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Tools/features to help users deal with trolls

Here are some tools/features to help users deal with trolls and trolling:

- Allow users to block other users so that they don't see their posted questions or answers. There are some troll users here that I know will never ask a legitimate question, and that will only post abusive answers . . . for example, there are users only ever post racist questions. A feature hiding their posted questions, answers, and comments would be nice - if I can't see it, then it won't bother me.

- Allow users to hide their questions and answers from others users, so that they can't see them; you can hide your list of questions and answers on your profile pages, but it would nice to have the ability to hide my posted questions and answers from trolls - if they can't see it, they can't troll it.

- Users you have blocked should also be blocked from posting comments at your questions - at the moment, if blocked, they just spam their abuse in the comments areas of other user answers.

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  • Banned for Life commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Blocking should be reciprocal. When one user blocks another the one blocking it making a statement that he/she wants no contact with the user being blocked. This has ALWAYS worked this way when it comes to user e-mail, as it should.

    However, the current block function allows users to block other users while continuing to answer the blocked users' questions and post comments on the blocked users' answers. This allows a troll to post inflammatory questions (or "questions") solely for the purpose of blocking those who respond, and the number of trolls using this tactic appears to be growing.

    The user who has been subjected to this abuse should not have to use his/her OWN block limit just to put a stop to it.

  • Jeremy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There are ways you could do it. For example, have a question that would only show up for a user when they're logged in and not on the question asker's blocked list.

  • Rover commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    " Allow users to hide their questions and answers from others users,"

    and how do you suggest they hide questions from trolls without hiding them from people who want to answer?

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