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Request: Ignored User Ban


ihn

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I'm not sure where to place requests, but I think it would be an excellent feature.

Here's how it would work.

Once a user reaches a specific amount of ignored lists (lets say 25 for the sake of explaining, but the number would be determined by the admin) then they would be instantly banned from the community.

This would encourage users to ignore users that annoy them instead of putting more weight on the moderation staff to hash out issues. On rather large forums it would work beautifully to resolve confrontations because then users would actually ignore the users that annoy them and cause a rift instead of causing confrontations in an effort to get them banned. They'll know in the back of their mind they are contributing to the community by weeding out the "trolls" instead of relying on the staff to make unpopular decisions.

Therefore killing two birds with one stone... avoiding confrontation with posters by using the ignore feature and allowing the community to decide when someone is a threat to the popular opinion.

When you have 20 different users ganging up on another one who isn't technically breaking the rules (just sharing an unpopular opinion), it forces the moderators to make hard decisions. If the onus is placed on the community, I think it would make them happy to use the ignore feature.

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It wouldn't happen with ours, we'd catch them before they even got close to getting away with it--everyone at my site knows better than to abuse these types of features... Besides, that would mean they would need 25 different emails. If it were a smaller number, say 5 ignores to ban someone, then I can see it becoming a problem but the number of ignores would be determined by the admin and to safely use the feature I'd say 25-50 would be a good number. Could be 100 if you wanted.

If someone did that and took advantage of that feature we would ban them right away, either way I think it's something that most communities could find useful, I'd definitely pay someone to do this.

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I'd definitely pay someone to do this.




Then you should request it in the appropriate forum.

I think it's a neat idea for an add-on, but far too easy to misunderstand and misuse which could cause illegitimate bans. That would cast IPS in a negative light if it were a default feature, but as an add-on the admin takes responsibility for adding it to their community.
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Ahh, this would be the wrong forum then.

My apologies, there are so many forums here sometimes I just did't know where to put the topic.

Good point though, I never meant for it to be a default feature of the IP series, unless they allowed it to be a feature that had an "on/off" switch. As an add-on that would be more realistic.

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