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And it turned out I was not blocked.  I did think I wasn't very welcome; they had set it so I couldn't see if they were on or not; I was still on their friend list, which maybe a block would have removed me; and had that unable to see on for most of a week.  The big thing that is still strange but it turns out doesn't mean I was blocked was their profile didn't say they were online and didn't say offline; no text there.  Maybe I should have sent a notecard and known right away that I wasn't blocked when it wasn't immediately refused, but I sent a message that more or less said goodbye, please write back if you still want to talk to me, otherwise I'm leaving you alone, but no need to hide.  I only have hidden from someone for more than a day or two if the person had been particularly annoying.

But they responded to the message that if I were blocked they wouldn't even have received, explained why I'd been hidden from and said they still wanted to be friends.

Some in this thread didn't want to say how to tell if you were blocked.  The post I responded to said one has no right to know.  I'd reiterate they should intentionally make it clear if someone is blocking you.  There's no harm in that.  The person is still free from your messages or any other contact.  I'd never have wondered, since I wasn't blocked.  I learned a bit, maybe ask why if someone hides their being online from you, but it may not be a big deal even if it goes on for a while.

And three things:

1) A profile that neither says "online" or "offline" is an oddity.  It may happen sometimes when someone's hiding online status, though usually I think that says offline then.  But it is not as someone thought, posted in this thread, and made me think, an indication one is being blocked.

2) Sending a notecard or other inventory probably will let you know.  If a notecard is immediately declined faster than a human could, that most likely means you are blocked.

3) The method Laet suggested probably also works.  Start as if you're trying to send a gift on mp and have it look up their account by name.  That worked for me when I tried it.  It found them and it turns out I was not blocked.

In a perfect sl, the profile would probably say "blocked" if the person is blocking you, maybe not show as you may prefer someone you block to be unable to view your profile, but they still then will know, and one would know if you can see a profile you aren't blocked.  But it isn't perfect, and I think sending inventory including a nc also works, so anyone who stumbles across this, that's apparently how you can find out.

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On 11/8/2019 at 4:46 AM, KyraPoole said:

 

The software should be set up to let you know you've been blocked.  Someone has a right to choose to end all communication with you, and if they don't think it should be obvious why-- judgment call, of course-- it's nicer to give a reason; but they have a right also to decide not to give a reason and just cut it off.  I'm someone, using an alt, who has in my main account felt she needed to block people who were overaggressive trying to get my attention.  I also wouldn't have a problem with those people knowing I blocked them, and at least in most cases, I like to think all. I've given clear indication the person had worn out their welcome with me.

I also may have been recently been blocked by someone, which a strange indicator mentioned in this thread led me to suspect, which is what led me to find this old thread:  One of the indicators that may be a very good one is that if the one doing the blocking is just hiding their online status, whether on the friends' list as this person is or just hides online from all but groups and friends, the online status will say "offline" regardless of the reality.

But someone who I think may have blocked me shows something in this thread on their profile:  It says neither "online" nor "offline" in their profile.  If I just didn't know their status it would say "offline."  I mostly want to repeat this sign, because I think people have a right to know they are blocked, and if this is a sign people should know of it.

I don't think there was a reasonable reason to block me, but of course many people would say that when others would see a good reason.  I've blocked, and those I've blocked might think I had no good reason.  Whatever.  Even if the person had a good reason, there's no reason I shouldn't be able to know they blocked me.  The block is still in place.  They still don't have to get any messages or anything else I might send, if I actually am blocked.  Anyone can use alts to get around a block, but I'd guess that would be considered punishable harassment, and it should be. So, why not have the software explicitly tell people if they're blocked?  I know social media usually hides this as well, and I'm not in favor of that practice, either.  Again, I've blocked people myself and would have no problem with them knowing I blocked them.  I'd gladly trade that anyone I block could easily know I blocked them for that anyone who blocked me, I'd easily know had blocked me-- so I then know it's absolutely time to move on, no guesswork.

Adding through an edit, the one I suspected being blocked by, it finds fine on the marketplace with the potentially blocked account, so there probably isn't a block.  No reason I should have to guess, though.

No, it should not tell you when someone blocks you nor does anyone have a 'right' to know they've been blocked. That is the sort of thing Facebook drama mongers/drama mongers in general worry about and abuse. 

Someone on your friend list vanishes? Send an IM at most, if they never respond then move on. If it was a mistake, the system malfunctioning (as has happened before) or they went invisible then it'll eventually be sorted out. 

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I usually blacklist and de-render anyone I block.  I usually send them a parting 'You are now Muted and De-Rendered', but sometimes I can't be bothered.  Plenty of fish in the sea.

I did forgive one obnoxious jerk who contacted me via a mutual friend.  Turns out he was actually OK, but RPing a jerk.

One of my neighbours blocked me from his land, I guess 'cos I overfly with my Helicopters.  I don't complain, I just blocked him from mine.  My land encircles his except on one side, and his block makes my flying more fun.  His choice.

You can't always choose your enemies, but you can usually choose your friends.

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On 11/7/2017 at 7:27 PM, Solar Legion said:

You do not have any right whatsoever to know that you have been blocked nor to know why. Move on.

 

The software should be set up to let you know you've been blocked.  Someone has a right to choose to end all communication with you, and if they don't think it should be obvious why-- judgment call, of course-- it's nicer to give a reason; but they have a right also to decide not to give a reason and just cut it off.  I'm someone, using an alt, who has in my main account felt she needed to block people who were overaggressive trying to get my attention.  I also wouldn't have a problem with those people knowing I blocked them, and at least in most cases, I like to think all. I've given clear indication the person had worn out their welcome with me.

I also may have been recently been blocked by someone, which a strange indicator mentioned in this thread led me to suspect, which is what led me to find this old thread:  One of the indicators that may be a very good one is that if the one doing the blocking is just hiding their online status, whether on the friends' list as this person is or just hides online from all but groups and friends, the online status will say "offline" regardless of the reality.

But someone who I think may have blocked me shows something in this thread on their profile:  It says neither "online" nor "offline" in their profile.  If I just didn't know their status it would say "offline."  I mostly want to repeat this sign, because I think people have a right to know they are blocked, and if this is a sign people should know of it.

I don't think there was a reasonable reason to block me, but of course many people would say that when others would see a good reason.  I've blocked, and those I've blocked might think I had no good reason.  Whatever.  Even if the person had a good reason, there's no reason I shouldn't be able to know they blocked me.  The block is still in place.  They still don't have to get any messages or anything else I might send, if I actually am blocked.  Anyone can use alts to get around a block, but I'd guess that would be considered punishable harassment, and it should be. So, why not have the software explicitly tell people if they're blocked?  I know social media usually hides this as well, and I'm not in favor of that practice, either.  Again, I've blocked people myself and would have no problem with them knowing I blocked them.  I'd gladly trade that anyone I block could easily know I blocked them for that anyone who blocked me, I'd easily know had blocked me-- so I then know it's absolutely time to move on, no guesswork.

Adding through an edit, the one I suspected being blocked by, it finds fine on the marketplace with the potentially blocked account, so there probably isn't a block.  No reason I should have to guess, though.

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