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Should I Delete That comment?

Updated on February 13, 2017

It is a Friday evening and you catching up on a week's worth of emails. Mostly the inbox is filled with junk mail, and one or two bills. So are you going to print out and display this junk mail lovingly on your fridge? Probably not. Fast forward to the next week and it is now Wednesday night, and this time you are checking your email after a long day at work. It has been awhile since you checked your inbox, and now it is filled with those lottery scam emails. Are you going to blog about these gems and forward these to your friends? Somehow I doubt it!

However, when it comes to certain comments people get on their hubs and/or personal blogs, I noticed many people are willing to leave some pretty mean verbiage. Some people say: "Well it would be censorship to delete certain comments", but do you feel that way about junk mail or spam? Not usually. As a rule of thumb if someone comes to your hub and simply trashes it saying "What a horrible article..." it is okay to delete these comments.

Recently I noticed someone wrote a very informative response to a comment of this sort, but I would not waste my time on people who leave garbage comments. We see many items of trash littered near the bin at the local park, but do you enjoy seeing trash on the ground? Just because someone leaves you a trash comment on your hub or blog does not mean you have to leave it there. It is easy to delete. Many times these people do not have Hubpages accounts anyway, and even if someone did take the time to sign up for an account, there is no reason to worry about people who leave unhelpful and disparaging comments. If you think a critical comment has value and contributes to the conversation, then keeping it can be beneficial. However, comments that talk about "how this suck" and others in that vein need to make a trip to the garbage bin.

Deleting trash comments can be good for your emotional well being. Why invite in the trolls?
Deleting trash comments can be good for your emotional well being. Why invite in the trolls?

Delete Those Comments Forever

If you get comments such as "This is offal, horrible, etc" then go to the moderation tab and hit the delete forever button. It is that simple, and will save you a headache of trouble. Are you writing a controversial hub where that might be targeted with a large number of hateful comments? Simply leave off the comment capsule, which will do a world of good. I got a few emails from positive people when I did that, but I also got a couple of comments from one or two people demanding I add the widget.

Yes I feel I have wasted enough time on the forums discussing issues with people who simply do not want to discuss things. If it were up to me I would definitely moderate out certain comments, but forums are pretty fair about giving everyone a say. Unfortunately some people take over the landscape and make the environment a hostile ground to even post on, so would you want to do this to your hub? Personally I just say either delete the trash comments on the majority of hubs, or take the comment capsule off the more controversial topics.

There is no reason to explain or even rationalize with those just looking for an argument. Many discussions are good and productive, but these usually do not begin with the words "Your hub sucks because...". This is my take on deleting comments, but everyone on Hubpages has a different policy of course. If you receive comments that seem a little snarky as if you are being lectured by someone who feels "they know better," do not feel intimidated by deleting these comments.

As of recently I have had people imply to me I do not know what I am talking about, and I am not within reasoning enough to defend my positions. Sorry, but I am not their petulant little child to scold, and whereas they may not like the way I respond to them, on the same token I most likely have the same reaction to their comments. Not everyone is going to like you or what you have to say, and sometimes certain people clash like water and vinegar.

Why should I have to defend that I have read quite a bit and I think all the time?  Anyone using a computer to make those accusations really is sort of weak in my estimation. Some of the same people telling me I do not think or read books from a large number of sources are usually only advocating that one worldview is acceptable. Their worldview is not necessarily more comprehensive, and often they just believe anyone going against their grain is closed minded. I do not go around measuring peoples' worth, and anyone using a computer to do that to you is the weak one.

Discussions are about the exchange of ideas and opinions, but some would like to make you feel your opinion is not open enough for them. Others will even giggle and make snippy little comments about how you are not open minded enough. However, often we have spent years getting to the place where we know our minds, and I believe this intimidates some people. A few would love to come along with their comments and imply otherwise, but do you really have the time for them? Often they will imply that your mind is not open simply because you do not see things "their way," so on the more controversial topics it might be better to drop the comment capsule.

So when you see that new comment on your hub the choice is yours, and do not feel the pressure to keep a comment just because it is there. If I had junk mail in my inbox I would delete it, and so what if the spammer is not heard. Very few sentient people would reply to spam, so replying to certain comments is almost the same thing. Pick and choose your battles.

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    • Uninvited Writer profile image

      Susan Keeping 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Well said. I've been lucky, I haven't had to delete many comments and those have just been spam. I guess my hubs aren't controversial enough :)

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      fortunerep 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Good Idea Sweetie Pie,

      I only have one where I was personally bashed and I didn't remove it why I don't know, I guess everyone has there opinion. I am going to delete it now, and it doesn't matter what sides we stand on, we all need to stand together.

      hugs

      dori

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Uninvited Writer,

      I do write on a few controversial topics, so yes I probably receive more of these comments than others :). Today I saw someone gallantly defending a spam like comment on what was an informative hub, and if I had been that writer I would have just deleted the comment.

      Dori,

      It is totally up to you if you want to delete it, but do not feel bad if you do. You are right about how we all should be more supportive of each other, even if we have differing opinions.

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Bad comments are many things and just an opinion, if they don't go too far, I'll be happy to keep them and laugh at the foolish people who leave unintelligent comments, but I don't tolerate spam, it's deleted, just like that!

      But I understand you there, to get rid of the comments that you do not like is great for your hubpage and your own sense of Karma!

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Waynet,

      You do have a point about how some comments are just funny to read again later. I keep some of those funny comments around on my Yahoo hub because people actually think they are talking to someone live there. That is pretty amusing :).

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      I've never deleted a comment, even one that was a tad bit threatening. I left it up for everyone to see. As Uninvited Writer observes, I guess my hubs aren't controversial enough to generate much flack.

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      \Brenda Scully 7 years ago

      yes some people do seem to ask for trouble, i have not deleted many of mine yet

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I've not deleted any yet but I sure thought about it. Some comments are denigrating. Some people make outrageous claims and all I ask is that they back it up, which they ignore. It detracts from those attempting to have a real discussion. I would say you offer sound advice. Thanks!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I had one guy who told me in his comment to pay him $15 to write a short-story (my 55-word story to be exact). As soon as I saw it, I shook my head and erased it. I write, that's what I do. I do it because I enjoy doing it. Money really isn't important to me, but SHARING is. A couple of days later, the same person comments that "Over management kills a hub." I erased that one too. This person wasn't from HP by the way. I just didn't like his attitude. I had one other instance too, but that's all. I really like the fact that here at HP, you can control so much in how you manage your pages. If someone doesn't like how you run your hubs, tough!

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      jiberish 7 years ago from florida

      I never delete a bad comment, to each his own. Everyone has a right to their opinion, that's where good debates originate.

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      sabrebIade 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I only delete bad comments with profanity.

      If you have an opposite view from me, more power to you.

      But tell everyone in a civilized manner.

      I had one recently riddled with profanity that I deleted.

      I guess the guy got the hint and rewrote it minus the profanity and I posted it.

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      HOOWANTSTONO 7 years ago

      I delete comments when they tend to get insulting and argumentive, I dont care if they are members or not.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for sharing everyone.

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I have never had to delete comments because my hubs are not controversial, but I did have one of my hubs flagged, and its the one on peace, topic which PaperMoon started a few months ago. Weird that a subject as gentle as peace would have folks flag it. As for deleting comments, I feel the writer has a right to do whatever he/she wants.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      VioletSun,

      A hub about peace does not even seem controversial to me. Odd that it would be flagged. Sorry to hear that.

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      Nancy's Niche 7 years ago

      Some comments help us grow as writers while others should be ignored. If the comment is abusive then your right---hit that old delete forever button...

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      I agree, some comments are not worth publishing. I usually delete only those who are over advertising -with links- and those which are far too blunt: sexually explicit and bad words.

      I don't mind leaving those comments that do not agree with my point of view but they are well explained and developed.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Nancy,

      Good points.

      Princessa,

      Yes you are right about how all comments will not agree with us, but a good explanation would at least be appreciated. Mostly I just felt bad for a fewer hubber who felt they have to justify themselves to some of the more ridiculous comments out there, so I decided to write a hub sharing my stance on this topic.

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      Silver Rose 7 years ago from UK

      I hate it when people leave links in the comments that have nothing to do with the hub at all - eg your hub is about debt and their link is about underwear or something. If they leave links on the same topic, I tend to approve, as it "may" be of use to the reader.

      But it took me a while to get into deleting - before I sort of felt I "had" to allow all comments regardless.

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      Camping Dan 7 years ago

      For the most part I do not delete too many from my blogs and hubs. If they participate in the conversation I will leave it whether it is positive or negative. But if they say "Great hub" and nothing else it is just taking up space and making the page load slower.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Silver Rose,

      It sounds like now you have got to the point where you are comfortable with deciding what comments you would like to keep, and which should go. I think we should all feel comfortable deciding which comments are appropriate for our hub as the commentators have not written it. If a commentator does not like the hub, then maybe they can write one of their own on the subject.

      Camping Dan,

      See I like to hear how everyone has their own rules. Personally I do not mind if someone says great hub, and I usually keep those comments. What I do delete is the spam and the angry comments. One guy guy even more angrier when I deleted his comment once lol.

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      sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com

      I have yet to get a comment that I felt deserved deletion (perhaps a few blatant spam). But I fully support the authors right to choose what is included with their art, I see my hubs as my backyard, your welcome to come and discuss things but if you insult me, your out of the party.

      Comments do count towards word count, keyword density and as constantly updating content, so as long as someone disagrees in a respectable manner it can only be good for one in the long run

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Cordial disagreement is definitely different than bashing.

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      I usually don't like deleting comments even those who disagree with what I wrote. Because these comments showed that they read my hub. But I have to delete several comments that are really offensive (cussing and stuff). So far, I have not received an angry comment but when I do, I will, at least, have your hub to fall back into. Thanks for this hub!

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      emievil,

      I do write on some controversial topics sometimes, but I still find it surprising when people are rude about it. I am always respectful when sharing my opinions, but I have learned some people get if a dither if you share your perspective about religion or politics. For some reason people that are generally kind become down right cruel when you express your opinion about these topics. Also, I have had people make rude comments about even simple arts and crafts activity hubs, which is just amusing. My point of view is the commentator that really finds a flaw in a hub should start writing their own on the subject right away because it is much easier to criticize than to take the effort to write your own. Just my two cents on the subject.

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      "My point of view is the commentator that really finds a flaw in a hub should start writing their own on the subject right away because it is much easier to criticize than to take the effort to write your own." - how true! I definitely agree on this one. That's why we see a lot of "critics" who hem and haw all the time but who do not offer any concrete alternatives in return (oooppppsss, I think I'm referring to politics here LOL).

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      emievil,

      It is very true what you say about politics though. For instance health care reform would be a good thing for people in this country who cannot afford the high premiums here, but the opposition has not real concrete solutions. Some of the opposition claims they can go to the emergency room, but people fail to realize how expensive that is. Also, it does not make sense to clog up emergency rooms with with ailments that are not true emergencies, when people could see regular physicians at a more cost effective rate. Oh well, the opposition to health care reform only sees the trees, and not the forest, so they are stuck in their mindset.

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      glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

      This is a great topic to write on. I get these comments all the time, but I usually just get a kick out of them. To me it's just clear that they're having a bad day or they're just dumb, so I keep them up to remind me that I shouldn't have to worry about people like these :)

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glassvisage,

      This is a very good point

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I also delete spam comments. Although thankfully I don't get that much over here. In my other website, there is so many of them. :)

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Ripplemaker,

      Websites outside of Hubpages definitely can be targeted with a large number of odd comments. Lately the number of weird comments I have received has been almost none. Well I got a very weird comment last night, but I almost think the person was a kid or something. Oh well, it was pretty funny.

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Well, Sweeite, it's your hub and you can do what you want with it. I had a guy on one hub come back again and again and again. It became annoying and sort of weird so I started to delete his comments. Then he got mad and demanded that I either print all of this comments or delete all of his comments. He wound up calling me 'Hitler.' Sheesh.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Dolores,

      Well I ended up deleting a hub just now because of a very unjustified comment. Yikes I even admire this guy, but he is under the false impression I slam men. I almost wish he would stop reading my hubs if my opinions bother him so, but I guess I better stick to my more neutral topics as I would not want to upset anyone lol. Actually, I think I will try to be more neutral from now on.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      To SweetiePie: Well said. Tonight, I received some quite unsalacious comments in addition to some immature name calling regarding some of my hubs. One commenter even called me a nitwit and an idiot for expressing some well founded and documented findings.

      I decided to delete them. While I am quite amenable and open to different opinions, one does not have to resort to outrageous and egregious mudslinging to convey their point. That is totally egregious and unprofessional behavior!

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      @gmwilliams,

      No one can say anything about you deleting comments on your own hub. If someone cares so much about an issue, they should write their own hub on a subject. The people who criticize often are never trying to do something themselves.

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      I've deleted very few, but I think it is the right of each hubber to decide.

      The ones that puzzle me are in response to some of my humor articles where I suggest some totally off-the-wall, ridiculous things for the sake of humor or satire-- and some people just don't get it at all.

      Some people get all angry when I suggest putting a frosted cupcake under your accelerator pedal to use less gasoline, or to help orphaned animals by keeping them in your bra, or to freeze your credit cards in a tub of marinara sauce, to keep from using them so much.

      C'mon people.

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Rochelle,

      Sounds like some people commenting on that hub are probably under stress. They need to lighten up.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I completely agree with you and like your comparison with junk mail. I've only had to delete one, as it was inappropriate and spammy with a link to some racy photos. Their profile was like that too. When I reported them, their account was quickly disabled.

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I think everyone needs to figure out what is best for them when it comes to handling comments. Thanks for commenting, FlourishAnyway!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      If I make a smart ass remark, and I often do, feel free to delete it. I am too lazy to care. Or perhaps I am too busy pretending to be busy!

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      SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Well I do not delete most comments. I have deleted abusive comments in the past, like back when this guy was pretending to be four different people arguing with each other.

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