So I just got blocked by a QA for the first time since joining this site. It was kind of surprising as I hadn't really crossed any lines, I simply disagreed and told him that he was wrong about something. Anyway, he said some rude things back (nothing hurtful or obscene, simply rude) and blocked me so that he looks like he got the last word.
So I'm wondering, should we be allowed to block people JUST because they don't always agree with us? Sure we need a mechanism to prevent harassment and blatant belligerency, but if a respectful exchange is going on, I think that the moderators should be able to override it so as not to silence opposing views.
So what do you think?
Blocking should be entirely up to the QA for any reason
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Blocking should be verified by moderators SOLELY to stop harassment
It should be allowed, because there are cases of harassment, cyberbullying, cybersexing and spamming.
Some people do hit the block button easily, for not agreeing with them or telling them what they want to hear "my boyfriend watches p*rn and I hate it!" answerer1: most guys are going to watch p*rn. He's with you & loves you. accept it" BLOCKED! A bunch of users had that happen on a p*rn question.
Anyways, anon people shouldn't be allowed to block. Or what they should do, is when an anonymous person blocks you, they're automatically on your block list and you can remove them and they can remove you, but them unblocking doesn't mean they're off of your block list. People would get around the block by unblocking and commenting unnecessarily and then blocking again.
I know what you mean. I don't even know how many people I've been blocked by, because I've apparently pissed off plenty of anon users by disagreeing with them or pointing out huge holes in their point of view. Its not something we could really regulate, though, unless the mods or admins evaluated every single block request, which I doubt they want to spend their time doing.
People should be blocked for reasons such as harassment like you've stated but certainly not for disagreeing with someone as after all this site is based around people's difference in opinion. I agree with you completely, it's pretty much just shutting down your views and opposing argument to whatever question and well to be honest, anyone blocking you for that reason is probably very narrow minded and if they didn't want an opinion or discussion then maybe they should get off this site.
Some people are only open-minded to their own opinions. I've been blocked several times because of that. I rarely use that button unless the person blocks me first or curses me out for believing what I do believe.
Maybe there should be an appeal process and if a person blocks someone for no just cause, they should be penalized. Some people just want their own opinions confirmed and get mad when anyone disagrees, but then again, it is a free country. Shrug.
You should have the right to block whoever and whenever you please. You live with the consequences. The rules are right as they are. If you try to differentiate a good block from a bad block, it'll result in more contempt.
People can simply hit the 'block' button on here for little or no reason. I had a user get butthurt because my answer wasn't good enough, so, she blocked me for it. But unlikely anything will be done about the blocking feature.