Since joining Hubpages some 8 weeks ago, I've received mostly support & encouragement, so I've followed the model and offered the same. I have not critiqued other hubbers' writing styles. I have occasionally pointed out inaccuracies, with mixed responses-- some were very open and dialogued with me; others ignored my comment altogether. I come away with a kind of confusion about critiquing on Hubpages. I'm interested in other people's thoughts. Do you basically say-- "great!, I appreciate your comment!", or "I don't agree, here's why" .... or what? What do you say?
Louisa....You say what you feel you want/need to, in order to interact with fellow-hubbers. I'm sure you would not ever insult and/or be harshly critical of anyone. A polite comment about a possible error that a writer may or may not be aware of, is acceptable. How it is translated is not our guess nor concern, Many writers simply do not expect nor WANT critiquing. In those cases, they certainly won't appreciate it. LOL
If it is something you hope to receive, you can easily make your fellow-hubbers aware of this, but you might want to limit the type and frequency of it. Also, quite a few writers are simply not comfortable offering advice or being critical at all.
Being here only 8 weeks, you should not expect to know as much as some old-timers...(You're considered an old-timer after the first year has passed).....That's what I've been able to glean, anyway, in my 19 months here..........Give yourself time and experience here. The more you write, read, comment and exchange, I promise, you'll just naturally get the hang of it... Good luck!! Peace.
Thanks! I hear you, it takes time to get the hang of things. The comment I made was regarding a couple of inaccurate facts that left as they were, were very misleading. I was not trying to be negative. I guess the author didn't like it, because they replied to everyone else except me. Oh well.
Takes time to get used to things. Mostly comment on how you actually feel about the piece you have just read. I am usually using the voted up, awesome, beautiful, interesting and so on buttons if it applies. About criticism if there really are say grammatical mistakes or misspellings no reason to politely point it out. I've had some pointed out to me and I just quietly edit my hub and say thank you for letting me know. After awhile you'll be commenting and exchanging ideas with ease.
Most of the comments on my hubs have to do with the readers opinion of the subject I am writing about. I do not mind if I am corrected, nor do I mind if someone says they dislike my hub. I think the only negative comment I had on a hub, was on my monster hub, where someone said it sounded very similar to Star Trek. Which I actually found kinda funny.
The only thing I don't like is people who spam my hubs. On one of my hubs, there was some link to learning how to read stock quotes. None of my hubs have anything to do with money or the stock market, so I dropped that comment like a rock.
But, I love it when I receive comments. means I'm doing a good job. I hope.
I don't generally leave a comment for a hubber unless I have something that I feel is useful to contribute to the subject at hand. I never critique a hub in the comments section when I know wrong information was presented; instead, I email the hubber privately, using the contact link accessed through the hubber's profile page. Going in the other direction, I very much appreciate it when someone points out an error I've made and does it in that more private way.
If I find that a hub is worth my while to read but I don't have anything to contribute, I will use the voting options (Up, Useful, Beautiful...) only. Interestingly, I never vote anything down (unless I'm "hub hopping"). That's because the first two or three sentences tell me whether I should spend time on the hub or not. If I decide it's not worth my time to read, then it isn't worth anything to me or the hubber to enter a Down vote.
I "delete forever" spammy, abusive, and obscene comments. If someone disagrees strongly with me, I usually just thank the person for their comment and move on. This doesn't happen too often, because I don't write controversial pieces.
As others in this thread have said, it takes time to get the hang of how you manage comments left for you and comments you post on another's hub.
I greatly appreciate anyone's thoughtful comment about what I write, because I learn so much from a different perspective. I'd like hubbers to be able to say the same about the comments I leave for them.
Welcome to HP.
I never vote a hub down, either. I didn't know how to write a private message til now-- good info, thank you. I have mixed feelings about critiquing something in private to protect the hubber if the comment I'm discussing is an example of prejudice.
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