Blocking For Followers

I would like to suggest an option of being able to block followers due to trollers and people who may have an agenda against a certain show or host. It allows us to run a clean program and offer more professionalism without all the extra issues. Esp for those of us on ITunes. There are people following me that I do not want following me and I would like to be able to remove these stalkers who pose as followers.
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  • I’m happily confident !
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    Christine - I agree with your suggestion of being able to block followers - - as I have had a few people who have behaved unprofessionally in my show chat and would like to be able to block them.
    Thanks for the suggestion.

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    I agree with you. I have a stalker on there who followed me from my home business and they come in and private message people in chat and start trouble. Then you have the trolls as well. I do not know why this is not offered. To be able to approve followers or block people from not just following, but from access to the shows period.
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    I agree agree with Christine, i invaded by trolls last saturday. i see that they are listners on my btr page i would like to block them.
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  • I’m happy to lend support.
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    For your own peace of mind and peace in general, this seems like a reasonable request. And it is true that similar features exist on other platforms.
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    I AM ONE WHO AGREES WITH CHRISTINE. I HAVE PROBLEM WITH TROLLS . 2 SATURDAYS AGO. I ONLY HAD ONE PERSON WHO WASN'T A TROLL.YOU KNOW THAT LIST YOU CAN PRIVATE CHAT AND DUE A FEW OTHER THINGS
    LIKE KICK THEM OUT WHY CAN'T YOU ADD BLOCK . IT WILL BE A HOST CHOICE TO KEEP THEM FROM RUIN OUR DESIRE TO HELP PEOPLE.

    KAY GALLAGHER
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    I would like to see a function that not only blocks followers but blocks people from even hearing or coming to the show. All access to my show blocked by certain people. I have have readers test my gifts and fail and just out of some sort or morbid jealousy, just release their boredom on my show and I have zero time for this nonsense, not to mention the sick feeling I get within my spirit when I sense this occuring. People need to grow up and get a life of their own,but until that time, I would like to have this feature asap so that I can eliminate the bullies.
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    wow - i didnt realize this trolling was happening else where - i recently had a very big show -over 700 listeners - and there were 4 people in the chat room that had a "mob" mentality - it was so bad i have not opened my chat since - i would love to know how to block people who are just looking for trouble and not give them a chance to disrupt me and my guests. i will await opening my chatroom when there is a solution!
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  • Christine: You cannot expect to live in a free society and then wish to censor people's choices of listening to a radio show. If you were really talented, & had a true following, your naysayers wouldn't matter to you. One only feels threatened when what they're doing has a reason to be shameful.

    Golden: You can click on someone's name in your chat room, and choose to boot the user. Any user in the chat room has the ability to block a user, and not have to read their text. Let your chatters know that, but don't focus on it as it gives the trolls more power and attention.

    In the end, for everyone, people only have as much control over you as you allow them. I used to have someone call my show and say, "I like baseball!" I just laughed it off, and kept going. They eventually left, because I wasn't getting all riled up & bitchy about it. It's also a good reason to have a cohost that can log into your switchboard with you to field calls, and handle the chat. If you're THAT worried about trolls, and not your show, your focus is way off.
    • Ernest - why do you find it necessary to insult Christine's abilities? It doesn't matter whether you agree that she has them, or no. We all have the right to get through our broadcasts "unmolested" by stalkers.

      I don't care who LISTENS to my show, I don't even care if someone calls in to express a different opinion - that's fine, and protected speech under the 1st Amendment - but I have had jerks call in, and make it miserable for all others who may be interested in the topic(s) of that show. They went way beyond rude to downright threatening, and there needs to be a remedy against that type of behavior.

      Let me further say that stalking, and harassing are against the law. I have had 2 stalkers (radio station in NH), and a friend in TV was viciously, PHYSICALLY attacked by someone who stalked her first on the radio station where she used to work, and then at her TV station. She was physically attacked on a local special election night. She stayed very late waiting for final results, and she was not alone when she left, but she and her "buddy" were overpowered by this maniac. She was attacked after 3 yrs of trying to use the "law" to stop the perv. She survived her attack, but it should never have happened in the 1st place.

      So Christine, and Golden - not to frighten you, but do take stalking seriously, and let's push to have a way to block persistent asses from creating a hostile environment for those of us who wish to broadcast in peace.
    • I agree; it was wrong of that person to slander her talents and not take this issue very seriously; it is not that difficult to find people online and offline, so especially for women, this is a crucial issue, and I wish there was some way to block trolls.
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    Ahh, Ernest - Bless you. I actually run a great show and do have a nice following, but thank you for your assumptions and i will certainly discuss your remark very soon with my followers and have a nice chuckle.

    The point is the trolls, who have nothing to do with their time, such as yourself and spout ignorance. Myself, Kay, Healing and others have the same issue. Even Judge Neil has to write out a block sheet, which is very consuming so his producer can kill trolls and fake callers. It has nothing to do with the legitimacy of any host, but about trolls and it makes a cleaner show and people do run from chat rooms when you have trolls in them.

    I have considered no chat, but that would be too far off. I have since the beginning of this post learned how to kick more quickly, but it was not long after I began kicking that it seemed to stop. Now maybe I will get one bored person every 3 shows. I guess you just have to have the numbers in order to see it. maybe you could work on that.

    I am not ashamed by what I do and love my ministry as an ordained minister and spiritual reader. I take care of humanitarian efforts and know when I pass from this word that I did my very best.

    I see people like you everyday. Sad people.

    Now for everyone else this was directed to, i understand the desire to close chat but I highly recommend you re-open chat because people like to interact. I pay for my show Ernest, so i can say how I want things run and if you or someone else does not like what I do or say, go somewhere else. Like I said, I will listen to some shows and if there is no chat,, many times i will look for one which has one, if not and I am working, then i will listen in as I work, but the majority of the time, look for chats.

    We would like this feature to be able to block undesirables, such as Ernest. We had a flowing forum and then you have shit starters. The only thing we can do now is all of us listen to his show,, which is what he wants and then laugh - then we just use the kick feature and have to log numbers, which is alot of work. If you have a producer, then use them but it is a great inconvenience to have to scan through a sheet of undesirables when a block button would save alot of time. Granted people could still call in, so as time has passed, we may be shite out of luck.
    • HI Christine, I too, am ordained, and I just don't get the attitude of the "Ernests" of this world. I will have to listen to your show!

      I cannot afford to pay for my show, yet, which means that my broadcasts are limited to 1/2 hr. I don't have a co-host, or producer, and am a very slow "typist" (Lyme Disease affecting my hands), so I don't open a chat. I would hope that won't stop people from listening. They may call in anytime. If they get too nasty, I just cut them off.

      I have threatened to expose their phone numbers if they threaten me, or my listeners, or get way too crude for broadcast. I warn people that I will be respectful of them - even if their opinions differ from mine - as long as they remain respectful while voicing that opinion on the air. I can get hot in a monologue, but I won't verbally attack someone who has called my show, unless they attack me. They can attack my opinions, just not me, personally (as Ernest seems to be doing here).

      Just be careful, and good luck with your show!
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  • When one cannot handle public criticism, one should not be in the public eye.
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    • public criticism also is not the same when you actually have stalkers giving out your personal information on other websites and you have pizza delivered to your door numerous times throughout the evening, people calling your phone number at all hours of the day or night, people leaving voice mail "what your not dead yet", public criticism one can take, down right stalking is another thing - I have spent valuable time contacting other websites to have people's sites shut down due to them posting either my personal information or a direct video feed to my live shows and seeing who can aggravate the chat room or call in to harrass the most - evidently you have not had the priveledge of having your show attacked by these "trolls" who have nothing better to do than to harrass show hosts
    • So why are you here then Ernest?
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    O.K. (sighs) this post is about blocking, trolls and the ability to have a choice of who we wish to have as followers, mostly blocking. My apologies for this circus to all of us who just want an ability to block. I think that for now if we just use the 'kick' feature or just screen callers (there is a tutorial) then it usually becomes non-existent as it is now for me. This are running smoother but I have only been on a short while after my break.
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  • I’m fine
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    It’s like these corners in space are an extension of our home or business environment. We invite people in. When they behave in a manner that is not conducive to a fruitful and productive end, we have the option of telling, not asking, them to leave. A similar situation exists with comments that can be moderated on a written blog.
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  • I DON'T HAVE PROBLEM WITH MY VIEWERS, ITS THE TROLLS,IT HAS BEEN GOOD. TY KAY
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    I think even on your show they are pretty much gone Kay. You as well have come very far and I think once we got the system down, we eliminated a majority of the issues. Still would be nice to be able to block or even start a forum and moderate that as well. I completely agree with iamchristine.
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  • CHRISTINE YOU ARE WRONG MOST OF THE VIEWER ARE GREAT. KICK THEM OUT IF THEY ARE RUDE.
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    Wow...Mercury is indeed in Retrograde. Kay, never said that. LOL! I was saying that your show has had less Trolls, lol. Again, I have had no problems on my show for quite some time but still support the block feature being installed. So funny, the insanity, you have to laugh. It's all whatever...I really don't care anymore if we have block or not. LOL.
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    Trolls are always going to exist. You cannot judge every single person that criticizes you or disagrees with you. People have a right to opinion, and if they happen to chose to waste their time and invade your chat room, then those are the cards you have to deal with at that point.

    If you believe in what you're doing, and you're doing it from a good place, then the trolls will eventually die off, and the right people will gravitate toward you naturally. If you expect to go through life, in your business (whatever business that might be), and expect to never have a bad review, or a negative comment, you're fooling yourself.

    It's also highly hypocritical or unrealistic to assume someone does NOT have a right to listen to a random radio show on the internet. It's a free society, and you can never stop someone from listening. Frankly, you should be thinking of the numbers - even if trolls listen or download your show, it counts in your favor, so what's the fuss about? The only thing any host should be controlling is their content on their show - not someone's opinion. What's that old saying about "if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen". Priorities, people.
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    • Ernest - you seem to have a "holier than thou" attitude that is very unattractive. A listener/caller/chatter voicing a difference of opinion is not the problem - stalking IS the problem, rudeness IS the problem. I understand Christine Matthews when she talks about wanting a clean, smooth show. Trolls, stalkers, rude callers make shows an unpleasant experience for LISTENERS who are interested in the topic at hand, not just unpleasant for the hosts. I liken the experience of listening to a show with a rude caller to see your favorite comic in a club or theater, and then having to sit through a show you would have enjoyed, but for the heckler. Some shows are not the type - or place - for "hecklers."
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  • christine do what you want. i am only here to help people who can't aford to talk to psychic.
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    I agree. Blocking the people who come to promote their agenda. Seriously get your own show if you want to share you agenda.
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    I agree. Blocking the people who come to promote their agenda. Seriously get your own show if you want to share you agenda.
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  • seems like quite a few others have had the joy (LOL) of dealing with the trolls. I even had the joy of one of them finding my personal information, posting it on other websites, sending pizza to my house numerous times, telling people to call my personal cell phone number to harrass me, doing a live stream of my chat room and asking their followers to call and harrass me on air or doing a contest of sorts to see who can post in the chat room a specific rude word or comment the most or even call in and say it as quickly as possible before being hung up on. I've spent countless hours contacting other websites (free ones) and demanding that those video's and information be taken down or face legal action, they helped but it is an endless battle. I have since changed all my contact information, made everything private, made it harder to run my business because of the trolls, and had to learn to quickly put chat in moderation mode and am looking at having a co-host (another good feature would be for a separate log in for a cohost) and then post a bunch of hearts of other icons in order to quickly remove the post, also putting the mute button close by to quickly mute a caller, it does interrupt your show but a blocking feature would be great.

    I have spoken to BTR about this in the past, problem with blocking would be that it only blocks their IP address, they just create another account quickly on BTR and log in with that one. If blocking IP address they have away around that as well, there is always a way to refresh your IP address to get another one. It's an endless battle but better control in the chat rooms would be better for the hosts.
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  • Yes I can stress this enough. I'm still very new to this but I experienced my first troll at like almost 3:30am and I was very upset and I'm live on the air. They made the fans who who in the chat room trying to participate in the discussions leave.No one tells these people to listen to the show or force them to listen. If they don't like what they hear then go find another show or make your own. To be able to block them on a permanent basis would be great.
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  • I’m cool.
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    Wow...it sounds like this troll thing is a big problem. Seems like BTR should follow up on your requests for a block button. Hope they do this soon, as I will be doing my own show...and really am not excited for this kind of trouble.

    Is there a complaint center/log where hosts can report the usernames that are trolls? Then if the troll gets enough complaints they are banned? I know they will probably just sign up again, but maybe after a while they'd give up and move on.

    I haven't done a show yet obviously, so I'm thinking there's also a problem when they call in too, eh?
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  • I've Never Had A Problem With My Viewers, It's The Trolls, And Hater's That Always Have Something To Say, I Understand Everyone Will Not Like My Shows, But When You Comment On My Show Stating That My Show Is A Defamation Case, And I Used No One's Name In My Show, But Because, You've Been Lurking And Spying On My Shows, Then That Is Called Stalking!!, And I Wish We Could Just Place Names Of A Few People In A Block List So They Would Not Be Able To Comment Or Post On Our Pages, I'm So Glad Facebook Have That Tool, It Has Made My Life And Business A Lot Easier!!, Trolls And Hater's Should Be Blocked......
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  • I have only done two shows so far and I have the prospect of getting major sponsors for a regular 5 day a week show in prime time. However since my topic is a highly controversial one those who try to silence my show are already spewing out abuse and other spam in the comments. Yet there is no way to block them and that may hurt sponsorship. If this is not corrected I will have to find another platform for my show.
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  • I had a problem a couple of times. My show could be considered controversial. I just hang up on the idiots. Comments are a different problem. When a caller's number shows up, you can take a screenshot of it - just in case they turn out to be a troll. If so, read their number aloud while on the air...Worked for me!
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    I know in the comments there will those I do not like but that is all part of the way things work. It is the abusive ones that have to have a way to be removed. For now they can be but not quickly and only by the blogtalk people themselves. With such a great program as this, tit is still a major issue since some people only want to spew out hate and abuse at those they disagree with.
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    I second this motion. Yes please.give a delete button for these kind of people. I want to have on my show those who want to listen in peace.
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  • I have approached tech support about it and was twice told all the abusive comments were removed. Yet when at a relatives house in another city, showed them the show and there were all the comments even those by another host who does not like what my show says and theirs are the most abusive comments of all. So I do not see blogtalk radio solving this issue in any real way at least not until another company offers these services on a level that starts taking people away from blogtalk.
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  • John C Sweet (Assistant Director of Operations) June 18, 2012 15:56
    HI there, if you have comments on your show pages that you need removed please open a ticket and I will take care of them, include the link to the show page and let us know what comments need to be removed.

    Be as specific as you can in your emails for a quick response time,

    Thank you,

    John Sweet
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  • Hi John, the first ticket I opened was handled by you, the second by another I believe and the answers were different in both in that you said the comment was removed on blog talk but lived on, on facebook. However the comment is gone for my account as I reported it but not for my followers or listeners. The second ticket said the comments could be removed by blog talk and were yet again when I went o to another city and anothers account there they still were. So after opening two tickets in the past about this issue why would I open a third?
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  • John C Sweet (Assistant Director of Operations) June 18, 2012 16:06
    I see, well we cannot remove comments from Facebook thats not how the app operates, but we can hide them from BlogTalkRadio.

    All followers or listeners on BlogTalkRadio will not see the comment if the comment was removed properly.

    I can check on it for you if you provide me the link to the show page where you saw the comments in a different city.

    Thanks,

    John Sweet
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  • None of this addresses the constant emails by the same host which again can not be blocked unless I block all blogtalk emails and that would hurt the show and my ability to do it.

    These are issues blogtalk needs to address and fix now not later.
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  • John C Sweet (Assistant Director of Operations) June 18, 2012 16:10
    Thanks Douglas, are you following the host in question?
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  • Hi John,
    Since the majority of listeners to my show are on facebook it won't really help.

    In answer to your second question no I do not follow that host.
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    Trolls have been a problem for me, I have also had my info published, had phone calls and food ordered. I purchased a chatroom for my web site, and from there I can ban people etc, so that solutions seems to have worked for our ministry. IF BTR is unwilling or unable to do anything, just work around their nonsense!
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  • Blocking listeners...how about u just ignore them and don't take their calls?? If you can't ignore them perhaps broadcasting a radio show is not for you....post YouTube audio then.
    If they bother you in chat....ignore them.
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  • I agree. Blocking would be useful - but i also suggest a feature enabling comments, correspondence regarding feedback to be compiled in relation to specific issues.
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    I rarely open up a live-chat window for the very reason's noted above. If there were a feature to shut-down the chat room before the show ends, then I'd use it more often.

    When live, I require my guest experts to come-up with people who'll call in to join the show. Unless I have their number on file for that show - they don't get into the show. While this limits the random caller, I encourage listeners to use the Comment box below the show to share questions / comments.

    Thankfully, I can delete spam comments!
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  • Totally agree... I was using the chat to allow people to discuss the show - but the random trouble makers are a pain. There should be block functions on the chat, so you can remove them.
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  • I’m ANGRY
    I have someone who trolled me on a forum for years and the powers that be would never boot him, only delete his posts that harassed me. Now I notice one of my followers here has part of his typical username numbers and the supposed catch phrase for his "show" that he has not done anything with is so typically him. I really wish we could block those we don't want to follow us. It would avoid a lot of drama and heartache. Why do I pay to risk being harassed and trolled? I have had troll callers and trolling ppl in chat, as well. I am sick of it.
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  • I am nearly bothered every time i do a show. I am not going to let them chase me out..I mention there name on air and make a comment . stick with it. I do not open the chat room any more.They gave my personaql imformation.. Some people were calling me at home wanting a reading. I told them that was rude and i hung up. Just
    kick them and mention there name on air.One day they will get there payback . So be happy and God bless
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  • Hi Everyone,
    I found away to slow down the trolls from your show. I believe my guides told me this. It took a week or more. Start writing there number down. First i wrote everyone who called in..Who was a person to ask a question on my show I put a x's
    after there name. so the troll calls was easy to see when i had a show. I see there number and i hung them up. Never given them another chance to speak also I do not open the chatroom.The last couple shows I had a few but had called in kept hanging up on them.Keep the list always checking before you answer.Keep writing the telephone numbers down.. Good luck to all of you
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  • I guess I'm with Ernest in the respect that if you're putting yourself out there on the internet, you gotta take everything that comes with it, good and bad. If you ignore a troll, they'll go away. On our show, we prefer to berate a troll, make fun of their miserable existence, laugh at them, and move on.

    Close my chat room? Never! 75% of the fun happens there. You can't grow your audience if you don't interact with them, IMO.

    If trolls are posting your personal information, you've got more serious problems than blocking them as a follower is going to resolve.
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