For the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of beta testing a small VideoBox add-on program that is designed to block selected member comments from the movie review section. This application represents the latest response from the site to satisfy subscriber requests. Let’s take a brief look at the program, which is expected to be made available to the full membership within the next several weeks.
As currently configured, the program is quite compact and uses very few memory resources. Once downloaded (details to be provided at official release), double click to install. It can be added to your start menu and will run in the background each time you boot up your computer. The program links to a database of all past and present VideoBox usernames and will update itself when you connect with the site.
There are several ways to use the filter. Let’s assume you no longer wish to view comments of ropeadope2 in the reviews. Enter the name ropeadope2 into the blacklist of the program and you’re done. All ropeadope2 comments will be blocked. There is no limit to the number of users that can be blacklisted. There is also an “All” box in the blacklist which can be enabled if you don’t wish to see any reviews. The program also includes a whitelist. If you only choose to view the comments of a few select members, you could specify those names in the whitelist and all others will be blocked.
One of the most helpful parts of the application is the AutoComplete feature. The program compares names as they are typed into the blacklist or whitelist against its database and recommends possible matches. Very useful if you can’t remember the full username. One bug that remains to be resolved is that AutoComplete repeatedly suggests titiesandbeer for the blacklist regardless of which letters, numbers, or characters are actually entered into the designated area.
I enjoy reading all the reviews but I know there are many in the membership who have been looking forward to this type of program. They will not be disappointed. I’ve been informed that future editions of the program will be able to search the reviews by username and eventually by keyword. Are there any other features that you would like to see incorporated into the program? Please keep in mind that it is a priority to maintain the small size of the application while providing increased functionality.