A Block button
A block button to prevent other users from seeing your posts, going into your post history and continuously attacking you everywhere you go would be incredibly useful. The mute button stops you from seeing people's posts but it obviously doesn't stop others from seeing your posts and post history. People with ill will just goes through your post history and constantly attack you even after you mute them.
Cutting off interaction between two very hostile parties with a block button will save everyone a headache in the short and long term. It will also improve the article comments section tremendously.
Robert Harris commented
I can definitely see a block button cleaning up some of the personal attacks, stalking, trolling and other nonconstructive comments in the article discussions. Muting only does half the job. It doesn't make sense to just have one person blocked from seeing posts but the other person is free to stalk and continue attacking.
Jim Bryant commented
This will be one of the most useful features ever if Yahoo decides to implement a proper blocking mechanism. I cannot emphasize this enough: people can be very petty and persistent. Maybe the mute should just be upgraded to block others from seeing your posts in addition to blocing you from seeing their posts? Also add a way to unmute if you accidentally mute or otherwise want to unmute someone.
Jason Statham commented
I would like to use a block button feature as described in op post as soon as possible.
Why is there no way to unmute someone in the comments?
I would like to request a block button as well. The little bit of control over our own content will go a long way. There are also quite a few people in the comments section that are not interested in thoughtful discourse. Some users apparently just find it amusing to stalk other users for years on end.
Being able to block would be incredibly helpful.
I'm wondering why Yahoo doesn't already have a block button. This is a convenient feature offered by many other sites with reader commentary sections.
A way to unmute someone would be nice too.
John Hayes commented
A block button can't come soon enough.
Nothing good will come from allowing obsessed haters to comb through your posts. They'll keep doing it over and over. This turns the comment section into a cesspool.
This gives users a little bit more control over their own content which would be greatly appreciated. I can see myself going to Yahoo more for news articles with this improvement in the comments section. I think the article comments section already gives Yahoo News a massive advantage over other news sites that don't offer something similar. It will be even better with a block button.
There are many very angry people in the comments section of various Yahoo articles and I've seen people hold a grudge for many years. This block button would do wonders to alleviate toxicity and other unproductive comments. Maybe this can also serve as a deterrent against future abuses similar to Twitter's block button. Who wants to be blocked by everyone and end up talking to themselves after all?
Jim R commented
This is a really good idea and absolutely needed asap in the comments section. Many other sites with comments sections have a block button for good reason. It works to prevent further abuses, trolling and other waste of time nonsense from the more persistent abusers. Please give us a block button for the comments section Yahoo.
PK CFA commented
This would be a great benefit to the comments section as it enhances the quality of discussion.