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could we have individual 'block poster' options please?

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BeCool Mon 02-Jun-14 13:49:23

just so we could not see posts from MN'ers we find to be utterly rancid?

I'd be happy for a cap - say 10 at a time? And it would be good to know who blocked you too if you can get that sophisticated.

TIA grin

BumWad Mon 02-Jun-14 13:51:40

What I fantastic idea!

OfficerVanHalen Mon 02-Jun-14 13:53:14

A hide poster button would be awesome. But they won't give us one. There was a very cool script someone linked to aaaages ago that allows you to hide poster as long as you're on a laptop or computer if that's any good to you? Sadly it doesn't work on tablets or phones.

anotetofollowso Mon 02-Jun-14 13:57:22

I think it's a horrible idea, and one that works against what MN is trying to create, namely a public, communal sharing of ideas, feelings …and arguments. Yes, some posters are twats, but blocking posters smacks of online bullying to me. We have a system, namely report anything downright offensive to MNHQ, and for the rest I think we have to sigh and bear it. The alternative is worse.

AlpacaLypse Mon 02-Jun-14 13:59:25


1. People can namechange on here at the drop of a hat.

2. It could make threads look really confusing. Yes, when HQ delete a post, sometimes it'll be a bit hard to follow for a while, as you can still see other people's responses to the deleted post. But if only you can't see a chunk that other people are responding to, you could easily get very very bewildered.

Sparklingbrook Mon 02-Jun-14 14:11:05

'Utterly rancid?' sad

As Alpaca says as far as I can tell everyone name changes once an hour so it wouldn't work.

Wouldn't work for posters with multiple identities/sockies either.

HecatePropylaea Mon 02-Jun-14 14:13:33

I agree with bombadom. That's an amazingly insightful post and omg snagglepuss, I am 'pmsl' at you!

What's that you say? There's no bombadom on the thread? No snagglepuss?

Oh yes, they are here, but you've hidden them. However, because I have mentioned their names now not only do you know they are both on here, but you are just DYING to know what they said grin

and that's without my responding to their post in a way that tells you exactly what they said, or even quoting a bit of it.

BeCool Mon 02-Jun-14 14:22:48

Yes utterly rancid - there are lots of people posting nasty musings. Ones on the current MM thread prompted this, but there are plenty out there.

But I see why it won't work esp re name changes. Though if MN has superpowers they could link it behind the scenes to the originating account so all the NC were taken care of. Probably wouldn't work for the sock puppets though.

I don't think it's bullying at all. Is blocking someone on FB bullying (I'm talking about grown ups?). I'm not bulling people I no longer want to interact with/have in my life on FB *(for example) - I'm choosing to delete them from my social networking, to reflect the reality of my physical life.

Perhaps the "knowing you were blocked" was a step too far - I'd be quite keen to know if I was blocked by people though.

Mostly it was just a knee-jerk response to some nasty (to me) stuff. Certain posters I'd be happy not to read their musings ever again.

BeCool Mon 02-Jun-14 14:23:46

Hecate I'd probably forget about blocking powers entirely and declare MN to be broken! grin

Maryz Mon 02-Jun-14 14:28:28

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

I asked for this a few weeks ago and got absofuckinglutely slated.

Where is scottishmummy - mn gorn to dawgs/oldimers/humphyfacedwhingers/yadayada

I know why you want it, BeCool, but mn won't let us have it because we are meant to be self-moderating and if many of the regulars hid the twats no-one would challenge them on thread and all the newbies might think that everyone agreed with the twats etc etc.

Trouble is, self-moderation doesn't work any more because we aren't allowed to tell the twats to fuck off [sigh]

KneesoftheBee Mon 02-Jun-14 14:28:55

But,if posters felt they were being ignored on threads, they might imagine they have been blocked by everyone and the thread will be full of .....

"can you see me now?"
"can you see me now?"


BeCool Mon 02-Jun-14 14:33:15

I'm a twat! I get it grin

LeftyLoony Mon 02-Jun-14 14:34:42

I'd bloody love it.
Along with having to get all name changes ok'd by HQ.

BeCool Mon 02-Jun-14 14:35:05

I asked for this a few weeks ago and got absofuckinglutely slated.
oh fuck!

noddyholder Mon 02-Jun-14 14:35:11

No silly idea. Some people you disagree with on one subject can be a real help on others. Its only the internet if someone bothers you that much ignore or take a break maybe

TheTerribleBaroness Mon 02-Jun-14 15:15:13

I don't know. I can think of at least one poster who has never been of any help to anyone, ever.

Unless you count 'Oh Lordy, not you again. Now you've joined the thread I'd rather do the ironing'.

BeCool Mon 02-Jun-14 15:18:42

I need to take up ironing!!!! shock

TheTerribleBaroness Mon 02-Jun-14 15:25:40

So should I. I just swap forums.

squeezycheeseplease Mon 02-Jun-14 15:28:44

Those nasty/rancid bastards on the MM thread need to be seen though - I want to know what shite they say next time I see them post even though I would be tempted to block them today.

BeCool Mon 02-Jun-14 15:38:10

Its only the internet if someone bothers you that much ignore or take a break maybe

It's not that it bothers me that much - I'm fairly robust. But I'd just love to be able to self edit some posters out of "my MN".

As for them possibly being helpful in other areas - again I'd happily take the risk of losing out their insight on other topics. I don't deem my MN experience would be any the poorer for it at all.

but I agree it would be v confusing as stated above by others.

AmyMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 02-Jun-14 16:39:45

Hi BeCool,

We don't have any plans to introduce this feature any time soon, mostly for reasons stated by other posters.

You can always hide threads if you're finding them particularly infuriating!

Maryz Mon 02-Jun-14 16:52:57

Knees, I find that very effective wink

You aren't a twat, BeCool at least not that I've noticed

Sparklingbrook Mon 02-Jun-14 16:54:31

Does anyone else think namechanging should be more difficult? it is this easy on other sites?
I have no idea who's who any more. I have been here 2 1/2 years and even in that time I have noticed the increase in N/C.

Maryz Mon 02-Jun-14 17:00:36

Everyone I think Sparkling grin

But with roaming IP addresses and all the trolls have multiple accounts, I'm not sure it will make much difference.

Instead of name-changing to goad, they will simply change accounts to goad. I suppose it might slow them down a bit though.

BeCool Mon 02-Jun-14 17:20:53

I notice a lot of NC on Relationships - where I think it is OK.

Mostly I notice NC where info is sensitive or v personal. It is enriching to have that option. having been exposed/staked/investigated by my XP here on MN after our break up, I now totally see the point in NC being wisely used.

We do/can disclose lots of our personal thoughts and feelings here - which we are able to do/feel safe doing as it's relatively of anonymous. But if you do then post something that could id you to friends/family, they then have then ability to search your entire posting history - which is a horrible though.

So I think the pluses outweigh the negatives (though possibly I'm missing some massive point?)

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