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Blocking followers

  1. dorothychiotti
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    Recently someone whose blog content I find inappropriate subscribed to my blog "Reflections." How do I block them from following me?

    If there is no way to block them I am tempted to trash this blog altogether which, for obvious reasons, I really would rather not do. But I am not comfortable with this follower and am concerned that it might even be a spam site. I am not prepared to look into their blog, however, to find out.

    I do not wish to change my privacy settings as I have several other followers and don't see that I should change my settings and effect my other followers just to weed out one I don't want.

    It would be handy to be able to block an unwanted follower, just as we're able to on Twitter.

    Appreciate any help you can offer ...

    Many thanks,

    Dorothy McDonall
    Blog url: http://shakespearesgal.wordpress.com/

  2. We cannot block or delete subscribers from public blogs. However, please read this about public blogs that become private blogs > Blog Privacy and Subscribers > http://wpcommaven.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/blog-privacy-and-subscribers/

    Note that you have complete control comment moderation. http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation If your blog is public others can, of course, read it. They can submit comments but you can Moderate all comments and choose which ones to approve or not.

    For trolls, you can “blacklist” them at Settings > Discussion toward the bottom of that page. Enter their email address, their username, and if they included it, their website. That will automatically send them to moderation so that their comments do not appear on the blog. Do note though that if they are determined, they can use a different email address or username to get around that. Also, do not put their IP address in the blacklist. IP addresses are no longer unique, and you might end up blocking legitimate visitors. Also, all they would have to do is go to a wi-fi hot spot, or connect via a different ISP and they could get around that.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-blacklist

    One other thing I would suggest is to set your blog so that first time commenters are held in moderation till approved, then from that point forward they will not need approval. Settings > Discussion. The next step on that of course is to set it so that all comments are held in moderation until approved. That way you are in control, and they might just get tired and go elsewhere after a while.

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