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    Default The ignore list

    As some of you have gathered by now... I'm a big fan of the Ignore List.

    There are a number of reasons I wish more people would employ it. Or, if they think they can manage it, as some claim they can [something I would struggle with], just ignore the nonsense without actually using the list.

    One of those reasons was well highlighted with the one recent Barr/Trump thread. What started out as an interesting topic and boded well for an insightful discussion was quite effectively derailed by nonsense which was NOT ignored (formally or informally).

    Regarding the thread... it's unfortunate. And entirely avoidable.

    Regarding the Forum... it's sub-optimal and quite aggravating. And entirely avoidable.
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    fart
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    Don't make me add you to my ignore list!

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    I have poor impulse control and a big Ignore list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Longino View Post
    Don't make me add you to my ignore list!
    Are you telling me that there's some glimmer of hope some someone (anyone) could MAKE you do something (anything)? Well THAT'S a startlingly surprising notion. I have to admit... I'm skeptical
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    I must have put pefjr on my ignore list a half dozen times...and I suppose I could take Phillip off now, RIP. Just bobbys now.
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    I'm usually able to ignore without the list. I find that once a subtopic gets repeated or a tennis game between two or three posters starts up it's time to move on. I admit that occasionally I will react, I mean respond. I'm not THAT perfect.
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    I don't use the ignore list to avoid seeing what someone wrote.

    I use it to remind myself, "Behind this wall lies frustration!"

    Then I look over the wall, remind myself that I was warned, and behave better.

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    The WBF is supposed to be fun. I mean, that's the point, right?

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    pull my finger

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    pull my finger
    Think God and Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. That's where the line originally came from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    I don't use the ignore list to avoid seeing what someone wrote.

    I use it to remind myself, "Behind this wall lies frustration!"

    Then I look over the wall, remind myself that I was warned, and behave better.
    I have used it for same reason. Now it often will not let me look over.

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    I don't have anyone on 'ignore'.

    There are certainly posters I tend to follow and others I tend to pass over but, hey, life's a rich tapestry. I've learned a lot by hanging out here for 20 years or so, much of that by reading posts by those with whom I disagree.

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    Likewise I do not have an ignore list, though there was one poster some years ago for a while. I just don't bother with some posters. But I keep an eye on them to see what back alley they are going down.
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    I wanna be on the Ignore List!

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    I had just the one, but thankfully he is now ignoring the rest of us.

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    Self control. Don't read threads/posts by folks who will piss you off. Don't respond to people who piss you off. Pretend it's the real world - just because it's virtual doesn't mean you can't live by the same rules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith
    I don't use the ignore list to avoid seeing what someone wrote.

    I use it to remind myself, "Behind this wall lies frustration!"

    Then I look over the wall, remind myself that I was warned, and behave better.
    ^
    Ditto.

    My list is now down to 75 personalities after I deleted two Forumites who I know have passed away.

    42 of the people on my list were subsequently banned and remain so. A few on my list have been banned at least once (some a few times) and since returned. So if you land on my list you stand better than a 50% chance of being banned.

    Bear in mind that my list has been accumulated over the course of 23 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Montgomery View Post
    ^
    Ditto.

    My list is now down to 75 personalities after I deleted two Forumites who I know have passed away.

    42 of the people on my list were subsequently banned and remain so. A few on my list have been banned at least once (some a few times) and since returned. So if you land on my list you stand better than a 50% chance of being banned.

    Bear in mind that my list has been accumulated over the course of 23 years.
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    Sounds like you have it down to a science.

    My list is shorter, but it grew by one a few minutes ago.

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    42, ya don't say?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Montgomery View Post
    . So if you land on my list you stand better than a 50% chance of being banned.

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    Coincidence? Or effectiveness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Montgomery View Post
    ^
    Ditto.

    My list is now down to 75 personalities after I deleted two Forumites who I know have passed away.

    42 of the people on my list were subsequently banned and remain so. A few on my list have been banned at least once (some a few times) and since returned. So if you land on my list you stand better than a 50% chance of being banned.

    Bear in mind that my list has been accumulated over the course of 23 years.
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    Mine was never that big, and like yours most of them are banned or have been. 9 in total of which 5 are banned, and two not active for a couple of years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless
    42, ya don't say?
    I could list them, but Scot would likely ban me for doing so.

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    Tom, I have you beat by a little; 105 at last count, and we've been around about the same length of time. But most are long gone (Bukuboy, Lysander Spooner, Daniel Noyes . . . ), a couple are dead, and I've never bothered to delete any.
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    Originally Posted by Tom Montgomery
    . So if you land on my list you stand better than a 50% chance of being banned.



    and a 2.6% chance of dying!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    and a 2.6% chance of dying!!!
    The overall death rate per year is about 0.8%. Over 23 years, 2.6% is much lower than the average for the population, and given the normal age around here, damn good. In 23 years, about 18% of all people in the US will die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    The overall death rate per year is about 0.8%. Over 23 years, that's much lower than the average for the population, and give the normal age around here, damn good.
    That is interesting. Reinforces what one has heard about the relationship between socioeconomic status and mortality/morbidity, eh? Most of us WBFers have high enough standards of living to indulge ourselves with at least a bit of wooden boat dreaming.
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    Small sample, though - and of all the 'names' (most aren't real names) on my ignore list, I really have no idea how many have died. The 2.6% is only those he knows about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    Small sample, though - and of all the 'names' (most aren't real names) on my ignore list, I really have no idea how many have died. The 2.6% is only those he knows about.
    One hardly knows what to hope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson
    Small sample, though - and of all the 'names' (most aren't real names) on my ignore list, I really have no idea how many have died. The 2.6% is only those he knows about.
    Yep. I also have no idea how many of the personalities on my ignore list are various sock puppets for a single person. More than a couple I suspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    Sounds like you have it down to a science.

    My list is shorter, but it grew by one a few minutes ago.
    Quote Originally Posted by George. View Post
    I wanna be on the Ignore List!
    Nice of you to oblige, CW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LongJohn View Post
    I don't have anyone on 'ignore'.

    There are certainly posters I tend to follow and others I tend to pass over but, hey, life's a rich tapestry. I've learned a lot by hanging out here for 20 years or so, much of that by reading posts by those with whom I disagree.

    What's that they say about knowing one's enemies...?

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    I like your notion that one can learn from discourse with those who disagree with you. I have found it so. No one has ever made my list simply for disagreeing.

    I draw the line at a different point. When continues efforts as discourse reveal that a correspondent adds more confusion to a discussion than enlightenment... when the Noise/Signal is consistently high... is when they become candidates. When it continues unabated... then they go on the list. The thread I mentioned is an example of why. And of why I wish people would Ignore a bit more rigorously.
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    I've been here for twelve years and never had anybody on ignore. Certainly some people go balls out to annoy others on the forum, and some make my blood boil. Sometimes I engage with them, sometimes I don't, but for me it is what a forum is all about. I think I would get bored pretty quickly if I never read anything controversial or challenging. Anyway, I know that if I put somebody on ignore I would be tempted to peek from time to time to see what their latest drivel is about
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    Anyway, I know that if I put somebody on ignore I would be tempted to peek from time to time to see what their latest drivel is about
    I do that often, and usually regret it - but the ignore list means I don't have to read their stuff if I don't want to.
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