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El Thorvaldo Moderator

Working the Gaslights
20 Sep 2023, 05:00 PM

One more phantom block and I am seriously going to lose it. I appreciate that my playing custodian without an official mod badge may rub some users the wrong way, but when I'm getting shut out by people I haven't directly interacted with in months, after they send me a friend request, I can't help feeling I've stumbled into some sort of forum drama crossfire.

Am I missing something, or is this cosmic counterbalance for me dodging all the dA feuds?

Comments (8)

Posted: Wednesday, 20 September, 2023 @ 05:34 PM

i know a lot of people block very frequently just 2 set boundaries and curate their experience online, 9/10 its nothing they have against you and will be something very minor, try not 2 take it personally (speaking as someone who has a horrifically long blocklist on toyhouse, funnily enough i havent blocked anyone here)

Posted: Wednesday, 20 September, 2023 @ 05:50 PM

@4FFLU3NZ4: Aye, I'm from the old school where blocking was the last resort after dialogue fails, and I've still not adjusted to the social media era of peremptory walls. :P I like to think I give people the respect they're due, so this sort of stuff I can't help but take personally.

@BadKarma and I were speccing an 'Ignore' feature to act as a 'block-lite', so that this sort of casual usage doesn't leave people feeling like they're being trolled. Now that 5.18's up I should get around to drafting the thread for public input.

Posted: Wednesday, 20 September, 2023 @ 07:09 PM

@Thorvald: thats very fair enough, and oooh genuinely a great idea, will it be like a "mute" type thing?

Posted: Wednesday, 20 September, 2023 @ 09:15 PM

@4FFLU3NZ4: Aye, it would basically function as a complement to tag and ratings filters, potentially configurable by individual elements (uploads v. journals v. comments, &c.)—something to let users screen content they don't want to deal with, without shutting people out completely. (I had several friends on dA whose galleries I didn't care for, but with whom I had a strong social rapport.) Side 7's mission statement is to foster an artistic community, and "casual blocking" would seem to contravene that spirit.

Blocking on S7 is pretty drastic: existing comments appear to be wiped from the gallery, and I'm not sure if that's a display toggle or permanent erasure. (Coming from B*zzly, where banned/retired users have their entire comment histories torched, I'm especially sensitive to consequences for posterity.) However, since most content remains viewable to guest users, there's a concern that blocking can be weaponized for trolling, whereas it's intended as a last recourse against serious abuse. Providing an intermediary mute would let both parties carry on with minimal stress, and would help weed out malicious blocking.

Posted: Wednesday, 20 September, 2023 @ 10:10 PM

@Thorvald: Yep, you've basically covered it.

Posted: Thursday, 21 September, 2023 @ 05:41 AM

@Thorvald: oooh i see i see! that's a really good idea

Posted: Wednesday, 20 September, 2023 @ 11:22 PM

what 4FFLU3NZ4 said

nowadays it might seem like people block you for no reason, you are not the problem dw

you would have probably lost it if you were from toyhouse hsjsjd

Posted: Thursday, 21 September, 2023 @ 03:47 PM

@Camazotz: Yeah probably. XD

Given the blocks I got on dA were from an unstable personality, a career troll, and the vanguard general of the B*zzly shills, getting shut out by people I respect is a surprise to say the least. :p

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