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RE: Chatterbox abuse and possible remedies

by neshura (Chaplain)
on Jun 03, 2000 at 00:47 UTC ( #16118=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Chatterbox abuse and possible remedies

I would like to first thank you vroom for asking our opinions -- you always do, and it is (at least on my part) much appreciated.

Having been one of the people waiting for masturbator's garbage to clear out of the chatterbox, I believe the ignore feature is pretty useful and should stay in as a feature. It's a little sad, yes, but the perl monks world isn't much different from the real world, except in the real world it probably takes a few more mouse clicks to get a restraining order.

I don't see a need yet for giving out /ban authority, that seems like too much check and too little balance. But perhaps in the future it will be needed if the site continues to grow and attract attention.

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RE: RE: Chatterbox abuse and possible remedies
by mikfire (Deacon) on Jun 03, 2000 at 02:12 UTC
    Well said, neshura. If a /ban function is implemented, how can it be enforced? By IP? Proxies make that really hard to do - I would hate to find myself banned because somebody else at my VLC was being an ass. By userid? All the person needs to do is to create another ID and continue in their fashion.

    While the /ignore faces similar problems, I think a person is less likely to lash out to people ignoring them than they are to being banned.

    In reference to ZZamboni's later comment, I do not much like the idea of an automated system deciding when I am banned. That starts begging for a weird popularity contest.

    If a /ban function becomes necessary, maybe we could have it autoexpire in, say, 24 hours or something? It kind of enforces a cool-off period and makes whoever wields such power have to manually enforce a ban of a longer period.

    Out of curiousity, if I /ignore somebody, do they stay ignored until I /unignore them? Does this ignore work only in the chatterbox or is it more like the ( infamous ) Jon Katz filters on /. and ignore *everything* from that user?

    mikfire

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