If you are having trouble getting an image blacklisted, please make sure that the image is tagged properly. (if it isn't, consider tagging it yourself :) )
The blacklist-- Found under My Account > Settings-- allows members to hide posts they dislike or otherwise object to by entering the appropriate tags into a list.
It's important to remember that tags that are more then one word in length use an underscore ( _ ) in place of the space.
So: oral_sex, not oral sex.
Something else that's important is that the blacklist is case-sensitive, even though tags are always entered in lowercase. Therefore, always keep your blacklist all lowercase. :) Also, tag aliases, which work in the search box, will not work in your blacklist; make sure you use the actual tag on the post (e.g. 'Overweight' instead of 'fat'). There are several different ways to input tags into your blacklist:
One tag per line
This method will hide all images with the entered tags. ALL male images, ALL images with an anus, ALL intersex images. If even one of these tags is on an image, it will not display for you. Use this method for hiding grand categories of images that you don't want to see.
Suggested tags: Gender tags (male/female/herm/intersex), body part tags (pussy/penis -- good if you don't mind seeing characters of that gender, but don't want to see the naughtybits, or knot/barbs if you're picky about your anatomy), orientations you don't want to see (lesbian/gay), fetishes you dislike (anal/oral_sex/scat), species you really dislike (fox/canine/human), and so forth. Also of note might be the ability to hide a specific artist who's work you find unappealing. Additionally, look at Blacklisting Suggestions for more.
- female fox nude
- herm wolf oral_sex
Tags can be combined by entering them on the same line, separated by a space. Each line is regarded separately, images with ALL the tags on a given line will be hidden, but each line will be taken individually.
In this example, all images involving nudity, females AND foxes (presumably used if you don't want to see naked female foxes--however, be aware that if there's a naked male fox with a female skunk, that image may also be hidden) will not be displayed for you. Additionally, any images involving herms, wolves AND oral sex will be hidden. However! A image with female wolf oral_sex will still be displayed for you.
This method is best used for more specific examples then those shown. A more commonly used combined blacklist entry is male solo, or female solo. These hide all 'pin up' pictures of a member of a given gender. This can also be used if you dislike how a specific artist draws a species, or if you don't want to see their explicit artwork (see below for more on explicit and non-explicit artwork).
You can also use 'operators' like - in your blacklist, just as you might in a search. The tricky part is that using a - suggests that you WANT to see that thing, so getting it right make take a bit of time to get used to.
This, for example, ensures that any picture NOT tagged with 'female' will not display. This is more useful then blacklisting 'male' if you don't mind seeing pictures of males, as long as there are females in the image.
- pokémon -pikachu
This example would remove ALL pokémon images from view, UNLESS pikachu is also tagged. This is useful if you like one specific type of something. (alternatively: canine -fox, scalie -breasts)
- fox -wolf -lion
This one is a bit more complicated: This would hide all fox images that do not have wolves, or do not have lions. So a picture of fox alone, or a fox and a bear/goat/horse/etc would be removed, but a fox and a lion, or a fox and a wolf would be kept.
Every image on e621 has a rating.
Explicit images are clearly sexual, while questionable images are best described as "something you might be embarrassed to be seen looking at in public". Safe images are just that: safe.
If desired, you can blacklist whole ratings categories if you wish to not ever see anything of that nature. For example, to hide all explicit artwork, enter rating:explicit into your blacklist.
Additionally, you can use ratings with the other methods listed on this page:
- rating:explicit female
Which would hide all explicit images with females in them.
In some cases, you may find that you like most images in some tags but that there are one or two specific images that displease you. It may be a character that is poorly drawn, or a poor work by a favored artist, or simply an image with such generic tags that blacklisting them would blacklist many other images you do not want blacklisted. Or, you may wish to reduce clutter and the length of your black list, by instead blacklisting specific images instead.
This is achieved by looking at the image and finding the post ID number which can be found in the URL, and on the left hand side under "statistics" as the top stat. This number can be used in your blacklist as follows:
In addition, there is a box reading Apply Blacklist to Avatars which will allow you to use your blacklist to hide any avatars that are not to your taste.
In other cases you may find that you dislike everything that a specific user uploads. Some people upload many different types of images, while others upload according to a theme. Some users are not as picky as others regarding their uploads. If you find that you dislike the majority of a user's uploads, and wish that you could not see any uploads from them at all, you can blacklist specific users:
In doing so, you will see none of the uploads that user offers.
In addition, there is a box reading Apply Blacklisted Users to Forum Posts, Comments, Dmails, and Blips. Checking this will effectively hide a user from you entirely, except in the event that someone replies to text they've said, and quotes their text.
For tips on tags that a new user may wish to blacklist, see also: Blacklisting Suggestions