I have a hub about "The Tea Party Community" website which received a comment purportedly by the website's founder, Ken Crowe. I was going to use the comment in the actual article, but I am not sure how to identify if the comment actually came from site's founder.
Has anyone experienced this? Is there a way to positively id a commentator?
Thank you in advance.
When in doubt, you can attempt to contact Ken Crowe directly through his website to see if he did, indeed, leave the comment. He might be willing to provide an even better quote for you to include in your article.
Based solely on the information from HubPages, I wouldn't say that there's any way to definitively prove that it was him. The IP address provided would help you estimate the geographic region he connected from, but that's circumstantial evidence at best.
I'd say the only way to be 100% sure that it was him is to find another way to contact him and then simply ask. He has a bio and e-mail address listed on the Tea Party Tribune website (http://www.teapartytribune.com/author/ken-crow/), so I would fire off a quick e-mail there and see what you get.
You can probably find out from which IP address the comment came from but not sure if you can find out if it came directly from him.
That's a toughie. A while ago I wrote a Hub about a band and got a "thank you" comment from somebody claiming to be the lead singer of said band. I never did find out if it really was them.
As Simone sez, the best thing you can do would be to contact the person directly via e-mail and ask them if it was them, otherwise you could simply leave a reply to the comment saying "Wow! Is it really you, (name)? Thanks for stopping by!"
Ok, I sent off an email to Mr. Crow. I'll let you know if I hear anything.
Wow, I received a response verifying that it was Ken Crow himself, and he even gave me his phone number!
I'll probably be too chicken to call, though.
Don't be chicken. If this is what you were after, then rise to the occasion! Do a minute of chit chat to gain trust. Prepare yourself well with some brief, well-written questions. Listen well. Read back to him any important quotes to ensure you got it precisely right. You'll likely find that it was easier than you thought. Go for it!
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