Site News: User blocking now available in the comments

  • 06/17/2016 9:17 am in

One of the biggest challenges for those who moderate comments on Inside the Hall is the inevitable dustup that occurs between members of the community.

Inside the Hall continues to grow as we approach the nine-year anniversary of our launch date as nearly 300,000 comments have been posted today.

Today, we’re happy to announce that our commenting platform, Disqus, has launched user blocking. We realize that spam, trolling and personal attacks only hurt the user experience on Inside the Hall, so we wanted to take a few minutes to introduce this new capability.

As pointed out in this blog post over at Disqus, here’s a quick run down of how it works:

How do I block and unblock users?

There are two methods:

No. 1: Via the comments:


No. 2: Via the profile:


But, wait, what if I no longer want to block someone?

Head on over to the blocking section of your user settings and remove them from your blocked list:


This feature doesn’t replace flagging comments, but it does allow for users to take immediate action if they no longer wish to interact with someone in the community.

As Disqus points out, “This is not a feature intended to end all harassment, trolling, and spam across Disqus, but it is an important step forward. Ultimately, this feature empowers you to improve your own experience and provides an alternative to flagging as the only means to removing disruptive content.”

Happy Friday.

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  • pcantidote

    No comment.

  • TomJameson

    What?!? That was a dumb comment! Just kidding pc, don’t block me just yet! lol

  • marcusgresham

    Kind of the digital equivalent to the partitions between urinals that help you avoid….contests.

    ….and I earn the first block!

  • CEP

    If you actually get offended on an IUBB board, you’re the real problem.

  • adam

    welcome to the internet

  • ForeverIU

    So you can block someone from Disqus (not just from responding to you) just because they annoy or upset you? A very tempting feature indeed. I can imagine this leading to a mass extinction of the Disqus race. LOL.

  • Ole Man

    Well; I’ll never be able to have discussions with anyone ever again.
    Is there a prize for “most blocked user?”

  • ForeverIU

    ROFL! We should block ourselves in protest. Is it even possible?

  • StudentHoosier

    Love this feature. Miss the Hoosiers.

  • Gregory Spera

    We are doomed.

  • ForeverIU

    The death of humor, and tragi-comedy!

  • Vernon Aldrich

    I do appreciate your humor Marcusgresham.

  • Koko

    I would have to agree with you on that comment….a rare time I do agree with you I might add.

  • ForeverIU

    Phew! I think it’s in our mutual interest to make up, Koko. LOL.

  • Koko

    Not to worry I have no intentions of deleting you.

  • Gregory Spera

    I shall not go gentle into that good night. I type, therefore I am.

  • ForeverIU

    You mean “blocking” me. LOL. You can block the Disqus in a man, but you can’t delete the man in a Disqus.

  • ForeverIU

    Rage rage at the blocking of the Disqus.

  • Koko

    Good point….but in my world block/delete are the same thing.
    Yes I know, they have their own definitions but at least give me that much.

  • Koko

    I’d say you will be the least blocked. No one better than you when it comes
    to adding life and conversation to a thread.

  • Koko

    Well now we can block those nasty trolls from UNC and Kentucky!

  • Ole Man

    Thank you! I’m blushing!

  • IUBizmark

    I hear by dub this feature the AJ Moye Boozer Block.

  • TomJameson

    I don’t believe it. You probably haven’t blushed for 30 years! lol

  • Kyl470

    I personally don’t get this feature, but then again I don’t get my feelings hurt that easily. I get that people post things that I disagree with and I know I post things that others disagree with. However, I don’t see a lot of name calling on this site. For the most part we are all IU fans and all want to see the team do well. I know there are some trolls who comment every now and then, but for the most part the main posters on this site are all IU supporters.

  • Gregory Spera

    ^Blocked, for daring to question whether a gentle soul like Ole Man’s self-effacing modesty is truly sincere.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i can see where it may be a useful feature, but i’m with you. i thoroughly enjoy some good ole name calling. you haven’t fully experienced ITH until ole man and forever have given you a thorough tongue lashing, imho

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    nice one biz!

  • pcantidote

    That’s offensive 😉

  • I am Baby Cakes

    According to SJW’s people need safe spaces. Some people just can’t handle disagreements. But oh well. I can still read the silliness.

  • Arch Puddington

    In my view, things have been reasonable, if not always, polite, for some time now. But I have been coming here long enough to remember a handful of posters who were, at least in my opinion, so personal and hostile as to be a problem. And such individuals were also often prolific; an occasional personal sideswipe is one thing, but dozens or hundreds of posts attacking others is different. Your disinterest in this feature seems to be the norm, and even I don’t plan on using it, but I do see how it could be helpful to someone who just wants to talk about basketball without having to deal with the less savory aspects of online discussions.

  • ForeverIU


  • Piker

    Daily reader, 4 time poster, one response. Figure blocking was already a feature. ). On a wondering side…… if you block me do I miss your posts? That would bum me out since I enjoy reading a thread, even the soap opera type, because I occasionally watch Mory.

  • SCHoosier

    Get over your irascible self….its just a male menopausal moment:)

  • SCHoosier

    Indeed..the camel’s nose is squarely under the tent. I mean..we lived with “Beta blockers” we can disappear with “Board blockers”. If they ever get to knocker blockers I’m resigning my beloved subscription!:)

  • HardRockHoosier

    Hey, I’m with you on this one.. What good is it, if you want some good back and forth discussion, if all you have to do is ‘block’ your opponent.
    Ok, I’m just going to confess.. the reason you haven’t seen Hoosierken73 on here recently?.. I said something the moderators didn’t like.. so they blocked me off the site.. Then when I went to Windows 10, my new mail system wouldn’t work. So I had to re-invent my mail.. and when I came on here through Discuss, it accepted me back.. of course not recognizing me. Anyway, this is my farewell. You won’t see me on here again.. mostly because the moderators will have taken me off again. I have enjoyed my years on here since 2002.. but this site.. well it really doesn’t have anything for me anymore.
    Good luck to you all.. I just hope IU wins the NC in the next year or two.. Just know that it will make me extremely happy.
    So long guys.. and God speed to you all and to IU athletics.

  • Just another symptom of the “safe space” protected PC class and their fear of words.
    *monkey sighs*

  • I am Baby Cakes

    That’s what I’m sayin! But IU is a very liberal school so I guess it matches lol.

  • ForeverIU

    Words (or discourse if you’ve read Foucault) are indeed powerful weapons. PC arose from the use, or abuse, of words. But you are right, it has turned into its own monster; it is suffocating and exclusive. But I think what this new feature has done is transfer the “discourse policing” function from the mods to the users themselves. In other words, it has decentralized the policing function. It’s as though everyone could go around with a gun, and we just have to trust that people will use discretion and good judgement in using their new weapon. It encourages individuals to take ownership of the larger good. Seems pretty right-wing / conservative to me, LOL.

  • Bill Graham

    I can handle banter. If it gets to a point where its ridiculous I usually take the stop commenting aka “walk away method” rather than blocking someone. On the other hand I enjoy being challenged, it forces me to support my opinions and educate myself. I also feel that 99% of ITH users can admit if they are wrong on something (I sure can). Overall, I think this mostly applies to trolls (but hey who doesn’t enjoy troll bashing once in a while)?

  • Well, you’re only making it so you don’t see that person’s posts when you block them. You don’t stop everyone else from seeing them. And so it’s not actually shifting the “policing” from the mods to users.

  • You’re just making it so you can’t see their posts. You aren’t even stopping them from responding to you, you just won’t see it.

  • TheFoot

    Plus if someone responds to a post you have block you will be able to see THAT post and probably be able to infer what was said anyway,

  • mharv2631

    I would prefer to block the advertisements that slow this site down. Scripts