Originally Posted by Raven
The question is, what are you going to do about it?
A feature I have requested before, but which went without any reply, is for there to be an "Ignore Member/User" option on the main site. And ideally, this ignore option would filter out the ignored members/users reviews, comments and recommendations from being visible by the other person.
Most of the arguments and bad sentiments I see on this site (and other anime sites) seems to be caused directly by the clash between people who are often termed as fan boy/girls, but who I will label 'anime fans' for politeness. And another group of people who, for want of a better/proper description, I will label 'anime critics'. Now anime critics like anime equally as much (if not more) as anime fans do, but they are far more critical regarding the flaws and shortcomings almost all (or indeed all) anime have, and are also unwilling to overlook those flaws and shortcomings when it comes to expressing their opinions, and/or when judging anime. For example when writing reviews.
And the basic problem as I see it is that anime fans do not want to hear criticism of their favourite animes. Likewise, anime critics do not want to hear the (often obsessive) opinions of anime fans who refuse to accept or even acknowledge the (perceived) flaws being pointed out to them (by anime critics). With people from both sides often being equally stubborn and unyielding in defence of their position and opinion.
Now in a perfect world both anime fans and anime critics would live happily side-by-side in mutual respect for the other persons difference of opinion. And while there are certainly people from both sides who can do that, there are always going to be people from both sides who can't do that, or even won't do that. Which in the world of the internet leads to trolling, flaming and at the end of the day, problems.
But if anime fans were able to ignore the anime critics whose opinions they so often and vehemently disagreed with, and anime critics were able to ignore the opinions of anime fans whose (often obsessive) opinions they were tired of hearing. Then that would remove a lot of the volatile interactions between the more extreme critics, and the more obsessive fans. (which IMO is what causes the bulk of the problems in every anime community I have come across)
To be honest, I simply don't understand why there isn't an ignore feature on the main site. Maybe there is a very good reason for it, but if there is, then I'm afraid is has escaped both my attention and my comprehension of logic. And if there is a good reason, then I'd be appreciative of being educated regarding what it is.
And on a personal note, I have grown extremely tired of the amount of time I have wasted on this site (and other anime sites) reading reviews and recommendations from members who, while they quite obviously love anime, also have a default review/rec stance of...
"I loved this anime because I love anime"
... which to me pretty much invalidates that persons opinion on anything regarding anime due to their extreme bias towards anime in general.
Personally I only want to spend my time reading good objective reviews, but right now it is impossible to easily identify those reviews in advance, and it's only after I've read the review, and checked out the reviewers profile, recs and other reviews (they might have written), am I finally able to establish some idea regarding whether or not that person will have written a good objective review. Or whether they were more likely to have written the review through several pairs of rose tinted spectacles.
Again, an ignore option would allow people to filter out reviews and recommendations by other people if they have decided they are not someone whose reviews and recomendations they want to know about, or to be presented with for consideration (for whatever reason).
If this idea (an ignore feature) is simply too hard to implement then that is understandable. But if it is not, then I would be interested in hearing how it would not benefit the site overall, and what (if any) downsides it would have. As to me it seems like a feature that would both solve a lot of potential problems (as explained above), while also improving the site for many of its users (again explained above, by helping users like me not having their time wasted by reading reviews from people who they would rather not have read reviews by)
(apologies for the wall-of-text nature of my post)