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Observation of Comments on Hubpages

Updated on October 25, 2016

Introduction

Having been on Hubpages for 9 months, I'm beginning to understand a bit more about the dynamics of feedback in the comment modules. I have a few observations and some suggestions.

-July 2015

Observations

On Commenters - Of course it is hard to generalize on a whole group of individuals on Hubpages. Most are very respectful and just want to air their differences. Some do let their emotions get the better of them. Some will descend to name calling and personal verbal attacks. In general, most are quite stubborn in their beliefs. I see very few people change their views despite being provided clear evidence. Some clearly did not read the hubs in full or try to comprehend the message. In some cases, they seem to misunderstand the verbiage and infer some meanings that were unintended by the author. Some words are clearly received with "loaded" preconceived meanings.

On Comments - With regard to comments, I do think some are way too long. A comment should be short and concise and address one or two points. That is just my personal opinion.

With regards to the content of comments, I do think some people misunderstand the difference between fact and opinion. A fact is something that is true. An opinion is something that a person have that are in reference to somethings that are in debate or incomplete. For example, a simple illustration, a sunny day is a fact. You can have an opinion on today's weather and you can say it's too hot and humid and very uncomfortable. Another may have opposite opinion and say it is just right and perfectly comfortable. However, you cannot hold an opinion that it is a cloudy day when it is sunny because it contradicts the fact.

Suggestions

Here are some suggestions to improve our communications. I include myself in these recommendations because I find I have done some of the things I cite here with regret.

  • Before commenting, please read the hub first and completely.
  • When commenting, try to be constructive in your criticism.
  • Be respectful always.
  • Don't repeat a posting.
  • 3 strikes rule. If after three back and forth, stop and agree to disagree and move on.
  • Don't react right away to a reply. Wait 1 hour if possible. This will reduce the emotional factor.
  • Don't get off topic.
  • Keep all posting short and concise.
  • Minimize the use of links unless absolutely necessary to prove your point.
  • It is OK to admit a change of heart. We are all learning and growing...

Wishlist for Hubpages Features...

A wishlist for Hubpages developers. Some changes to the current application could improve the whole experience.

  • Implement a robust comment module which allows for discussion threads per commenter.
  • Limit the number of words per comment to a maximum of 250 words.

It is often hard to keep a dialog between two people. Especially when other people are also commenting. A separate thread for each discussion would improve this interaction. Limiting the size of each comment will go a long way to reduce rants.

Summary

I hope these suggestions will improve everyone's experience on Hubpages. I am interested in learning more about the hubber community. Please take the following poll to help all of us learn from one another. Thanks in advance for participating in this non scientific poll. I will start by taking the poll first.

Gender

What is your gender?

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Religion

What is your religion if any?

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Nationality

What is your nationality?

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Race

What is your race?

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Age Group

What age group do you belong?

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Political Affiliation

What political party do you belong?

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Education Level

What level of Education completed?

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    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 

      9 months ago from Long Island, NY

      These are great ideas you discussed, Jack. I also delete comments that don’t add any value to the article. Such as “nice hub” that I leave for a while with a thank you response. But then I later delete them.

      I also delete comments that go off topic. You mentioned that. Unfortunately I found it important to also delete comments that use poor English. Sometimes they say important things, but I found that it reduces Google ranking on the hub if there are too many errors.

      Avoiding these types of comments helps increase Google traffic. I’ve monitored that with my GA.

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      NuIfEm 

      2 years ago

      A comment is an opinion, but we must think carefully before write it.Thanks, jacklee Im for sharing this hub as it may educate people to comment properly (:

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      3 years ago from Yorktown NY

      integrater - thanks for the suggestion.

    • integrater profile image

      Certified Noob 

      3 years ago

      Another interesting hub. Maybe you could include another poll about readers - Student or self employed or government employment or private employment . Of course age group poll will indicate what I mentioned above but it will be more of a guess work.

      Upvoted.

    • somethgblue profile image

      somethgblue 

      3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Well, The 12th Planet (1976) did kind of start a whole new genre of books and I have now published well over a 100 articles on the topic of Nibiru Planet X, heck even my cat is named Nibiru.

      So if you like Zecharia Sitchin, you will love my articles because many of my ideas are based on his writings.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      3 years ago from Yorktown NY

      somethgblue - Thanks for your input on this topic. I'll have to check out some of your hubs. I'm a big fan of Zacharia Sitchin.

    • somethgblue profile image

      somethgblue 

      3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      If you go back to my first say 100 hub articles, I didn't suffer what I considered intellectually challenged opinions very well. As I grew spiritually as a writer and a human, I began to practice patience and tolerance, not my strong suits.

      My next 100 hub articles shows a vast improvement in responding to those that demanded proof (most of my articles are speculative based on ancient knowledge, books, legends and myths). I do not feel the need to provide proof and am more interested in planting the seed of knowledge, whether it grows into the fruit of wisdom is not up to me.

      Many so-called scientific 'facts' are debatable as they are obtained by observation, theory and hypothesis. Obviously their are many that disagree with my ideas, so learning to use honey instead of vinegar has been an ongoing learning experience for me.

      What I've found interesting, is that many that do agree with me often email me through Fan Mail and those that don't agree with my ideas would prefer to publicly ridicule me, so it is interesting to note that the old adage it easier to argue and deny (hate) than it is to compliment and show good will (love).

      Since this comment has now crossed the thresh hold of being too long I will stop and leave you with Good Article, Well Done!

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      3 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Marie Flint - You have a good suggestion. I'll remember to do that in the future. I forget in the heat of a debate, some may be embarrassed by what is said. Thanks for your comment.

    • Marie Flint profile image

      Marie Flint 

      3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      Jack, it's nice you've taken time to analyze comments.

      I comment as spirit dictates, not by any rule. Some are short; some are long. Most of the time I read the entire article, sometimes not.

      When I have something to say that might be taken as being hurtful or critical, I privately email the author through Fan Mail, as not to air my opinion publicly, which I always hope is constructive.

      Rules and limitations have their place, so does the spirit!

    • Oztinato profile image

      Oztinato 

      3 years ago from Australia

      I agree that posts should be kept short.

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