How to Reply To Hub Comments
There is always a discussion on various forums about how people should reply to comments on their own Hubs and personal blogs. Even though this hub is about replying to comments on a hub, the same thoughts can also apply to replying to comments on any online article you write. Each Hubber is responsible for moderating the comments on their own Hubs, so my view on this issue is to leave it up to the individual Hubber. Some people are busy with family and kids and do not have time to comment every day, whereas other people work near a computer and like to comment on Hubs during their breaks. There is no right or wrong way to respond to comments on your own Hubs, but it should be done politely and with sensitivity to the person who took the time to read your Hub and make a comment. Even if the Hubber does not agree with you, at least write back a response and do not delete their comment right off the bat. Here are a few suggestions on how to comment on Hubs.These are merely suggestions and each Hubber should use their own discretion when commenting on Hubs.
Try Not To Exclude Anyone
Most people on HubPages are busy and do not have all day to write lengthy responses to each comment, but here are a few ways you can try to make anyone feel left out.
1. Write a paragraph highlighting all the interesting points made in the comments. Note where you agree or disagree with certain points and why. If possible, try to thank everyone for taking the time to read and comment. You do not have to say thank you, but I find I enjoy saying it. I have always liked the sound of the words please and thank you, and it convey gratitude to your readers. After all, people did not have to stop and read your hub, but if they took the time to read and respond it is good to acknowledge this.
2. Write a large comment with an individual response to each commenter. This would look similar to a script:
Very interesting point about the Stock Exchange.
So you worked at the Stock Exchange, I am sure that time you fainted was quite interesting. I would not want to faint in front of that many people.
I am not really that interested in the Stock Exchange, but I wrote this hub because my husband suggested I should try something different.
The replies to comments above are made-up, but it gives you an idea of how responding to each person in one comment does not have to be very elaborate.
3. Some Hubbers have even suggested to wait a few days and write a general response to all those who have commented. This may be the best approach if you do not come to HubPages and are crunched for time.
4. If you feel like it you can respond to each and every response on your Hub, as you are in charge of moderating the comments on your Hub. Through out the day there are many people commenting on forums and publishing Hubs, so making a few individual comments on a Hub is not going to take up that much Hubtivity. However, if you have sixty-seven comments in an hour you might not want to respond to each one individually, but that is up to you. It is all about the time each individual Hubber wants to take for responding to comments. I have noticed responding to comments can be time consuming if you are away for a few hours or a day, so take your time and do not worry about responding to everyone right away. It is a personal choice and entirely up to you as the Hubber.
All of the above ways of replying to comments on your Hubs are merely suggestions at it is ultimately up to the Hubber to moderate his or her own comments.
How To Respond To Those Who Disagree
When writing Hubs it is a given not everyone is going to agree with your point of view, so the best way to respond to Hubbers who disagree is to kindly explain your world view.
1. Detail your position and highlight the points that have inclined you to take this point of view.
2. Kindly reply to those who disagree with you, but do not feel you have to demean your own point of view. The beautiful thing about HubPages is people disagree every day, but it is nothing personal because you can disagree with someone and still like them and there Hubs. I know several Hubbers that have completely different political views than myself, but they are wonderful people an I am able to see where they are coming from. Likewise I respect their views and they respect mine, so at the end of the day if someone disagrees with me I am not going to sweet heat. I am a strong person with high self-esteem and I know my own mind so well, so I the best thing I can do is explain my position to those who question me. You can kindly disagree with someone while standing your ground and not conceding your point. Stand your ground and do so respectively, but firmly let people know where you stand. Never feel like you have to be a doormat just because someone disagrees with you.
Try Not To Delete Comments, Unless These Are Spam Or Personal Attacks
I have learned from past experience not to delete other people's comments. This of course is entirely up to you, but try not to delete a person's comment as it hurts their feeling and sends and message you did not appreciate their thoughts on this issue. Of course this is entirely up to you, but 99% of the time it is not necessary to delete some one's comments. The few times I would consider deleting some one's comment is if:
1. If the comment is spammy with a link promoting their business or website.
2. If they write a comment making blatant personal attacks.
3. If they talk about lewd acts that really have nothing to do with the topic of the Hub.
Once again it is up to you, but use your own discretion and try not to delete comments on your Hubs. It is better to try to respond to a comment and respectfully let people know where you stand.