Okay, not actual robots.
I have a hub about how my mom got into this company called Melaleuca and basically how hard it was for her to get out of a contract that she was in (one that she never heard, read, or signed.)
Anyway, it's just a story, really. The comments you see on it are comments that I decided to keep, but in the past few days I have been getting a lot of comments from people who work with this company -- one comment said that something must be really wrong with the American educational system since they let me in college.
I deleted these comments because they were hurtful. This hub is not even particularly popular and probably makes me no money. I originally thought to take it down, but everything in it is true and not attacking of a particular person. I decided to keep it up because if it bothers these people, than it must be true and must have hit a nerve. I have it up to serve as a warning.
Anything like this happen to you?
I would have left that one. Because it will mean others will see it and it makes the commenter look like the idiot. Who'd want to join a company when the people behave like that?
It's an MLM company isn't it?
A few years ago my wife got sucked into an MLM. You might even say accidentally. The way that our friend got her involved was quite devious, but it didn't last long.
Though not long after we did join one of our own volition. And more bad experiences. When I gave feedback to another person who had made a post in a forum about their bad experience and I outlined ours I was called a liar, that there's no way it would have happened, that they've never experienced it.
That's the funny thing about personal experience, it's personal, therefore different.
Keep all the comments on your hub. Eventually the backlash will die down, as those who are making the noise eventually find out for themselves that the MLM structure is built to sound like it works, but in fact it doesn't. At least not for the distributors.
Then some time in the future as the more mindful people who are courted to sign up for these 'business opportunities' do some searching of their own, they'll find your hub, and be able to make a better decision based on what you've said, and the callous remarks of those that represent the company whether they're an employee or an affiliate.
Home Girl wrote: I am sory for you being hurt by stupid comments. People who really had experience with MLM companies like Melaleuca, Herbalife etc. know how stupidly overpriced their products are and angry at you for telling the truth and truth is there are enough gullible and naive people in this world to buy any overpriced stuff from you, if you brainwash them long enough or if they are desperate to hear what they want to hear. I wrote about my experience in my hub too. May be will write some more.
People in the company may be harrassing you for the purpose of getting you to take it down. Hang in there. This likely a tatic and not really attacks on you.
Thank you to both of you for your comments. You've made me feel a lot better. I actually feel kind of empowered now... to almost SEO it so that people researching this company can find my testimony to how they treat people and how they take money.
I will keep comments on it from now on. Plus, the more comments, the more content which is better for SEO.
Thanks, you two have made me feel a lot better.
I agree. I think you should definitely leave this Hub up and you should approve all of the comments. It will serve as a good warning to people considering joining this company in the future.
Yes, something like this happened to me.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Renegade-Univer … Or-Shut-Up
I just approved and replied to all the comments, except the ones at the end, where the comments were mainly slabs and slabs of promo material.
Any reader could see that the promoters of the company were not doing their case much good.
I agree, while the comments may be intended to be hurtful, it would benefit you to show how manipulative this company could be.
Good job for hanging in there. I've had the same thing on one of my hubs
I don't know what this guy has against the art I teach but I decided it was better to keep his comments and reply to them. Let individuals decide on their own.
It definitely is indicative of the attacker having an agenda or having hit on a nerve. The truth stands on it's own and needs no defense.
You've done a good thing by keeping the hub up.
I was at a social media meeting the other day and some of the things really made me realize how web 2.0 can change the world by making information public.
Just throwing this out there, but if you're talking about a lot of malicious comments I might be tempted to take the Google ads off that hub temporarily. You never know how far some people will go when they've got a bee in their bonnet, and if it was me I might be a little worried that (if they knew anything about the system) they might get all 'clickety' in a bid to get your Adsense account disabled.
This probably isn't necessary, but just thought I'd put the idea out there.
You hit it on the head when you said robots. The harrasment doesn't just come from MLM though. I have marketers who want to do joint ventures with me but I turn them down because of their shaddy practices.
My partner and I swore we would never fall into the trap of false claims and stuff like that.
Just keep your head high and you will ahve the support of many Hubbers including myself.
Having someone like Darkside on your side is a huge bonus. Don't worry they will go away.
I left a comment on the Hub as well.
Never back down girl, I say let them come. Obviously you struck a nerve. Good, don't let other people tell you who you are. The weak minded resort to insults and threats when they have nothing left to stand on. A line must be drawn in the sand, how many times have all of us in our lives backed down and fell back under the weight of criticism by those wanting to silence us. I say no more. keep that Hub up and keep going.
Ne illegitimi carborumdum - don't let the bastards get you down!
Thanks you guys! I got another one of those comments on my hub tonight, but I decided to leave it up. The commenter questioned my intelligence, but misspelled a ton of words and obviously didn't read the hub. It was still hurtful, but remembering this thread in the forums made me feel a lot better.
Hang in there. I've got a ton of background experience in MLM--defined as having been a member of 8 or 10 companies and actually made roughly $2 million (before expenses and taxes) over a 20 year period with one (and only one) of them. Haven't been in Melaleuca but can state with authority that each one does have a fair share of what I call "broken wing" people as members.
The broken winger is the sort who calls up scared half to death of every new rumor, never does accomplish much in the way of goal setting or sales on his/her own, and generally just whines and whimpers. Those aren't usually the ones that post nasty comments, but they sure 'nuff are the type to believe such comments. So by leaving them up, you make the "evil poster boy" look bad and the broken winger run for cover. Two, two, two birds with one stone!
I'm off to read your Hub...
Melbel, I do think it's worth working on this Hub and allowing the bad comments to stay - as others have said, people will work out who the good guys are.
I suggest you do some editing on the Hub itself. I felt your anger was causing you to be a bit incoherent at times, which is why one or two of the nasty commenters questioned your writing ability.
Try to calm down and rewrite the Hub in a very professional, no-nonsense way so the facts really stand out, to really get the message across.
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