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Block user needs to block everything. I don't want to see said person's reviews or anything they have to add to the site. Certain people think this website is their personal blog.

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under review  ·  AdminMatthew Buchanan (Admin, Letterboxd) responded  · 

At this time there are performance and cacheability impacts of blocking members everywhere that preclude us from doing this. In the future we would like to address this better.

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  • John commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have various ideas for this feature because I personally think the block feature is terrible and doesn't really block the user at all. If their reviews are popular with your friends, they still show up on your homepage. In addition, whoever blocks them won't be able to see their stuff but the person who is blocked is still able to see the blocker's, which is unfair and imbalanced. Makes no sense to me. They can still see my comments, my profile, my everything else, but I can't see theirs? Wouldn't it make more sense to have that switched so that I can see if they spread more hate towards me?

  • eluis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have just noticed that the android app already prevents blocked users' reviews from showing up on a movie's front page even if these are in the top 3, so why does that not happen yet on the desktop version? are these "performance and cacheability impacts" substantially different between platforms, or is it just an oversight?

  • Fannar Freyr Kristinsson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a must. I've grown so tired of seeing a bunch of the same popular reviewers on the front page and on movie pages spouting pretentious bullshit or making joke reviews that I've basically stopped using the site except to log the movies I watch.

  • gator commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Maybe instead of totally blocking certain users' reviews there could be an option to hide their reviews, like how reviews with spoilers can be hidden. I really don't like seeing "content warnings" on film pages before I see the movies. Being able to simply hide the reviews of users who include these would be a major improvement.

  • Ashlie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Something needs to be done. If you aren’t going to implement a block feature, at least start deleting blatantly sexist reviews and lists.
    Stuff like ‘movies men aren’t allowed to have an opinion on’ or ‘Movies men need to shut up about’. I love letterboxd, but it’s community is mostly awful. Do you job admins and stamp out th toxicity.

  • Matt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    What if I dont want to block someone, I just dont want to see their reviews on my homepage?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So, when you block someone, I found out that they can still see your profile. This is stupid, especially if you know a user in person, as they can still criticise your movie taste outside of the realm of Letterboxd. You should be able to block people from seeing your entire profile, so that they have no idea of what your reviewing/watching.

  • Dilay commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I don't really like to see the same reviews from the same people under all the films. If we can block or filter them it would be a better letterboxd experience for all of us.

  • Marlena commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am frankly disgusted that I paid even $19 to support a website ostensibly for people who love movies, and the most "popular" users here write nothing but completely nonsensical, pointless, offtopic, frequently one word reviews, sometimes complete gibberish, sometimes announcing that they haven't even watched the movie they are "reviewing." Whiskey tango foxtrot. I suppose its my fault for throwing my money at something without actually looking at the service before I plug in my credit card.

    I have learned my lesson. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. I will not be paying for Letterboxd again until something changes here. If blocking users across the website is too much of a strain on the system I understand, but then there needs to be a way to interact with the community based on something, anything, other than "popularity." Let me search for users by number of reviews, by join date, alphabetically. Allow downvotes (I know this is like a unicorn in social media). Promote the most recent reviews instead of "popular" clickbait reviews, or better yet allow for sorting reviews by oldest, newest or most upvoted like other sites allow.

    Conceptualize the problem differently, because this isn't just about blocking certain users. This is about fostering the kind of community you want to have, that you want the Letterboxd brand to be associated with. If I have to pay extra for these features I will, but please make this a priority.

  • AdminMatthew Buchanan (Admin, Letterboxd) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Anonymous The delay in implementing this is entirely a technical one—we cache content on lots of pages so that we can serve them quickly to millions of visitors. Customizing each page to remove content from members you’ve blocked would put considerable extra load on our servers, and worsen the quality of service for all. (We ARE looking at how we can improve this, however.)

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Im not against other people expressing their political and personal views in their own reviews (even if its forced into it with no relation to the actual film itself) they are free to write what they want. I however shouldn't have it forced down my throat every time i log into letterboxd. it's especially annoying when i don't even follow these people. Can you please get on this because hiding users seems to be a very popular issue with users and i cant be that hard to implement can it, this thread is over 4 years old and still nothing?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I blocked david ehrlich but still see his reviews under every movie. That's annoying.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Is there any update on this?
    I'm a bit sick of reading about unrelated political opinions on the movie pages..

  • Mightygil commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I hope all possibilities are still being looked at for this. As great as letterboxd is its usefulness is greatly diminished when so many top "reviews" are not even reviews, but mostly people sharing their views on religion and government instead of the movie it's listed under. For something that is generally really user friendly this continues to be a big frustration.

  • Ben B. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This basically stems from the problem of basically everything on letterboxd being ranked by popularity (or "likes"). It has the effect of taking a small minority of views that have a cliquish following and throwing them to the top of every page, much to the annoyance of everyone outside these cliques. I see three ways around this problem: 1.) Expand the block user function as discussed here. 2.) Don't rank things by popularity. Mix it up a little bit, add some randomness into what posts get featured. 3.) Introduce downvotes. This balances out the different viewpoints allowing more moderate views to rise to the top.

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