Do you feel the need to respond to every person who has commented on one of your hub? I feel that responding to people is polite but I'm curious if it is always expected or if there are times when it is either impractical or just unnecessary.
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You make a very valid point.
I don't expect a response when I leave a comment either.
I do think that people appreciate a response.
I am happy to respond to all, and even if we are not in agreement. It's only right to respond back, although more often than not, we are in agreement.
I agree. I make an effort to respond to everyone. However sometimes I'm doing two or three things at once and occasionally someone slips through the cracks. I've noticed too that hubbers with lots of comments sometimes don't respond to everyone.
Well said! Some of these social norms have gone too far, and I do not support that. But if I do not get a response to a comment, I cannot know whether the author found it helpful, which may discourage me in the future.
There is no such thing as false courtesy, manners are just manners either you have them or you don't and it says a lot about your upbringing when you don't use please thank you and all the other propery mannerisms.
Agreed. However, HubPages is primarily an article directory, not a social networking site. Therefore, I believe each author should feel free to decide whether or not to reply to comments.
Alexandria I completely agree with your statements here. While I agree with DS Duby's thought about mannors and upbringing, I can't help but think that doing something for no reason other than that you're supposed to can be hollow and artificial.
This has been a great discussion. I agree that hubbers should be polite to each other. I almost always reply to comments but I don't mind if my comments aren't responded to, especially if they're just words of encouragement.