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kill file

[Usenet] Per-user file(s) used by some Usenet reading programs (originally Larry Wall's rn) to discard summarily (without presenting for reading) articles matching some particularly uninteresting (or unwanted) patterns of subject, author, or other header lines. Thus to add a person (or subject) to one's kill file is to arrange for that person to be ignored by one's newsreader in future. By extension, it may be used for a decision to ignore the person or subject in other media. See also plonk.
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Unfortunately there's nothing to prevent people using handles, out of spite, from changing their handles once they feel that too many others have added them to their killfiles, a phenomenon called "nym shifting."
One other tool that's typically available sometimes goes by the blunt name of "killfile." When you killfile another participant, their posts are invisible to you.