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Blotting out Haman's name only some of the time?

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At megillah readings, I'm used to people making noise to blot out every mention of Haman's name. Tonight I was at a Chabad reading and they had a different custom: they blotted out the mentions that used his full name or referred to his role (I guess the "important" ones?) but didn't blot out every single mention. They were marked in the copies they gave out for people to follow along in. (There was a little grogger icon beside his name in those places.)

I looked for footnotes in the book before handing it back in, but didn't see an explanation of the custom. It didn't seem like a good time to distract the rabbi with questions.

Where does this custom come from? Is blotting out all of them custom (and customs vary), or is this a point on which halachic sources disagree?

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We were outside and it was cold so we did what I have seen done elsewhere, just the first and last mentions. Some services don't pause for any noise at all. rosends‭ about 2 months ago

Thanks @rosends. I didn't realize it was optional. (It wasn't just because current conditions press for doing it as quickly as possible; it was printed in the books.) I hope somebody will answer with the halacha and a source. Monica Cellio‭ about 2 months ago

I first heard about this last year, but it is an established Chabad (and probably some others) custom. manassehkatz‭ about 2 months ago

It’s mentioned here, but with no source. ploni‭ about 2 months ago

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