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Ignore Feature Suggestion

Do you think an ignore feature is a good idea and would stop arguments?

Yes71%[ 5 ]
No29%[ 2 ]

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Posted: Sun, 14th Jun 2009, 11:36am

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No Respite Productions

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Hello,

Sorry if this comes across as being either incredibly up my own backside, or against the ethos of the FXHome community forum... but I was wondering if an "ignore" feature could be implemented... not for forum threads but for actual users themselves.

Even as a relatively new user, I've noticed an awful lot of guff seeping into virtually every thread going these days. It's becoming very difficult to seperate the wheat from the chaff, and the pointless contributions from some users are becoming a little long in the tooth, and further diluting the intelligent and relevant contributions from other users.

An ignore feature would helpfully hide from the member, submissions from individuals who they believe add little or nothing to forum posts. If people used this feature then it would no doubt reduce the number of arguments on the FXHome forums, and negative ratings, and generally make the place a lot nicer and friendly.

Anyway just a wild and crazy idea, just a consideration for any future plans you have for the website.

NR
Posted: Mon, 15th Jun 2009, 9:01am

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malone

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Unfortunately that feature would be too difficult to add to the current version of the website. But it's certainly something we'd consider for the next version. I think as the community continues to grow those sort of features will be very useful.

Thanks for the suggestion.
Posted: Mon, 15th Jun 2009, 9:07am

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Simon K Jones

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In the meantime, the best thing to do is to try to subtly re-educate the troublemakers. In most cases they're just ignorant, and showing the right way to do things will fix the problem. Many of the most valued community members over the years have started off as annoying little brats when they first arrived, don't forget. razz

Do resist simply having a go at them, though, as that won't improve the situation at all.
Posted: Mon, 15th Jun 2009, 9:33am

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Sollthar

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Despite the fact I have also often longed for a feature like this and also said the same, I'd advise against it. If you would have certain users on ignore eg not see their posts, what could and eventually would happen is the same as in chat:
You can't see the whole debate. Which would lead to users repeating what others have already said or, worst case scenario, make threads entirely unreadable because each user has a different version of it. Eventually, that could make dialogue almost impossible and clog up the forums even more.

Having said that, I agree that there are users on this site that are best ignored. Wheter they're ignorant or just plain obtuseand annoying. But surely, you don't need a forum option to do that. Since you see which user has actually written a post, you can choose to skip their posts and ignore them manually. No one forces you to read their posts or reply to them.

So my answer is this

Do you think an ignore feature is a good idea and would stop arguments?
Yes. But you have an ignore feature installed in your brain already. There's no need to add one to the forums.
Posted: Mon, 15th Jun 2009, 9:39am

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Simon K Jones

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Sollthar makes a very good point. Aside from making the forums unpredictable, an 'ignore' feature also removes the possibility of people learning and improving - if people are ignored as soon as they make a single mistake, then they're never going to learn.
Posted: Mon, 15th Jun 2009, 5:29pm

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No Respite Productions

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Thanks for the comments guys, some really good thoughts here and I agree with them all. Such a feature certainly has it's downsides, fragmenting discussion and leading to repetition.

I must admit after I'd thought of it, I did realise that what would work better would be an auto-hide feature similar to the spam feature on YouTube, so you can easily get at the content from the ignored user should you need to, by simply clicking on a "view post" link... it's just initially hidden from view.

I agree with you Tarn, the first course of action should be educating the newer users in the workings of the forum and etiquette, it just seems that one or two don't want to get it. Of course the other danger factor is age as you point out. There is a world of difference between, well let's say a 23yr old and a 19yr old. So it would be a shame to almost permanently ostracise someone from view simply because they still need to just grow and develop a little more.

Sollthar, very good points. I must admit I've always argued that people shouldn't be silenced from their point of view because, like you say, no one is forced to read it and you certainly don't have to spend time replying to it. So where is the harm?

So my angle would be that this would help make browsing the forums a slicker process, getting to the information and having at least some of the fat trimmed, as it were.

Yes. But you have an ignore feature installed in your brain already. There's no need to add one to the forums.
You are spot on, unfortunately I've become so used to using the mute feature on XBOX live games to silence the annoying, that I've lost the art of tuning it out manually wink

Thanks for your thoughts guys!