Self-Toggling Feature

I have been toggling trolls left and right lately. Yes, it prevents me from having to read their crap but it does not prevent them from still writing negative responses in response to something I posted that had nothing to do with them. Then I get PM's from other forum members letting me know that Troll #1 is saying this and Troll #2 is saying this. Kinda defeats the purpose, doesn't it?

How about a feature so a forum member can basically toggle themselves (hiding their own posts) from even being viewed by these trolls and negative, argumentative posters? Since a toggle feature is already in place, this should not be a difficult addition.

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Would there be anything left to readsmiling smiley

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As long as you, bgriffin, MDavis and several others don't decide to become trolls, I think I will be fine. And of course the new members who are seriously looking for advice and don't go all ballistic when someone disagrees with them.
There are some regular posters that are slightly trollish.
Sort of like this:



They know what they are doing and act very innocent about it.
I'm not going to call out anyone.
@Sybil2 wrote:

Was there really a need to post this in two different threads on similar subjects?

I thought it didn't post the first time. Oops.
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/29/2015 11:20PM by MDavisnowell.
I have often wanted to hide my own posts from certain people, wouldn't that be toggling myself? smiling smiley

Time to build a bigger bridge.
Yes, I think that's what the OP meant.

There are two types of people in this world: Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data.
@dspeakes wrote:

I have often wanted to hide my own posts from certain people, wouldn't that be toggling myself? smiling smiley

Yes, that was my point. I have no idea if Jacob has read this thread since he has not commented on it.
@Eric in Tampa wrote:

So basically Sybil, your asking for a feature that would enable for me to toggle myself?

Eric, I am guessing that you are a man (who lives in Tampa.) If that is a correct assumption, I am sure that you already have the self-toggling feature well in hand. {halo}
Yes, I've read this. I don't think I will implement the self toggling idea. But, it definitely gives me something to think about.
What about a block feature?

Where it says "PM this person," "Add this person to my buddy list," there could also be a "Block this person" option. Obviously this would be reserved for the Trolls and not used to be petty, but then when that blocked person is reading the forum, on their end they would just see "You are blocked from reading this post."

Infuriating to a Troll, but they can't then reply with negative comments to a poster's comments who has them toggled out of view (As Sybil2 explained it). This would cancel each side out evenely as far as no visibility, and hopefully no feedback (Troll feeding) would help put an end to the problem.

Where are we going... and why are we in a hand basket?
The problem with that is a person might block someone they want to speak ill of. The person maligned wouldn't know it if they were blocked. So the insult, lies, whatever would hang out there for everyone to see except the person most in the position to refute it (or sue them for libel).

On that basis I guess it wouldn't be a good idea to let us toggle ourselves from certain people.


I've been observing the effect of something recently implemented that I wasn't aware of. I was curious about the notable absence of a certain troll so I did a search to see if he'd been on lately. His posts still come up in a search on his name, but if you click through to the thread in question, all his posts are hidden. The only way you can read what he said about anything is if someone happened to quote him. The posts are hidden, not deleted, but there is no placeholder saying "post hidden" as with a toggled member or any other clue that there was something there that other people are responding to.

This is a kind of "self-toggle" but it was done by Jacob or the mods. The effect is what would happen if someone toggled themselves from everyone in the forum. It's a very bizarre effect. Since there is no explanation within the thread that a certain poster's posts are no longer visible, any newbie who was searching on the topic of the thread would read through that and wonder if we'd all lost our minds because the thread no longer makes any sense. In one case, the troll started the thread with a misleading title. I was the first responder to his post which makes it look like *I* was the one who started the thread since the OP is not there any more.


I ran onto another "former member" (who may be here under a new alias) who went back and deleted the content of most of her posts going back months, replacing it with comments "deleted for ....(fill in the blank for some lame reason)."

The archives are now blocked from additional posts; I wonder if maybe those old threads shouldn't just be deleted. There's not a lot that's over a year old that can truly be considered relevant any more, with all the mergers and changes in who shops whom, and guidelines changes. If a thread isn't stickied and hasn't had activity in a year, maybe it's no longer useful and it could be counter productive to keep it in the archives, especially once it has been modified by the removal of posts.

Time to build a bigger bridge.
Sybil, I don't understand the correlation. Please clarify?


@Sybil2 wrote:

@Eric in Tampa wrote:

So basically Sybil, your asking for a feature that would enable for me to toggle myself?

Eric, I am guessing that you are a man (who lives in Tampa.) If that is a correct assumption, I am sure that you already have the self-toggling feature well in hand. {halo}
I doubt that. Yet in your case, I'm certain you do so more often since the Roosevelt administration. TR, not FDR.

@dspeakes wrote:

I think a lot of people would like that.
@scanman1 wrote:

There are some regular posters that are slightly trollish.
Sort of like this:



They know what they are doing and act very innocent about it.
I'm not going to call out anyone.

I am currently Trollish, but am thinking of converting. Also, I have not toggled myself since I was a teenager. It causes blindness, you know...
@Eric in Tampa wrote:

I doubt that. Yet in your case, I'm certain you do so more often since the Roosevelt administration. TR, not FDR.

@dspeakes wrote:

I think a lot of people would like that.

Yawn.

I suspect this was another lame attempt at insulting me but I haven't got a clue what you're talking about. Please don't bother to explain, I'm sure nobody cares what your point was anyway.

Time to build a bigger bridge.
I think you two need to get a roomwinking smiley

Equal rights for others does not mean fewer rights for you. It's not pie.
"I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag." -Molly Ivins
Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of your time and it really annoys the pig.
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