Reddit is rolling out some long awaited features in the coming days. The most promising one is a new block user feature that is given to accountholders so that they have more controls over who and what they see within the community. They hope that this will help to put an end to the unsavory collection of spam, the abundant harassment, and the sometimes dangerous trolls.
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This feature is improved because while users did have the choice of blocking users since 2011, it was limited to private messaging and didn't always work all that well.
This time, it is serious. The blocking will apply to comments, replies, and will filter out the target's messages, posts, comments, and even their profile. The only thing that remains the same is that the recipient won't be notified about the block. Of course, there is still a report feature as well for anything that is truly out of hand.
Reddit cofounder Christopher Slowe announced the news:
"Reddit is a place where virtually anyone can voice, ask about or change their views on a wide range of topics, share personal, intimate feelings, or post cat pictures. This leads to great communities and deep meaningful discussions. But, sometimes this very openness can lead to less awesome stuff like spam, trolling, and worse, harassment," he says.
TechTimes points out that is seems like Slowe has returned to Reddit after leaving his position at Hipmunk.
Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian stressed that this decision wasn't taken lightly and that a major change does take some time.
"People, generally, do not like change. We have to do what is best for Reddit over all," he said.
Still, the abuse that many Reddit users have highlighted means that it was time to make the change. Users were leaving because of the hatred and trolling that happened. Just last year, Reddit released an updated harassment policy to help handle tough situations.