Do people who visit our hubs from the web have to sign up with Hub Pages in order to comment on one of our articles?
No, they don't. They can just type in their name, or a name and website.
If they just type in their name, it shows black. If they type in a website too, their name is in blue with a little arrow.
Found this out when someone left this comment on my hub about Ibrox disaster.
IThink use should all remember Jock Stein helped victems in this tradjedy, but no doubt as soon as the silence is over you will start your BJK chants SCUM!.
The spelling was too funny to delete it
You can set it up to be so, but it would restrict the amount of feedback. By default anyone can leave a comment.
As for me, I rather enjoy the amount of hilarious feedback I get on my scam-busting hubs. It's funny reading some of these comments where these victims of a scam twist their own logic into a pretzel trying to defend the scam. :-D I even used a couple of their comments in my other hubs.
The default setting is that unregistered users can comment. This can be changed in each comments capsule.
I don't want to discourage comments, either. It doesn't matter to me whether someone is a registered hubber or not. But lately I've been wondering whether their websites that they have linked to their name count against me as outside links on that hub.
I rarely leave those links intact unless I feel the website is something I want that article to be linked with. Otherwise they are just spammers, getting a free link from your hard work - without even asking if you want to link with their site.
You can also set each capsule to "moderate" - then only what you want to allow will be posted - that tends to get rid of some spammers.
I usually right-click to see what the site is - if it looks like something offensive, I'll deny it. Otherwise I approve it, because (as I've explained before), the way the comment box is set up actually encourages it - so I don't think it's fair to punish people for something they've been invited to do.
Marisa, that's what I do, too, for the same reasons you gave. If it's something offensive, I deny the comment. If it seems fine and even on point, I allow it. But do the HP robots count this as one of our two "promotional" links?
Links in comments are no-follow, and they do not count toward overly promotional.
By the way, there is no restriction on the amount of promotional links, as long as there are no more than two going to the same domain in each hub.
Website Examiner, thanks for the clarification! So, if the promotional link is to a different sponsor in the Linkshare program each time, you can have as many promotional links as you like on the same hub?
However, it doesn't seem that the links to the poster's website are no-follow. They work, when you click on them. Or does no-follow mean something else?
As far as the number of links, we are talking about top-level domain, so if the sponsors are hosted on different domains, then they would not be prima facie overly promotional. If a moderator spots circumvention in a manual review, that could be an issue.
As far as no-follow, this is a piece of code essentially telling search engines to ignore the links. So the site that the links go to will receive little in terms of SEO benefits.
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