Note for those coming here when blocked, please understand that our service is created to help our subscribers ignore accounts that they likely wish to ignore. The purpose of our service is nothing more or less than that. The levels are merely a guide and our records exists to increase transparency for our subscribers and to maintain an ability to review blocks. When adding an account to the Bot, the blocker ideally makes the call according to their sincere judgment of what action would be of the greatest use to our subscribers.
If you believe that you have been added in error and you wish to make the case that a significant number of our subscribers would likely wish to interact with your twitter account, you may contact any blocker (including admins) or post on this thread at the atheismplus.com forum. If you believe there has been a significant misunderstanding or problem, you may wish to inquire with one of the admins @TheBlockBot, @MAMelby, @Xanthe_Cat, @VanguardVivian. However, the best course of action may likely be to make peace with the possibility that some people on twitter may not wish to talk to you and that’s okay. (Refer to the linked comic strip.) (Also note that our current coder and data processor @oolon works under the instruction of the block bot admins.)
Comments on this site are deleted monthly. If you want a record of your appeal on a block preserved, comment on Twitter to an admin/blocker or post on the A+ forum linked above. We will be closing down our server soon and endorsing the shared blocking system being created by CollectQT. After the switch-over, there will be a new process in place for inquiries, that will not involve the A+ forum or this website.
Please do not contact CollectQT with questions about current technical issues, policies, or blocking decisions. Only direct constructive inquiries concerning the *technical* aspects of the proposed code rewrite, that is in the planning stages, to their team. Thank you.
For more information on blocking consult Twitter’s help center.
The Block Bot is a Twitter application to automatically block the people added to its lists. Once installed, it works in the background, discreetly blocking them on your Twitter account.
The Block Bot can be used anonymously, and makes no change whatsoever to your Twitter profile. The blocks are made silently, and (from the point of view of the person being blocked) are indistinguishable from ordinary blocks. You may follow @TheBlockBot Twitter account if you wish, but there is no requirement to do so.
The Block Bot was created specifically for the atheist feminist community and currently includes a strong contingent of transgender social justice activists and intersectional feminists. It should go without saying that blockers, as with any other human beings, make assessments based on their own perspectives and world-view and any commentary they make is their own. Blockers do not make judgments based on a set rubric, but make complex decisions based on a variety of factors in an attempt to serve our subscribers as best they can.
You can adjust the strictness with which blocks are applied, by choosing from one of three levels:
Level 1 is populated with accounts that in the opinion of the blockers the vast majority of our subscribers would likely wish to ignore.
This may include, but is not limited to, accounts that appear to engage in aggressiveness, threats, harassment, dishonesty in an effort to infiltrate social groups, impersonating someone, posting shock images, encouraging self-harm, spouting dehumanizing rhetoric, promoting hate speech, etc. New accounts that appear to be created to circumvent blocks or participate in harassment campaigns are also often added to this level.
Level 2 includes those in Level 1, plus a wider selection of accounts, that in the opinion of the blockers don’t belong on Level 1.
This may include, but is not limited to, accounts that appear to include slurs, insults referring to identity, humiliation, ridicule, victim-blaming, etc.
Level 3 goes beyond The Block Bot’s main purpose, and expands the list to include accounts that appear to be tedious or obnoxious.
This may include, but is not limited to, accounts that appear to frequently engage in microagressions, parrot tired talking points, show a sense of entitlement to have a conversation, exhibit a lack respect for the lived experience of others, etc.
The Block Bot does not affect your ability to block people manually, and does not interfere with your existing block list. It does not block anyone who you are following, and will unblock anyone who you later choose to unblock. If you no longer wish to use the bot, it can easily be removed and the accounts blocked unblocked.