                        2. re: SaraAshley

                                          Also, what if I respond to someone who has ignored me. My response is then for nothing I suppose. But I won't know it.

                                          1. re: SaraAshley

                                            It's readily apparent to you when that happens, and you just don't sweat it. You just assume it's a reply to someone you don't "see."

                                    2. I was told by a CH that his/her goal is to entertain. That he/she knows little about food. Why shouldn't I be able to "ignore" and the CH will never even know it? What's the problem?