Blacklist Renamed To "Ignore List" And Now Available To All Members!

Hello All,

The highly popular Blacklist feature that ChristianBlog.Com has had in place since March of 2009 has undergone a name change to "Ignore List" to better help our members understand the purpose of what it is for and the ability it has to help our members from being bothered by other CB members they feel they are being bothered by.

Furthermore, ChristianBlog.Com has decided to make available the Ignore List to ALL member of ChristianBlog.Com, as of today.

Originally we released this feature only to Gold Members, and has been available for all Gold and Premier members since April of 2009.

In our on-going attempts to add as much advanced privacy as we can for our members we have decided that the greater need for all of our members out-weighed the ideology of keeping this feature just for Gold/Premier members.

For those of you unaware of what the Ignore List (previously known as "blacklist") feature is, we highly recommend you read this Blog Entry and all the Blog Comments within that Blog. It should explain pretty much all the necessary details of what the Ignore List does and is.

Additional we have now added a link on all members profile, just below the "report this member" link which says "ignore this member". By clicking on this link it will take you to your Ignore List page and pre-fill the name of the member, simply submit the form and you will have added the given member to your Ignore List. This is a fast and easy way to add somebody to your Ignore List!

Please be aware that at this time your Ignore List is limited to a max of 10 members. In the future we will allow Premier/Gold Members to have a higher allotment of Ignored Contacts within their Ignore List.

Thank you,
ChristianBlog.Com

@kreynolds
K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

I like the name change as I think it better defines the purpose. Like in the "real" world, there are going to be people who will find they just don't agree. Sometimes both parties can agree to disagree gracefully but it takes both parties to do that. Sometimes we do need to be able to "shut the door" so to speak.

K :princess:

@kraftykatz
Marsha Tyler Ronquist @kraftykatz ·

I agree with K:princess: The word ignore just simply sounds better and is the same word used at many other web sites.
KraftyKatz
:coffee:

@greybear
Rob Henson @greybear ·

sorry to see this expand...I understand it, but it is still sad to see.

PapaBear

@aidzz
Zoraida Tanchoco @aidzz ·

Although I understand the need to have this feature, but then I felt sad that this could happen in Christianblog. I don't mean to criticize but I guess I'm just sad. However, we bloggers should understand that with the privilege that Christianblog gives us, comes the responsibility. Perhaps keeping this in mind, will keep us from being in someone's ignore list.

@kraftykatz
Marsha Tyler Ronquist @kraftykatz ·

aidzz
I understand your concern.

Many of the persons that are ignored or blacklisted many times end up losing their account becasue of violations.

Some people are dishonest when they join.

KraftyKatz
:coffee:

@deanna
Ruth Papalii @deanna ·

I am sad on this to I even liked the old way of doing this blog all the changes it just gets on your nervos really! and some people get blacklisted for little mistakes they did not understand? Who do you think is the blacklist.

They already have Report this Comment What more do they want? I am sure they are just going overboard! sorry but eleast I have the guts to say it.

Signed your sister in Christ

@abelajohnb
John B. Abela @abelajohnb ·

Hello All,

Starting to get a few comments so I thought I would reply to them all in one swoop rather than individually.

[quote=kreynolds]Like in the "real" world, there are going to be people who will find they just don't agree. Sometimes both parties can agree to disagree gracefully but it takes both parties to do that. Sometimes we do need to be able to "shut the door" so to speak.[/quote]

That is true. In day to day life we often find people that we instinctively know we should not be around. They might be a totally acceptable person who has never done anything wrong, but none the less your spirit tells you that the two of you will never see eye to eye.

So what do we do? We make sure we are not in a situation where we might end up being in a situation with them.

So, why not have the same ability on the internet. It is only logical. It is an expected feature of social websites these days. Personally I see no reason for not having the ability to block people from your online presence. Does that mean people you might add to your "Ignore List" are people who are bad, again, no. I would be willing to guess that 95% of the people using the "Ignore List" feature are simply cases of people trying to protect theme selves from what could be a possible future 'issue' with the people they have added to their "Ignore List".

[quote=greybear]sorry to see this expand...I understand it, but it is still sad to see[/quote]

As you know greybear, I once thought that too. However, I have come to the realizations that an Ignore List is not something that is "sad" or that we should not have. Rather I have come to the realization that it is something we should have had a long time ago. Privacy Rights of members must be a primary focus of any social website, even a Christian social website. I have the ability to ignore/blacklist people on Instant Messengers; I have the ability to ignore/blacklist people via email. I have the ability to ignore/blacklist people on the largest social websites in the world. Why do so many other Services provide an ignore/blacklist feature? Because the users of the services deserve the right to keep others from bothering them. Is that an unfortunate fact? Sure, but the reality of life is that all people will never always seen eye-to-eye... and it has been that way throughout the entire span of history of mankind. Even the first two brothers ever born on earth didn't see eye to eye... and that resulted in the first murder in the history of mankind.

[quote=aidzz]we bloggers should understand that with the privilege that Christianblog gives us, comes the responsibility.[/quote]

Very very good point.

I think what we have always said in regards to the Ignore/Blacklist feature is "use it responsibly!" We truly believe that the feature should be used when two people are not seeing eye-to-eye and one of them realizes that in order to protect themselves, they have to do what they have to do. That, is responsibility.

[quote=kraftykatz]Many of the persons that are ignored or blacklisted many times end up losing their account because of violations.[/quote]

I am not sure of the actual statistics behind this, but I think the point you are making is a good point. That is, when somebody new starts point stuff that is highly unpopular the Ignore/Blacklist feature usage experiences a spike in usage. Clearly people are using the system to protect themselves from those that either are violating our Global Policies, or are on their way to doing so.

[quote=deanna]I am sad on this to I even liked the old way of doing this blog all the changes it just gets on your nerves really![/quote]

Well, while I can understand the desire to expect ME to do "clean up" of bad situations, the hard reality is: that is about the last thing in my life I want to do! Why should I have to do clean up of issues I am not involved in, that I didn't have anything to do with, that I probably don't even care about. Sure ChristianBlog.Com is a website that does those things, but to expect us to do it because mature adults cannot control themselves... how is that fair to us? It isn't. Personally, I like the new way of doing it - expecting mature adults to actually be mature adults.

[quote=deanna]...and some people get blacklisted for little mistakes they did not understand?[/quote]

I find it highly unlikely that the people presently being Ignored/Blacklisted are people who did nothing other than one "little mistake they did not understand". Honestly, I find that HIGHLY unlikely! I have contacted the large majority of those who have used the Ignore/Blacklist feature to ask why they have chosen to use it. Almost every single person has stated that after "repeated attempts" to resolve the issue they had come to the realization it just wasn't going to work itself out, so they used the only option they could.

[quote=deanna]...They already have Report this Comment What more do they want? I am sure they are just going overboard![/quote]

The Website Report feature exists to report violations of our Global Policies - not to settle inter-member disputes or disagreements. Any Website Reports that we do receive that are not a direct violation of our Global Policies is dismissed. It is not the job of ChristianBlog.Com to be an intermediary tribunal between our members. As I said above, mature adults should behave like mature adults. WHEN ChristianBlog.Com HAS to get involved in such an issue, chances are one (or better yet as far as I'm concerned, both members) will no longer be members. We have better things to do than be mother or father to a bunch of children fighting over who gets the front seat of the car on the way to the grocery store. When forced into being mommy or daddy, usually everybody gets sent to their bedroom - or in this case, they find their accounts have been terminated. In other words, don't make us get involved. Deal with it yourself.

And, that is why the Ignore/Blacklist feature exists.

[quote=deanna]...sorry but atleast I have the guts to say it.[/quote]

I think you saying it is a good thing. It helps me/us make the points I have above, and that we have made in the past, including this:

[quote=christianblog]
As much as we do not want the following to sound rude or mean, there comes a time when we have to stand up and say to ourselves that we cannot allow another member to negatively affect us: There is little room for those who are bothering a member from continuing to bother them! When somebody beings to bother you, just block them from even viewing your Blogs and/or your entire profile - and get the issue done and over with, rather than sitting and having to delete each new comment they post to your Blogs, and endure continued stress they cause you.

Sure, ChristianBlog.Com is suppose to be a peaceful, uplifting and blessing. But the facts are simple. We are not all always going to get along with each other. Stop feeling bad about blocking people and just do it. If you worry about whether they are going to be offended, perhaps you can go to them via private message and politely ask them to back-off. If they do not take the hint, it is clearly time to escalate the matter by blocking them all together - at which point you should not feel the least bit guilty. These facts are hard - but simple.
[/quote]

I think that says it just about perfectly.

Thank you,
John B. Abela
Founder/Owner, ChristianBlog.Com

@deanna
Ruth Papalii @deanna ·

That is What? I said in the first Place to go to them in Private and speak to them personally! plus I already told you John it has Report This Comment.

So Why? do they have to go overboard and get a blacklist why? not just carryon the Report one and Not all websites are like this anyway! because my son said on others you are allowed to give their email addresses out! that is not there real address. But I know everyone has their Policys.

My main point here was changing the way it was in the beginning it was much easier now it is going all over the place.

Yes you are right about People bugging you but I have not come across one yet? have you.

Signed your sister in Christ.

Do not include honorifics.
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