This is a long (and at times harrowing) but fascinating thread.
If you have some time, I’d recommend reading it. I’d also love to hear your thoughts.
To summarise, a Discourse user wants the ability to easily mute other users because there are instances in their education community where members have to share a board with people that have harassed or abused them.
@Jeff_Atwood’s counter-arguments are interesting. Is this a technology problem or a human problem?
Until I read that particular example (being forced to confront someone daily that has grievously wronged you outside of the community), I thought it was something that should be managed on a human level – i.e. if there is someone here that is toxic, it’s my job to remove them.
BUT I don’t think it should be my job to judge the behaviour of others outside of this area for which I’m responsible. I don’t feel equipped to do that. That’s where this gets confusing for me.
Where does the line of responsibility lie when it comes to creating safe community environments?