[Standards-JIG] MUC (JEP-45) privacy & control

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Mon Apr 17 16:52:31 UTC 2006

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Lukáš 'Spike' Polívka wrote:
> Hello,
> I have some ideas regarding privacy & control in MUC. I find the
> current state not very satisfactory.
> Two problems which come to my mind are:
> 1) ordinary users cannot block messages from other MUC participants
> (for example, if someone constantly insults me), because they can't
> use real JIDs.

Rooms are public spaces. If someone in a room is abusing you in the
room, complain to the room admins and ask them to kick or ban that user.

If someone in a room is sending you abusive messages outside the room
(i.e., so-called "private messages"), your client could block them
client-side, you could minimize the chat window (generally people will
stop sending you abusive messages if you ignore them), you could (again)
complain the room admins, etc.

It's not clear to me that we need technical solutions to a social
problem of this kind, above and beyond the solutions we already have.

> 2) room moderators cannot block IP addresses.

That might be a nice feature for MUC services to provide for their
admins (it would require integration with the router).


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