I don't pay too much attention to the friends system, AKA the augmented social networking organ that is typical of any forum. I'd rather just have a few upvotes and positive comments here and there, rather than have everyone like me.
As others have said, blocking is necessary if you want to avoid misery on this site. I know it's a little bit taboo because it's exclusionary and it's akin to taking your ball and going home after losing the first round.
But I don't think there's any honor lost in pulling the plug on someone who just wants to bust your chops for not subscribing to their world views.
Neither do I think it's wrong to block somebody who is just plain annoying because they always make sarcastic and cynical comments. I know that I can be sarcastic and cynical myself, who isn't, but when I block somebody for being this way it's because they do it excessively, and they tend to deliberately misinterpret questions and answers just to derail the topic and gain attention for themselves.
But, of course, nothing is infallible. If someone hates your guts enough, they'll find a way around the safeguards.
33 accounts are currently on my "friends list". That number should be a lot lower and I WOULD make it lower... but there's just no more passion to really give a damn.
My block list stands at 30. I'll pull the trigger on anyone who comes off as bitchy, narcissistic, or shows that they are a complete waste of my GAG time (people who think one way or the highway). I've saved a lot of time just by preventing idiots from commenting on my answers.
I have 14 at the moment. 11 of which I talk to/interacted with on a semi-regular basis. The other 3 were added recently and will probably be deleted in the next week or so since the are quite. Had tons of people add me, but if I don't interact with them then I delete them. I have 29 blocked at the moment.
None. I'm not doing that. Digital friends mean nothing to me. I have to meet people ONLY. I deleted all my Facebook friends except a few- maybe 5 or 6 because the friends I have don't need Facebook to be my friend. That's just the reality of life. And there is only one reality. And this isn't it. I block people who try to tell me what to do, when to do it, how to spend my money or time, or get me in trouble, or show things I don't want to get involved with, or trample on my privacy, or advertisers, and I don't do any APPS. I hate that. I block old classmates who I never liked or jesus freaks and stuff. Whores and stuff.
62. 5 blocked and soon to have a 6th. I block people who cannot think outside their own little box and feel the need to insult someones character, personality, and intelligence in disagreements. Such as one user who answered here notoriously does that.
0. All the rest blocked. I'm not here to make friends. I'm here to ask questions and to answer people. I've had friends here before and all of them ended up creeping me out or nagging me too much, so now I don't accept friends requests anymore.
I have 204 friends and mostly they added me.I added few because I like their answers or questions.
I have 12 blocked.2 of them blocked me after argued about stupid things and coward to valid their points.So I had to block them back.
One was a self hater dude who is very obsess with racial questions and insult other races including his own and mine.He then added me again and again.I keep denying and still he added me so he gave me no choice...Another 9 were online sexual perverts who tried to cyber with me.
reasons for adding are funny or kind responses or trying to help others. Blocking because they are stalkers and majority of them blocked me first then stalk my questions by down voting so I block so they can't mess with my answers/questions