How to Block/Ban a person?

  • I got this comment on one of my posts today:

    Gay Christian = oxymoron. Greetings good man or good woman. I’m an anti-atheist whom endeavors to ridicule, mock, embarrass, shame (it might be possible) and disparage Christians in the privacy of their own thoughts. I go trolling for Christian bloggers and when I discovered your blog in knew I’d stumbled upon someone that it might be great fun to duel with. I will not impugn your intellect, integrity or sincerity. I only want to implode your world view. I admit to having an advantage but if your willing to engage it’ll be fun. You’ll thank me later.

    The persons blog page is this:

    Is there a way I can ban or even block him from posting or reading my blog? If so, where can I find that feature.

    Also, I believe it goes against the TOS part 1: under “Responsibility of Contributors”. But that is just me, but the thing that tipped me off was the word “trolling”, basically he is trying to start some shiznitz with me and I just want it to stop.

    The blog I need help with is: (visible only to logged in users)

  • We cannot block or delete subscribers from public blogs. However, please read this about public blogs that become private blogs > Blog Privacy and Subscribers >

    Note that you have complete control comment moderation. If your blog is public others can, of course, read it. They can submit comments but you can Moderate all comments and choose which ones to approve or not.

    For trolls, you can “blacklist” them at Settings > Discussion toward the bottom of that page. Enter their email address, their username, and if they included it, their website. That will automatically send them to moderation so that their comments do not appear on the blog. Do note though that if they are determined, they can use a different email address or username to get around that. Also, do not put their IP address in the blacklist. IP addresses are no longer unique, and you might end up blocking legitimate visitors. Also, all they would have to do is go to a wi-fi hot spot, or connect via a different ISP and they could get around that.

    One other thing I would suggest is to set your blog so that first time commenters are held in moderation till approved, then from that point forward they will not need approval. Settings > Discussion. The next step on that of course is to set it so that all comments are held in moderation until approved. That way you are in control, and they might just get tired and go elsewhere after a while.

  • Thank You, Thank You…. Thank You! This is why I like WP because you guys/gals are awesome…. I do understand about the IP thing

  • You’re welcome and best wishes.

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