Among Gather's core values are being open, honest, and constructive, as well as being warm-hearted. We want people in our Spaces to feel safe, respected, and accepted. There are times when Space Owners/Admins may need moderation tools, particularly if you want to give the people in your Space agency over who they interact with. For those situations, we have the following three options: blocking, kicking, and banning.
There are also just times when audio and video can be overwhelming or distracting, and there's an easy way to mute a person's audio or turn off their video!
To turn off another person's audio or video feed, just hover over their video feed and select the microphone or camera icon. Keep in mind this just stops their feed to you, not to anyone else.
Anyone in the Space can use the blocking feature. Blocking someone will stop all audio/video connections between you and that person. It will not block that person from interacting with anyone else in the Space. You will still see the avatar of the person you've blocked; you just will not connect with each other's audio or video feed. The person will not be notified that they have been blocked, and they will still be able to see and hear you.
Warning: At this time, blocking a person does not prevent them from messaging you via Chat or from following you or starting a bubble.
To block a person, select the three dots on their video feed, then select Block. You can also select a person's name on the Participants list, and in the info menu on that person, select the three dots in the top right corner, then select Block.
To unblock a person, select Unblock on their video feed. You can also select their name from the Participants list, and from the three dots on their info card, select Unblock.
Space Admins/Owners and Moderators can kick someone out of the Space. Kicking someone will remove them from the Space and send them to the Check Your Hair screen. This feature is primarily used for removing inactive guests from a Space.
To kick someone, select the person's name on the Participants list, and in the info menu on that person, select the three dots in the top right corner, then select Kick from Space.
Space Admins/Owners and Moderators can ban someone from their Space. This blocks the user from fully joining the Space: they will only see a black screen and will not be able to see or hear anyone. Bans are by the user's IP address.
To ban someone, select the person's name on the Participants list, and in the info menu on that person, select the three dots in the top right corner, then select Ban from Space.
You will then be prompted to confirm the ban. Select Ban User.
Warning: If the person you are banning is on the same IP address as yourself, you will be banning yourself.
Only Space Admins/Owners can unban someone. To unban a user (which will unban the entire IP address), open your Space Dashboard and select the trashcan icon next to their IP address and character name. You can also unban all.
Note: If you accidentally ban yourself or someone else, reach out to the Admin/Owner of the Space. If you are the Admin/Owner, you can unban yourself from the Dashboard.