By default, Discord allows people who you share a server with to send you private messages and ping you. You’ll also see all of their messages.
But if someone is really getting on your nerves, or you just don’t want to hear from them, you can block them.
Here’s everything that happens when you block someone, as well as a guide on how to block anyone on Discord.
You can block users using the desktop app for Mac and PC or the mobile app for iPhone and Android devices.
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How to block someone on Discord, and what happens when you do
First of all, to block someone:
If you’re using the desktop app for Mac or PC, just right-click someone’s name and select “Block” from the menu that appears. You’ll be asked to confirm that you want to block them, and once you do, their messages will disappear.
If you’re using the mobile app for iPhone and Android devices, tap the profile picture of the person you want to block, then the three dots in the top-right corner of the menu that opens. Tap “Block” when it appears.
When you block someone, a few things happen immediately:
- If that person was on your Friends list, they’ll be removed.
- If you share a server with this person, all their messages will be hidden.
You can still view someone’s messages once they’ve been hidden by clicking the “Show message” button on your desktop, or tapping the “Blocked Messages” tab in the mobile app.
That user will also no longer be able to send you alerts by “pinging” or @ mentioning your username in shared servers.
A blocked user will still be able to read your messages and see when you’re online.
When you block someone, that user won’t be sent any alert or notification that you did so. If they try to message you, they’ll receive a generic error message which suggests that they’re only accepting messages from Friends.
Instagram has a few features in place to allow people to choose who sees their content across the platform. Aside from making your account totally private so that potential followers need to request access, you can also block certain people from seeing your posts. If you’re wondering whether someone blocked you on Instagram, keep reading. Find out who has blocked you and what happens if you get blocked on Instagram.
How to tell if someone blocked you on Instagram
Fortunately, Instagram will not notify you if someone blocks you. Can you imagine how awkward that would be? If you suspect that someone may have blocked you on Instagram, perhaps because you’re no longer seeing their posts and Stories, you can do some sleuthing to find out.
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The first thing you should do is search for the profile that you think may have blocked you. If you can find their profile page and see their posts, then everything is in order and they haven’t blocked you. If the profile is set to private, instead of a grid of photos, you will see a message telling you This Account is Private. This does not mean you’ve been blocked.
If you can navigate to the person’s profile page, and it shows a number of posts at the top of the screen, but you can’t actually see any posts, then you’ll know you’ve been blocked. Where a grid of posts should be, you will see a message saying No Posts Yet.
How do you know if someone blocked you on Instagram or deleted their account?
You may think that someone has blocked you on Instagram, when really they’ve just deactivated or deleted their account. Is there a way to tell the difference? If the Instagram account you’re looking for has been deleted or deactivated, you won’t find it in search, and you also won’t be able to visit it even if you have the link.
If the username doesn’t show up in search, you visit the profile and it says No Posts Yet, and you can see that they have posts that aren’t showing up on the screen, then you’ve been blocked. Nothing left to do but return the favor and move on.
Who blocked me on Instagram? How to find every account that blocks you
There are ways to find out everyone who has blocked you on Instagram so you can either block them back, or just get really annoyed before going about your day. If you really want to know all of the accounts who have blocked you, you will have to use a third-party app to find out.
What apps show you who blocked you on Instagram? While there are several Instagram-related apps that offer the service, they are not approved by Instagram. Instagram does work with reputable third-party apps that act as schedulers, but none that allow you to easily find out the accounts that are blocking you.
If you’re still interested in finding all the accounts that have blocked you, here are some apps to try.
Blockers Spy for Instagram
You can download Blockers Spy for free, but you will only get a brief free trial before they require $20 per month to use the app. The premium subscription will tell you who has blocked you and who isn’t following you back, as well as show deleted comments.
Followers Track for Instagram
The free version of the Followers app allows you to see who unfollows you and who is not following back. You can see deleted comments and likes, as well as who is blocking you, for an additional $1.99 per month.
What happens if you get blocked on Instagram?
When you’re blocked on Instagram, you are no longer able to interact with the person who blocked you. You will not see their profile in search, and you will not see their posts or Stories in your feed. You will still be able to tag the account, but it won’t show up in their activity feed. You will also not be able to message the person who has blocked you.
Once you’ve been blocked on Instagram, the best way to handle it is to forget about it and move on. There’s nothing you can do to remedy the situation, and there’s a good chance you’re better off anyway.
You may have tried to file your tax return and got an e-file rejection message.
Something like: “A dependent on your return has already been claimed (or claimed themselves) on another return.”
Assuming you entered your dependent’s information correctly, it looks like someone else claimed your dependent. Because the IRS processes the first return it receives, if another person claims your dependent first, the IRS will reject your return.
The IRS won’t tell you who claimed your dependent. Usually, you can identify the possibilities and ask (commonly, a former spouse). But if you don’t suspect anyone who could have claimed the dependent, your dependent may be a victim of tax identity theft. Learn how to handle tax identity theft.
If you don’t think that the other person was eligible to claim your dependent, you’ll need to take some steps to protect your right to claim the dependent and your refund.
Here’s what to do
Don’t panic. This doesn’t mean that you can’t correct the situation. First, double check that you meet all of the requirements to claim the dependent. Then, take these steps:
1. File a paper return.
Print out and mail your return, claiming your dependent, to the IRS. The IRS may delay your refund while the IRS looks into the issue, but you should still receive your refund. Note that when you file a paper return, it can take six to eight weeks for the IRS to process.
2. Document your case.
The IRS rules for claiming a dependent can get complicated.
The most important thing to remember is to prove with proper documentation that you are entitled to claim the dependent. This includes things like birth certificates and proof of identity, but also documents that show that your dependent lived with you at the same address for more than half of the year.
- School, medical, daycare, or social service records
- A letter on official letterhead from a school, medical provider, social service agency, or place of worship that shows names, common address and dates
The IRS will ask you to complete this document.
3. Answer when the IRS contacts you.
About two months after you file a paper return, the IRS will begin to determine who is entitled to claim the dependent.
You may receive a letter (CP87A) from the IRS, stating that your child was claimed on another return. It will tell you that if you made a mistake, to file an amended return, and if you didn’t make a mistake, do nothing.
The other person who claimed the dependent will get the same letter. If one of you doesn’t file an amended return that removes the child-related benefits, then the IRS will audit you and/or the other person to determine who can claim the dependent.
You’ll get a letter in a few months to begin the audit. In the audit, the IRS will require you to provide proof that you are entitled to claim the dependent. Be sure to reply completely and by the IRS deadline. After the IRS decides the issue, the IRS will charge (or, “assess”) any additional taxes, penalties, and interest on the person who incorrectly claimed the dependent.
You can appeal the decision if you don’t agree with the outcome, or you can take your case to U.S. Tax Court.
It’s always a good idea to discuss claiming children with your family members before a situation like this arises, if possible.
For any dependent dispute, know your options and your rights
Dependent disputes can cause many types of tax problems. Learn more about how to handle an IRS audit – or what to do about tax refund holds and other tax return problems resulting from dependent-related credits.
And for any IRS issue, remember that you have the right to representation. You can outsource the work to a tax pro, who can look into the cause of the issue and deal with the IRS for you.
Learn more about how to research your IRS account or get help from a trusted IRS expert. Or make an appointment for a free consultation with a local tax professional by calling 855-536-6504 or finding a local tax pro.
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Editor’s Note: Congratulations on graduating college! I bet you are really excited to start paying down those student loans. No? Well, let’s daydream for a minute that the loans are magically paid off. It happens! But there may be tax consequences to paying off student loans.
There are a few situations in which someone else may pay your student loans off for you.
But whether the payments were made by a generous friend, family member, nonprofit debt relief program or otherwise, someone may have to pay taxes on the amount of debt paid.
Here are a few situations that are becoming more and more common.
1. What if Great Aunt Mary pays off your student loan as a graduation gift? What are the tax implications?
Answer: If a friend or family member pays your student loans off, it is probably a non-taxable gift to you.
However, your friend or family member may be responsible for filing gift tax returns and for paying any applicable gift tax on the payment. Generally, when a gift is made, the person who makes the gift pays the gift tax rather than the gift recipient. There are annual and lifetime exclusions on gift amounts and other planning strategies to minimize the gift tax. The good news: you don’t need to do anything or pay any additional tax.
2. What happens if your employer pays off the balance of your student loan?
Answer: When an employer pays your student loan balance or makes payments on your behalf, it’s considered compensation. The payments will be included in your Form W-2 wages and are subject to payroll taxes.
3. What if you entered a profession with a loan repayment assistance program and the loan gets paid off?
Answer: There are programs that forgive student loans when an individual works in a certain field for a specified amount of time. This may include doctors, teachers or lawyers who work for tax-exempt organizations, municipal hospitals or for state or county governments. In return for services, these programs forgive debt rather than pay the loans for the individual.
Loans that are forgiven under these debt forgiveness programs are not included in the individual’s gross income, so the amount forgiven will not be taxable.
4. What if a nonprofit debt relief organization pays the student loans off?
Answer: This is a rather new situation and the IRS has not issued guidance on it yet. However, it will likely be treated as a nontaxable gift where:
- The organization is tax-exempt based on IRS requirements, and
- The relief is only available for individuals who are in such a financial predicament to justify the assistance under the organization’s tax-exempt purpose.
Though not legal precedent, this is the interpretation organizations such as Rolling Jubilee have taken.
One problem that may arise is that payments could be considered compensation for services the individual provided to that organization. The individual may want to give back to the organization by volunteering and then the IRS may decide that it looks like payment for those services. If that happens, the amount would be included in the individual’s gross income and would be taxable.
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The nature of WhatsApp is such that any person, who has your phone number and is registered on WhatsApp, can easily add you up and start chatting.
While this is great for growing your social connections, it could also present direct access to intruders. To stop this from happening, you should consider the option of having unwanted contacts blocked.
Blocking contacts on WhatsApp will deny them access to you. From sending messages to viewing your updates, there a number of restrictions that having a contact blocked puts up. Are you interested in knowing them? Read further.
To ensure privacy, WhatsApp doesn’t make it obvious that one has been blocked. This is why the blocked contact can still see the typing box and even send messages. However, the messages won’t be delivered to you. In like manner, messages that you send to a blocked contact won’t be delivered. It will show a single tick to the person who is sending you messages.
To get a message across, WhatsApp shows you a notification to unblock the contact first.
When a blocked contact sends messages, the contact will see single grey ticks, which is a sign that the message is yet to be delivered or will not deliver.
As with sending messages, a blocked contact can still call your number, but you won’t get a notification of any call. This means that there won’t be an incoming call on your side. In like manner, you can’t call a blocked person until you unblock them.
Last seen/online status
There are two types of status on WhatsApp: online and last seen
When you block someone, they won’t be able to tell whether you are online or when you last came online. The status area beneath your name in the chat page will appear blank. This applies to you also.
A blocked contact can’t see your profile picture, instead, they can see WhatsApp’s default profile picture for contacts. For you, the case is different as you are still allowed to see a blocked contact’s profile picture updates.
Status/story and about
While WhatsApp allows separate privacy settings for stories, blocking a contact will hide your stories from them. The blocked contacts stories will also be hidden from you.
Similarly, your “About” details will be hidden from any blocked contacts. Contrarily, their “About” details will still be visible to you.
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Depending on the platform you're using, different things happen, but the general rule is that it stops that user from communicating with you.
But when you hit that block button on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or WhatsApp, it doesn't necessarily mean you are totally hidden from them.
Depending on your overall privacy settings, if someone you block uses a search engine, your profile may come up in the results.
If they are logged into Facebook and click on the link to your profile, then they will get an error message.
Although they can't message your after you block them, you'll still be able to see past conversations unless you delete them.
Experts say that if you are being bullied or harassed online it can be best to keep evidence for official reports.
Facebook says: "Keep in mind that blocking someone may not prevent all communications or interactions, such as in apps or group."
Blocking someone on Instagram doesn't mean their likes and comments will be removed from your photos and videos – you have to manually delete them.
If you like or comment on someone else's photos or videos, the blocked person will also be able to see those posts, if the account is public.
Unless you make your account private, if the blocked person is logged out of Instagram, they will still be able to see your photos and videos.
Instagram says: "Private posts you share to social networks may be visible to the public depending on your privacy settings for those networks.
"For example, a post you share to Twitter that was set to private on Instagram may be visible to the people who can see your Twitter posts."
Like Instagram, Twitter defaults to making accounts public.
This means that unless you protect your tweets, even if you block someone they will still be able to see your account, so long as they are not logged in to Twitter.
Although blocking someone on Twitter means you automatically unfollow them, if you go to their profile and click on view tweets, you can see their posts.
Twitter says: "Please know that unprotecting your Tweets will cause any previously protected Tweets to be made public."
Even if you block someone on WhatsApp, your past conversations will remain in your app, as will their phone number.
Equally, your contact details will stay on their phone, so if you're worried about getting texts or phone calls outside of WhatsApp, you'll have to block their number.
Your contract provider, or your device's brand, should be able to tell you more about how to do this.
A person who has been blocked cannot necessarily be certain you have blocked them. Messages they send to you will not show up on your phone and will never be delivered to you.
WhatsApp says: "We have made this intentionally ambiguous in order to protect your privacy when you block someone."
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Unwanted phone calls are a fact of life, with telemarketers and other spammers using robocalling systems to annoy you on both your mobile phone and landline.
Most mobile phone operators now offer services to help block spam callers. But if you’re being flooded with calls on your landline phone, things are a bit more complicated.
It’s hard to block every unwanted call on your landline phone. But there are some definite steps you can take to stem the flow.
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If there’s a specific phone number that you’re trying to block, you’ll want to use a call-blocking device. This is a gadget that you connect between the phone’s wall outlet and your phone, and it’s designed to intercept and then approve or block all incoming calls.
These devices, like the CPR V5000 or the Mcheeta Call Blocker, typically cost under $100 and are easy to install and configure. They may use a combination of whitelists (phone numbers you have approved) and blacklists (numbers the device has been programmed to automatically reject) to keep your phone from ringing as often.
If you’re dealing with a variety of spam calls from many sources, then there’s a few different ways to stop them — however, none of them are surefire solutions.
If you haven’t already, start by adding your phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry.
This is a database operated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and is a tool that reputable solicitors use to avoid calling people who don’t want to receive those kinds of calls.
Unfortunately, only reputable companies comply with the Do Not Call Registry, so it won’t stop illegal spammers.
Next, contact your phone service provider and see what call-blocking services it offers. This is your best option. If your home phone is actually a VoIP (Voice over IP, or internet-based phone service) service that’s bundled with your ISP’s internet service, your ISP may provide some online tools for managing unwanted calls.
Even if you have a traditional landline that isn’t connected to the internet, your carrier may have options for blocking unwanted calls. Often, these services come free with your plan, though there may be fees involved.
One last tip: If you want to minimize the number of spam calls you receive, never interact with incoming calls you suspect are from telemarketers. If you answer a robocall, even if you hang up a second later, it increases the chances you’ll be called back again in the future.
Intermountain Healthcare has purchased about eight acres of land in the center of Salt Lake City.
At 745 S State, the land had been home to the Sears department store, which closed several years ago before it was sold to a developer who had been working on building mixed-use housing in what would have been an extension of the city’s urban core south of Downtown.
That project lingered as developers struggled to secure financing through the pandemic. On Friday, a hospital administrator announced Intermountain had purchased the block.
“Intermountain Healthcare has acquired property in downtown Salt Lake City for future use to enhance healthcare services available to area residents,” wrote Heather Wall, Intermountain Hospital Administrator, according to an email shared with Building Salt Lake Friday.
“Plans are still being developed,” Wall continued, “I look forward to sharing details with you as soon as they are developed.”
The Sears Block includes land between State and Main streets, 700-800 South.
The Colmena Group had planned to develop the site in four phases, starting at the block’s southeast corner fronting State and 800 South.
The first building, dubbed the Jetty, would have included an 11-story, 131-foot mixed-use building with 300 housing units, 400 parking stalls on four levels, and potentially space for a food co-op.
That would have brought a substantial amount of housing and retail space into a Downtown-adjacent area that has attracted developers in recent years.
But IHC’s email makes clear it plans to develop the site into a medical facility.
Intermountain’s Wall said the “location offers convenient access to all we serve throughout Salt Lake Valley, patients from other parts of Utah, and other states.”
The site would put any future medical center or hospital near the city’s TRAX light rail line on Main Street and a high-frequency bus route on State. But one needn’t look far to see that even supreme transit access can still lead to hospitals with copious surface parking.
The Intermountain Medical Center is located adjacent to Murray Central Station, yet it includes acres of surface parking.
While Intermountain Media Relations is holding their cards closely, there is likely to be major impact for their LDS Hospital in the Avenues. Intermountain owns six blocks at C Street and 8th Avenue, including medical buildings and single-family homes. The blocks are zoned a combination of institutional and single-family zoning.
Representatives from Colmena Group did not respond to requests for comment.
Intermountain’s LDS Hospital complex in the Avenues. Property records show they own six blocks in and around C Street and 8th Avenue. Image courtesy Google Earth.
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