Before I get into it, for anyone who is unaware of what the block bot is, it’s a twitter application that compiles and implements a shared block list for anyone who wishes to use it. The block bot’s F.A.Q. explains its function and use reasonably well.
Anyone who has followed me on twitter for more than a few days is going to be relatively familiar with my opinion on the subject of the block bot but for those who aren’t, here it is; In my opinion the block bot, as it is currently, is an utterly ridiculous program run by people who are far to sensitive for their own good. And while yes I understand the reason behind the original concept for it, I think the block bot as it currently stands is so flawed that the term “even a broken clock is right twice a day” is being generous.
As it stands more than 1300 people are on the list for the block bot and whilst some of them may indeed deserve to be blocked, a large portion of those I have seen added to the list have been added for trivial reasons. An excellent example being @jen_august, someone I consider to be one of the most reasonable and rational people I have met. She found herself on the list of those to be blocked and the only reason I have ever seen provided is this tweet.
I myself am on the list for tweeting this. That tweet was in relation to a comment made by an admin of the block bot concerning rape. Instead of anyone giving an answer, one of the admins used the tweet as an example of harassment(the person it concerns is not even tagged in the tweet as I did not want them feeling harassed) and I was added.
Other examples of trivial addition to the list could be provided but they are generally the same thing over and over again,usually following the pattern of; someone connected with the block bot, someone disagrees with them, they are accused of some form of -ism/-phobia and reported to the bot.
The block bots current incarnation is little more than a blacklist. I would take no issue whatsoever with the bot if it were run in a way that seemed even remotely fair but as it is currently it appears to be nothing more than a system for ignoring anyone who might have a different opinion than their own. If twitter were a playground,the block bot would be the equivalent of “we don’t like you, you can’t play anymore”.