I am a chronic blocker.
I admit it. I block people the second I think our interaction is going to be uselessly negative. I bring this up because a few times I have had people jump from account to account or have another G@Ger approach me after I've made the decision to block them, essentially to attack me on the grounds that I wrongfully blocked somebody for having a differing opinion - but I would like to explain myself.
I block people when I feel that their comments to me are antagonistic or if I feel their opinions are uninformative (meaning they are meant more for the sake of argument or controversy). A lot of people go off on tangeants that don't relate at all to what the topic of discussion is and approach it in a way that suggests they're really only there to argue, which is something I try to keep away from my work. I won't lie and say I haven't blocked somebody for the sake of ending an annoying argument or for the sake of avoiding annoyance, but all in all I make a point to be conscious of who I block, because I am open to multiple opinions and debate - I'm simply not open to unnecessary controversy that serves no benefit to anybody. I do however take the comments that I block people based solely on their difference of opinion to heart, and while I don't entirely agree with that, I will use it positively to make sure that this is something I never do in the future.
... However, at the same time, I have an itchy blocker-finger.
If I clock a G@Ger who I recognize as being somebody who makes really foul, crude, or offensive comments, I will block them long before they ever interact directly with me. Why? Because I don't need those kinds of people lurking around the things I work hard on, because when I post questions or takes, I post them with the intention of them being helpful to the reader. Knowing that there are people on G@G who get a kick out of bringing nothing but negativity to takes and questions, I make an equally conscious effort to try and keep them out of something that is intended to be positive.
So, if anybody were to ask me why I block other users so quickly, to sum it all up into a single point, its this: I block people when I feel they are going to bring something negative to the conversation - not because they don't agree with me or because they don't like me or what I have to say. If somebody wants to challenge my opinion, that's fine, so long as they aren't a complete jerk about it I'm happy to debate a subject with anybody.
Have a good Friday evening everybody and thanks for reading my little diatribe.