Schnee (schnee) wrote in suggestions,
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Add a setting to filter/ignore comments and/or posts from banned people

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Add a setting to filter/ignore comments and/or posts from banned people

Short, concise description of the idea
It would be nice if there were an account setting that people could enable in order to have comments and/or posts made by people they've banned not show up for them anymore (that is, either as a placeholder only or not at all).

Full description of the idea
It would be nice if there were an account setting that people could enable in order to have comments and/or posts made by people they've banned not show up for them anymore (that is, either as a placeholder only or not at all).

The setting could either live in the "Banned users" section of the "Comment Settings" page (http://www.livejournal.com/manage/comments/) or - preferably - be accessible through the command console; if enabled, comments posted by banned people wouldn't show up on entries' pages anymore, and posts made by banned people (be it in communities or in their personal journals) wouldn't show up on journal/community pages or friends pages.

Posts and comments could either be entirely hidden or - preferably - replaced by a "(Reply by a banned user - click *here* to show)" message.

An ordered list of benefits
  • 1) This would make it easier for people to not be exposed to posts and comments of people they want to ignore anymore, something that - so far - is a problem in communities (when it comes to posts) and communities/third-party journals (when it comes to comments).
  • 2) Less emotional stress, less drama, less flamewars. :P

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • 1) If implemented server-side, increased database load/CPU load necessary to render pages.
  • 2) If implemented server-side, pages couldn't be cached anymore (at least not for more than one user).

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • An easy way to avoid the load/caching problems mentioned above would be to render the HTML pages independently of the requesting user's bans (i.e., including all comments/posts) and then use CSS (i.e., display:none) to hide those that should be hidden.
  • Alternatively, the whole thing could also be done client-side using Javascript; this would have the added advantage of making it trivial to implement the "click here to show" functionality.
Tags: banned users, comment viewing, community membership, entry viewing, friends page, killfile, § migrated
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