Absolutely! I know that you know this; but the “ignore” button is a great tool. I am not talking about simply ignoring, but as a mnemonic device regarding whom you are undecided about. The act of “toggling” can remind you that you need to have your shields up. Why? I do not know about you, but the number of screen names there are makes it difficult to have a mental synopsis of more than a few at a time. Let us say I see a post from…I don’t know…I’ll say Tier Instinct. I have read enough of his posts to know that it’s safe to assume I will not contract any mental damage from reading his post. Even if it is the occasional goofy stuff (I have made many of those), the balance is on the side that I will not see that every time I click on a post he has made.
Now, if someone arrives, and decides to use the name Kickmeplease, or IamabadassforSatan, or, worse yet, an avatar that turns my stomach...they are easy to pretty much read off. The exception is, of course, the witty use of animals in one’s name. That shows class. But there are many that seem to run together. If they prove to be trust-worthy, they can be taken off the ignore list. OR…you can be safe and just read posts by hierarchy…whatever works.
But…yes…impressions are formed by our words. Hopefully, that is just a small glimpse.