I'm just curious. A few times now, out of the blue, some have written something negative about my writing style.
Rather than say something publicly, I've wanted to approach them quietly, only to discover that every single one of these people have their 'contact' button disabled, and one can only them questions.
Am I missing something?
Okay, what's the problem with having someone write negative things on your hub? I mean, is it a direct attack on you as a person, or are they picking on your writing(meaning, grammar and info properly conveyed)?
If their comment has relevance to your article, then I would leave the comment and address the issue within the hub. Remember, more comments and relevance on your hub, then you'll have continued fresh content.
If this person happens to be correct in their assessed comment, then I would only take it as criticism, and be appreciative by their assistance.
If this person isn't correct or relevant, then it's a complete waste of time to keep or address.
Just a thought.
Neither comment was correct. They were quite the opposite. I'm not in the habit of taking offence when someone points out something helpful. I do take offence, however, when I'm told something that is not relevant andwhen it is inappropriate.
Perhaps, I'm wrong to take offence.
However, that's not what i'm getting at here.
What I'm trying to establish is whether some just comment as a means of drawing attention to themselves as an expert so that one would consult them. In other words, they're looking for business!
If not, then I guess I'm wrong.
Perhaps you are missing that they are simply expressing their opinion.
No. I deleted both. I thought about it for a week and looked at their websites, saw that their had the tab to contact them. Both were in that space where they didn't interact that much on HP, and both gave me the impression they were here looking for business more than anything else. But that's my take. I could be wrong.
Can't be me
I'm always polite and positive and nice
Unless you're a Troll
Okay, here's what happened.
First guy commented on a short story. That particular short story was placed in a competition many years ago. The comment was unnecessary - to start in the middle of the action. That's a bit of folk lore given to those who can't write by teachers who have never been published. It serves a purpose in that many are just starting out. It's like one's grammar teacher teaching one that one cannot have a one word sentence, yet every writer knows that the one word sentence at the right moment can be fantastic. In the same sense, one doesn't always have to start in the middle of the action...
I got the impression that someone just wanted to say something to show his 'expertise,' but I wasn't sure and that's why I would have preferred to be in touch quietly and last. As that wasn't possible, I just decided to delete the comment.
The second was someone telling me that the most important part for my article on hub pages was to have a good headline. As I thought the headline was good (compatible with URL and first paragraph), I asked for more information. I was given an example that would never have worked on the net. I pointed that out, and explained why. The response I received was that I didn't ask for an example of a good headline on the net...
I deleted that as well.
I think the lesson probably is that comments may need moderating. I don't have a problem with comments that have a difference with my viewpoint, on my more serious hubs - there's always room for debate and that makes it interesting.
I'm not sure I would take kindly to someone pointing out basic flaws in my presentation or whatever.
But it doesn't sound like you have a particularly aggresive troll, if anyone, following you around Sophia.
No, Mark, not at all. I just found it strange that both had removed their 'contact' button.
Also, as I explained to Cagsil above, I wanted to know if some used HP as a means of promoting their work as an advisor or teacher of some sort....
What can I say? I think about odd things!!!!
I don't think suggesting you should start a story in media res is "incorrect". It is a legitimate opinion and I hear it from commercially published writers from time to time. You don;t have to think it is correct to respect it as the commenter's opinion, given in an attempt to be helpful.
If in doubt, I would suggest assuming good intent. if you can't use the advice, just thank them for their input and move on. IMHO, of course.
Like others here I have absolutely no problem with real debate or constructive criticism, or with people who (correctly) point out factual mistakes that I've made. It shows that they've actually read what I wrote, which is always nice!
I have however had one or two snarky comments, along the lines of "this hub sucks". I deleted them without a qualm. Pointless negativity of this kind only encourages other a******s to make similarly negative, pointless comments. That's why I strongly recommend moderating all your comments - it prevents the rude ones from even becoming public!
Yes, I've just had one who wrote a ream explaining why my one hub wasn't a hub alongside other insulting remarks. He went on to explain how the quality of my writing was bringing down the standard of HP. I deleted it.
He didn't even check to see that the category was 'Photos and Videos'.
No writing required...
Anyway, thanks. In future, I'll just delete.
I don't get many comments but all but one have been positive. The one unpositive comment I received didn't even seem like it was about my hub at all. It appeared on my Female Video Games Characters hub and the comment was how she likes to wear sexy clothes so her husband can... well I'm sure you get the idea
I deleted it but it was just weird.
My point because I do have one was sometimes people just leave random useless comments.
Sometimes people just write random and useless crap they call hubs.
Perhaps people disable their contact button because when they comment on a certain 'forum' that is where they want to have the conversation rather than receiving an email 'correcting' them. I may do the same.
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