Toledo Talk

The new ignore feature

This new feature was discussed in another thread, but in case it was overlooked, here's the info again.

Suggestions:

  • After reading the same opinion regurgitated over and over in every thread countless times, whether or not its even on topic, I've started looking at the poster before the post to see if it's even worth reading. jr, can we get a "hide" function like Facebook?
  • An "ignore user" option would be AWESOME.


When logged-in, click on a username other than your own, and then you will see this:


After clicking on the green button, you will see this:


When you read a thread that contains comments by the user, you'll see this:


The ignored user's comment area is blank, and the "posted by" line is displayed in a tiny font.

The "posted by" line is still displayed in case you want to un-hide someone's comments by clicking on the username.

And if you want to read the hidden comment, you could click on the quote characters, located well to the right of the "posted by" line.

created by jr on May 25, 2013 at 07:55:09 am     Site-related     Comments: 44

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This is great! Thanks, jr.

posted by micah on May 25, 2013 at 08:33:16 am     #   1 person liked this

Am I being ignored? And if so, by whom?

posted by madjack on May 25, 2013 at 09:00:56 am     #  

This is great! Thanks, jr.

posted by 6th_Floor on May 25, 2013 at 09:01:38 am     #  

What's the point of an open forum if we can just ignore the comments we don't agree with. You should remove this counterproductive feature.

posted by hank on May 25, 2013 at 09:06:59 am     #   3 people liked this

madjack posted at 10:00:56 AM on May 25, 2013:

Am I being ignored? And if so, by whom?

I've been ignoring you for years. :)

posted by SensorG on May 25, 2013 at 09:10:13 am     #   5 people liked this

SensorG posted at 10:10:13 AM on May 25, 2013:
madjack posted at 10:00:56 AM on May 25, 2013:

Am I being ignored? And if so, by whom?

I've been ignoring you for years. :)

Thanks, SensorG. I was feeling a little left out.

Do you think I'm being a little overly sensitive about this? I worry sometimes.

posted by madjack on May 25, 2013 at 09:52:03 am     #  

madjack posted at 10:00:56 AM on May 25, 2013:

Am I being ignored? And if so, by whom?

I could never ignore you Madjack, you cantankerous old bastard.

posted by hunkytownsausage on May 25, 2013 at 09:54:20 am     #   1 person liked this

I wonder if madjack will post on this thread...

posted by Molsonator on May 25, 2013 at 10:34:32 am     #   1 person liked this

hank posted at 10:06:59 AM on May 25, 2013:

What's the point of an open forum if we can just ignore the comments we don't agree with. You should remove this counterproductive feature.

Yeah, it's much more fun to mock the ignorant and stupid and their derp-filled comments.

Perhaps comments getting the Green Box of Goodness should override the ignore feature too?

posted by anonymouscoward on May 25, 2013 at 10:38:45 am     #   1 person liked this

"After reading the same opinion regurgitated over and over in every thread countless times, whether or not its even on topic, I've started looking at the poster before the post to see if it's even worth reading. jr, can we get a "hide" function like Facebook?"

This.

Thanks, jr!

posted by toledolen_ on May 25, 2013 at 11:01:44 am     #   2 people liked this

This is great feature JR! I can finally get MOM2 & Foodie's vitriol out of my TT experience! ;)

posted by nits on May 25, 2013 at 11:26:11 am     #  

Its working for me.

posted by holland on May 25, 2013 at 11:47:02 am     #   1 person liked this

hank, I was the requestor of the hide function. toledolen_ conveniently reposted my reasoning and I stand by it. From this thread it sounds like I'm not the only one.

posted by idinspired on May 25, 2013 at 12:38:31 pm     #  

so basically people can just "ignore" anyone who doesn't agree or think just like you. It's like having your very own message board where you only see your opinions and those who agree with you.

I may not agree with everyone, but it is kinda nice to read others' opinions. As I've seen on here, sometimes by reading the posts and opinions of others, I realize that there are other ways of looking at things that I didn't even realize.

posted by hockeyfan on May 25, 2013 at 02:24:02 pm     #  

I read this message board BECAUSE I like hearing other people's opinions. Its good to get an opposing view. Its the repetitive responses to an opposing opinion that always include an insult to either your intellectual capability or the quality of your education that don't contribute anything to an honest, intellectual discussion.

I pretty much know who cant post a comment without doing that so now I'm spared from having to see it. It gives me the power to narrow that posters audience by one.

Who would I not "Hide" just because we almost ALWAYS disagree? Someone like Linecrosser. He gets my goat a lot but I read with interest every time he posts. He has an opinion strongly different from mine, but he posts it in a way I can respect. Ditto for madjack. I'd buy them both a drink. As long as they weren't carrying.

posted by holland on May 25, 2013 at 03:15:39 pm     #   11 people liked this

Well said holland.

posted by idinspired on May 25, 2013 at 03:20:42 pm     #  

hunkytownsausage posted at 10:54:20 AM on May 25, 2013:
madjack posted at 10:00:56 AM on May 25, 2013:

Am I being ignored? And if so, by whom?

I could never ignore you Madjack, you cantankerous old bastard.

What do you mean, old?

posted by madjack on May 25, 2013 at 03:52:37 pm     #  

Holland, that is the basis for a great discussion. It's not about getting everyone to agree with you, but to hear, listen and explain your point of view. The problem with many message boards and discussions in general is that once someone realizes you have a different opinion, instead of inquiring why, or digging deeper, it's much easier for some to just start insulting you.

For instance, here's how many threads go on message boards:
person A-I think it's blue
person B-I think it's aqua
person A-your just an idiot
person B-and you don't know the difference between your and you're
person A-oh, now you're the expert. Moron.
person B-go "f" yourself

and there you go. A complete thread where points aren't even discussed, it's all about insults.

posted by hockeyfan on May 25, 2013 at 05:17:40 pm     #  

person A - go "f" a chicken

posted by Molsonator on May 25, 2013 at 05:39:24 pm     #  

Just because one person elects to utilize this feature on another user, does not mean it affects the flow of the thread for users that do not use this feature.

Just the person utilizing the ignore feature will be affected by this.

Interesting the responses on this thread.

Thanks JR!

posted by BrianInFlorida on May 25, 2013 at 05:56:58 pm     #   2 people liked this

I've seen this before in chat rooms that enable ignore, it can get quite confusing when people respond to things you cant see. But there is usually someone who just get universally ignored and it wont matter at all for them. I experienced this in the old AOL chat rooms first hand, there was no real moderation unlike JR who will boot some one if they ever got as bad as the person I'm thinking of on AOL.

posted by Linecrosser on May 25, 2013 at 07:05:35 pm     #  

hank posted at 10:06:59 AM on May 25, 2013:

What's the point of an open forum if we can just ignore the comments we don't agree with. You should remove this counterproductive feature.

The ignore feature is obviously new to TT, but the concept is old. Even amongst a large crowd of people, in person, you probably tune out or ignore some people for a variety of reasons.

The ignore feature has existed in message board software for many years.

Apparently, the largest and most open Web community on the planet has a hide feature.

Many open community sites allow users to vote up and down the posts, which causes the alleged best posts to float to the top and the alleged bad posts to be hidden, and everyone gets the same view.

I was never a fan of the ignore feature, which is why it never existed here until now.

The ignore feature is optional. It only impacts your view of the site. If you don't like it, don't use it. Nothing changes for you.

posted by jr on May 25, 2013 at 08:48:27 pm     #   8 people liked this

"If you don't like it, don't use it."

exactly.

posted by toledolen_ on May 25, 2013 at 09:25:04 pm     #  

Completely agree with JR. From my point of view it is a way to deal with someone who is trolling you, or causing you to move towards behavior that you normally wouldn't exhibit and don't like, but they aren't crossing the line (enough) to warrant a ban. If people can keep level heads without it, that's perfectly fine. Sometime it helps to just ignore that other person who loves pushing buttons to avoid turning into them.

posted by JustaSooner on May 25, 2013 at 10:16:00 pm     #  

I'm not a fan of the new feature. It breaks up the thread and will cause confusion for those that use it. With regards to the problem posters, most of them can still offer worthwhile insights in threads of other topics.

I think enforcing posting rules and closing accounts would be a lot more effective in keeping threads on topic and generating worthwhile responses.

posted by brainswell on May 25, 2013 at 10:43:49 pm     #   1 person liked this

"This is great feature JR! I can finally get MOM2 & Foodie's vitriol out of my TT experience! ;)"

Great to know nit"Z" - and now you're out of mine!

Thanks jr!

posted by Foodie on May 25, 2013 at 10:54:58 pm     #   1 person liked this

If you don't like it, don't read it. Why do you need an ignore feature?

And it does affect you, obviously if you are being ignored. And it does affect you the same way as trying to have a conversation with a group at a crowded bar, where the people seated at the left and right ends can't hear the whole conversation. It changes the discussion, and not for the better.

posted by hank on May 25, 2013 at 10:57:25 pm     #  

Foodie posted at 11:54:58 PM on May 25, 2013:

"This is great feature JR! I can finally get MOM2 & Foodie's vitriol out of my TT experience! ;)"

Great to know nit"Z" - and now you're out of mine!

Thanks jr!

I figured he was joking. I'm generally one of the more innocuous users around here.

Unless he caught me on a cranky day once and I said something to offend that I don't recall.

posted by mom2 on May 25, 2013 at 11:21:29 pm     #  

Nobody is reading this post.

posted by anonymouscoward on May 25, 2013 at 11:38:17 pm     #  

I saw it, AC!

posted by mom2 on May 25, 2013 at 11:42:11 pm     #  

The descriptive control freak has now been fully qualified.

posted by Mariner on May 26, 2013 at 05:53:11 am     #  

From Mom2: Unless he caught me on a cranky day once and I said something to offend that I don't recall.

Trust me, Mom2. Even if you took your worst day ever and added a dose of methamphetamine, you couldn't hold a patch to some of the, ah... contributors on ToledoTalk.

No offense to you intended.

In all the time I've been active on ToledoTalk, there are only two or three users I would have ignored. Researcher, whose account is currently deactivated, is one. Gary the drunk and Mike Coon would be candidates, but AC and HistoryMike out them so quickly that it's pointless to ignore them.

Shoot, AC can spot Coonie coming in from 1000 yards, which is likely why he doesn't show up much anymore.

No, I think this is a good feature.

posted by madjack on May 26, 2013 at 07:25:26 am     #   2 people liked this

AC - Coffee out my nose funny!

posted by Molsonator on May 26, 2013 at 07:55:28 am     #  

I thought Researcher came back...?

posted by Sohio on May 26, 2013 at 09:29:43 am     #  

madjack posted at 08:25:26 AM on May 26, 2013:

From Mom2: Unless he caught me on a cranky day once and I said something to offend that I don't recall.

Trust me, Mom2. Even if you took your worst day ever and added a dose of methamphetamine, you couldn't hold a patch to some of the, ah... contributors on ToledoTalk.

No offense to you intended.

In all the time I've been active on ToledoTalk, there are only two or three users I would have ignored. Researcher, whose account is currently deactivated, is one. Gary the drunk and Mike Coon would be candidates, but AC and HistoryMike out them so quickly that it's pointless to ignore them.

Shoot, AC can spot Coonie coming in from 1000 yards, which is likely why he doesn't show up much anymore.

No, I think this is a good feature.

Why did you have to say his name?!?! Don't you know not to do that?!?! It's like saying V*ld*m*rt or B**tl*j**c* or C*ndl*J*ck, sometimes they even know when you block letters in their na-

posted by anonymouscoward on May 26, 2013 at 09:33:18 am     #   4 people liked this

for the record, i was kidding about mom2 & foodie
i can't imagine ignoring anyone on this lovely message board but guestzero

posted by nits on May 26, 2013 at 10:02:15 am     #   7 people liked this

What is the last name AC C*ndl* J*ck??

posted by Linecrosser on May 26, 2013 at 01:58:45 pm     #  

"for the record, i was kidding about mom2 & foodie"

I know nits - me too.

But it illustrates a point of how easy it will now be to ignore someone and quite possibly miss related, important points of info. As obnoxious as I find AC, every now and then a nugget of sense manages to make it's way to his keyboard and onto these forums. I wouldn't want to "ignore" that.

That being said, should Researcher return, I'd really have to fight with myself to not activate the "hide comments" feature on him. I'm sorry to say but I found he brought nothing to the party here but sarcastic, one sentence troll bombs.

Of course, then there's Ryan - currently still enjoying fish sandwiches I believe.

posted by Foodie on May 27, 2013 at 05:54:53 am     #   2 people liked this

anonymouscoward posted at 10:33:18 AM on May 26, 2013:
madjack posted at 08:25:26 AM on May 26, 2013:

From Mom2: Unless he caught me on a cranky day once and I said something to offend that I don't recall.

Trust me, Mom2. Even if you took your worst day ever and added a dose of methamphetamine, you couldn't hold a patch to some of the, ah... contributors on ToledoTalk.

No offense to you intended.

In all the time I've been active on ToledoTalk, there are only two or three users I would have ignored. Researcher, whose account is currently deactivated, is one. Gary the drunk and Mike Coon would be candidates, but AC and HistoryMike out them so quickly that it's pointless to ignore them.

Shoot, AC can spot Coonie coming in from 1000 yards, which is likely why he doesn't show up much anymore.

No, I think this is a good feature.

Why did you have to say his name?!?! Don't you know not to do that?!?! It's like saying V*ld*m*rt or B**tl*j**c* or C*ndl*J*ck, sometimes they even know when you block letters in their na-

Because I wasn't thinking, that's why. As for the rest of your post, this is just the kind of superstitious nonsense I'd expect from you, minus the profanities.

All and Sundry: AC means Voldemort (Harry Potter), Beetlejuice (Whup! Nobody say the Bee word!) and Candlejack (from the carto

posted by madjack on May 27, 2013 at 09:06:27 am     #   3 people liked this

Never heard of Candlejack.

posted by Linecrosser on May 27, 2013 at 09:28:31 am     #   1 person liked this

I'll never use this feature. How can I discuss things with people if I'm deleting their comments from my screen before I see them?

posted by GuestZero on May 28, 2013 at 10:40:23 am     #   2 people liked this

You cant as far as I can tell, once you ignore them they disappear except for the footer on the bottom, all their typed text is hidden. I have seen a rating system that uses a slider to put the threshold of the posts, say anything that get too many ! or gets enough + votes would be either hidden or shown. It's used on
http://phys.org/
Among other sites their's seem the most intuitive though, a slider at the top of the comments sets the threshold for the posts, enough down votes and depending on your setting it will hide them for you.

posted by Linecrosser on May 28, 2013 at 10:52:00 pm     #  

"You cant as far as I can tell ... all their typed text is hidden."

Posted at the top of this page:

And if you want to read the hidden comment, you could click on the quote characters, located well to the right of the "posted by" line.

And posted a little further down this page:

The ignore feature is optional. If you don't like it, don't use it.

posted by jr on May 28, 2013 at 11:01:44 pm     #  

Thanks, jr!

posted by endcycle on May 29, 2013 at 11:41:43 am     #