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Re: Regarding the Chatterbox

by Petruchio (Vicar)
on Mar 22, 2001 at 23:45 UTC ( #66430=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Regarding the Chatterbox

Footpad: "When a monk sent a message to someone who's /declined them, CB would respond with a comment along the lines of Footpad declined your message."

This should be optional, in my opinion. Such a message communicates to a troll the state of your settings, and there is no sense giving them even small advantages.

One of the good things about /ignore is that it keeps malicious users guessing; they must listen carefully for clues to see who's ignoring them and who's lurking. If there were a way to verify users' settings, a troll would know who not to bother with, and which people who didn't respond to him were actually listening. This would allow him to concentrate his efforts. He could also know when people changed their settings, and try to deduce why.

Okay... so this is getting a little paranoid about chatterbox security. :-) Nevertheless, this sort of choice does have tangible consequences.

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Re: Re: Regarding the Chatterbox
by dws (Chancellor) on Mar 23, 2001 at 00:00 UTC
    The problem with keeping trolls guessing by not sending them a clue (in the form of a dws has declined your message response), is that some people get decidedly more annoyed (and annoying) when they feel that other people aren't listening. That could result in behavior that negatively affects other monks.

    This is a tough one. If some troll were to starting pestering the CB with "why isn't Footpad responding to me? what have I done?" messages, it puts me in the position of either having to /ignore them, or get involved as a third party to try to quiet the mess down. Neither of these I want to do.

    What to do? Are you on the road towards banning users?

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