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My personal blacklist


Lately I've been contributing in SCN (answer or try to answer discussions, write some blogs, make some noise, piss off someone and of course, alert the moderator, my favorite one 😉 ) and there's one thing that really annoys me, the lack of commitment of the author (close the discussion, answer the comments on the blog, etc.) you can't do anything against that, and you keep seeing the same profiles asking questions and more questions, firstly I tried to remember the users, so I don't get involved in discussion with so ungrateful members, the list is starting to become huge and I can't remeber everyone (and I don't want to) that's why I decided to create my own blacklist in my personal space in SCN, but I'm not sure if this will be against any ROE, the perffect thing is have some SCN enhancement so I can check in the user profile number of discussions open/closed etc. so I can decide if worth to try to help or not, but as this feature is not yet avaliable in SCN a blacklist should do the trick, but maybe is offesnive to someone, I don't see any offence, but my opinion is...well...mine, Any better idea?



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    Posted on May 08, 2014 at 07:38 AM


    in the user data shown at MOUSEOVER the user's icon there might be two more informations useful:

    • number of asked questions
    • number of closed questions

    If a user has a 30 / 0 information he is a blacklist candidate without the need of a (public) blacklist.

    But also the numbers of opened discussions and posted documents might be of interest.



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  • Posted on May 07, 2014 at 03:15 PM

    Yes, it's too delicate to handle this publicly.

    Often times you can already judge by the form of the question if you should get involved.

    Sufficient information provided? Signs of research done and attempts to self-solve? Professional and polite? If not, steer clear. Only points hunters will stay nevertheless. 😉

    Also quickly check the activity and content tab of the user, you can tell by the icon next to each question whether it was closed or not.

    If you're a geek, you might be able to come up with a browser extension to show additional, user-based information (like dunce cap icons for your private black list...), I vaguely remember somebody doing this for the "old SCN" site.


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    • However, some do join in out of genuine desire to help OR they too are at the same experience level but only learned the solution recently and are eager to actively participate in the community.

      Thanks for reminding me, this is sometimes necessary as I probably got a bit grumpy on average after ten years of seeing the negative aspects that are being discussed here once again.


  • Posted on May 07, 2014 at 03:00 PM

    You realize that once you provide SAP the list of names, the need for your services will be done. You rather need to provide this list through an intermediary, and insist that you only communicate through this person. If you don't know what I'm talking about google "blacklist tv show".

    Seriously I really think this is bad idea to keep this publicly on SCN. If you want to keep a private copy elsewhere, be my guest, but don't let us know 😊.

    Take care,


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    Posted on May 08, 2014 at 03:36 AM

    It is time to promote my idea 😊

    Block annoying users from activity feed : View Idea

    Hiding all such users' activity from activity feed would give you a better view of activity feed.

    This user specific blacklist would be used by SCN to decide what goes into your activity feed.

    If this idea is implemented, in future SCN can use the blacklist as one of the signals to decide the trending score of a user.

    You might also want to look at my blog which talks about a client-side way to hide profile pics of blacklisted users.

    Block profile pic of annoying users on SCN

    @Stephen Johannes

    I love the blacklist tv show primarily because of the lead character.

    I don't think having an intermediary matters so much. It just helps you exercise control. What matters is to stay relevant by withholding information.

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  • Posted on May 07, 2014 at 05:07 PM

    Thank both of you for your feedback, I'll save my blacklist as a draft 😈

    @Thomas i'm not so geek 🤪

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