As writers, we have received our share of dissenting comments on our hubs which is well and good. However, there are comments which are completely rude and disrespectful. Such comments include personal attacks on the hub author. While disagreement is fine and acceptable, being rude and disrespectful is totally unprofessional and reflects upon the intellectual and maturity level of the commenter. There are some hub authors who elect to leave such comments on their hub whereas others promptly delete such offending comments.
However, there are some insistent commenters who continuously and/or repeatedly post insulting comments after deletion. When the insulting comments are deleted, they become highly indignant-remarking that it is THEIR right to post whatever comment they wish and the hub author is denying them freedom of speech. Well, the article is the hub author's and he/she has the right to delete article deem injurious or in anyway disrespectful. Have you encountered commenters who posted disrespectful comments on your hubs? If you deleted them, did the same commenters returned and posted similar comments?
This sort of behavior is one of the reasons I moderate comments. And using the moderation tool has really kept down the amount of hateful rants, religious spins and diatribes submitted. I am guessing that when it comes to those that enjoy leaving nasty comments -unlike decent folks- they want and demand their remarks to show up immediately, and if they can't make their precious presence known on my Hubs they slither on elsewhere.
Some hubbers tend to take it personal if they write a hub about something incorrectly and behave as if they are an expert, and someone corrects them. I have had this happen to me twice and I have corrected someone twice. The two instances where I was corrected by a commenter, I took it upon myself to research the facts again and found that the complainant was right, and I had offended their religion/ culture and behaved as if what I had written was an indisputable fact.
When I approached another hubber, however, to correct what they were preaching as fact, when it was not fact, both times they scolded me, backing up their misstatements of fact with more offensive "sources".
I find that as writers we should be careful what we write about and make sure that it is impartial. At times, our writing might be on a topic that is important to others and not so much to ourselves. To make claims of someones beliefs and state to them that they are wrong, when in fact we are amateurs who did some googling and they are living that life, well that really is something. The worst is when people refute facts and state that "They saw it on the discovery channel".
If someone criticizes me, I not only leave it up, but I try to look at it from their perspective and wonder why they are so angry. I research deeply from numerous sources to see if they are in fact right. Personal attacks? Well those are never acceptable. But if someone can't take simple criticism then they are not a good writer, researcher or conversationalist.
It is important to neglect the bad comments. The comment that not in sense with the hub topic and contents or to the previous comments, it must not be approved.
The comments which give personal attack must be removed. It also be flagged with some pre warning to the user.
If they are hubbers, report them. When you do, copy the comment, link to location and put it in the box that you are provided. If they are not hubbers, not much you can do but delete them. Trolls have a tendency to get bored, when they don't get attention, and move on.
I have not had many rude or disrespectful comments... only a few who called me an idiot, a lamebrain or something similar on some of my satire/humor articles. Usually, I 'apologise' for offending their sensibilities and let the comments stay for the amusement of others.
I usually moderate comments, thus they don't show up on my article until I've had the chance to read and approve it. I will not post rude or disrespectful comments, but I will post the comments of people who disagree with me on a topic (as long as they are not rude).
Depends, did a offend someone or make comment that some people can be rude to some people others then I would expect and okay those rude comments reflecting my original rude comment with an explaination.
I've had someone who, while being only mildly insulting, wanted to argue about issues that were extraneous to the subject of the hub. When I refused to join in, they came back again and again with comments trying to push the argument. I left their first few posts, but then deleted all the ones that followed.
Luckily, no one has ever posted rude comments. A few people disagreed with points in hub but not in a rude way. The funniest comment was someone who wanted me to give a speech in a Mideastern country.
I had a few go-rounds recently on one of my hubs, with another member who vehemently disagreed with my point of view, going so far as to tell me I 'didn't know what I was talking about,' when I had plainly stated in the article that the statements were based upon my personal experience and research.
After 3 such exchanges, I stated that I was 'done,' and would not engage in further discussion on the matter, and then I deleted the comments and my replies to the most obnoxious of his rants...after which, he came back and called me a 'coward' for hiding behind the delete button and not respecting his rights to free speech.
I also unfollwed the person.
How horrible. I haven't come across that yet, but I do moderate my posts. I don't think I'd want rude and insulting comments to taint an article like that.
Whilst it is their right to post what they want, the Hub is yours and is part of your HubPages, so you have the right to manage what appears on there and what does not. The work is featured in a corner of the internet that is yours, and if you choose to boot out the loonies then good on you. They can hop it and take their nonsense elsewhere.
I feel calling writers names are just plain wrong. That's something that I have nor will ever do. I may have a heated discussion with a writer, but naming calling is just plain rude and uncalled for.
I love discussions about writing and learning more about HubPages and its authors.
I respect everyone on HubPages. I may disagree with, but we can't all agree with everyone, for life would be too boring.
Yes I did encounter such a hubber but that was in Forum post, That hubber was so rude and I was shocked and it did hurt me well. But some fellow hubbers consoled me and even said that that hubber is such a rude fellow. They asked me to just forget it. Interestingly, this time that hubber has been awarded in the recent announcement. But I don't wish to name that person. The HP community in total is so cooperative and very helpful. Only a few people are creating issues damaging the good name of our lovable community. I personally never attack anyone and find pleasure in only helping the fellow hubbers with advice, tips and writing some useful hubs to motivate them.
I like that you are kind enough to consider the other persons side, what we do know is that we are not perfect even in small things that do not seem to matter much,but that does let us know that we can be wrong also in bigger matters that mean a lot.
That is why we have a great division in religion. Basically people live their religion according to their life styles. What fits their situations of comforts, not realizing that is life's test between you and God!
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by Tammy Lochmann7 years ago
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by Andrew8 years ago
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