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Blocking by Lipizzaner-Kgirl Blocking by Lipizzaner-Kgirl

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"Blocking: the #1 way to tell that someone has lost the debate." Let's be honest: if you're having a reasonable debate (I'm not talking about a fight) and the other person blocks you, they probably did it so they could get the last word but knew you'd be able to easily refute it, right? That's certainly the way it goes for me, at least. I laugh when people block me because it's so obvious why they did it. 

I don't harass, stalk, or maliciously follow anyone on the internet. If someone wants to stop debating with me, all they have to do is stop and I'll leave them alone. I have never and never will bully or harass someone on their profile page or their other deviations over an argument or debate that we had on, say, a stamp or journal of theirs. I'm a safe person to debate with and most people sense that straight away, so when I'm debating and someone up and blocks me, it's pretty obvious that they had no good arguments left and they just wanted the last word.

I just think it's funny and way too predictable!


Blocking is not always a sign of defeat:

1) Please note that blocking comments on a deviation is different. Most people do that not because they are afraid that they don't have a valid argument but because they're afraid people will post bullying, threatening, or otherwise harsh comments on their deviation.

2) People also do well to block if a debate has turned into a fight or if they feel that the person on the other end is threatening them or others. I have blocked before when someone has turned a debate into an immature fight with no evidence or logical reasoning on their side or when I feel that my personal safety could be threatened by that person.

3) Blocking is also understandable if someone is spewing downright hatred towards you or others. For example, I once blocked someone because they openly admitted to hating a large demographic of people. I don't want to be associated with angry, hateful people. However, someone would have to do something extremely hateful for me to block them on accounts of their opinions/emotions. I’m fine with opinions, just not hatred.


Feeling unsafe or having had enough with immaturity/hatred and wanting the last word are two different things.

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fandomverse95 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional Writer
BlueGreninjastorm Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
justinjamal Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
What about insulting?
Lipizzaner-Kgirl Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student General Artist
If the person insults you they're not debating anymore and there's no problem with blocking them. However, if you block everyone who insults you, you're going to end up blocking a ton of people. People sometimes have bad days or we might even misunderstand them. Life happens. Try to be forgiving, but if someone is blatantly insulting you, blocking them is your own business.
justinjamal Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
Yes :)
CelticKawaii Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'd revel in the times where someone ended a discussion with "Nuh-uh, you're wrong!" and blocked me, but then, I've done that a couple of times early on too. I'm not too proud of it either.
Lipizzaner-Kgirl Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Most people generally post a message before they block, but that doesn't mean you did it for the last word. If you have a legit argument and you make it after a lengthy discussion, there's no shame. A lot of lengthy discussions get nasty near the end. One person I recently blocked openly admitted that they hate Christians and many other religious groups. At that point the debate has lost objectivity, and on top of that, I blocked him because I don't want to be associated with angry, hateful people.

However, if you're blocking because you're afraid the person knows better than you, that's a different story entirely!
SilverBeastLaguz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I did this like two times in different arguments and I've been regretting them to this day. I got them unblocked now, but I don't feel like speaking to them again ever or going for round 2 on the arguments, because I think they might report me if I try to talk to them and the mods get me suspended.
Lipizzaner-Kgirl Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student General Artist
It's probably best if you let them be. Unblocking them was probably a good idea, but I'd let them contact you, if you're asking me.
FeatherlynneXWarrior Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I can't even tell you how many times this has happened to me. It's irritating, but at the same time it essentially means I won the debate.
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