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Mon Jun 9, 2014, 2:46 AM

Blocking

While many people tend to report other deviants they don't get along with  or they feel harassed by to the HelpDesk right away, your first action should always be blocking.

Whatever reason you have to report someone, by blocking you avoid any further communication with certain deviants.
This action is immediate, as you don't have to wait for any staff member to take action and you can just enjoy your dA experience without that blocked deviant.

Personal reasons like disagreeing on a topic, not liking someone or similar won't end with a ban of that other deviant.
Contacting the HelpDesk just adds to the queue of tickets unnecessarily and makes it more time consuming to focus on important reports.

:note: Only in case of serious harassment you should contact the HelpDesk.


If you are blocking someone it's an action in both directions. That means that not only the other person gets blocked from you, but you are automatically blocked for them as well.

The following will happen after a block:
• exchanging notes is not possible anymore
• leaving comments directly is not possible anymore (deviations,
   journals, profile, forum...)
• personal forum and shoutboard is blocked
• the deviant will be removed from your watchers list (if a watcher)
• you will be removed from the deviants watchers list
  (if you watch them)

If you (un)block someone or get (un)blocked there won't be any notifications. But if you see the image below on their profile you have been blocked and shouldn't contact that deviant anymore.

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At certains area you will now see the Deviously Denied image, but not everywhere. In case you want to reply to a deviant who blocked you, you will get this message.

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:note: If you get blocked by someone and use a different account to contact that deviant, it can result in a suspension or a permanent ban.




How to block


Go to the settings page, choose Personal > General and scroll down to the blocking section of that page.

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There you can type down the name(s) of the person(s) you want to block now. One per line.

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Once done, click save and those persons can't harass you anymore now.

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You can also block someone via the comments settings. If you come across a deviant you want to block, click the little pencil icon and choose the Block User option.

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You have to confirm this, to make sure you didn't click there accidentally.
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And afterwards you get a notification, that the account has been added to your list of blocked deviants.



How to unblock


If you want to unblock someone again, go to the Settings page and remove the name you want to unblock

If you unblocked someone it will take 48 hours until you will be able to block them again.

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Related FAQ


FAQ #96: Can I block people from interacting with me?
FAQ #68: Can I remove someone who is watching me?
FAQ #641: I need to block more than 500 people from my User Page. Is this possible?





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:iconsergeant-sunflower:
Sergeant-Sunflower Featured By Owner 2 days ago
You know what I hate? People who reply to me and block me so I cannot respond.
They're cowards.
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MetaChrisp Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
How to know the number of people who blocked me?
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:iconginkgografix:
ginkgografix Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
That's nothing you can look up.
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:iconlala-dello:
Lala-Dello Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If i answered to a note of someoneqfter i blocked that person, will he/she be able to receive the reply?
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:iconginkgografix:
ginkgografix Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Can't say that.
But why would you do that? If you block them, it means that you don't want any contact anymore.
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:iconwilhel7:
Wilhel7 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my! Thank you so much!
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:iconginkgografix:
ginkgografix Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
:aww:
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murumei Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Small question-
I know it says that "if you get blocked by someone and use a different account to contact that deviant, it can result in a suspension or a permanent ban." Is there any more info on that? And who do I report this to if the person contacts me from a different account and they were blocked before?
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:iconginkgografix:
ginkgografix Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
No, but whenever there is such an issue you should contact the HelpDesk and provide them as much information as possible.
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:iconjordan171998:
Jordan171998 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student Writer
If you block a person, and they changed their names, are they still blocked?
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:iconginkgografix:
ginkgografix Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Hm, good question. But I think that they are still blocked, as the name change is more an optical rather than a technical thing. If you type old accounts name you will be directed to the same account but with the new name.

But to have a 100% valid answer, better ask some DT staff members.
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:iconjordan171998:
Jordan171998 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student Writer
Alright, thanks for the answer.
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:iconstarsophi:
StarSophi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great feature! However, it would be nice to block people from viewing our page because a friend of mine is having problems with a person that's watching her in the shadows and using her page's information as a way "control" all ehr actions, words, etc, to use it to denigrate her image on other communities...

Is there a possibility to have that feature someday?
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:iconginkgografix:
ginkgografix Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
No idea, only staff can tell you that.
Making suggestions in the suggestion forum can't hurt either, so that staff gets aware of such ideas.
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Tae-Ryu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello there!

I was wondering if there is something one can do about hate journals or polls?
I mean if you block someone, is it stil possible for them to link your account via :icon : or @ ... ?

For example, someone keeps harassing or falsely accusing me of something and I've tried to talk to them politely but have to end up
blocking them but they post a journal and a poll about me accusing me of something I havent done and end up making some of my watchers believe them
and unwatch me and therefore ruining my reputation and my ability to get commissions because people think bad about me now...
Is that something that can be reported?
I mean it is even illegal to ruin someones reputation through false accusation and should therefore then be considered as strong harassment right?
Can that person be banned for that?
I mean sure, I could just post a journal too about how it isnt true, but there's always that half of people that prefer to believe drama instead of the right thing
and drama often isn't something you want to get openly involved with by posting a journal and make even more people notice the thing...
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
I don't think that there is much you can do.
Not sure about the linking, but as it is normal HTML code, I would guess that it is still possible.

Can't say anything about that, if that is considered harassment etc, you have to contact the HelpDesk for that, so that they can take a look at this specific case. These DYK journals are just general guidelines, but I can never give detailed help for such things, especially not when it comes to potential harassment.
Btw, as the account you are posting with is new. Do not contact the person that blocked you with that. That would just make you get banned.

What I can tell you from my own experience is this:
If people are not willing to listen to both sides AND judge you based on things they heard or think are true, they might not be worth to be your friends.
I have been to something similar many years ago. Friends turned their back on me because of rumours someone else spread. As hard as it was, I let them go and decided to not share my side of the story. For those who wanted to hear it, I was there... for those that didn't want to hear it, I just stopped caring.

Regarding your commission, there will be others. Promote it in the forums or via groups and you will find other people commission you.
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Tae-Ryu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for your reply =)

and yeah no worries, this acc isn't for contacting anyone, 
I am actually new here (gonna start posting my work soon)
and asked on behalf of  a friend. 
He asked if I could ask you from my new account just in 
case the other person sees it because so far nothing has happened
and he doesn't wanna trigger anything, hoping his last
try to reason with the person might settle things. ^^

thanks again!
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Ah ok, thought it was about you.

Hopefully this issue can be fixed, good luck!
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Skullguy113 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
What if you are trying to apologize to them, can they ban you if you create a seperate account to tell them that?
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:iconginkgografix:
ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
That's called ban-evasion and will end with a ban for sure. If you get banned, there is nothing you can do (not even apologizing).
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:iconolaf53:
Olaf53 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Artist
Could that get someone banned?

(and what about talking to them on another website, like youtube or Facebook?) 
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Storm137 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You would think, but even after they blatently ignored the warning of trying to get around the block they still made call out journals which the mods apparently don't give two shits about.


(I don't think the dA mods have power over on the other sites those mods on FF.net and Youtube or Facebook would have to deal with them. I blocked all the people I hate on here who I knew have facebook)
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:iconsupercomputervirus:
SuperComputerVirus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
I just wanted the watcher removed, blocking removed them.
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:iconaquasplash21:
aquasplash21 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there any way to prevent people from viewing your page at all?
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:iconginkgografix:
ginkgografix Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
No, that's not possible.
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:iconaquasplash21:
aquasplash21 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. Well, thanks anyway.
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:iconcosandk:
cosandk Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
can you block groups from interacting with you? there's groups that keep asking to add my stuff to there gallery and i have asked to stop numerous times, but they dont listen. 
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Not that I am aware of, but I haven't tried that either.
Maybe just give it a try and if it is not possible, perhabs it would be good to make a suggestion at the suggestion forum?
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:iconcosandk:
cosandk Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It would.

Thank you!
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:icon14iv19:
14iv19 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
Question: If I get blocked, does that user still has access to my arts while I can't?
I mean, I never had a fight with someone, but I see crossed out username and the comment box denied. Am I being blocked? What if that person wants to copy my art and all that, and I can't see that because I am being blocked? While that user keep on using my art, for example.
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
Crossed out people have been banned from deviantArt, that's why you can't leave comments on that person's art anymore.

If you get blocked, you can just not interact on the profile/art of that other person. Your own stuff doesn't get affected by a block by someone else.
And even if they block you, they can see your art, just not leave feedback.

A block is always just for interaction, it doesn't limit what you see and what not.
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14iv19 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
I see, Thank you
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a nice and informative journal.

Never in all my years did I ever think that I would be in a situation where I would be blocked/would have to block someone. It was polite agreement at first and I found myself politely disagreeing on small things. This artist must have taken the disagreement as an attack and never acknowledged the points we had in common.

Then a journal on the thing I disagreed with showed up and instead of commenting my views since they clearly already knew them, I just decided to talk to other deviants who shared my views and any one of them would tell you that I was also polite. I guess this person was overprotective of their commenters and thought it was a problem that I was agreeing with someone who shared my views just as they did on their journal. They said something along the lines of abuse and comment wars when I was conversing with other people as if they ever listened to me which is how we got here in the first place. I was finishing up conversations with the other commenters and then they blocked me. Now there is really no way to reason with people like that.

I think there should be a psuedo-court process so we can at least pretend that we are legally speaking with human beings instead of hastily blocking others because you can. I meant them no harm but they were too blind to see it. :no:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Thank you.

Yeah, blocking can happen for various reasons. Not always they make sense though.
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!:)

Also, thank you for not having a problem with me commenting on other folks comments in this journal, respectfully of course.;D

Oh, one question. In order to prevent any monkey business, how does a block handle "mentions"? I just wouldn't want to run into this artist putting me on "blast" if you will and there will be nothing for me to do about it and vice versa (if it ever comes to this).

Thanks! :)
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Everyone is free to share their opinion. :aww:

Hm, I am not sure. But my guess would be that you don't get mentions from those you blocked and that people you blocked don't get notifications for that either.
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thank you so much! 

I am still a bit shaken up by all this. All because they misunderstood me, they get to block me exclusively. I am not the only one who commented this way and there were way worse comments getting to the point of practically insulting this artist personally and I bet they were fine. Poor thing. The only other time I actually had to block someone was a few years back when I had this avid "fan" who kept pretending that they owned me and tried to dictate what and when I drew and even attempted to control my message board on Livestream. I'd say that is more like abuse. On my old account, I had to block someone who was outright bashing my artwork instead of constructively criticizing it which is something I greatly appreciate. 

I'm sorry for all this reading you had to do, haha. Thanks again. It will be a while before I get over this as it was uncalled for and I never put myself in situations for other people block me. :heart:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
We will never be able to complete avoid that such people cross our ways, but luckily such features/tools help to deal with them :nod:

:hug:
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Dark-SpectrumDS Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! I'm terribly sorry again. May I ask another question? It sounds a little like I'm kinda pushing it but what would I do in the situation I make another dA account as a fresh start and the opposing side didn't know that this is my new account if they happen to stumble across it? Would I be banned if I didn't ban the other promptly? Should I let them know my identity/previous username? Would there be an issue if the person happened to reconcile or start fresh because they did not know of the name change? I'm not a troll and I'm not one to continue stupid fights like this if they've been going on for a while but I really wouldn't know how this would work. I mean, I was sincerely thinking about making a new account before this crap happened and I wouldn't want to get in trouble for someone unknowingly contacting me after a blocking because dA can get pretty silly.

Thanks again! :glomp:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
If you get blocked and create a new account, in can end with a ban if that other person gets into contact with you. So unless they un-block you, it is a risky thing in general.
Not sure how it is with 'accidental' contacting, but how would you be able to proof that?
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Minakie Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"FAQ #641: I need to block more than 500 people from my User Page. Is this possible?"

Who on earth would need to block more than 500 people? :o I didn't know the level of dArama had escalated to that point :wow:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
For some people it is not enough, but yeah... don't ask me. I have no idea!
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Avristed Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm guessing there's nothing you can do if someone blocks you for politely disagreeing with them?
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
No, not really. You just have to accept that.

On the other hand, i am not sure if it really would make sense to communicate with people who do that. If they get easily offended, it might be better to not talk to them (imo).
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pastyllia Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
What is considered "serious harassment"? Just wondering, because I'm unsure ^^; 
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
That's something i can't tell you, because that's up to the staff to judge.
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pastyllia Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Ah, I see. Thanks anyway >W<)/
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princce7 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
what do you do if someone blames you from being an alternate account of someone else because you sent a link to them of their confusion as to why they got blocked, after it was obvious that person wanted to make ammends for whatever they did?
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
To be honest, if two people block each other, even if maybe for the wrong reasons, you shouldn't get involved in this.
Like you mentioned, it will just lead to confusion and maybe false blaming.

Can't really help you much with it though, sorry!
Can just suggest to let this rest and maybe the other two will get into contact on their own after a while.
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