Being fairly new here, I am learning my way around ATS.
Recently I began to get the impression that several individuals who are members were not seeing my posts.
When I looked into it I was rather suprised, at first, to find that several individuals had indeed clicked the Ignore indicator which is visible
beneath the avatar of whomever has made a post.
When any individual decides they would like to ignore another individual all that is required is for them to click on said indicator. When this is
done ATS's infrastructure causes certain code to be inserted into the page which causes the ignoree's posts to be filtered out by the ignorer's
But, the ignoree does not recieve any notice of this. It can be confusing.
And, of course nobody likes to be ignored. But, this is how we human beings are. Sometimes it makes sense to us. It's just another part of life which
we have no choice but to accept.
Anyway, even though it's sort of a 'work around,' there is a way to find out if another user is ignoring us and it's pretty simple. The following
instructions are for IE7, so I don't know if it's possible with other browsers, but it probably should be.
Determining If Another Member Is Ignoring You
1. Find a page which has a post from the person you feel may be ignoring you.
2. Right-click anywhere on that page. This brings up the following context-menu
Remember, this is only for IE7. It will probably be close for earlier versions of IE. The highlighted menu selection is 'View Source.' You just move
the cursor onto this menu-item and let your finger up from the right mouse button. That's all !
This will cause the source-code which is behind the page you are viewing to come up in Notepad. At least Notepad comes up on my system. It might be
some other editor on yours.
3. Search text. For Notepad this is F3
, Ctrl-F, or from the Edit menu it's 'Find.'
4. Type in your ATS handle. For instance mine is 'visible_villain.' ( Leave out the single quotes )
5. Hit return
If it finds your handle embedded in the following code, then you are being ignored by that user -
<a href='#' onclick="messagepop('ignore=IgnoringMemberHandleA&source=visible_villain');" class='smalltxt' style='color:
6. Hit F3
to continue the search for your handle until you get to the bottom of the page to find members besides 'IgnoringMemberHandleA' who
may also be ignoring you too, as was the case for myself.
My offenses were so egregious that I found nine different members all on the same page who were ignoring me ! I was never rude or insulting, but
obviously was offensive to them. And pretty suprised as well.
But, after thinking about it, I remembered what it was like when I was in 9th grade and started going to a new school where nobody knew me. It was
So, in my case, I think I charged into their sandbox with a little too much bravado. This was only due on my part to insecurity and fear of the new
territory. But, as I say, people will do what people do, and I can't say 'they' because I am a people too ...
So, anyway, just a heads up to everybody who's new around here as to the 'ignore' situation. It is pretty adolescent, but I get that way too
sometimes, so I can't really criticize.
On another note, it seems that there is also some BB-code available as well to hide comments you post from other members who are participating in a
discussion. Little 'secret messages' so to speak which everybody else there can see but the person who's handle is indicated in the special
BB-code. This feature is evidently 'undocumented' ...