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How To Ignore A User On This Forum

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Our forum is a wonderfully diverse community of photographers from all over the world. We're passionate about our craft just as we're passionate about our cameras and gear. This great combination allows for all sorts of interesting and wonderful discussions, but sometimes these discussions get heated, and devolve into bickering. Sometimes it's even hard to stay out of the crossfire, you might be tempted to jump into the brawl. I get it, we're only human after all!

Perhaps you would rather just ignore certain users, and never see their posts at all? That's a fine idea, let me show you how to do that!

Go to your profile page, and in the left hand column you will now see a 'Edit Ignored Users List' link. Click on that link and a text box will appear. You can place the usernames there, separated by a single space, for any users you wish to ignore.

Keep in mind that while you will no longer see these users' posts, they will still see your posts.

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thanks for that, didn't know it was an option; you may see a spike.

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Hurray!

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Do you think Christopher, that enough people ignore certain individuals, that perhaps those individuals are doing more harm than good to this community?

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hurrah!

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Please note Christopher's final note: not seeing users' posts isn't always in your own interest!

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I do not hesitate in sticking Trolls and idiots on my ignore list. I do not bother with one offs. When or if I see the same person acting up or just being silly or trolling more than three times, especially on various subjects then you know you are waisting your time with such idiots. Its fine to have different views and opinions as we all do, but I think the trolls are normally pretty obvious. What I always try and do is not forget you are talking to genuine people. I think there are those that forget and just see words on a page.

I think this site is a cut above a lot Ive been on. I do not have anyone on my ignore list on here yet. I have a few on the Pentax forums lol. I find most on here very polite :)

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Thanks Christopher.

I suppose there is no way to stop seeing a thread in the list, the way you can a stickie? Some of them are of no interest to me but seem to drag on forever.

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Not at this time @Albert.

I'm hoping to migrate our site over to more traditional forum software sometime in the coming months. That will give us a lot more options and customizations. I think we're starting to outgrow the simplicity of our current software.

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Thanks @Christopher.

It was only the one - and I suspect I'm not on my own here.

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Not at this time @Albert.

I'm hoping to migrate our site over to more traditional forum software sometime in the coming months. That will give us a lot more options and customizations. I think we're starting to outgrow the simplicity of our current software.

Ack! I love the software this forum is running on. It is so unique compared to the others. Blazing fast too.

Such is progress though....I'm still on OS X 10.6.8, since I dont care for how that software has evolved.

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Please stick with Vanilla forums.

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It would be nice if we could put pics on our profiles though :)

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I'm hoping to wait for the next release of Vanilla before deciding. It has a lot of new features that would help improve the site. Unfortunately it seems like the release is quite a ways off.

I like our community format now, but the more cameras we add to the forum, the less organized it may become. Moving to a more traditional forum layout will give us a lot more flexibility for future growth of the community.

It's not set in stone, I'm still exploring our options, but rest assured whatever software we use in the future, it will be equally user friendly.

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what if we do vanilla forums for each model but the launching page can be the links to the model forums instead? that way we can keep this forum format and yet can have easy access to the cameras we own or have interest in.

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what if we do vanilla forums for each model but the launching page can be the links to the model forums instead? that way we can keep this forum format and yet can have easy access to the cameras we own or have interest in.

Very interesting idea. I'm all for anything that can keep the Vanilla forum intact.

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I don't necessarily think every camera needs its own section. X-Pro1 and X-E1 owners share a lot of issues and could easily be merged. The X20 is going to appeal to X10 owners etc. That would help stop too much section growth

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Personally I just use the 'All discussions' view. Although there might be some technical matters to do with (e.g.) the X10 that don't interest me I like seeing the work that users of other cameras show.

I think you could merge the X-E1, X-Pro1 and XF lenses forums. Similarly i don't see a benefit in separating the X100 and the X100s, or the X10m and the X20. In each case the commonalities outweigh the differences in my opinion.

For me this is one of the easiest forums I have ever frequented. Open a thread and you go to the first unread automatically. Thread listings update in real time without needing to be refreshed. If we had to give all this up just to allow for more sub-forums or to hide unwanted threads (my own pet request) I'd be disappointed.

After this forum going to DPReview or Photo.net is a real pain in the bum.

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I do like this forum design. its clean, clear and uncluttered

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This is the age old conundrum(s)...

1) pleasing all of the people all of the time

2) functionality vs look & feel.

Personally, I like the Vanilla software. The lack of extra functionality is kind of what gives it its appeal. The colour and skin of it are clean, neat and pleasing to the eye. Simple is good.

However, I understand that it might be a nightmare to maintain, and as more and more users join, greater the administration strain.

Here's the thing from my experience with all things web related: people do not like change, but if done well and considerately, and the change can be proven to work for the best, people will stick with you and grow to appreciate the change.

Also, alternative CMS/Forum software packages do not have to be cumbersome. Often the vanilla (adjective not noun; as in straight out of the box) software is pretty neat and not over-cumbersome. It is how they are administered which ruins them. For example:

Some packages will allow you to alter the default design extensively, so, just because it's possible, the admin does just that and it's not always to everyones liking. A sound bit of advice here is to keep simple, uncluttered colour schemes (i.e. this forum) and stick with it. Breed familiarity.

Have some set, generic top level forum groups and do not start breaking them up into loads and loads of sub-groups, otherwise this will start to confuse users - as soon as a user has to think and make decisions about where best to post something, it will put them off. It will also reduce the amount of replies, which is why people post in the first place. One of the big advantages (IMO) of this forum is that while you can categorise a post, the default page shows the last post/update from all groups, encouraging people to join in and discuss in categories that they might otherwise not!!

@christopher - have you got any alternative software in mind?

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Great to see so much support for Vanilla! Keep it coming folks!

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I agree that the look and feel of the current forum are fine. I can't say I miss any of the advanced features that some other forums have

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I'm a fan of the layout here too, but when on the iPad especially I wish links through to continued post pages were at the top of the page as well as at the bottom.

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Personally I've found that scaling a forum to address every possible category of your users is very difficult to do without diluting the userbase entirely.

I'd rather see a model similar to stackexchange's where posts and topics are tagged and people can easily sift things that interest them. I don't know that having a forum for every model of camera makes sense when so much of the content people post into those categories is applicable to any camera, not just one specific model from Fuji.

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No doubt the time will come when a change must be made but for me it was the simplicity of this forum that first drew me in and it is that (and some excellent knowledge readily shared by the members), which keeps me here. Now I know how to ignore someone it will improve the experience further. A shame that the person's pictures will also be ignored because I enjoy them.

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