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Old 02-20-2014, 03:41 PM
 
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Hello all! I have been on these forums, and while this is not a problem in some subforums, it is a major problem in a couple others, and something I really think needs to be addressed: arrogant, pretentious posters.

I have dealt with these members who believe they are never wrong, and will put your way of life down from behind their computer screens. So, I was hoping, in order to remedy this problem, in addition to the reputation feature, we could add a "Label This Poster". If an overwhelmingly-large number of posters label this poster as "arrogant", a "bigot", "jerk", or something along these lines, I think a label should appear next to their screen name saying something like "WARNING: THIS POSTER IS KNOWN AS AN ARROGANT BIGOT".

I think if we start putting these labels up when a user is being a total jerk, only then would having that label next to their screen name change their actions. I am just tired of having some of these posters call me names when they don't even know me, and try to act like they are better than me...
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Sometimes the proposed remedy for something is worse than the disease. Suppose a clique of people decide that they find it irritating that someone would dare to disagree with them and procede to label that poster an arrogant jerk. Would that be fair? If people are "calling you names", then there is already an existing remedy, namely the report button.

I'm not sure exactly who is the bigger problem on City-Data, the people you are complaining about or the people like you who seem to think they are beyond criticism. We are supposed to be adults here; I would suggest growing a thicker skin.

Anyway, in order to implement your suggestion, City-Data would have to amend the TOS to allow personal attacks for the labeling you propose. That would create an odd contradiction: No personal attacks EXCEPT when using the labeling provided. Does that make any sense to you?
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:28 PM
 
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There is a much easier solution. Under settings there is an ignore list. Simple add those posters that you deem to be arrogant to that list. Then you don't need to see their remarks.
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:56 PM
 
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OP, you're fighting a losing battle. It's best just to stay silent and under the radar IMO. Otherwise, YOU wind up getting the reputation as the "whiner", "complainer", etc. from fellow members and mods alike. Trust me, this comes from personal experience of being chastised for doing exactly what you're doing here. You can certainly report such posters, which will more than likely be advised here shortly. But you're better off using the ignore function like another member suggested.

The trolls, bigots, arrogant ego-maniacs, and sociopaths will always be a part of C-D unfortunately, whether we like it or not. Their outrageous, outlandish comments are what stir the most controversy and attract the most attention and comments. And since comments are the lifeblood of any online forum, trolls and rabble-rousers are considered imperative, activity-inducing agents.
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Yeah, let's just start assigning visible labels to people - that has worked out so well in the past . I think most of us here can figure-out who is posting meaningful information and who is just "pushing buttons."
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:38 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Back in the dawn of City Data (check my join date - I was there) they had a "negative rep" function enables, where you could "down-vote" posters.

Horrible idea on many levels and I am glad they got rid of it.

OP, I agree with other respondents. Don't let it get to you. (If it's getting to you that much, you are perhaps spending too much time online!) If you can't manage that, use the ignore function. And report seriously wrong posts.

Keep in mind that your "total jerk" is someone else's "right on, dude."
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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Furthermore, some of these name callers would get a sick, perverse pleasure from having the warning label next to their screen names. David910, I agree with Escort Rider that the report button is the remedy and nealrm had a great suggestion to put them on your ignore list. Tekkie made some good observations, too.

Moderator cut: personal, off topic

Thank you for sharing and understand why it is probably not a good remedy. Just use "report" and "ignore" at the appropriate times and you will be fine.

Last edited by Marka; 02-21-2014 at 12:17 AM..
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:36 PM
 
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Keep in mind that your "total jerk" is someone else's "right on, dude."
Ain't that the truth. There are blatant trolls with high Reps:Posts ratios. Somebody out there is agreeing with them, and in surprising numbers as well.
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:33 PM
 
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Thinking about it further, I think the best way to remedy the problem may be to just tighten up the moderation in certain subforums. In my experience Religion & Spirituality, and Non-Romantic Relationships are particularly bad.
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:42 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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There is a much easier solution. Under settings there is an ignore list. Simple add those posters that you deem to be arrogant to that list. Then you don't need to see their remarks.
Yes, this. It's a public forum, people have a right to be arrogant and pretentious if they want to, and you are welcome to disagree with them. One of the most fun things about this place is reading some of the idiotic comments on the more political sub-forums. It's also fun to expose trolls.
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