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SUGGESTION: Setting to close comments after 14 days

  1. BlissfulWriter profile image85
    BlissfulWriterposted 4 years ago

    Should have a global comment setting where I can set so that comments are automatically closed in my Hub after 14 days after the Hub is published.   The most productive comments come right after the hub is published.  Spam typically appears in comments of older posts.

    Wordpress for example has such a setting.

    1. Cardisa profile image90
      Cardisaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I don't agree. I get very productive comments way past that and I also get comments from visitors. I don't want my visitors frustrated because they can't leave comments.

      You have the option of turning off your comments when you need to. I don't want my comments turned off automatically.

      1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
        Marcy Goodfleischposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I agree with Cardisa - even an old hub will get new traffic over time, and I think fresh comments help hubs stay current in searches.  It also helps encourage people to share, etc.  As Cardisa said, we all have the option to disable comments on individual hubs.  If that became a global setting, we would find comments turned off on hubs where we're continuing to see responses.

      2. BlissfulWriter profile image85
        BlissfulWriterposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I meant to say that for those who want the option to turn off comments after 14 days, they can.  Obviously, it is only an option.  So those who wants comments forever, they do not have to set that option.   

        I mean adding an additional checkbox option in the settings.  You can select or not select that option.

        Right now I can select whether to turn on comments.  I can select to turn off comments.  But there is no option to "turn on comments for the first 14 days only".  Maybe there should be for those who wants it.

        1. Cardisa profile image90
          Cardisaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Isn't it the same as you turning off comments after 14 days? I don't see the difference. The option exists to turn off comments and turn them back on, so you do have that option. The 14 days is subjective and I do believe that most people will opt not to turn off their comments. So it goes right back to those who want their comments off after 14 days to turn them off themselves.

          1. BlissfulWriter profile image85
            BlissfulWriterposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Yes, I can go into each hub and turn them off.  But I have to track which hubs I need to turn off and how long the have been published before I go back and turn them off.  Right now, I am going back to my June hubs to turn off the comments for those.  Next month, I have to go back to my July Hubs, etc.  It is a lot of work.  That is why I would like a setting in HubPages that can do this for me.   A setting that leaves comments on for 14 days and then automatically turn them off after that.

  2. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 4 years ago

    Why would you want to do that? Comments help freshen a hub and indicate that the material is still relevant.  I welcome and receive comments on my earlier published hubs,  and some of my seasoned hubs bring a large percentage of my daily views.

    I think in the case of Wordpress, that may be true in regard to spam. Spam is huge on Wordpress sites.
    I don't see that as much of an issue on HP.

  3. Healthy Pursuits profile image88
    Healthy Pursuitsposted 4 years ago

    I also wouldn't want to turn comments off after 14 days. When someone leaves a comment, as I understand it, that is considered changed content as far as Google is concerned. It translates into less work for the hubber in keeping hubs refreshed. Besides, I've continued to get excellent comments on older hubs, and have also gotten a few ideas for new, related hubs from those comments.

  4. BlissfulWriter profile image85
    BlissfulWriterposted 4 years ago

    That's interesting.  You all have really popular Hubs and get lots of comments.   I usually don't get much comments in any of my Hubs after a few days after they are published.

  5. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 4 years ago

    I haven't been on the site nearly as long as many others have, but I also see comments (and views) long after the rush of comments new hubs get.  Also, we all get new followers each month, and many of these people will explore the hubs you've written to find more of whatever attracted them to follow you originally. As new followers, they may want to leave comments on your older hubs, or even share them.   Then the hub has a new life.

  6. WryLilt profile image88
    WryLiltposted 4 years ago

    My top viewed hub didn't get a comment for six months. Now it has hundreds. It takes time for search engine traffic to build

  7. Kangaroo_Jase profile image80
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 4 years ago

    Option A - dont put a comments section on your article.

    Option B - Let comments get put on your article for reasons outlined above this post

  8. MickiS profile image94
    MickiSposted 4 years ago

    Thank you for the suggestion, BlissfulWriter. As many pointed out in this thread, comments do breathe new life into Hubs and help to keep them fresh.

    For us to develop it so that its automatic after some number of days (that will be different for every user), add complexity to an otherwise pretty simply capsule.

    As such, I'm reticent to implement such a feature as turning of comments manually enables you accomplish what you want.