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A Question Of Netiquette?

Updated on June 3, 2009

Why do you think people repeatedly post something?

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At Some Point We're All Culprits

The liberty of the individual must be far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.

-John Stuart Mill-

While I know your question was probably rhetorical, I have wondered the same question repeatedly today. Looking for inspiration, I daily go to the request section of Hubpages for ideas. I often see the same request listed a number of times. Today, it has been ridiculous. Why do they do it?

One reason could be that they are impatient and don’t realize that their request has already been posted once. They want so badly to be heard that they’ll risk having their ideas looked down upon by repeatedly posting. We’ve all done this. We’re trying to post a comment on a news article and click “enter” five too many times. We’re having an instant message conversation and somehow the same line of dialogue keeps reappearing. It’s not our fault really. Our computer keeps freezing at the worst possible moment.

The next reason is similar to the first reason. You post a request and soon after another person posts a request. You re-post your request, fearing it will become buried underneath the incoming requests. Without meaning to or realizing it, you’ve entered a posting battle with another member. Who will give up first? Certainly not you.

A final reason I can suggest is that they are trying to attract attention. They are advertising a product or a service and want your business! If they, by repetition, force you to read the same line over and over and over again perhaps it’ll stick in your head and you’ll become a new customer. With our economy how it is, people will do anything to sell their wares.

Regardless of how you look at it, it is annoying. It is rude. It is wrong. Though minor, it has the ability to make enemies and bad blood. We’re a community, here to read each other’s work and support each other through helpful comments and fan mail. When the same request is repeatedly posted, it detracts from the atmosphere. In an ideal world, Hubpages would automatically delete repeat requests. Until that day, we need to be more careful. Who wants to unintentionally lose fans?


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    • LowellWriter profile image

      L.A. Walsh 9 years ago from Lowell, MA

      I think it would be more than okay to repost your request after time has elasped. I also think it would be okay to repost it daily. An ignored request on one day could be the hot topic of the next. This hub was directed towards the people who repost the same request multiple times in ten seconds. Thank you for your comment! :o)

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      Kari Poulsen 9 years ago from Ohio

      Good Point, I look through the request, sometime 20+ pages. I don't know if this is the norm, but I like to see what people are asking for. Do you think if a few months have gone by without a response it would be OK to re-post? I have yet to post a request and don't know the proper etiquette.

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      L.A. Walsh 9 years ago from Lowell, MA

      I know! What was up with them removing your request? Thanks by the way for asking that question. I wanted to write something on how frustrated I was all day and your question gave me the opportunity. :o)

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      mayhmong 9 years ago from North Carolina

      LOL I can't believe they removed this request and those 20 other request! I was just making a joke out of it. Didn't think I'll get a response, but thanks!:D