Pulling this old thread regarding blocking up since the topic is on the board. We lost a great member because of harassment. I've gone through the same thing recently ( this person even stalked me offsite, attempting to follow me across social networking platforms, as well as discovered one of my biggest clients, and left a string of comments/questions across their page ). I fought back successfully; but, I am a fighter and not intimidated by a bully. Starlite tried with this thread, but eventually left.
Until you can determine the logistics of forum posts, etc., I would love to see the blocking feature implemented in at least in the following: 1.
When you are logged out, you cannot select "comments" from a member's profile in order to view them ( see attached). I would like to see that for blocked members as well. This will prevent a lot of discord if they're obsessively reading through a filter that everything is about them. 2.
A blocked member still has access to your lists: poetry, RL, complete profile view, etc. I would like to see that stopped. The only thing I would like blocked members to see is the screenshot view I have attached. 3.
A blocked member would have zero access to your poetry. If they log out to read, there is an option of hiding your poems to non-members. And because there is a policy in place regarding the disclosure of multiple profiles, violation of this warrants banning ( although I do realize that some will circumvent the technology - which should reveal just how obsessed they are to themselves if no one else ).
Blocking should mean blocking, just as No should mean No. Unfortunately, to a bully it doesn't. I have less than a handful blocked for a substantial reason ( mainly non-compliant harassment after requests ). I don't block members because I do not like
them. I don't hate
anyone. We all evolve in our own time. For the most part, I simply don't want negative, passive/aggressive imprints out of a spiteful, "I'll do what I want despite your wishes" attitude in the comments of my poetry. It's that simple.
If someone cannot respect another's wishes to be left alone, they have a personal issue of growth stemming around control that they need to address. Everyone has the right to associate with whom they choose; but, no one has the right to insert themselves into another's life, particularly when they are aware their presence is not welcomed.
It's a shame that adults cannot adult at times - but writers, artists, and the like can be emotionally passionate, thus discord. I love spirited debate done in the correct manner; however, draw the line at name-calling, harassment, and stalking on or off-site ( though I realize Admin has no off-site control ).
There was a time I could just overlook people, but when they begin shadowing you on and off-site, that is a different ball game altogether, and shows you the type of person you're dealing with. No one should be subjected to that when they simply want to enjoy a poetry site.