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Cacique Caribe26 Apr 2018 10:25 p.m. PST

I joined TMP in August* of 2005 and, after Bill introduced the Stifle feature a few years ago, followed by the Ignore feature, I swore up and down that I would NEVER view anyone's opinion to be so utterly worthless that I would resort to using any of those censorship features.

But here I am, almost 13 years later, finally clicking on those censor buttons! :)

So, how long did it take YOU to push your very first Stifle/Ignore button on someone, from the time you joined TMP?

* Wow, that was just a couple of weeks before I set out chasing Hurricane Katrina. How time flies!

Winston Smith26 Apr 2018 10:46 p.m. PST

Right after it was introduced.

I'm not one to subscribe to the dumb notion that i am obliged to let every idiot shout at me, and that I have to listen.
And if someone wants to stifle or ignore me, I can take it. You're not hurting my feelings by stifling or ignoring me. I'm not a snowflake.
Smartest thing that Bill did re stifles and ignores was to remove the table that showed how many one had. And to remove it from your profile. That defused things greatly.
I also do not subscribe to the dumb idea of unstifling or unignoring people on the anniversary of the death of Mother Therese. They EARNED their stifles and ignores. They can darn well keep them.

I am not obliged to listen to Rachel Maddow, nor are you required to listen to Sean Hannity. Part of Freedom of Speech is the freedom not to listen to idiots. Some people tend to forget that.

Cacique Caribe26 Apr 2018 10:48 p.m. PST

Winston: "I also do not subscribe to the dumb idea of unstifling or unignoring people on the anniversary of the death of Mother Therese."

LOL. Did that actually happen?

PS. LOL. That Rachel Medwedof sounds like she's over- or under-medicated most of the time, specially when she gets on one of her obsessive Russia rants.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2018 11:15 p.m. PST

I would comment on this thread, but since I have stifled and ignored both of you I don't know it exists so I won't comment.


Cacique Caribe26 Apr 2018 11:31 p.m. PST


LOL. This reminds me of a movie where the guy thought he was invisible and walked around naked, thinking he was safe.


bobspruster27 Apr 2018 1:40 a.m. PST

Like Winston, I used the two features once on the same individual just after they were made available. Tends to make TMP a much better experience for me.

advocate27 Apr 2018 1:43 a.m. PST

Ignore – when it first came out. One person. My front page is much more accessible now.
Stifle – a couple of folk who made obnoxious comments. A few years after I'd started and a few years ago (before Ignore was available). Haven't heard from them since.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 3:32 a.m. PST

I still haven't used it. There's only one person on this site I've considered it for, but he's mostly harmless, so I have yet to actually do it.

PzGeneral27 Apr 2018 3:51 a.m. PST

One ignore for me. Now topics on TMP don't disappear at a blinding pace.

jdpintex27 Apr 2018 4:20 a.m. PST

1 Stifle on a person who has since been locked out.

No ignores. I only click on what seems interesting anyway.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 4:34 a.m. PST

I used it only once, on a person who is no longer on TMP.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 5:01 a.m. PST

Used it a few time and from what I can see they all have vacated the premises or have been forcibly evicted. Also been ages since I felt the urge to block somebody so it's not a huge issue to me.

Gwydion27 Apr 2018 5:19 a.m. PST

Never used them. I find I have sufficient will power not to need electro mechanical aids in this area of human experience.grin

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 5:24 a.m. PST

One stifle used for about 5 minutes years ago.

That said, I can understand shutting up some of the "useful idiots" around here.

The Captain of the Gate27 Apr 2018 5:57 a.m. PST

I will proudly say that I probably have more people stifled than anyone. Life is to short and I'm too old to have to put up with BS

KPinder27 Apr 2018 6:12 a.m. PST

What is the operational difference between the 2, Stifle vs Ignore?

I think I Stifled someone years ago who was a virulent troll. The kind of trolling that almost certainly got him booted shortly after my Stifle.

I remember I used to have 1 Stifle on my own account, back when that info was posted. I always wondered who (whom) and why? Ah well.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 6:23 a.m. PST

Actually never for me

mad monkey 127 Apr 2018 6:25 a.m. PST

Never used either.

Legion 427 Apr 2018 6:43 a.m. PST

Frakk'm all ! "Nuc'm from orbit … it's the only way to be sure !" … evil grin

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 6:58 a.m. PST

Gawd bless ya for trying, Dan.


Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 7:07 a.m. PST

I have never used either option and I never plan on doing so. As a Brurkean Conservative who teaches as a professor at a public university, interacting with people whose opinions run counter to mine is just a normal part of life. While "safe spaces" may seem comforting, they are not conducive to moral development. As my mother always told me growing up, "people are like birds; you have to take the poop (she didn't use that word) with the singing." The earlier people learn this lesson, the better.


21eRegt27 Apr 2018 7:28 a.m. PST

I don't believe I've used either option, however deserving some people are. But I just don't believe in censorship, and self-censorship is the most heinous IMHO.

cfuzwuz Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 7:33 a.m. PST

Thought about stifling one guy that always irritated me but he answered one of my questions and was helpful with some information. So I've never stifled anyone. Thought about stifling Gunfreak. Not really. Love posts about his dogs!

haywire27 Apr 2018 7:53 a.m. PST

I only have one in mine. He was a spammer who was commenting the same thing on every thread and the editors did not respond fast enough. Like an entire weekend.

Red Jacket Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 8:15 a.m. PST

I have never used them – if I don't like what someone says I just don't read the entry.

Personal logo Private Matter Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 8:39 a.m. PST

Never used it….yet. I am waiting until I can do it face to face instead of online.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 9:00 a.m. PST

No Stifles, 2 Ignores one of which is no longer here.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 9:05 a.m. PST

Not yet.

wrgmr127 Apr 2018 9:29 a.m. PST

One of each, but it was so long ago I had to look at my profile to see who it was. Both are long gone now.

General Kirchner27 Apr 2018 9:54 a.m. PST

apparently i am way more sensitive than most. i have more than a few.

although after just reviewing my list just now, i see that the majority of them have not visited in at least 8 or more years and most of them have locked accounts.

not sure I need to do anything about the list, but it seems like i must have not been the only one that didn't want to see them. Not that that matters, i make my own calls.

Cacique Caribe27 Apr 2018 11:46 a.m. PST

Sí, adivina. :)


martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 11:49 a.m. PST

Without the ignore function, my visits here would be seldom. So thank you Bill for that function.

Perris070727 Apr 2018 1:34 p.m. PST

There's an "ignore" and "stifle" function? Can it be used on the in-laws? :)

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 1:54 p.m. PST

Never stifled anyone. If I don't like what they have to say I have met the low level of willpower and discipline required to skip over or ignore it.

I have one person on ignore. One is because his volume to value ratio is very low to me and slows down my viewing and enjoyment of the site.

Personal logo Darrell B D Day Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 2:52 p.m. PST



Cacique Caribe27 Apr 2018 3:14 p.m. PST

Glad you noticed.


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2018 3:57 p.m. PST

You should take the high road and pretend you didn't hear it.


Cyrus the Great27 Apr 2018 4:13 p.m. PST

I've never done either option. The closest I came was for Big Mean Elf.

goragrad27 Apr 2018 9:17 p.m. PST

During a melt down on TMP several years ago one had to put someone on 'Ignore' to be able to post.

I therefore 'Ignored' one of the twits with an obnoxious handle who was involved in the meltdown.

He got locked at about that time and I've never bothered pulling the ignore.

14Bore28 Apr 2018 10:12 a.m. PST

Haven't yet, never will.

Cacique Caribe28 Apr 2018 8:21 p.m. PST

Lol. That's what I used to say too. :)


Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2018 9:30 p.m. PST

I'd put a few people "in the Grey" in my day but I can't see the point now.

Still if it makes you happy (but remember "they" either won't know or won't care).

dapeters30 Apr 2018 2:04 p.m. PST

Haven't yet, doubt I ever will

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2018 9:31 p.m. PST

Became a member back in 2007, haven't used either option and probably won't do so in the future.

I generally stick to posting and commenting on purely hobby and history related subjects, but years ago I commented on a post where a fellow TMP-er wrote about a bad hobby business experience he had with a business person who shared my wife's ethnicity. In it the TMP-er used some negative sweeping generalizations that somewhat indicted everyone from my wife's ethnic background. I posted a comment taking issue with that in a reasonable, non-insulting manner (doghousing never came into effect). The next day I noticed my first ever "Stifles" (this was back when they were part of the public record), presumably from folks who took offense at my having taken offense, and/or folks who felt protective towards the original poster who'd had the bad business experience in the first place. The funny thing was that soon after I received those Stifles the original poster sent me a PM and sincerely apologized for the sweeping negative comment he had made, and then I replied to thank him for his apology, which I was happy to accept. Needless to say, if either of us had Stifled each other that couldn't have happened -- unless you can still PM people who you've stifled… which I don't know the answer to.

A tempest in a teapot which I hadn't thought of in a very long time, but this thread brought it to mind.

Dashetal09 Jun 2018 8:57 a.m. PST

Never have stifled or used the ignore function. I have maintained that. even a blind pig finds an acorn once and a while. Though many still seem to be better at wrestling in the mud rather than providing acorns.

Choctaw12 Jun 2018 12:35 p.m. PST

In real life my real jobs requires that I suffer annoying, sometimes violent idiots. Not here though! I have stifled two and ignored one. All three have been locked out so I guess I do have good judgment despite what my wife thinks.

Cacique Caribe22 Jun 2018 12:36 p.m. PST

What's funny is that now the guy is shadowing me … posting something right after the posts I make, and also posting something on almost every thread I start. It's hilarious.

He's probably trying to sound all civil and helpful all of a sudden, or he might simply be throwing more of his monkey crap my way. Either way, I don't need to see it. Plus it feels good that he's regularly wasting his breath without knowing he's been blocked. Priceless.

I love these features!!!


Cacique Caribe02 Jul 2018 9:38 a.m. PST

Ha! And few more have joined that fellow in just this week. :)

Thank you for these options.


Winston Smith02 Jul 2018 6:20 p.m. PST

Stifles do the job they were intended to do.
So do Ignores.
I don't feel my manhood is any less if I use those handy tools. The SOB deserves them!
And it doesn't hurt them in the least either.

Back when Stifles were a major tempest in a teapot, some snowflakes were actually worried that they could get into trouble at work if their boss tracked them down to TMP and found out that there were some that didn't like them.

23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2018 7:52 p.m. PST

I have stiffled/ignored only two people here. One posted something from stormfront, the other some holocaust denial garbage. I have no time for nonsense like that.

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