Would it be possible for each individual hubber to have a choice to opt out of this new feature on their hub's comment area? If not I'm for doing away with it altogether as well. It's going to cause people to stop making comments, and it's just too gaudy looking. There's also another problem now where if you want to stop following someone, you can't. Why is this?
I tend to be motivated to strive to get to the higher levels if it's recognized. If I've been a bit sloppy, I try harder to change my ways and improve. I don't mind this new system at all. I just hope that instead of being upset, those who aren't in the yellow yet will work harder to get there. Those who want to delete their comments capsules may be cutting off their noses to spite their faces. After all, don't comments help search engine ranking and page views?
Alas! We all get comments that are sometimes a little bit off the mark of our intent for that hub. I, for one, am always fine with that. I accept all positive comments in the spirit in which they are intended.
But if I get a comment that's emblazoned in yellow, and it is not absolutely perfect in all respects; I have no choice but to immediately delete it. This is not a good thing.
I went through a few of my hubs when I saw the different colors trying to figure them out and some of the comments that I have left back to people are showing up in yellow and people that have commented on my hubs are showing up as the hub author even though it is my hub they are commenting on. Is this a glitch?
This actually has more to do with *how often* you leave comments that aremeaningful, rather than how meaningful comments are in general. Thus, someone with a higher level is leaving meaningful comments with a higher frequency-in a way you can look at it as being a reflection on how much time you have to read hubs and comment on them. Therefore, if you can only spend an hour a day commenting on hubs you will not have commented on as many hubs where people can spend three hours a day commenting.
I love the enhancement Jason! I think you guys are really on the right path. I like that the author of the hub still retains the right to moderate before allowing the comment. And I also like the fact that we get to see who is committed to the community through comments and interaction (the color coding ranking thing). It is just another fun attribute to play with here on HubPages. And after all is said and done, it has to be fun, or it ain't worth the trouble! Big HubHugs to the team~ K9
If anyone else finds this feature at best meaningless and at worst divisive (good word whoever used it), then I have the following suggestion, which I already made on another thread but is worth repeating here: make your accolades private. Then your commenter level won't show up when you post a comment to someone else's hub.
The existence of features like this (and the "thumbs up/down" thing you get on some forums) is depressing because brings it home to you that yes, there really are people out there who might just base their assessment of someone's comments on the person's commenter rating and not on the actual words they used. Grrr.
Edit: I've just noticed the global comment capsule settings thingy in the "My Account" section. Now that IS useful. Please, please HP can we concentrate on useful stuff?
This is really cool, in my opinion. It will make hubbers post more than "that's cool" on hubs which will be nice! It's always nice to get a well thought out comment on my hubs and I try my best to leave well thought out comments although I don't often comment. I think this is a good direction for HubPages.
According to this amazing new color-coded system I am a level 7 commenter. Wow, did I get promoted ? LOL! Great enhancement!
Now all I need is a Hub enhancement to get me a coffee and cereal for breakfast, guys that would be just sweet! LOL! Kidding!
Another great idea, and it allows great comments to be made, and encourages the ones who comment less to comment more. Might it have been easier to perhaps just have a smaller box shape with a colored number inside it with a number from 1 - 8 in it or something? Just a wee thought. No big deal.
One issue is what happens if someone decides to "unfollow" someone for any reason, what happens in the comments? Will they auto-update I wonder?