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Subject: Is there a way to block trades by certain members?
Date Posted: 8/3/2010 5:39 PM ET
Member Since: 2/14/2010
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I received a wait listed book and must have been busy that day and not looked at it but marked it received.

when I went  to read it several months later. It was so gross with so many stains on most pages-it grossed me out to even touch the book

once I opened it. it went straight to the trash. It was my fault for not checking out the book when I received it-

but I would prefer not to receive books from that poster in the future  as there is no way they could have considered that

a postable book! 

Can we block trades from specific members?

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 5:47 PM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2009
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Sorry, no we can't.

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 6:43 PM ET
Member Since: 12/21/2009
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Yeah they only have the "Ignore this member" in the forums, as far as I can tell it doesn't affect any trading. I'll put the FAQ for you here though ^__^. I'd blacklist them myself too!

Introduced 10/27/2008.

This feature allows you to ignore a member (or members) whose topics bother you, bore you, etc.  When you have ignored a member, you will be able to go anywhere in forums and never "hear" from the member again, while seeing all the rest of the posts in topics.

How to use it:

  • Go to the Post of a member you want to ignore and Click the link "ignore this member" (the link on the bottom right of each post, after the text of the post)
    • This will work from ANY post made by the member.
  • Abracadabra!  All of his or her posts (past and future) will not show when you look at the forums. 
  • You can "un-ignore" a member from an ignored post as follows:
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    • Click "stop ignoring this member" (the link on the bottom right of the revealed post)

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  • The ignored person will not "know" or be told that she or he is being ignored
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  • The only place to ignore is on a post by that person -- the link is below the text she or he Posted
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We think this is a great way to shut out any forum voices that may get on your nerves and spoil your day, while letting the other voices come through loud and clear.  We do have plans to expand this "self-moderation" aspect of the forums soon, but we think this is a good place to start!

Please note that the thinking "they can just ignore me if they don't like it" is not a license to post anything you like, and it will not serve as an excuse for bad behavior in forums - we will still see everything of course and we will act appropriately on any Policy violations that are reported to us. 

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 6:54 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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There isn't a way to block trades with a given member since PBS is based on FIFO (first in, first out.)...what you would need to do is keep a notebook with that person's name and then decline any requests of yours that come from her. Unfortunately, if it's a wishlisted book and you cancel, that book is removed from your wishlist and when you add it back, you will be at the end of the line. You also would probably need to take all your wishlisted books off auto-request in case they post a book and send it before you can cancel. Some people also add people they don't want to trade with to the buddy list--if they don't have 'auto accept' on though you may get a PM from them asking why you want to be buddies.

Keep in mind that if this was several months ago, it's entirely possible that that person was new then, and now knows what the posting guidelines are and has become a model trader. Or maybe they didn't learn and had so many RWAPs that PBS suspended their account. Or they may not even be a member anymore. I

personally think the FIFO system works well and really haven't had enough of a problem with anyone--either in trades or on forums--to want to 'ban' them. If they have a book I have on my wishlist, I don't much care if they're Attila the Hun...send the book! LOL


Date Posted: 8/3/2010 7:14 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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And unless you and that other member happen to share the same arcane taste in books, it's pretty unlikely that you'll ever run into her again.