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What Is The Main Reason You Block People?

The block function is a great way to tailor your gaming experience when the going gets rough, and I'm glad it has a place here in Guild Wars 2, but I'm curious to know the main reason(s) why people make use of ye olde ban hammer.

So tell me:
What's usually the last straw for you?
How many chances do you give people?
Do you block more, report more, or some combination of the two?
Have you ever unblocked someone?

What Is The Main Reason You Block People? 182 votes

Spam (Chat/Emote/Skill/Instrument)
17% 31 votes
34% 63 votes
12% 22 votes
Bad Fashion
3% 6 votes
Other (Please Specify)
20% 38 votes
I Don't Block People
12% 22 votes


  • IndigoSundown.5419IndigoSundown.5419 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I haven't blocked anyone in years. When I did in the past, the primary reason was that they were illicit gold sellers whom I would report, then block. I haven't seen one in a long time, though.

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  • Dante.1763Dante.1763 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @IndigoSundown.5419 said:
    I haven't blocked anyone in years. When I did in the past, the primary reason was that they were illicit gold sellers whom I would report, then block. I haven't seen one in a long time, though.

    pretty much this.

    Now i just block people who want to troll my group when we are RPing, but i did it for the first time a week ago. Before that....been a long time.

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  • Poormany.4507Poormany.4507 Member ✭✭✭

    I just block gold sellers and those rare people who spam the same emote repeatedly to fill the chat bar.

  • Hashberry.4510Hashberry.4510 Member ✭✭✭

    I block anyone who is aggravating me for any reason, however trivial. I clean the list out every week or two. I find this helps me behave better.

  • Batel.9206Batel.9206 Member ✭✭✭

    I've only had to block one person in the year and a half I've been playing this game, and that was for some rather...inappropriate...whispers.

    Weirdly, I was playing a male character. A male asura character in very drab, nondescript clothes, without anything that was attention-getting or eye-catching in any way.

    Not sure why that other guy singled me out...or if I want to know what they were thinking. :joy:

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  • aspirine.6852aspirine.6852 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I have never seen a reason to block anyone. :/

  • I think I've only ever blocked gold-selling spammers. Which, come to think of it, I don't think I've seen around in a good long while.

    Of course I probably just jinxed myself...

  • Etria.3642Etria.3642 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Horribly rude folks get a block. As in repeatedly, won't knock it off, zero redeeming humor. That said, my block list is only about 5, so it does take a lot. A couple I don't remember, two were notably in wvw, one was abusing a reputable scout for accurate scouting, over the course of about 30 minutes(probably longer but by then he was blocked) despite others telling him, and the scout, that the scout's calls were correct. Maybe someone from another server on an alt? Don't know, just thought the behavior was wretched. Second one was abusing whichever person tagged up, didn't matter who. Commanding is rough enough without added abuse. Oh, I remember the others now, well, 2 more--both were advertising guilds but instead of just one or maybe two times it was every 2-3 minutes, completely reworded. Enough already. I think the last one was repeated sexual comments about kids and chickens during a Tequatl. Not my thing.

    If they are in a map I can leave, I usually just do that.

  • gold sellers i think is the only ones

  • Zephire.8049Zephire.8049 Member ✭✭✭

    I mostly block (and report) bigots and people who think it's edgy and cool to be offensive nowadays (haven't been spammed by gold sellers in a long while, but they to get blocked). I don't want to see that or interact with people who think that stuff is fine, so they get blocked and I get to enjoy my game.

  • Taygus.4571Taygus.4571 Member ✭✭✭✭

    spam and harassment with equal measure. Any bad mouthing, any insults, any attempt to put down others or myself, gets blocked, 1st time.

    Also being annoying, I'll block that too.

  • Ashantara.8731Ashantara.8731 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Manakel Angel.1047 said:
    If someone is offensive. Someone rude is fine but someone swearing and calling me name have a one way ticket to report + block. My block list became bigger these last 2 years.

    Ditto. And yes, ever since GW2 went f2p, the in-game display of bad manners has worsened by the year.

  • Ben K.6238Ben K.6238 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Just spam. Usually gold sellers, rarely people like skill point train commanders who don't use squad chat and don't realise that the rest of the map doesn't need to read their spam on how to complete the most basic content in the game for the 20th time.

  • sitarskee.5738sitarskee.5738 Member ✭✭✭

    I don't block people. I like salt.

  • I’ll block anyone who annoys me, which happens maybe 2 or 3 times a year. The people I’m serious about never unblocking, I’ll put a note on their name. Otherwise I periodically go through the list and unblock everyone else.

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  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I rarely block anyone, but if I do it's because they're being really, over the top abusive. If they're just venting after an event fails I'll ignore it, or report them if I think it's excessive even in that situation or if they're targeting specific people. But if they just keep on and on and on like they're trying to get banned or start whispering me (usually because I disagreed with them) then I'll block.

    @Batel.9206 said:
    I've only had to block one person in the year and a half I've been playing this game, and that was for some rather...inappropriate...whispers.

    Weirdly, I was playing a male character. A male asura character in very drab, nondescript clothes, without anything that was attention-getting or eye-catching in any way.

    Not sure why that other guy singled me out...or if I want to know what they were thinking. :joy:

    I've had similar in other games. The one time someone tried to chat me up in Elder Scrolls Online and went beyond following me around or the odd short whisper it was when I was playing this guy:

    Technically had I been role-playing at the time I should have gone for it (that character is an ex-soldier and his standards are...not that specific) but I don't do ERP and was in the middle of gathering crafting materials so I rapidly decided I wasn't role-playing that day but she (I assume) wouldn't take no for an answer.

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  • Knighthonor.4061Knighthonor.4061 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I don't block unless it's a gold seller.

  • Sobx.1758Sobx.1758 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Bad fashion, obviously.

  • Syrus.2174Syrus.2174 Member ✭✭✭

    I spend my time in WvW and only had to block two players in several years of playing GW2, unless I'm forgetting something. But the list is definitely countable on one (5-fingered human) hand.

    The reason I blocked them was because of endless "copy-paste", obnoxious or, in a certain way, toxic (team) chat spam.
    I usually report rather than block (though I heard that they put more weight on reports when you also block the person?), since I'm sure I won't see the person around again most of the time anyway. Rarely you get these people who just come around again and again. Really wish you would get feedback on reports...just to see that it is making a difference.

    I only know of one person, a certain ranger, who probably blocked me. Makes me wonder who else got me blocked ...

  • I block people because they make me angry, either by being mean or provocative. Don't need to deal with that in my free time.

  • Elothar.4382Elothar.4382 Member ✭✭✭

    About the only time I block people is when one or two extremely obnoxious players are monopolizing map chat. It's better, in that case, to block them rather than get out of the chat channel.

  • Donari.5237Donari.5237 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Random gold sellers are the main source of block list filling for me. But griefers who walk into rp's and start saying vile things are quickly blocked and reported and then just ignored. Or griefers who deliberately spam. I'll also block people talking RL politics in Map, whether I agree or disagree with their sentiments, because my game time is when I don't think about RL. I don't PuG much but I think I have one or two blocks on pugs that were extremely rude in party chat.

    Basically, I block rude people. Rude to me, rude to others, they just won't get any of my attention's bandwidth ever again and I'll forget they even exist. Bliss!

  • Bloodstealer.5978Bloodstealer.5978 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Mostly gold sellers, but either I blocked them all or they have blocked me these past few years for not buying :)
    Other than that only a few ego hunter fail ranked pvp'ers who want to talk smack around their self percieved awesomesaucefulness in a daily farm room.
    I do however profess to hold a short pain threshold when it comes to RP'ers in DR that think it's cool to play dress up around very poor taste sexually or politically degrading themes and also several recurring begging players in LA which at first was kind of fun to troll them back until the begging became more and more incessant.

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  • I block for a lot of reasons, but they all follow the same theme: I don't want to interact with these people. It's not that complicated. Some examples include

    (1) Spammers
    (2) Gold Sellers
    (3) Salty players
    (4) Trolls
    (5) Political stuff

    Which seems like a large list, but I rarely block people.

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  • Tukaram.8256Tukaram.8256 Member ✭✭✭

    Never seen a gold seller... but... we can block people? Never heard of it. Also never looked for it - I rarely look at the chat box, so no one has ever bothered me enough to look for a block feature. :)

  • sephiroth.4217sephiroth.4217 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 11, 2019

    I block match manipulators and ragers so I can see when they queue for a game then queue after they are in match.

    Only other time I do is when someone wants to be smart and message me dribble while offline, I send them mail and let them know where to stick it and intentionally infuriate them more then proceed to block them. They lose at thier own game, very satisfying.

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  • Westenev.5289Westenev.5289 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I've only ever blocked one person, and that's only because he spammed me for literal hours demanding a 1v1 after a pvp match. I've never seen someone so dedicated to a kill.

  • Cynder.2509Cynder.2509 Member ✭✭✭

    I do block like everyone I see around just to cut off any way of interaction. I mostly block people for harassment like getting too close to me (I absolutely hate this and it makes me panic every time), if they're obviously elitists, if have offensive or lore unfriendly character names, if they're new (or just having too low AP for me in general), if they're "botting" at one spot afk farming, not talking in English even it's requested by the group, hindering my sight with too many obnoxious skins and effects (also counting towards the elitist point), being in the same group as me (I hate using lfg but when a dungeon is daily I have to use it even though I'm anxious and extremely shy), if they're playing a ranger (especially if they run around with a bow or a bear and even worse both grrr), if they cause me to have extreme panic or anxiety attacks and many other reasons I could list that would make the post too long.
    It also depends on how often I block while some days I mass block and other days I only do that on like 5 people. I mostly block masses of people when new content comes out like a new living season for example. I also tend to report people a lot (mainly due to the offensive/lore unfriendly character names or elitist appearance). But you can be sure that there won't be a day when I don't block or reprt anyone. It's sad though as I can't enjoy the game anymore due to my paranoia and general fear of everyone. It used to be different before HoT though...
    However I do unblock everyone after a few days again since I've been hitting the limit multiple times and got error messages quite a lot in the past.

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  • knomslayer.9457knomslayer.9457 Member ✭✭✭

    HER kitten MENT! :p .. I have one guy mailing be definition of grieving/griefing ? this guy is toxic and thinks he is smart so i block him...

  • Goettel.4389Goettel.4389 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Whining & complaining.

  • I block people that make it impossible to read the chat and people that cause a lot of drama and people that constantly complain about something they've likely caused themselves and people that harass others a lot and and and...

    tldr: I block people

    That beeing said I only have about 8 people in my blocklist and 5 of them are goldsellers which are probably banned by now anyway...

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  • MrForz.1953MrForz.1953 Member ✭✭✭
    edited August 11, 2019

    I simply don't block people, and to be frank, the few people having a major beef with me often just send me their paragraph and then block me afterwards. Real social stuff but it saves me the trouble.

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  • Rico.6873Rico.6873 Member ✭✭✭

    If you say your bad or be nagative towards me in the all chat or in a whisper you blocked and forgotten by me easy

  • Gop.8713Gop.8713 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Either by accident or for convenience, like if I'm trying to follow some chat and some person other person is saying a lot in another chat so it gets distracting, I'll block the 2nd person. But I always unblock them once the need has passed, so my block list is always empty . . .

  • I only block (in extreme cases report) verbally assaulting/misbehaving people.

  • Lexi.1398Lexi.1398 Member ✭✭✭

    Spam is really the only reason i block people, i block for harassment too (but only one person has permananetly made it to the block list for that, it's not something i encounter usually). Mostly for squad invite spam when i'm in a party with my friends and some commander feels they MUST invite everyone doing x thing, then i block them for the duration of the event. Generally, if someone's annoying me i just switch chat channels so it's on guild by default instead of map, combat tab if i'm feeling particularly peeved that day, as usually if i want to avoid seeing somehting then it's a conversation and i'm too lazy to block all participants, one person trying to bait people in map chat rather makes me laugh than block.

  • Cerioth.7062Cerioth.7062 Member ✭✭✭

    I block offensive people who act in an obnoxious manner.

    I don't know if anoyne else has ran into this, but as a guild recruiter I sometimes come across people blocking me when I am discussing about the guild with them - especially if I tell them that I dont think they are a good fit for our guild. Sometimes otherwise too. If I just ask them questions regarding our guild policies.

  • HardRider.2980HardRider.2980 Member ✭✭✭

    Ego through the roof and toxicity

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  • As a roleplayer i literally block anyone who "intrudes" our rp space and starts spamming skills/ emotes . After nearly 8 years my ignore list has more then my friendlist

  • Aru.4156Aru.4156 Member ✭✭

    I've blocked once in my half-year of playing and hopefully my list won't grow much after.

    But this one particular player was excessively rude and toxic to everyone in the chat. They were calling other players vulgar names, cursing excessively, and generally being unnecessarily aggressive for the smallest thing that wasn't even something to get angry about in the first place. And this was in a Living World Map, not PvP or WvW or anywhere else. And they weren't leaving after a good hour of their toxicity at everyone in the map so I simply blocked them. Map chat was so much nicer to look at after that.

  • I block mostly people who behave badly in pvp - afkers, rage quitters, trolls, flamers. In the past, also gold sellers, but I haven't seen them for quite a long time.

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  • yann.1946yann.1946 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Batel.9206 said:
    I've only had to block one person in the year and a half I've been playing this game, and that was for some rather...inappropriate...whispers.

    Weirdly, I was playing a male character. A male asura character in very drab, nondescript clothes, without anything that was attention-getting or eye-catching in any way.

    Not sure why that other guy singled me out...or if I want to know what they were thinking. :joy:

    You're presuming he singled you out. Maybe he decides to whisper to everyone. :p

  • Rauderi.8706Rauderi.8706 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Definitely spam/emotes or just being rude.
    I wish I could block cringey bar-RP yells, but there isn't in an accurate way to do so.

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  • Most of my blocks come from ranked PvP. It's where GW2's most toxic players hang out. Someone had a harassment/degradation storm ready for me when i didn't take a loss too seriously. I've also received harassment for my build. Guys, it's a game. Yes it's ranked, but it's still a game and no new builds will happen if everyone always plays meta.

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