Housekeeping: User Blocking on Whaleoil


Have you ever wished you could “mute” someone in the comments? Ever wished you had the power to make people disappear, just like I have? Today’s a good day for you then.

Disqus now lets you block a user so you won’t see their comments. The comments are still there, and others will be able to see them, but they will not appear for you.


You don’t have to be an active commenter yourself. If you are someone who just reads the comments, you can block annoying people as well. Of course, you’ll need a (free) Disqus account so it can remember your preferences.


Sadly, even though there may be one or two occasions where I would like to use this feature myself, moderators need to be able to see everyone’s writing. Similarly, if you think Whaleoil is great, but I am one of the biggest irritants, you can block all of my comments. Just be careful though, because you will also lose official notices. Your call ;)

Please note that User Blocking only works for you and for the account you are logged in as. So, you don’t get the power to make someone disappear from the whole site for every reader. That’s still just my secret power.

If you block someone accidentally, you can go into Disqus and manage your list of blocked people.


If content is upsetting to you AND you think is breaks the blog’s rules, then please continue to Flag the comment as you may have done in the past. This brings the comments to the moderators’ attention. We can then delete the comment or, in serious cases, block the user for everyone.

I hope this improves your enjoyment of reading the comments on Whaleoil. In my experience, people who don’t belong will generally be dealt to by the moderation team anyway, so it really just means you can manage away people who are in every way well within the commenting rules but, for some reason, s/he always manages to rub you up the wrong way.

Well, now you have the power to improve your life and nobody else knows.


– Pete

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