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To Comment or not to Comment that is the question

Updated on December 20, 2013
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Communication gaps and errors frequently made

There are many communications gaps and personal errors people tend to make as online writers today. This occurs in a great deal of online portals and it has definitely happened here on hubpages. The important factor to take into consideration is how a person decides to make a comment and anywhere for that matter, if they are to make one at all.

After reading a article in its full entirety, one may think of many things, if they haven’t truly read much of any of it, and simply skimmed through it all, well their commenting ability becomes null and void unless they care not to leave an insightful comment at all. There's no rule, other than the fact that the hubpages system frowns upon spam comments, excessive link dropping, very short comments, abusive language, or harassment of users.

Some folks here have managed to learn to group up as a team


What's so funny?

The funny thing however is that even if you’ve read up on the hubpages terms of use, the Learning center and all there is no mention of how one should go about reading into a hub article here. So many folks may simply assume that its quite OK to leave trails of comments, and without truly reading anything on any given hub.

There are many reasons for why people do such a thing, and for why their comments tend to be the weakest in its all around significance to that of the hubpages author who worked very hard at researching, or creatively crafting up their master piece.

Note: If your article is dull and of low quality, well people may in fact choose not to read the darn thing, so edit them bad boys, add visual appeal to them, work on the grammar as best as you can, get others in your family to proof read it.

Cool video about commenting

Making such supportive efforts

Supporting each others writing efforts as a community is paramount on any writers’ network, and on hubpages it’s become a powerful experience indeed for those who participate most. Insight-fulness while leaving messages, during commenting, and all does indeed count hugely. Whether it be of negative feedback or not, which does indeed occur when human beings cross paths from time to time.

People on this writers’ network have for the most part been playing pretty fair, but such a thing cannot be said for outside networks, social networking locations, and for the likes of online blogging communities. This is so because there is a presence of unfair practices by many, who may just be present to try and game the system here on the Internet. Maybe for the purposes of promoting their web locations alone, and for the obvious monetary reasons as well. That's not wise to do though folks, try to refrain from such childish activities, and or criminal behaviors onlne if you even done so or are thinking to try.

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To prevent from such an occurrence to happen, fine lines have been drawn digitally here on hubpages, and it’s manifested in the form of what is known as the hubber score. If you’re much more active here in this community, remain a positive and insightful supporter of others, well you’re on your way towards the right directions.

However, if you fall into the parameters of the false individuals, well your hubber score will surely be hurt, and the bots here on hubpages can detect anything irregular in terms of online behavioral practices, the amount of reading one may or may not do, as well as the more balance kind of hubtivity, or hubpages activities one decides to participate in here.

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Examples of Negative feedback on hubpages

I'll never ever forget the time I had first joined hubpages and noticed a hubber who had written in their comment space hateful racial remarks, the hubber had wrote it back to one of their commentator's or followers, and it happened to be a member of his own race at that.

I was so pissed at the very fact that this dude had the nerve to place hateful degrading language into a text portal area for commenting, and also did it onto their own hub article of all things.

This made me so angry that I decided to react, and comment back, to call that person up on their behavior here on hubpages, and this wasn't no light matter at all, it was a matter of grave importance to me, and so even though the person who was attacked virtually by use of foul degrading language wasn't someone I knew of, I knew it was wrong.

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Us writers have a resposibility

The premise here I present to the readers of this article is that we all have a responsibility to uphold the rightful spirit of that of the online global community as well as hubpages, and when people decide to make sly remarks and take digital punches at others in any writers community, forum, article itself, email inbox or comment thread. It shouldn't be taken lightly, and should be handled appropriately and no matter whom you may be.

This is something of a very touchy subject, but one may use their sense of reason to fully comprehend what the words here are placing into action. We must hold ourselves accountable for our very own digital actions. We need to realize what it is our messages are putting out to that of others, and also if we’re doing it socially on web locations like Facebook, Google plus, and the likes.

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Standing up for whats right!

I stood up for the guy, because no one else seemed to care, and none of the other hubbers who commented did a thing in reaction to his behavior in the comment thread, and as if it was quite alright to do so. I had thought to myself "is this right, do people here actually approve of such behavior on this network on hubpages."

So I went along and decided to flag it as inappropriate behavior here, and I will do it again and again if I see such putrid hit the screens here on hubpages, and if anyone thinks otherwise then yes, I will call them up on it and in the comment spaces too. Isn't this the reason why we have a comment area in the first place, isn't it the reason why us humans have formed digital communicative devices for making online communications. We should be able to handle issues with others immediately whenever inappropriate behavior is detected.

Don't get me wrong we all have a opinion of things, certain things written into words are obviously outlawed online as malicious activity, inappropriate for anyone to read, overly promotional activities, and the list goes on and on.

The Circle Of life

A painting of the bhavacakra in Sera Monastery, Tibet
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What goes around comes back - Karma

This will all come back to us in the long run, and is the very pathway we choose that can potentially ruin our chances online to manifest a more positive outlook on things, especially if we do nothing at all when we see something wrong. By spreading negativity to that of others, by displaced anger in any way or format, and by not handling your issues you may have with others directly will cause a negative side effect for sure.

For every action there is a equal and opposite reaction, and so yes indeed things will prompt you to take action, the end results is all determined by the force, and angle of approach you decide to take in it’s application by effective commenting.

Positive feedback is by far the best way to get back much more of the same. (You get what you put out!)

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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @MsDora, Thank you so much for your point of view in relation to the whole commenting thing, and yes many of us have differing techniques of approaching it all, and so I appreciate your perspective on the matter as well.

      Thanks for you comment, and for sharing MsDora as you do quite often for me, I will pay your location a visit soon for sure, see you then.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @HoneyBB, I'm so glad that you feel that this hub has helped you in some way or another. You know we live and we learn, and I been through a rough learning course here as well as a newer hubber for my very first year, and approaching the next 6 months in completion soon.

      Its a tough thing this online world, and mainly because there really is no guide to follow, but thank god hubpages has come up with such things as the Hubpages Learning Center and for us hubbers to learn at our very own pace, because without that bad boy I would of been totally lost here for sure.

      Thanks for the comment and for sharing with me here I appreciate your honesty, and for sharing part of your experience with us all.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @always exploring, I feel ya on that not saying anything negative and all, some people never learn, and if they do they tend to learn the hard way.

      Thanks for the comment, and what you went through was rough.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Reading benefits the reader and commenting benefits the writer. What would I like to say to the writer if he/she stood right there watching me read? Of course, I'd have to read the whole article. My comment could be long or short; what matters is that it is honest and kindly stated. This hub is quite on target and helps us re-assess our commenting attitude. Voted Up and Useful.

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      H Lax 

      5 years ago

      I found this article very useful. I am glad you stood up to the person leaving negative remarks to the other person. I have been reading a lot of articles to get information that I need and some of my comments have been pretty short. I never thought that the person who wrote the article might want more input. I just thought they would like to know if it was liked and appreciated. I'm glad you helped me get my head outta my youknowwhat. I am also guilty of writing an article that targeted a group of people when I was really only meaning to call out the ones who didn't do the right thing. I got caught up while writing it thinking about one specific company but writing the article as though all the people in that category had the same problems. Anyhow I have gone back and tried to rectify it. I hope it doesn't come off as harsh to all anymore. Thanks for helping see more clearly.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @maggs224, thank you for your insightful comment. Its tough to be a commenter and to provide good feedback at times when there so much to think, so much to say at times, and so what I've had to do at times is create entire hubs about other peoples hubs, because I was inspired so much by them.

      Positive feedback is actually the best way to achieve at getting a better communicative response from someone, and so this is what I learned all throughout life, and I stand firm on that premise today, and so yes indeed it is the way to help others succeed, and for us to exceed ourselves by means of community, and supporting one another in real true effective ways.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @cclitgirl, Thanks so much CC for seeing me eye to eye here on the positive aspects and all about this hub.

      I think people need to think a great deal about how they would like to be treated before they choose or decide to comment.

      So, if they want to receive the best experience from writing and making communicative efforts much more effectively here on hubpages and elsewhere, then they need to be more civilized and use positive forms of communications to make it happen.

      You and I know this, but do they know it (The trouble makers or false commentators), that is always going to be the question, and I also feel that it's all about selflessness rather then being selfish, some foks just never learn.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      My motto is, If you have nothing good to say, don't comment period.. When I wrote a hub about my nephrew Tommy dying of AIDS because he was a homosexual, I recieved hate mail via email and on the hub. Hate is a terrible thing. The hate mail came from Bible thumpers who knew nothing about compassion.. Thank you..

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @The original Eman, you got it bro, its not good to be unreal to others, and for those who do such a thing as a writer here shame on them. Thanks for the comment, and for sharing with me.

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      5 years ago from Sunny Spain

      An interesting hub Mike and like you I think we should be held accountable for the words we speak online. As you said we will reap what we sow anyway, even the world understands what goes around come around.

      I like that, that is why I like to seek out the positive in peoples work and leave positive and encouraging comments.

      Sometimes if after reading something I can not find anything positive to comment on but think that I could help them make their hub better I will try to contact the hubber privately by email.

      Though these days contacting by email is getting harder to do as I don't know where to find the contact button any more :(

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @rcrumple, very well said bro, yeah none of us a super humans, or machines who can read over 250,000 articles plus comment on them all LOL.

      Yup it all takes a different approach to the art of effective and insightful commenting, and maybe one day I'll write a cool hub on how to do such a thing.

      Thanks man for the cool comment, your always a good and kind supporter of my hub writings, I truly appreciate your hub loving support RC. Cool beans!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      CE - you indeed are a positive force here at HP. I love your hubs and it's true: for the most part it's a supportive community and when negative nellies emerge from the cracks, well, they can just go back in the cracks. :) It's good to call people out on it, though I despise conflict. If someone makes a negative comment on my hub, I either ignore, flag, or try to understand where they're coming from. It's not always easy, but I love how you positively call attention to it. :) Nice job.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @coffeegginmyrice, yup I feel your pain on that Facebook thing with the false likes and all, its tough to know if anything is true when it comes to digital stuff, but at least when you receive insightful comments it feel better then when you don't. Thanks for sharing with me.

      @Mhatter99, I feel ya bro we do whatever we can to help others for sure, I just would love those who do indeed comment, for them to be more mindful of what they're writing and all you know. Thanks bro.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      @mpropp, I feel ya on the aspect of not knowing what to comment at time, thanks for the coll comment, and for sharing.

      @lrc7815, yup responsibility is huge, and I'm happy you took care of the issue with that fellow hubber, thanks for the cool comment, and for sharing.

      @billybuc, yes indeed Bill nasty remarks, and being rude is not tolerated by me, thanks bro you and I love this community you are such a good friends, and the best at commenting in my eBook.

      Thanks @Faith Reaper, and thanks for the prayer I'm going to be hiding under my bed with my wife LOL. Yeah commenting at times is tough, but the most insightful ones score huge in community relations for sure.

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      The original Eman 

      5 years ago from london

      Interesting hub, I always try to comment on my fellow writers too but I try to be honest and constructive. There's no point commenting for the sake of commenting in hope to gain new friends or new comments on your own hubs. Otherwise you're not being true to yourself but also you may not be getting an honest opinion of your own work too,

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      5 years ago from Kentucky

      Mike - Strong hub. I do my very best to comment on most of the hubs I read. There have been several recently that seem to attack hubbers of sorts. I do not comment on those. Words can be taken in different manners, and I feel as though the hubber deserves a second chance for clarification. Hypocrisy between comments and articles will also keep me from commenting on a hub. There have been several in which views presented are not observed in the comments made. To comment on these only demonstrates my hypocrisy. I try to follow the rule, "If you can't say something nice...." and will do my best not to leave a negative comment of any type. Support is what is needed, not animosity and rudeness. As you have found, it is impossible to comment on everybody's hub, no matter how hard you try. It is simply a matter of doing one's best to rotate and try to give support where it is either most appreciated or most needed. Great Job!

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      It is very hard for me to type but I do want to let you know the good job you are doing. I try to support my fans, but I cannot comment on every hub I open.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      CloudExplorer, this is useful, awesome and interesting. You have your thoughts here so cleverly put and boy, will this serve as a useful tool to many hubbers.

      I just don't write my comment on a hub just because of the mere thought of letting the hubber know that "hey, I'm viewing your hub", BUT, because I love to put my own thoughts, interpretation and feelings to the article. Yes, it is a good gesture to do so as you've mentioned that many have put their efforts on research and writing a masterpiece. Commenting sincerely also have made myself a compilation of comments that I had for hubber's hubs making these as quotations for keeps too.

      Facebook is one network I really feel that Likers are just quick as a lightning to "like". One second I posted a hub, the next second was a "Like" on it. I still wonder if the person just read the caption or is remotely on his cellphone or just all pretend to show support. WTH?! I hope I have my doubts wrong. And I'm still hoping that the Liker really will go back to reading it.

      An admirable work is equally worth to be admired. Really. And this will make the hubber/author/writer/poet/artist really smile! You get back what you can give freely and sincerely. That's what I believe in.

      I enjoyed the video. I got caught up with this guy's facial expression and wide eyes. His comments and his expressions are hilarious!

      Good job, CloudExplorer!

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA


      I knew all along you are a stand up kind of guy, who will stand up for those when no one else seems to care!!! Let us all be mindful of the words we speak, which can either bring life or death. As small as the tongue is, it is a powerful thing and then when written out . . . well. We really do need to take the time to think or even get up and walk away from the computer before coming back and making a comment, if at all. Yes, it is always good to not leave a comment sometimes, as I have found when I read something that just doesn't even deserve the time and effort into making a comment, which is best.

      Now, on the other hand, in a case as you have described here, how could one not speak up and say something! It goes back to that "unseen by choice." Like . . . oh, I just did not see that and move right along. What . . . how can one do that, I mean really? We really should hold each other accountable and take that responsibility seriously. And you are so right, if there is something we are dealing with on a one-to-one issue with another, then that is really how we should try to deal with it, directly with that person.

      Awesome as always dear one. Mike, please know that I am praying for you during this terrible storm heading your way. If you are in an area that should evacuate, please do so dear one.

      In His word, He tells us that we are to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Wonder why that is? Obvious reasons.

      LOL . . .Cool video!

      Voted Way Up and sharing

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm being called to dinner but had to weigh in on this one. Bravo! I have run up against several comments on other hubs that I thought were uncalled for, and I've responded and called them out on it. This is a supportive community, and nasty remarks are unnecessary as are comments that have been made without reading the hub. You said it best, the karma thing, and it does come back around.

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      Linda Crist 

      5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Great hub Mike. We should apply the same feelings of responsibility and accountability to our comments as we do the hubs we write. I do sometimes wonder if we aren't all guilty of sugar coating things a bit. I would appreciate some constructive criticism of my writing. How else am I to learn? You made somegreat points in this hub regarding the use of the comment section. I recently had someone side up on HP just so they could leve a nasty comment on a hub I wrote. I simply deleted their comment. Then, I emailed them and told them if they wanted to discuss the issue, I would be happy to do so in private emails but I would not let a negative attack degrade the community at large on HP. It worked. They went away. :-)

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      Melissa Propp 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      To comment or not to comment, that is still my question. Sometimes I read a full article and I don't really have any questions or feel I have anything to add. So, I basically just say "good job" or "well-written" types of comments. I'm not really very comfortable with providing too much constructive criticism so if I don't really like the article, I probably won't comment. That doesn't mean that if I saw abusive comments that I wouldn't report it!


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