The powers that are at Ordinary Times, my old development haunt, have seen their way to installing Commenter Ignore Button (CIB), which I developed with the commenting culture and its discontents at their very site as inspiration. Commenter veronica d, using the tool quite as I had envisioned people using it, has provided some user response which, I’m happy to report, is as perceptive as it is positive and in both cases very:
Today I looked at the comments on a post. In one subthread I noticed about 2/3 of the messages were blocked. I felt such a relief.
Note, I’m not blocking 2/3 of the people here, far far far less than that. But this subthread — the peanut gallery had gathered. The topic excited them. But now, it takes up little space on my screen and almost nothing of my attention. My eyes glaze right past, to find comments by people worth reading. I read those comments. It was really nice.
This feature is great.
Perceptive, referring to a few who have expressed skepticism about CIB:
The same dynamic went down over the BlockBot (and similar tools) on Twitter. The fact we could easily cut off the jerks drove the jerks bananas, which made the tool an even greater pleasure to use.
I owe no one my attention. The reality is, on any public forum there is going to be a peanut gallery, and I’ve never seen a moderation policy that can quite eliminate them, but not eliminate interesting people who I want to hear from. So, culled lists, either individually (as here) or collectively (as was needed in a larger space such as Twitter), are a fine thing. They make a forum far more pleasant to use.
Commenter Ignore Button is available from the WordPress Repository, and is covered under my High Powered Marketing $25 WP Plug-In Installation/Configuration Offer. I take feedback like the above as encouragement to push out additions to CIB and integrations with other commenting tools – as soon as I have some extended free time (whenever that might be…).