The "Ignore" Function

Hello all, we made a rule about this.

You can “ignore” or “mute” other users if needed from your Preferences page found in the category named “users”. Notifications from muted users will be suppressed even if they mention you while posts from ignored users will not show up for you when reading threads. Please do not post that you have muted or ignored any particular users, even obliquely.

Pretty much explains itself eh? The last sentence is the noteworthy part. There should be no need to mention you’ve ignored someone on the forums. If it seems there would be some need to do something like that for whatever reason, I suggest contacting a mod. We noticed a tendency for this to become a form of attack in some cases, and that’s the reason we took this step. Thanks and we hope you continue to enjoy using the site!

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So if someone you aren’t ignoring asks why you aren’t replying to someone you are ignoring, what is a compliant way to respond while not causing confusion?

You could maybe ignore that person too?

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I reckon that it isn’t their business. Nobody is obligated to reply to anyone.

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A PM could work? That being said, if it was attempt to avoid confusion in response to a query as you describe, I wouldn’t see a problem with a tactful post to clear things up. If that seems confusing, perhaps contact a mod if it comes up.

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I could, but that would give the mistaken impression that I am avoiding the original question and the follow up one.

Yet it remains a common theme on many threads.

That’s what we’re trying to end.

To be honest, I think the good ol’ ‘I don’t want to talk to them right now’ or ‘I don’t wish to reply’ is probably the best reply.

That’s where the other party should leave it.

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Doesn’t seem like a huge problem. I don’t have anybody on ignore, but it doesn’t stop me from ignoring people.

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Makes sense. I think you responded to a recent post of mine in the same manner when I tried to answer a question but avoid running afoul of this rule I knew was coming.

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Huge problems are not the only problems.

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True, but a lot of small problems (and people) can be safely ignored. Like the way a lot of elderly people are selectively hard of hearing. It’s almost like a superpower.

I get it, but I don’t want to be disrespectful to people I respect while ignoring those I don’t.

Really if the only posting of this nature was the sort of common-sense thing you describe, we wouldn’t have had to make such a rule. Hard to word something to account for every possible eventuality, as I’m sure you understand.

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In that case, @tempogain’s PM suggestion makes good sense. I solve this problem by not putting anyone on mute or ignore and just doing it the old-fashioned way.

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“He’s a knob and not worth my time?”

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Non compliant!

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I do understand…I make rules for a living.

Still, I would suggest the following amended rule:

You can “ignore” or “mute” other users if desired from your Preferences page found in the category named “users”. Notifications from muted users will be suppressed even if they mention you, while posts from ignored users will not show up for you when reading threads. As a general rule, please do not post that you have muted or ignored any particular users. While it can sometimes provide clarification, if such a statement is used to insult or degrade another forum user it violates our community guidelines.

This would provide more clarity, address the specific concern, and avoid exceptions to the rule.

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I like it, but I tend to think what we have will do. We’ll see how it works out in practice.

What’s the OP talking about?

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