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Did You Know - Blocking

Mon Jun 9, 2014, 2:46 AM


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.

09 06 2014 0 by ginkgografix

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.

09 06 2014 03 by ginkgografix

: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.

09 06 2014 01 by ginkgografix

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

09 06 2014 02 by ginkgografix

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.

09 06 2014 04 by ginkgografix

You have to confirm this, to make sure you didn't click there accidentally.
09 06 2014 05 by ginkgografix

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.

09 06 2014 06 by ginkgografix

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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Avristed Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
I'm guessing there's nothing you can do if someone blocks you for politely disagreeing with them?
ginkgografix Featured By Owner 2 days ago
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).
pastyllia Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
What is considered "serious harassment"? Just wondering, because I'm unsure ^^; 
ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
That's something i can't tell you, because that's up to the staff to judge.
pastyllia Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Ah, I see. Thanks anyway >W<)/
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?
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.
princce7 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
kk thanks
theresahelmer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
It isn't the case for me, please let me know whether this is reportable worthy? This individual posted a forum because I blocked her (she was unhappy that I blocked her) she went as far as to my other social media site, continuing her bitching session.

she said I had no right to block her. She is a bully and I don't talk to bullies, ever!

let's not kid ourselves, there are way too many folks creat new accounts in the name of revenge just so they can come back to curse me out! I thought the meaning of blocking is I have no interests to hear from that person ever again. I wonder exactly how dA admin monitoring this unacceptable act??

"you teach how others treat you" - when an individual thinks it is perfectly okay be rude to me without reasons, that's my deal breaker. I will never put up with disrespect! Personally I find blocking is quite effective 90% of the time!

thank you so much for this journal.
ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Sorry to hear this.

You can block everyone you want to and the people should accept that - no matter what the reasons are.
If this person created new accounts on dA to contact you, then you should report it to the HelpDesk. If it happens outside dA then there isn't much that can be done from the staff.
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