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tryoty   Friday, 03/15/13 07:44:41 AM
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A potential solution for the basher/pumper saga...

Modify the site so that if someone ignores a poster, that poster can't see the posts of the person ignoring them. That way, if a large portion of the boards membership ignored a pumper, a basher, or whoever, the offending poster would see a dead board with no posts. Problem solved. No audience.

A change like that would moderate the hype and armaggeddon crowds and lead to a world class discussion board, IMO. That alone would offset the loss of posting traffic caused by the "auto ignore". I've been told that this idea would promote group-think. I disagree. If there is only one thing that can be learned from message boards, it is *no* group ever agrees. That concern isn't supported by reality. I think I-hub should consider the traffic that would *DRAW* to their boards instead of worrying about the number of posts, no matter what the quality.

I can see this making all of I-hubs boards self moderating, without the need for moderators and admin overseeing moderators.

But I would put a 30-60 day expiration on *all* ignores. IMO they should do that now. Hey, we all flip out now and then, no need to make an iggy permanent. If a poster is over-the-top hyping to the point that people ignore them, they see no posts to respond to. If a poster is beyond armaggeddon negative to the point that people ignore them, they see no posts to respond to. If they are just beating the keyboard because they are awake and it is annoying, they see no posts to respond to. After 30-60 days, they can speak their mind again.

It would teach messageboard edicate and tame some of the emotional outbursts that can happen. State your case, positive or negative, and discuss it and support it rationally. People won't ignore anyone doing that.

Another benefit is it eliminates the accusations of censorship that frequently gets thrown at moderators. There is no "one" person that can push the button.

And, the best reason for this idea, it eliminates the drone of repetitive posters, positive, or negative. Incessant repetition has been an ongoing and unsolved problem for I-hub.

Just a thought. It's a table change and a couple query changes, the user interface remains unaffected... no big deal.

People maintain anonymity for a reason and it is rarely noble.
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