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10 Oct 2018 11:33 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2013 1:49 a.m. PST

Suggested by a comment by Andrew Preziosi on this thread : TMP link

What is your main motivation to stifle :

1) Japes, pranks and jests on the part of Fellow TMP'rs.
2) Not really wanting or caring to hear from or about Person X.
3) Anger at a person for what they posted.
4) I never stifle
5) Not a wargamer

War Panda19 Oct 2013 2:45 a.m. PST

4) No one will ever convince me that stifling is nothing more than pure silliness and it's main or only effect is to cause derision and argument…but maybe thats its function

Every counter-argument to this that I've seen has only consolidated that belief…

Unlike some it really doesn't bother me at all if I'm stifled and I don't care in the slightest if it was removed. I would probably have a little more respect for the powers that be if they made that decision.

I just don't see its needed purpose other than people wanting to cause some kind of hurt or offence to others. If its a device designed to eliminate any slightest possible chance of them ever having to read even two words of this most annoying person ever ever ever again then well… that's just monty python stuff …

No Name19 Oct 2013 2:48 a.m. PST

None of the above. Not understanding the Stifle system, I thought I could use it to cut down on the number of posts I am bombarded with from a particular member, but it was to no avail, i still get the posts, just don't see the content.

War Panda19 Oct 2013 2:51 a.m. PST

Not understanding the Stifle system, I thought I could use it to cut down on the number of posts I am bombarded with from a particular member, but it was to no avail, i still get the posts, just don't see the content.

That ability would make more sense to me…

mckrok19 Oct 2013 3:33 a.m. PST

4

pjm

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2013 3:58 a.m. PST

I have stifled one person. I suppose it comes under 2. It was a slow build up of irritation of his attitude to others, he at no time criticised me but his put-downs of those disagreeing with irritated to the point that eventually I said no more and pressed the stifle button.

As a boring old fart I can see the reason for youngsters to stifle me to avoid boredom and would not wish to prevent them'

x42

Ethanjt2119 Oct 2013 4:00 a.m. PST

I haven't stifled anyone for the already mentioned reason of you still click the link and see nothing. I personally don't browse through the homepage to look at articles so I don't see that "person x" posted this. Not to mention, what if "person x" previously called me a poopoohead during a heated debate, which in turn caused me to stifle him, and two days later posts some super awesome terrain tutorial or the like, and now I never see it. By gones be by gones as they say.

Personal logo A sea that raged no more Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2013 4:10 a.m. PST

I am in agreement with Grey Panda and much prefer his answer option.

My real bug bear is the need to have a Stifle Table.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2013 4:18 a.m. PST

4

Militia Pete19 Oct 2013 4:49 a.m. PST

Nothing.
I like to write letters of complaints to retail outlets though…

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Oct 2013 4:52 a.m. PST

4 – If you think someone is inane, why wouldn't you want to read their continuing stupidity and wallow in your already exaggerated, yet now slightly increased, sense of self-superiority?


… I take great comfort knowing all the people who have stifled me won't read that. Mmmmmmmmmmm … warm and fuzzy all over …

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2013 4:58 a.m. PST

4. I've never used it.

WarWizard19 Oct 2013 5:00 a.m. PST

4

War Panda19 Oct 2013 5:04 a.m. PST

… I take great comfort knowing all the people who have stifled me won't read that. Mmmmmmmmmmm … warm and fuzzy all over …

LoL…Watching the footy on the TV and then I read that …Oh my gosh how I laughted…laugh

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2013 5:11 a.m. PST

Never stifled anyone. If I read something I disagree intently on, I just understand that everyone has their own opinion and I move on to the next comments.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2013 5:43 a.m. PST

I don't think I ever used the stiffle button. I just skip the droll posts.

ordinarybass19 Oct 2013 6:09 a.m. PST

I used it once. I don't recall the exact circumstances but I think they were being inappropriate and deliberately rude and when I checked their other postings it became clear that they were not bringing anything useful into my TMP experience.

Perhaps I should go back and see if they've changed their ways…

I've considered stifling a few others but decided against it.

14Bore19 Oct 2013 6:20 a.m. PST

4, but I will bet this will raise your count 20th.

John the OFM19 Oct 2013 6:42 a.m. PST

2) Not really wanting or caring to hear from or about Person X.

Which can be anything from racism to illiteracy to personal attacks on me to a generally obnoxious attitude.
How this makes ME the Bad Guy when I stifle someone is beyond me.
Life is too short to spend it putting up with imbeciles. I see no badge of honor in NOT stifling anyone, but YMMV.

Bohemund19 Oct 2013 7:35 a.m. PST

2) Not really wanting or caring to hear from or about Person X.

I stifled a gentlemen who posted the same thing, which I found offensive and annoying, on many threads one morning. I just didn't want to see it again, as it was affecting my TMP experience. I believe they stifled me back :^)

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian19 Oct 2013 7:57 a.m. PST

8) Persons who post 36 sequential "FS", each for a single figure, in the marketplace thus driving the rest of the sales off the visible board.

John the OFM19 Oct 2013 7:58 a.m. PST

I believe they stifled me back :^)

You can never know for sure why you have been stifled, unless you have multiple accounts and stifled yourself.

Just one warning. Do NOT stifle an Editor. grin

wrgmr119 Oct 2013 8:37 a.m. PST

2. Same as x42 Brown

Don Manser19 Oct 2013 8:52 a.m. PST

4)

DM

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2013 9:38 a.m. PST

Repeated responses along the lines of "Hey, more targets/ we'll kick their asses/ lets turn the place into radioactive glass / its just a pile of crap compared with ours" whenever anyone posts something about the Chinese/Russians/Iranians/<insert name of country currently not on the US "happy" list>. Mindless jingoistic bo***ks gets tiresome to read after the umpteenth time

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2013 9:44 a.m. PST

4, made an exception for BME.

Tango India Mike19 Oct 2013 10:45 a.m. PST

2. I generally ignore the odd mean post but when it's constant and it builds up then I can stifle. For a while or permanent. In fact I believe the only person I've stifled for more than a day or so was BME like others on this thread. I think there is a similar system to block "foes" on phpBB but I could be wrong.
It realty doesn't bother me to see my stifles but I think if people don't want to see that info then they should be able to turn it off on their profile.
And if people leave their stifles should die with the account – no idea if that currently happens.
I don't have views on the stifle table. If people want that info then great – but again if you don't then that's great too. I suppose, thinking about it, it may encourage "sport" stifling to some extent so maybe it's not a great idea.
I guess at the end of the day you can't please everyone.
Tim

rob1276319 Oct 2013 11:13 a.m. PST

Usually anything nonn gaming related or john the Ofm related will get a stifle.now I usually just ignore all the non gaming/product posts. Rob

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2013 11:15 a.m. PST

Anyone who is unrelenting in their hostility, negativity and engages in non-stop insults or name calling will be stifled by me. I don't wish to have to wade through their spite following an interesting debate. I have only ever actually stifled 2 people on TMP and as far as I know both of those individuals accounts were eventually locked and removed due to their fighting with "The Editor". If you cannot listen to a different point of view and overly value your own you will be in an awful lot of fights. Make your case as best you can in a civil manner and simply agree to disagree.

zippyfusenet19 Oct 2013 12:20 p.m. PST

3) Anger at a person for what they posted.

When a post enrages me, I stifle the author. Anyone can have a bad day, and I'm pretty forgiving if you make lots of valuable posts or if you've been friendly to me. Otherwise, when my temper crosses the line to 'grab author and shake him violently' you go on the list. I rarely unstifle anyone. When I'm done with you, I'm really done.

It keeps me from wasting everyone's time on internet flame wars. I alway understood that was the design purpose of the stifle, to reduce flame wars.

shelldrake19 Oct 2013 1:17 p.m. PST

I thought I could use it to cut down on the number of posts I am bombarded with from a particular member, but it was to no avail, i still get the posts, just don't see the content.

What he said – I tired it for the same reason, most likely for the same person, but still had the posts cluttering up the page, so I unstifled.

D A THB19 Oct 2013 3:25 p.m. PST

2) It took me about 7 years before I stifled anyone on TMP until a series of annoying posts led me to start using it. I think I have unstifled him several times as I really don't like the system as it is but end up re-stifling again.

Like zippyfusenet said "It keeps me from wasting everyone's time on internet flame wars. I alway understood that was the design purpose of the stifle, to reduce flame wars." I don't want to get into online fights.

If I do want to check out what someone has said then I use my old PC which sits next to my iMac, this is not signed in so I can read without replying.

Lost Wolf19 Oct 2013 8:32 p.m. PST

I don't stifle.

kidbananas20 Oct 2013 11:12 a.m. PST

I have not stifled anyone on purpose. However I might have accidently stifled people using this darned iphone.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Oct 2013 11:53 a.m. PST

If I do want to check out what someone has said then I use my old PC which sits next to my iMac, this is not signed in so I can read without replying.

If you have a reasonably recent version of IE, you don't even need to go that far. While browsing logged in, you can open an "InPrivate Browsing" session in IE. While it doesn't provide anything that I would call privacy, you do get a separate browsing state, so initially, even if you were logged in, you won't be in the new InPrivate window. You can even cut and paste the url for the specific thread you are in across sessions instead of browsing to it.

Who asked this joker22 Oct 2013 6:56 a.m. PST

Purely racist and hurtful comments. You have to go a pretty long way to get stifled by me.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2013 12:21 p.m. PST

I never stifle. Stifling would make more sense if you can only stifle someone one thread at a time. Not forever. To me it is akin to watching one news channel or one radio station to get all your news.

I only want the news I like and do not want to consider another point of view. Put your hands over your ears and say nananana. I don't like this persons point of view therefore I will make him go away.

I would like to see the names of who are currently stifling you be listed. Then I know that I don't need to waste my time responding to the persons post.

In stead of stifling, can't you just not read their messages? Skip over them.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2013 1:44 p.m. PST

Number Two. and it is for racist, anti-Semitic or REALLY anti-American B.S.
And the handful I have stifled were unstifled repeatedly and just kept it up.

Personal logo Dasher Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2014 10:55 p.m. PST

Nothing.
I m not afraid of words, not offended by opinions, and moved by stupidity not to anger, but to pity.

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