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  • Lewis Cowles

    I couldn’t disagree more…

    This is not a question of etiquette, people that find themselves blocked are usually blocked because of their own poor etiquette. I don’t know of anyone that does it immediately, unless marketed to and I think all normal people hate having a stranger trying to sell them something via e-mail, inMail, direct message etc, it’s even worse if they are just offensive for no reason.

  • Tammy Kahn Fennell

    Jeff, thank you so much for publishing this! I’ve been getting a lot of great responses on Twitter… from “it’s super cathartic to block someone” to “yep, it definitely has burned bridges for me!” I am enjoying writing this series on social etiquette. Anyone have any suggestions for my next piece?!

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  • Maria

    What happens if someone threatens you? I accidentally pinned from someone and she got so upset to the point where now she keeps posting pins with my user name calling me horrible names. I reported her yet nothing happens! I used to enjoy Pinterest I never thought there were people like this. It’s upsetting. I think what bothers me the most is they hide behind a computer screen and feel the could say whatever they want. Blocking is not enough.

    • lfhpueblo

      Click on her name in the Pin, go to her page, look for the little black flag in the middle upper portion near her name down a bit and to the right. Click on the little black flag for a drop down menu. There you should be able to block her. I’ve been blocking a lot of people lately. When people cuss at me about my posts, I don’t care if it is polite or not, I just block them. I’ve had situations the same as you on numerous occasions. I don’t mess with those people. I block them. I don’t care if it hurts those people’s feelings that I blocked them, because they are obviously trying to hurt mine by attacking in such a manner. This guys post is fine for anyone that doesn’t post anything religious in matter, or political in matter. Yet, if you do, the crazies come out and attack. I say go crazy somewhere else. I just don’t interact with them, nor do I let them clutter up my boards with their continued rants. Just block them. Find that little black flag on their main board page in the upper middle, near their name, down some and to the right. Click on it, drop down menu appears and do what you have to do to feel comfortable on your boards again. Let them post and rant on their own boards. Good Luck. I’ve been getting slammed lately by the crazies because I’m outspoken on my own pins and boards with my own opinions. However I’m not cussing or cursing, they just don’t agree with my opinions. Some people can’t handle that.

  • hello

    Ow I totally agree! Facebook has it, isn’t it so? Just do it Pinterest. ;) )

  • Sunny KinkyandKonfident Gibson

    I have been blocked on pinterest simply because I pinned more pins in one day than that particular pinner allowed…I mean, WTF? Why bother to create a board, fill it with pins, and then try to control the number of repins someone can make from your board? It’s not even their original photos…it’s just photos they found and “shared” on pinterest…just like the rest of us…people make me so tired some times with their petty nonsense…

    • Christina Doyle

      Totally agree. Today I was blocked for, what I’m guessing, was pinning too many pins from someone’s public board. Not going to take it too personally, but this person has more than a 1.2k following them, and the board I was pinning from had more than 13k in it.
      I’m disabled, house bound, and learning watercolor painting for therapy. I sometimes do pin quite a bit at one time so I have tons of inspiration to pull from when I practice. But so what? I’ve had people pull 50+ pins off cosmetics, Filofax, and homesteading boards. I didn’t care one bit.
      I have several people I’m following for artistic inspiration. I’m not going to bother comparing my pin sources by scrolling back up and down repeatedly to make sure I’m only repinning a few from each person.
      “Outside of their comfort zone” is I repinned too many images from their public board? Riiiiight.

    • Mirjana Vanili

      I was blocked, several times, same reasons, too many pins. :) But what is interesting, there are all piners with hundreds of pins, like 50 000, 60 000, last one with over than 82 000 pins. Can you belive that??? Hahhahaa. I block them back, of course. :P

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  • MoffatFan#1

    I have been blocked several times, and really haven’t figured out why. One happened after I had pinned 2 and tried to do a third, and another was when I tried to pin a suggested pin… in both cases knitting. The most recent has something like 170k pins, and I just broke the 3k mark…

  • Cathleen Partridge

    I have blocked people. I have well over 100,000 pins, Sometimes someone will spend hours – life half the night pinning an entire board of mine. Lazy. The fun is in the hunt, figuring out how to do searches, finding things off-sight, getting creative and taking time to assemble interesting and well put-together boards. Then some lazy person comes along and decides to copy every single pin you have on a huge board that took many months or years to put together. This is not right.

  • Moonbeam Bimm

    I have had a few people block me in the last few weeks.. but what I don’t understand is, I did not pin from their boards.. they repinned my pins, then blocked me! um.. why? I just can’t figure it out. I don’t care if people pin my pins.. heck, take as many as you like, but why block me? (not that I care too much, but I just can’t see the reasoning behind it, and that’s what bugs me.) What happens to the pins they pinned off my boards when they block me, do they stay on their boards?