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MySql Query, Select distinct where... except

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I have:

"SELECT DISTINCT firstName,lastName FROM tbl_users WHERE active = 'yes';"

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I want to add an exception.... how can I block someone from appearing?
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Question by:cstormer
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by:cyberkiwi
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SELECT DISTINCT firstName,lastName
FROM tbl_users
WHERE active = 'yes'
and not (firstname='$firstname' and lastname='$lastname')

or if you know the ID

SELECT DISTINCT firstName,lastName
FROM tbl_users
WHERE active = 'yes' and id <> $id
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by:Rajesh Dalmia
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can u explain  more
is it any specific member you want to block or specific type or anything else.
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by:bonjourjolie
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by which field do you want to block ?
by firstName ? or .... ?

for example

"SELECT DISTINCT firstName,lastName FROM tbl_users WHERE active = 'yes' and firstName <> 'Blocked user';"

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dfendig earned 167 total points
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You can add additional logic to the end of your SQL Statement. For example:

      

"SELECT DISTINCT firstName,lastName FROM tbl_users WHERE active = 'yes' AND firstname !='firstnametoexclude';"
or
"SELECT DISTINCT firstName,lastName FROM tbl_users WHERE active = 'yes' AND lastname !='lastnametoexclude';"



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by:Aaron Tomosky
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And if you want to block a whole group of users:
Where active = 'yes' and firstname not in ('a', 'b')

Or:
firstname not like 'a%'

Or:
firstname not in (select firstname from table where state = 'ca')
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by:cyberkiwi
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> I want to add an exception.... how can I block someone from appearing?

Surely you need both first and last name, otherwise you're blocking Joe bloggs, Joe public and Joe white just by using

"SELECT DISTINCT firstName,lastName FROM tbl_users WHERE active = 'yes' and firstName <> 'Joe';"

What's wrong with the first comment?

SELECT DISTINCT firstName,lastName
FROM tbl_users
WHERE active = 'yes'
and not (firstname='$firstname' and lastname='$lastname')

e.g. if your php var is $firstname='Joe' and $lastname='Public', then the query

WHERE active = 'yes' and not (firstname='Joe' and lastname='public')

only removes joe public and leaves all other joes. The name is matched on both first+last name.
If it is possible to have similarly named people (John Brown is common), I suggested using the ID if you have it available.
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