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Blocking followers

  1. sarahpotterwrites
    Member

    One of my followers has a wordpress blog which I can't check out as there's no follow button. I am unhappy with this, as I like to know what sort of people are following me. How do I block this person from being a follower?
    Blog url: http://sarahpotterwrites.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.

  3. I was well would like the option of being able to "block followers." I have one following my blog which I do not want. Just wanted to put an input in on this.

  4. sarahpotterwrites
    Member

    I guess this person hasn't commented on anything on my blog. But they haven't even said they "like" any of my posts, either. They just started following and nothing else -- a sort of silent watcher. This kind of creeps me out.

    Thanks to Time thief for answering my question most thoroughly, although I'd like some reassurance from wordpress that, if necessary, they would take down any dangerously dodgy blogs to safeguard the interests of others.

  5. They do, of course, take down blogs that violate the Terms of Service.

    If you don't feel comfortable having strangers view your blog, just set it to Private. In all likelihood that is what this person has done with their blog, so that's why you can't Follow it.

  6. I started a thread over on the Ideas board if anybody want to chime in. I don't know if it will do any good or not.

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/more-control-over-likes-and-followers?replies=3

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