WordPress.com: Should “Settings” Be Your Choice? (Please take part in this important survey)

I have recently experienced some unwanted activity on my website. To be more specific, some of the followers have associated with you too, my very welcome and followers.

In today’s world ,  I should think that the most fundamental right as a blog administrator would be to decides, upon revising the content who will, or not be approved to become your blogging family.
As I requested several times and through different avenues, WordPress.com so far dismissed my requests to implement Setting choices, allowing us to decide who will, or will not follow us, based upon subject matter, interests, language, and so many other valid criteria in existence here at WordPress.com.  

At this time WordPress.com has no way to allow us the choice of moderating access, compared to Twitter, or even Facebook.

I think that Twitter services have a direct, easy to use, friendly way of empowering a member to freedom of association, and everyone of us is entitled to, without having o ask WordPress.com administration to do that for us upon request (which as I said earlier does not work, or even worse to have to directly contact such followers, which is beneath me (at least).

Here is how Twitter deal with this issue, at a immediate action of the twitter user (highlighted in yellow): 

Twitter v. WordPress Settings

Twitter v. WordPress Settings

Following is a Poll (my first) asking for your input in this issue, and the question is:

“Should the administrator of a WordPress.com be allowed to decide upon the membership at their site?”

Should you need further clarification on this matter, please feel free to comment, before voting! 

Thank you Friends! (as you can see this is NOT about you, it is about us all, I am sure you can too see why

Following is one example for the reasons I requested that word.press.com, allow for administrators’ settings. It would save time, and allow one the peace and tranquility of not having to interact with unwitty profane and vulgar characters!

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95 responses to “WordPress.com: Should “Settings” Be Your Choice? (Please take part in this important survey)

  1. I have known of instances where people seriously needed to be able to block people from their site that were being abusive. I know WordPress will shut them down or suspend them temporarily if there is threat of physical harm…but cursing and name calling, they disregard. I have never had hecklers or trolls on my site. Not yet anyway. But I would mostly start doing what some friends do, and that is to monitor comments, edit crap out. I don’t really like that either, because the real time conversation is what makes wordpress so much fun. IMHO.

    • Thanks! I think that not to have the possibility of blocking whoever you feel you sould from accessing you is a abuse of power that wordpress gets away with! See twitter: all you can do is (and it takes 2 seconds) is to block the person from your timeline! Nothing wrong with it, no the end of the world…just a personal choice…If I cannot even make a personal choice, than what is it that I can do…Besides I pay for space!
      And indeed, it takes time to deal with this “created issue” and they don’t badge!
      Thanks for your thoughts!

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  3. I would like to somehow Unfollow my brother’s follow LOL, I never should have told him when I started a blog, now I can’t write about family things. Plus he’s a shrink so he tries to analyze everything. Can you feel my pain?

    • Totally! I everybody wants to control us! I glad you see the point!
      I feel your pain: put his website in settings-discussion-banned sites. Then wait until he makes a comment.If he doesn’t, bait him! Then spam his comment! Or ask wordpress to implement setting for adults: we’re not kids!
      Thanks!

  4. I am new to this and already received my first bad comment..
    Upsets me, of course, and it amazes me how people have this amount of free time to hate everything you’ve ever done in your own virtual space.

  5. I’d certainly like to have that choice, too. I like to have many followers, of course, and see that my blogs are popular, but I’d rather do without “commercial” followers who only want to entice me to their websites.
    Thanks for bringing that mater to the attention of the WPO people,
    Pit

    • Well, for whatever reason, WordPress believes that it owns us, and out freedom to chose who’s following…then they promise that if you complain, they do something, but mostly, just the complaining is so laborious, and following, and you still see gravatars with no connection to any site stuck among your followers…All wrong of course, blatantly wrong!

  6. Thanks for you comment (“Recuperarea Balcanilor”). My blog, “Opinii incomode”: bureriu.wordpress.com

    • Cu placere…Am uitat sa-i mentionez pe “omul cu trabucul gros” si pe “omul pe roti”, ca toti sant marit jucatori de “Tarile”, si ne-au tratat patria ca si cand ar fi fost un petec de pamant nelocuit, plin de bogatii care nu ne apartineau. Considerand aceste fapte cred ca inca o data am reusit sa supravietuim, cu capul in gura leului, cum ne-am aflat de multe ori in cursul vremii…Cat despre Balcani….noi santem mai de la nord, din Carpati!

      Astept cu nerabdare alte articole, si multumesc de Participare aici, la euzicasa

      Toate bune,

      George.

      • Felicitari pentru blog. E splendid.

      • Multumesc…E prima incercare, si n-am avut nici cea mai mica idee, dar e adevarat ca cel mai greu a fost sa gasesc un nume, si un mesaj…restul am invatat asa cum am invatat sa umblu… incercand…

        Multumesc frumos si sa ai o seara placuta, si plina de creativitate…El le incerc pe toate, ca asa-i bine: varietate si creativitate, cumva sant prieteni buni ( cum zicem pea-casa: ca catarama)

        Doamne-ajuta!

        George.

  7. You are great with your art music and purpose with your blog and you are constantly there. I would like to nominate you for this award

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  8. Hi George-b. HI
    1st let me thank you for the follow and like and for taking your time to visit my blog. I like you poll idea and I totally agree with you should we not be able to choose? Funny how we get to choose a lot of things in life. I hope it is ok with you that I comment. I added you from Belinda’s blog! One of the absolutely most wonder people I have had the privilege of meeting through this wonderful WP community!!! I will be visiting you blog again and I hope you find something on mind read worthy! I appreciate you candid polling!
    Have a super day!

    • Thanks Michelle,

      It does go to common sense, doesn’t it, that you would be able to be commandeering your own boat, since you’re the captain. I still can’t shake the feelings of powerlessness these insects from wordpress. com paralyze us with! INcredible the arrogance, and lack of sense they abrogate for themselves isn’t it?

      Thanks for your comment, and for visiting!

      George.

      • Well this is true and you would have to almost become the cyber police to check out all that follow your blog. I just hope and believe and am thankful that all who have visited mine have been respectful, kind and very supportive like yourself and I thank you! Blessings to you! Michelle

      • Mostly…Yes!

        Thanks!

  9. It really creeps me out having someone follow me whose blog I can’t check out. It’s like being spied on by a peeping tom.

    • Of course…That’s the normal reaction! We have to amass enough wind behind the sails to make wordpress give us back our natural right to protect ourselves…THey should do whatever to protect themselves too, but not by using us to report, etc., etc., and trouw at us carpet statement that don’t even apply: Do you really think these smart guys don’t understand what we (probably them too) want…More importantly why?
      What if your are questioned regarding your association with a expreme group blogging against everything (or anyone whose views you couldn’t care for, period!) When you probably don’t even know about? or can’t remove, have reported, and nothing got gone: Whose fault is it then? We should be able to:
      1. block
      2. report as necessary
      3. continue to be able to comb through membership in order to protect it from inadvertently find themselves visiting such blogs…
      4. In the end…wordpress would only to gain as a business, not having to interfere with ours! (only by denying our right!)

      As far as the e-mail only, subscribers, people I don’t even know, with no valid, or invalid gravatar (how they do it is an enigma to me (I wouldn’t know how, nor would I care to), how is it that even those entities can attach themselves, and have anything to say about your blog and posts: they should have a legitimate blog, as you and I: after all they are FREE, right?
      THanks for getting back to me, and know that you are not the only one, by far, concerned about the complacency of the rest of the bloggers, before wordpress to start with…but then isn’t it the sweetest battle, the one you are watching others fight, from the comfort of their living room?
      Cheers,

      George.

  10. I would like to be able to choose who can follow me and who can keep posting or sending me messages as there are many people sending unwanted and harrasing messages not worth reading

    • I knew I was not alone, and to my amazement: I can’t believe wordpress takes us for fools, the way they do, under the false pretence of freedom of speech!
      I just hope that the community following me, do understand that if they access any of these unwanted, uninvited, unsavory characters, they do so at their own risk, as there are no warnings, and we don’t even know what the agenda of some of them is…
      When you access your ‘Settings’, under ‘Discussion’ there are two black lists: Copy and paste the URLs of the people you don’t want at your blog in both of them.
      Also, when you receive a comment you did not care for, and it is more of trend, spam the commentator, which will keep that person from further commenting!

      It really is more of an illusion that it is so easy to create a blog….there are many, many things, that a novice in language and code and programming (such as myself) spent many days trying to understand… (on my own, again! :)

      Thanks for commenting, And hope that will work, at least partially for you, Karmani!

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    I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

    More about this nomination is at:

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    Greetings,
    Rafael

  13. I am in a little bit of a hurry, so didn’t read all 43 comments that precede this one…but just wanted to say that you CAN control whose comments are seen on your blog. You probably already knew this, but it can help when people make comments that you don’t want to show up.

    Take care!

    • Indeed Stacey, Comments…Yes, Absence or presence….No! No presence no comments, no visibility, no association….Duncve freedom! What is ignored, when it needs be ignored is not present…N’y vu n’y conu!

      Thanks for you comment!

      • I think the problem lies in how the filters would work. If you block an entire IP, then other people with similar IP numbers would also be blocked. You can make your blog private to the public and choose only those whom you wish to read it.

      • IP are unique…I do not want to go private (e.g. how would have you learned about euzicasa, if it were private?) The solution is simple as transition from day to night and vice versa, and as natural! See your settings, and what they can accomplish on your twitter account, or even facebook, or You-Tube: This is not about you living as if you punished, but just simply blocking access of unsavory characters Which if wordtress were to do their job would be private, or language, restricted to their message, content, political views, etc….It is that simple, it should be made that
        simple.
        Please comment after you visit your twitter account, and check out your setting there! (then you’ll converse on something based on fact, not just generalities…I know the generalities, so do others. they all lack specificity in application!
        Thanks again! (I sincerely hope you’ll check that out!)

      • Yes, I am aware of the Twitter settings. The disadvantage, of course, is that one must sign in for them to take effect.

      • Same as wordpress…Now…tell me what is the advantage you see when a extreme views blogger become associated with your blog, and your several hundreds members at your site?
        See any from your point of view?
        Doesn’t your site represent your views, and the views of your members? Don’t you see that just by association anyone enriches their own cloud, with your members? WOULDN’T THEY BE OFFENDED BY ACCESSING AN SITE THAT WAS MISREPRESENTED, AND NOW ATTACHED TO YOUR BLOGROLL?

        COMMON SENSE DICTATES ME THAT THIS UNQUESTIONABLY AN UNWANTED SITUATION, EASILY CORRECTABLE! (WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS…QUESTION IS: WHAT, OR WHO, RATHER WNAT wp TO FAIL TO DO THE RIGHT THING? (AS NOTHING IS A AS IT SEEMS, AS WE KNOW)

      • Gee, George, I didn’t mean to upset you. To answer your question, however, you always have the option of not letting a person post on your blog..but even if they do post, they will look like idiots and you will still look intelligent. The content of your blog is not compromised. You are an excellent writer with an excellent blog. The invader will only look like a fool, if permitted to speak. I do know it is upsetting, though. I have a stalker on my own blog, so I do relate, but at the end of the day, we can only be responsible for ourselves. Right?

      • OK, I hear you. and I am not upset! I tend never the less to always be right…It my horoscope..Also I always try to save the world and a day, horoscope, as well.

        Thanks for the nice characterization of my meager scheme of work artistry…
        So you are aright and I am right! Right? Good Stacy,
        HAve a glorious Sunday evening, as we cherish many a time around here, and the next post goes to you! (it will be music!)

        Cheers,

        George.

      • Thanks, George. I adore music! :-)

      • You’re very welcome Stacy!

        Always a good time, right?

        Cheers!

  14. I try to click follow on the sites I believe to be worthy, however I did not on your site as I did not want to offend you. If you want to allow this you can let me know.

    Have a great day.

    AJM

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  18. you have a topic which gets everyone to think, it is a good ideal you have but i just delete their comments not to the likeing

  19. If you can’t block them, you can delete their comments, can’t you? I know that is a pain, but at least it is something you can do….
    Thanks for bringing this point up for discussion. I had no idea.

    • Well sharechair, It is correct that you can do that with the comments, if they comment, but it is still short of what tweeter, and, facebook, you tube, etc, does with one step operation…. Besides, I don’t know enough to be able to tell what other things can a spammer, hacker, etc can do in such an situation.
      THanks,

      George.

  20. Good post! I agree absolutely, if for no other reason than to get back at those who follow my blog just to trick me into coming to check out their spam-filled sites. But I can live with unwanted followers. An even more pressing need is the ability to dump the avatars of those who “Like” my blog in the hopes that my readers will click on them!

    • Whatever the reasons, if there is need for any, the idea of unreasonable control is the most disturbing of all: WordPress refuses to treat people as free individuals, by imposing an unreasonable burden equating to mastership!

  21. You can get some additional control if you pay the extra $99 a year to upgrade your blog from euzicasa.wordpress.com to, say, euzicasa.com. As long as you’re euzicasa.wordpress.com, you give 95% control to WordPress. You can go even further and gain 100% control by moving from WordPress.com to your own hosted site and installing the WordPress software to your hosted site. You’ll get the WordPress software from WordPress.org rather than WordPress.com. As an example, my http://www.russelrayphotos2.com site is a $99 a year upgrade. Otherwise it would be russelrayphotos2.wordpress.com. My other WordPress site, http:russelray.com, is WordPress.org software downloaded to my chosen host. I have 100% control over it.

  22. hi, george!
    hows it going? long time no speaky!

  23. THANKS for subscribing to my funny-caption photoblog, TheDailyGraff.com. I hope I can bring you a smile (or at least a groan) every weekday.
    –John R.

  24. George, thank you for re-blogging the Butterfly piece. It was kind of you and I’m so pleased you liked it.
    Jamie

    • My pleasure Jamie, The least I could do!
      THank you for your invaluable feedback, to my post on euzicasa: your input, and the input of all visitors are very important to me and greatly appreciated!
      Cheers!

  25. Hey George – I thought that we had the option of making our sites a membership site if we chose to do so … (I may be completely wrong here …) if I am wrong – then you’ve just opened my eyes a little wider and have enlightened me a bit more which i thank you for. Bob

  26. hi, george!
    i hope by pressing the “like” button here you dont think i like whats going on.
    ive had my fair share of idiotic and feral comments, too…but luckily, i ignored them and they have gone away….
    anyway, sorry to hear youre having problems on wordpress, but i wanted you to know youre not the only one, if that makes you feel better!
    by the way, thanks for dropping in regularly to my blog!

    • No problem Mike, I just don’t have the energy to address this cause that as you say is more than personal. Actually it is systemic, and that’s the reason for which WP pans under the rug.. Time only will prove me right! I still hope that somewhere in one of the many fluffy board room WP bosses, think these issues through!
      Funny thing is: It would benefit them first! But when you’re raking in monies, the way they do it seems less important to see your own interest!

      • so true!
        these dudes are blinded with one thing only…the magical $ signs they see WP raking in!
        as an aside, i just read today’s Guardian newspaper that i buy here in Vancouver at considerable expense (its a UK newspaper that i grew attached to when i was studying in England, so i miss it if i dont get it every week!)….anyway, i read in that paper about the boss of Google, who is now worth much more than even the Queen of England no less…and claims to know a lot more about us users than we do about ourselves! i dont know how he does that…but you get my point about fluffed up boardroom directors earning mega money….but failing to address simple issues like those you describe.
        que sara sara…

      • Just like Maggie, former chief at E-Bay…ran for Governor(ess) od Calif., lost thanks G-d, she was a total nuisance; at least I’m happy she spent millions of her new monies(and under-taxed) on her complaint.Yaps!
        It is a pity because I really like this medium, and I think that few years back, by the mere moderation service you had the tell… Why did they change that, I wonder, or may be some outside force made them? they are too puckered on this!

  27. Can you blog on how to make money on wordpress ? :D

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  29. Totally! There are several I would red pen immediately. Verrry good article, GB!

  30. I don’t know how you feel about awards, but regardless, you’re getting a Versatile Blogger Award from me at http://teepee12.com/2013/03/26/60000-hits-and-im-a-versatile-blogger-too/ Be of good cheer! It really IS a good thing, so smile, smile, smile!

  31. Definitely! I think administrator’s settings would be really important for wordpress.com Like you said, you wouldn’t have to continuously deal with people like that.

    • I wrote a Email to Matt founder of WordPress.com
      matt@mullenweg.com

      This is the content of the E-mail:
      Dear Matt,

      I have a request, that I believe to be both in theinterest of http://euzicasa.wordpress.com , and its membership, as well, as, mutually in your bestinterest, as a top of the line Association, and reputation thereof.
      I would not take from your valuable time, unless I felt itof utmost importance, for all of us.
      Imagine how much easier it would be if Like Twitter does,would allow (as a choice, a setting allowing us, the website administrators,the express latitude, very innocent, and wordless, :) , blocking unwanted,extremist, or just noreasonwhatsoever, people associating though \”following!
      Please read my concerns posted at:

      http://wp.me/p1bDM9-6yh

      I am sure you will find my concerns valid, mutually businessconducive, beneficial, and a tool to further simplify and improve on theaccessibility webmasters have in they settings on.
      Please let me know if you have any doubts of my sincerecontribution to the otherwise awesome WORDPRESS.COM, AND SOME NOVEL IDEAS IN THIS,VERYIMPORTANT ISSUE

      Did I tell you how easy it was for me to follow theinstructions, and create my first (probably last) blog, here at wordpress.com,and how much I enjoy, with one exception (aforementioned), every moment here atwordpress.com

      Thank you Matt,

      Have a great day,

      and thank you and your creative staff for WordPress.com.

      Cheers,

      George.

      Meanwhile,
      this is the Happiness Engineer answer, from the forum.
      Create blocking Settings (like twitter) to avoid embarrassing pleading comments
      You are subscribed to this topic – unsubscribe or view your subscriptions

      bgeorgeb
      Member
      Mar 25, 2013, 1:09 PM

      I have already formulated correspondence, regarding the settings that do not allow an site administrator to choose (by blocking or allowing the another website to follow> It is imperative that you, since you don’t seem to take responsibility (like Twitter does) to address my concern (is it only me? I think that in the past you allowed us to moderate, not only comments, but follows) from commercialism trivialization, profanity, mature content!
      What are you waiting for?

      Read this:

      http://wp.me/p1bDM9-6yh

      And block this site from fouling my site, with his inappropriate attitude.
      I feel as if I’m talking to the Big wall of China, event the wall of lament answers better than you folks!

      macmanx
      Happiness Engineer
      Mar 25, 2013, 3:17 PM

      You can block any commenters via the Blacklist at Settings -> Discussion in your blog’s Dashboard.

      http://en.support.wordpress.com/unwanted-comments/

      http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-blacklist

      bgeorgeb
      Member
      Mar 25, 2013, 4:55 PM

      Your comment, doe not address the issue at hand: this is not about having comments blocked, barred, or in other way moderated, by me.
      this is about me being able to block websites for following me, and becoming an embarrassment, harassment and exposure to unwanted language, and behavior, for wish, I am responsible, without being able to do anything about, and loose, possibly membership of my followers
      You really cannot tell me that you fail to understand what the problem is? if so, read my post again, and again until such time you do understand! Make me Happy Happiness Engineer Hey, know what: Make everybody happy, do the right thing here!

      macmanx
      Happiness Engineer
      Mar 25, 2013, 5:05 PM

      We do not provide a way to block Followers at WordPress.com besides just making your blog Private.

      Please note that Followers only interact with you as far as you let them. You will receive notification of the new follower, but that’s really the only thing outside of your control. You don’t have to follow them back or participate on their blog. And, if they comment on your blog, you can simply blacklist them.

      macmanx replied to a forum topic that you subscribe to

      in response to the topic “Create blocking Settings (like twitter) to avoid embarrassing pleading comments”:

      We do not provide a way to block Followers at WordPress.com besides just making your blog Private.

      Please note that Followers only interact with you as far as you let them. You will receive notification of the new follower, but that’s really the only thing outside of your control. You don’t have to follow them back or participate on their blog. And, if they comment on your blog, you can simply blacklist them.

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