I just emailed a comment to HubPages staff but thought I'd also ask the forum group. I have a lot of errors in the comments posted on my Hubs because I write Hubs read by students and by people who are not native English speakers. It never occurred to me that these grammar and spelling errors were hurting my rankings and I'm glad the robot hub editor is correcting some of them, but there are many errors I can see that aren't corrected. Should I systematically go through my hubs and delete comments with errors? Is anyone else doing this?
My first thought about correcting/editing comments is that this seems dishonest. If someone expresses an opinion, view, question or thought, it should be left alone, typos and all. My other thought is that is it condescending - an author is that anal that they can't even have comments with errors on their hubs?
Obviously I know that it is the robot, not you, but what about those who don't know that, the students you speak of for example?
I do not delete comments. I just uncheck the box to the left of the correction. I do not think anyone but the hub author sees the corrections, so errors in comments can be ignored or unchecked.
I don't think anybody deletes comments. Comments are like feedback and assessment of your posts. It is recognition and appreciation of your work.
But, if you are more worried about Google rankings, it is upto you to decide whether you are going to delete them or not. I would never do that.
Moreover, once editbot has done its job, there should be no problem for you. I believe the programming of Editbot has been done according to Google standards. So, if any other mistakes persist, they may not be axing you after the editing done by Editbot.
You may think over all these points and do as per your wish.
I only delete comments if it's spam. I do have some comment corrections, while the rest were minor in text by one or two words.
What I am concerned about is that Google penalizes us in the ranking for having spelling errors and that comments apparently are included in this.
Post in the "Official Announcement" thread on Editbot and someone there will be able to help.
I would rather lose a little rank than misrepresent a person's comment by changing it. Better to delete them if you feel they are hurting your hub than disrespect another person's copyright.
Who care? Sounds like the rankers who run the ranking need the correcting. Penalizing people for other people's foibles-- it's either lazy or some kind of degenerate disorder. That's their problem, not yours. Just make undeniable content and it will make way. Do you know how much money, "You ain't nothing but a hound dog" made for somebody over the years? Well Google ain't smart enough. Lazy rankers. I left the "s" out on purpose.
Love this comment!
In life in general, I am getting rather fed up by 'bots, software, processes, checks, analytics etc etc etc trying to force square pegs into round holes for no good reason apart from to sell things better (so it is believed)! We are not robots, we are human beans
I had some issues initially with editing comments, but most comments are written quickly on the fly, and the person is not taking the time to make sure that everything is in perfect form. I know when I look at some of my older comments, I cringe at the errors, and wish I had a chance to fix them. For that reason, I don't see a problem with correcting the errors. It portrays the commenter in a better light, and I would like to think that they would have corrected the error themselves if they the time.
Correction to comments - '...error themselves if they HAD the time.'
Sorry - couldn't resist correcting as you said you don't have a problem with it. lol
The corrections are already made. You don't have to do anything. If you want to revert back to the misspelled word, click the box next to the error and it will go back to the old way. Outsiders can't see the fixes. Most of everyone's are in the comments.
Many of the fixes are hyphenated words which are correct both ways. I use alot often, and it should be a lot, two words, and that's one of the only corrections I had. I often write 3,000 word hubs. The work is done by the time the changes are made. I just wish they would take the robots off once we "fix" them. Between those and copyright symbols for stolen hubs, it's hard to see our up and down arrows. This was not thought through long enough.
LOL. Yep, exactly why the corrections are perfectly okay with me.
Thanks Jean - I was wondering about this and you answered my wonderings!
Thanks for posting this 'cause I was wondering about it too.
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