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Oh Hubbers, please! Call a spade, a spade

Updated on August 23, 2011

Oh Hubbers, please!

It is the 23rd Day of August 2011 andI just want to say to some hubbers-Oh please! There is no need to fluff anyone’s feathers here. It makes Hubpages look bad and you stupid

I recently read some really terribly written hubs with bad language, research and taste, only to get to the comments section and find someone had posted a comment that read “a well written, well researched and informative hub”. That is such BS. It does no body good. Not the author, the reader nor Hubpages to leave lame comments on a terrible piece of work.

Language barrier

I can understand if someone is using English as a second language (I am too), but there is need to at least give it the respect of learning from your mistakes or even asking other hubbers to correct you if your language is glaringly bad. I must be honest; it is annoying to read bad ly written English. This cannot however be used along with a terribly researched hub and then get a good comment!

The “commenter”

It is annoying to read a comment that feels like it is saying, “Hey look I read your hub” instead of just being a comment. If you have nothing to say and just want to show you have passed through-say so! Say how you feel about it at least. Do not feed us this “A very well written hub…” rubbish. More than anyone else it makes you look stupid.

You are making us look bad

Imagine your comment falling under or above one of these silly good for nothing comments? It just does not look good. Much as people understand that there are BS comments out there, I still would not want to be in the same boat/page with them. Get your act right there are people who are here to do serious writing, if you feel like messing around, go to Facebook!

You make Hubpages look bad

One of the most important thing I find on a website (besides the date of an articles publication among other things) is the comments section. This is where the world speaks for me. Where opinions merge or clash. The internet provides a well archived history of a “dialogue”. A website with spammy childish comments is not taken seriously. Please do not bring down the name of Hubpages by leaving behind comments that are blatantly untrue or non-reflective of the content you are reviewing.


I for one would like to see Hubpages getting the respect it deserves (in most cases). The better the reputation of the website is, the better it is for all writers and webmasters. It must be understood that this is a collective effort to generate more traffic and earn from our efforts. Let us take responsibility as a community and work towards the same goal. Investing in a great site with a wealth of great information and perspectives should be a common interest. Please do not be the spanner in the works and leave silly comments. Please!


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    • Alladream74 profile image

      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Robert.Thanks for passing by. I think people generally will be more interested in you if you are genuine with your comments. I have had people give their unabated thoughts to my hubs and felt hurt by it at first but now we are good friends and support each other because it was all done in honesty and goodwill. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts on this

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      Robert Kernodle 6 years ago

      I agree. If something is bad, then, for the love of God, do NOT say that is good, just to generate the effect of being involved, in order to appear as a more active hubpages participant.

      Such comments reflect the fake, face-to-face niceties that we observe in society everyday:

      "How about those Yankees" -- I could care less.

      "Good morning" -- for YOU maybe, but my neighbors' toilet water pipe just burst when they were out of the country, while I was house sitting for them, and I had to work my butt off to do damage control.

      "Nice to meet you" -- You don't even KNOW me!

      "Good to see you" -- Really?

      "How's it going?" -- How much time do you have to listen to the truth?

      Okay, that's enough raging on that. It's probably better to accept such comments as devices to create social harmony. We need all the harmony we can get these days, even if it is sometimes fake.

      Nobody ever said that good manners were honest.


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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @FloraBreenRobinson. I agree with you. I have no problems with genuine messages, welcome messages included but when it comes to blatant flattery, I really get riled up.Thanks for passing by.

      @CMCastro. You are most welcome.Thank you for sharing your thoughts here.

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      Christina M. Castro 6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Hello Alladream 74, I take my time to put out my hubs that I enjoy writing. I give it some thought. I am happy to discover you want to follow me, and that you like quality in hub writing. I try to explain to people I know that I write hubs for enjoyment, and I want to share what is important to me. I always like to discover new writing talent. I am willing to share with you what I the hub inspires me to say. Thank you for being straightforward for there is no time like the present to tell us what is important to know. You have done a great job expressing your thoughts, and I look forward to more.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Hey-I try to leave insightful comments. Sometimes when the person is new I will simply say welcome to hubpages But if I do comment about anything else then I want to say something. I do admire people who can write in second languages. I find that there are some ESL writers who have better grammar than some native English speakers because they have been to school much more recently than native speakers. I think constructive critism is beneficial, but should be done privately to the hubber's email

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      kenhubs 6 years ago

      You know one reason why people leave such silly comments? They are only after one thing; the fabled golden geese, backlinks. Some hubbers have this funny idea that comments, whatever their quality, will always generate traffic. Quite sad.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @ Paula. Thanks for passing through. Yes I think it pays in the end to be honest with your opinions

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      Paula Andrea Pyle 6 years ago

      I absolutely agree with you. When you read an article, the least you can do is add an honest evaluation of the piece in question. If not, why bother?

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @justom. I totally hear you on this one. I carry a camera around because I enjoy documenting places i have been to. People turn around and call me a photographer and i sternly decline the honour because i am by no means a professional in the field and respect it as a discipline. Thanks for the honesty in your comments.

      @Robwrite.Thank you for your comments,I am glad we are on the same boat here.

      @cooldad. Beat you to it! I am usually "hub-challenged" myself! I like that, phrase "hub-challenged". Thanks for your constant support!

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      cooldad 6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks alladream, I'm slapping myself at how I didn't figure that one out on my own. Sometimes, I'm hub-challenged.

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      Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      I agree with you. I might not have been so blunt about it but regardless, what you say is true.

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Victor, welcome to the nightmare :-P. It's the same thing I've been saying since I joined this site. Having a degree in photography I am more sensitive to that subject and most of the hubs by folks that call themselves photographers are just a joke. I have no problem with people taking pictures of whatever they want and am not critical until they call themselves "photographer". At that point you're subject to some rules that constitute what a good photo is. Dexter Marboro is one of those people and when I tried to constructively tell him what I thought he would not approve one of my comments and that too is part of the problem. Folks only want praise, not the truth. Great hub (and I wouldn't tell you that if I didn't mean it:-) It should be required reading for all hubbers! Peace!! Tom

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @ Lady_E. Thanks for passing by!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Lol. I'm glad you wrote about it.

      Even though I am laughing at your frankness, you do make an important point.

      Cheers. :)

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @user999. I am sorry to hear that you got plastered with negative reception. The thing is, we must understand that if a few writers take their time to optimize their content with SEO and keyword research, it does not do them any good to have "spammy" comments along with their contnet. Even if somebody wanted to buy an article or hire some writers from the site, it would lower their expectations if they ran across some of these comments. Thanks for passing by.

      @Cookinmom. Thanks for passing by. It does not do anybody good to comment untruthfully.

      @ Digs. Thank you for your constructive contribution. The logic falls in quite simply-If Hubpages becomes known for good content in hubs and comments, then it would generate a lot more interest online (translating to more traffic) which is to the benefit of us all. I like your approach to it as a forum for contemporary thought. Thank you for passing by

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      Digs 6 years ago

      While many would like to create the illusion that we live in a pluaralistic world where all ideas and beliefs have equal value, life itself tells us this is simply not true. Some ideas and the communication thereof, have greater constructive value in the world, while others--history suggests-are irrelevant and destructive.

      Hubpages as a forum for contemporay thought, should encourage expression that adheres to high standards of written communication and by doing so promote a better world! Think about it!

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      Cookinmom11 6 years ago from Saint George, Georgia

      Thank you so much for saying this!!! I've read some Hubs that were so poorly written they made me ashamed to be here. And, you're right. People commented that they were great Hubs! Please! :)

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      user999 6 years ago from East Europe

      I am with you.

      I have started the same topic at forum, and got BS answers like "we're all family here and we like to lift each other up, support ...

      At the same time, most of regulars there make 3-5$ per month and are extremely pleased with it.

      I wanted to give some constructed criticism, but got plastered with "what do you know, new guy" comments.

      Sometime an online community stirs that way, like here at Hubpages, on the subject of religion ...

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @cooldad. Thanks for passing by. As for the amazon thing. You just click the arrow that points to the right and move the amazon tab up. It should work that way, otherwise just play around with those arrows. Cheers

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      cooldad 6 years ago from Florida

      That cracked me up. I love it when I see comments like that. And I really like the word "rubbish", I'm going to start using it regularly. Nice hub

      Dumb question, how do you get the amazon lists on the right side of your hub, I like that better than at the bottom.