I have several friends and family members who stated they would like to comment on my hubs, but don't want to sign up. I can totally understand their feelings. That's a turn-off to me on a website as well.
What writers' website can I write for that doesn't have that rule? I understand fear of spam unwanted comments, blah da de blah, but I TOTALLY understand why people who would really, really like to comment don't because of this rule.
I'd like to get my articles where my family and friends don't have to sign up. Since I can't see hubpages changing this policy, I'd like another alternative in addition to hubpages.
I hope I'm not misunderstanding you, but unless you've checked 'Only signed-in users may post comments', anyone can comment on your hubs.
Jayne, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I didn't know that setting was in my control! YAY! and again, YAY! I'm calling my totally supportive friends and tell them they're welcome to comment away. Now if they STILL don't receive their comments, I better check the interest level of my content !!! Whoo hoo...I'm so happy.
Go to my account. Then click on comments and then on Global Comment Setting. Set it up just like in the above photo and anyone can comment but you will need to approve comments. I would set it this way or you will get covered up with spam. This way you can delete spam comments before they go live.
You should also check spam comments from time to time because it sometimes catches comments that are not spam and marks them as spam.
I hope that explains it for you.
Well now. How about that? I had NO idea. It would help if I'd actually READ a bit !!!! iii yii yii. So, embarrassed, but very grateful for your wonderful help!!!! (Maybe there's one other person like me who didn't know this, so my comment, might be useful, I hope because it will serve the whole purpose of my existence "to be a warning for others"
I'm glad someone already helped you out. Some of my best comments come from people who don't have an HP account. Now that you have that problem fixed, I'd also suggest setting your account so that all comments have to be approved before anyone else can read them. The reason I say that is because some of the nastiest comments - racist and other types - will come from people who aren't signed in to HP.
Thank you. I wasn't going to do that, and set it to "no approval", but I'll trust what you're saying and change that now. Thank you.
I have found that it is very wise to have all comments approved. I get an email if someone comments and usually pop in within an hour or so and most of the time approve the comment and respond at that time.
Dale, Thanks. That seems to be the concensus. I trust my fellow hubbers. My friends and family will just have to wait an hour or so to see their comments (if I'm lucky enough to get any Sometimes, the stranger in your land is the one most respected. I gave a little neighbor of ours a signed, personalized copy of my children's book in print. She ran into the house saying, "Billie wait right here. I have to show you the book I got from a REAL author.") And there we are.
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