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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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SuperComputerVirus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  New member
I just wanted the watcher removed, blocking removed them.
aquasplash21 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there any way to prevent people from viewing your page at all?
ginkgografix Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
No, that's not possible.
aquasplash21 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. Well, thanks anyway.
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. 
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?
cosandk Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It would.

Thank you!
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.
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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