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JustinR
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Is there a way to block someone?

Post by JustinR » Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:51 pm

Would love a way to block or ignore someone on Bogleheads so their posts don't appear.

This one guy keeps preaching about real estate and I'd really love to just filter that out.

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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by Sandtrap » Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:59 pm

Not that I know of.
However if the topic or post is not per forum guidelines, and so forth, you can report to the moderators who do an excellent job to keep the forum on topic and civil, and enjoyable.
As far as "blocking", I think only moderators can do that. On your part, you can ignore the posts.
Eggads!
I hope I'm not this fellow. :shock:

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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by MN-Investor » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:43 am

I post on a different site which uses this forum software. In the User Control Panel is a tab for Friends and Foes. On the other site, I can designate another user as a Foe and their posts will, by default, be hidden. It doesn’t look like the Administrators here have enabled that feature.
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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by TravelGeek » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:05 am

MN-Investor wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:43 am
I post on a different site which uses this forum software. In the User Control Panel is a tab for Friends and Foes. On the other site, I can designate another user as a Foe and their posts will, by default, be hidden. It doesn’t look like the Administrators here have enabled that feature.
Or it might be a 3rd party extension. Such as this one:

https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/exte ... ends_foes/

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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by MN-Investor » Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:30 am

You could be right, although it seems odd that the software would have a tab entitled Friends and Foes, but have only provisions for Friends and not Foes.
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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by jadd806 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:41 am

JustinR wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:51 pm
Would love a way to block or ignore someone on Bogleheads so their posts don't appear.

This one guy keeps preaching about real estate and I'd really love to just filter that out.
Funny, I expressed this exact sentiment in another thread a few months ago. The user in question attemps (and usually succeeds) in derailing every thread they participate in towards an argument about real estate investing. Some of the posts are so blatantly off-topic and out of left field with the rest of the content that I would often think that I clicked on a different thread.

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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by jebmke » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:11 am

Blocking would not solve this. Just don't read that poster's comments.
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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by whodidntante » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:33 am

If someone consistently derails threads, blocking them would not prevent that. It would make the discourse more difficult to follow. You might consider PMing the person your concerns, factual, courteous, and to the point. Or the mods if you think the person is trolling. If their posts simply bother you but don't derail threads, meh. There needs to be room for different voices or otherwise you don't have a forum, you have an echo chamber.

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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:41 am

JustinR wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:51 pm
Would love a way to block or ignore someone on Bogleheads so their posts don't appear.

This one guy keeps preaching about real estate and I'd really love to just filter that out.
There's this great opportunity, take a look at VNQ. It's indexed, low fees and is loaded with great investments. :twisted:
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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by David Jay » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:05 am

Grt2bOutdoors wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:41 am
JustinR wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:51 pm
Would love a way to block or ignore someone on Bogleheads so their posts don't appear.

This one guy keeps preaching about real estate and I'd really love to just filter that out.
There's this great opportunity, take a look at VNQ. It's indexed, low fees and is loaded with great investments. :twisted:
No leverage with VNQ - you need rental property with mortgages.
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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by Pajamas » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:10 am

With VNQ you don't get to take advantage of the five ways real estate pays you! :oops:

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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by Sandtrap » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:55 am

VNQ Vanguard Real Estate ETF
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There are advantages and disadvantages between this and the "real thing", and REIT's.
Although with REIT's and VNQ there are no tenants, no lawsuits, and no toilets to unplug. :shock:
OTOH, real R/E multi unit income property can be highly leveraged which means the potential for "big big bucks".. . or "big big debt".

Actionably: one might find the correct allocation between the volatility of leveraged R/E income property and the stability of a Bogle 3 fund.. Perhaps. Those in the forum that are experts in R/E leveraging would know more than I.

Personally, I'd rather have funds (more fun) than tenants.
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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by goingup » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:02 am

Sandtrap wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:59 pm
Eggads!
I hope I'm not this fellow. :shock:
^You might be! :oops:

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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by Sandtrap » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:05 am

goingup wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:02 am
Sandtrap wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:59 pm
Eggads!
I hope I'm not this fellow. :shock:
^You might be! :oops:
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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by Chip » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:49 pm

Sandtrap wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:05 am
Eggads!
I hope I'm not this fellow. :shock:
It's not you, trust me.

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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by PVW » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:57 pm

This is what you get with a public forum. People are contributing their expertise for free. Peoples' expertise doesn't always align with the OP's request, but they contribute what they can. Sometimes the conversation veers from the course I would like it to take. I move on.

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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by Yukon » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:00 pm

Chip wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:49 pm
Sandtrap wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:05 am
Eggads!
I hope I'm not this fellow. :shock:
It's not you, trust me.
+1

I think I know who it is. Seems like too many posts for a troll, though.
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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by TravelGeek » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:09 pm

I use a blocking feature on another site. I only apply it to a few users where I decided that listening to their messages and/or engaging with them in discussion was potentially detrimental to my health. It does at times lead to hard-to-follow conversations when other posters respond to something by one of the blocked users.

I personally have not really felt the urgent need to block anyone on this site.

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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by TravelGeek » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:15 pm

MN-Investor wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:30 am
You could be right, although it seems odd that the software would have a tab entitled Friends and Foes, but have only provisions for Friends and not Foes.
No, I think you are right. The FAQ even talks about it:

help/faq#f8r0

But contrary to what the FAQ says, I don't see the mechanism to actually make someone a foe.

A quick search found two previous threads on this topic (there might be more):

viewtopic.php?t=139937

viewtopic.php?p=5740

I haven't had time to dig through them to see if there is an official statement/explanation of the expected behavior.

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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by Earl Lemongrab » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:22 pm

Sandtrap wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:55 am
VNQ Vanguard Real Estate ETF
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Not to derail this, but if you're going to discuss fund performance you need to look at total return, not price. Especially with higher dividend funds.

I threw in a few comparisons, so REIT is still not great over the time period:

Total Return, VGSIX/VTSAX/IJS
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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by bltkmt » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:42 pm

jebmke wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:11 am
Blocking would not solve this. Just don't read that poster's comments.
Actually, blocking WOULD solve this. In other forums that I frequent, it works quite well for this situation.

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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by triceratop » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:48 pm

There is no means to block someone on the forum. Of course, it could be done with browser-side scripts I suppose (not that I endorse doing so, it is just technologically feasible).

I'm going to lock this thread to avoid personal attacks and off-topic conversation.
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Re: Is there a way to block someone?

Post by LadyGeek » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:04 pm

TravelGeek wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:05 am
MN-Investor wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:43 am
I post on a different site which uses this forum software. In the User Control Panel is a tab for Friends and Foes. On the other site, I can designate another user as a Foe and their posts will, by default, be hidden. It doesn’t look like the Administrators here have enabled that feature.
Or it might be a 3rd party extension. Such as this one:

https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/exte ... ends_foes/
To be clear, the site owners do not want this feature enabled. This decision won't change.

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