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entropy
2006-03-22, 08:06 PM
After getting rather irritated with the number of useless (in my opinion) threads in RSU, I decided to start an aggressive ignore list. I began by placing about 20 users on it, and then adding more in at the rate of 7-10 a week. I'm somewhere near the 100 users blocked mark, so I figured I'd let people know how it has panned out.

It's working quite well. My RSU front page is almost always whittled down to about 10 threads, all of which are the only ones I'd be interested in reading anyway. Most of what is left are ride reports, interesting videos and pictures, uni events, cool accomplishments, purposeful equipment discussion and intelligent questions from both newbies and veterans.

A couple of complaints / ideas:
While threads started by blocked users are filtered from search results, individual posts remain. There's a lot of digital chaff floating around in the RSU history, making it difficult to find a good specific post, especially if it resides inside a long thread started by a blocked user (somewhat common).

Also, when you click on a username, an "add user to ignore list" option would be nice, maybe below the "add user to buddy list" option. As far as I can tell it currently takes three clicks plus a "copy-paste" operation to ignore a user.

It would be cool if I could shut off the ignore list for viewing other forums, like Just Conversation.

If anyone's interested, here's my personal RSU "blocked" criteria:

Horrible spelling, grammar, and punctuation by a native english speaker ("lolz I knEed help frum u PS im lik 18 so dont eckspects me to spel gude k thx bbi")
Which uni is "bestest and strongerest"?
One-word and/or purposeless posts
Chattiness
Lazy questions
Pointless profanity
Abusive treatment of others / Trolling
Polls of any kind

And sometimes: Discussion of unicycling topics that I just find uninteresting.

James_Potter
2006-03-22, 08:09 PM
am I on your list?

Mikefule
2006-03-22, 08:15 PM
You may be depriving yourself of some useful posts too.

I have only two people on my ignore list. I tolerate a certain amount of good natured inanity. It's only when someone is persistently inane or boorish that I feel the need to block them.

The problem I then get is when one of the people "ignored" is extensively quoted in a later post on a thread. I can't help reading the quote, then I get irritated because it's so predictable.

Maybe I just need to loosen up a bit.

It is now over two months since I've had the opportunity to ride a unicycle at all, and it's only the general chit chat in the forum that's kept my morale up.

Gilby
2006-03-22, 08:18 PM
You may be depriving yourself of some useful posts too.The alternative though is to spend a lot more time reading useless posts, in which case time becomes a limiting factor that makes you miss even more useful posts that by filtering.

In anycase, it's good to hear that the tools available are helping.

ntappin
2006-03-22, 08:34 PM
Can you still get pms from people on your ignore list?

phil
2006-03-22, 08:49 PM
am I on your list?
<insert standard ignore list "who said that?" joke here> :)

Phil

chosen
2006-03-22, 08:53 PM
he cant see what any of us are writing....we're all on his ignore list...lol!

James_Potter
2006-03-22, 09:07 PM
he cant see what any of us are writing....we're all on his ignore list...lol!
he probably thinks no one is replying...hey, can I ignore myself? test time.

EDIT
Sorry, you can not add yourself to your own ignore list.

toddw9
2006-03-22, 09:18 PM
My prediction is that everyone who posts in this thread gets ignored. Actually I don't really mind filtering through the useless posts, some of them are kind of entertaining. Most of the time I'll just look at the first post and decide if I want to keep reading from there. If I decide not to, it's only cost me about 10 seconds so it's nothing I'm gonna worry about.

habbywall
2006-03-22, 09:25 PM
if he is ignoreing you he just cant see if you start a thread but he can still see you in the replys

entropy
2006-03-22, 09:26 PM
Generally, if there's a thread of interest, I'll still click through the blocked warnings and read most posts. It isn't that much of a hinderance.

The most useful thing about it (for me) is that it completely drops a huge chunk of uninteresting threads from my front page. I probably miss a few interesting posts here and there, but...ignorance is bliss. :D

And no, I won't entertain any "am I on your list" questions. It's nothing personal if you are, and nothing special if you aren't!

James_Potter
2006-03-22, 09:48 PM
And no, I won't entertain any "am I on your list" questions. It's nothing personal if you are, and nothing special if you aren't!
I bet I am :)

chosen
2006-03-23, 02:25 AM
i think it would be funny if i am.....only people i blocked were evan, catboy, and like a few others...

BillyTheMountain
2006-03-23, 02:29 AM
If anyone's interested, here's my personal RSU "blocked" criteria:

Abusive treatment of others / Trolling

.

What's trolling?

monkeyman
2006-03-23, 02:33 AM
I bet I am :)
Let the world know, James Potter posted a correctly written post, with capitalization and all.
So what does ignoring someone do?
For instance, if I ignore Habbywall, would all of his spam forums on JC go away? How about his replies?

monkeyman
2006-03-23, 02:40 AM
What's trolling?
I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure it's blatant stupidity...like just being anoying on purpose, posts with no content, things like that
Don't quote me on that though

entropy
2006-03-23, 02:43 AM
I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure it's blatant stupidity...like just being anoying on purpose, posts with no content, things like that Yes, that's pretty much what I meant.
Don't quote me on that though
Oops...

monkeyman
2006-03-23, 02:49 AM
I can't believe you did that man...how could you

trials_uni
2006-03-23, 03:01 AM
so i think the most high ranking troll is probly habbywall lol

maestro8
2006-03-23, 03:03 AM
What's trolling?
Wikipedia: Internet troll (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll)

I'll admit to trolling in JC. I keeps it real in RSU, doe.

monkeyman
2006-03-23, 03:06 AM
so i think the most high ranking troll is probly habbywall lol
In a word, yes

trials_uni
2006-03-23, 03:07 AM
ok so maxisback is king troll...thats cool.

BillyTheMountain
2006-03-24, 12:38 PM
Wikipedia: Internet troll (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll)

I'll admit to trolling in JC. I keeps it real in RSU, doe.

"There is strong evidence for this in the existence of forums that claim to exist specifically to support trolls and trolling, to exchange troll tips, and to identify targets that other trolls might fruitfully bait or debate.

This is mainly due to the fact that since players take their rankings seriously, that some would resort to solidifying their reputations by creating self made threads designed to praise his favored account. Threads such as "most favorite players", "name your top ten players", etc. are suspected to be highly manipulated self-made threads designed to increase the influence and reputation of a specific username.

[edit]

Remember when WE had reputations?

Thanks Maestro!

yoopers
2006-03-24, 01:59 PM
so i think the most high ranking troll is probly habbywall lol
Habbywall lives in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. So he is a troll because he lives below the bridge (http://www.mackinacbridge.org).

maestro8
2006-03-24, 05:57 PM
Remember when WE had reputations?
We still do, kinda sorta. We just can't wear 'em on our sleeve anymore.