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    Rayne123posted 8 years ago

    HI all, not sure where else to post this however why and how are guest users commenting.

    I did not know this. I just had a guest user "newenglandsun" comment on a couple of my hubs in a row and he had nothing nice to say so I told him that there were many topics to start or read if he doesnt believe in God.

    I have deleted some of his comments but if anyone can tell me how to not allow a guest user to comment that would be great.

    Ps keep on the watch for him as he is rude

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      Beth37posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Aw, Im sorry someone's picking on you Laurie. A guest user is usually someone "from the outside" however, it could be a hubber who doesn't agree with your views and is too cowardly to use their real id. Id just keep deleting him. No point in putting up with someones constant criticism if they're hiding behind a guest-user pass.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image95
      Marisa Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I would advise against preventing guest comments for two reasons.

      One, it's naive to assume that all HubPages members are nice people - so you're just as likely to get that kind of comment from a member as from a guest user.  Therefore you're not going to avoid this situation by limiting who can comment.

      Two, the HubPages community is very small.  If you want a good readership for your Hubs, you need readers from outside.   In fact,, if you're successful, you'll eventually find 90% of your readers come from outside HubPages. It's not in your interests to make them feel unwelcome.

      The best thing is just to deal with the nasty ones when they arise.  You can set your comments so they don't appear until you've approved them.  That way, the person doesn't get the satisfaction of seeing his comment in print, even for a short time.

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        Rayne123posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I did that, however he keeps commenting me now on other peoples hubs also, and acting like I am judging him.

        He started in on my and I kept one comment for proof in case.

        I told him its his belief to not believe in God then why keep commenting to me, go to another topic

        thank you

    3. Deborah Brooks profile image61
      Deborah Brooksposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Gee that has happened to me.. I was told that be nice no matter what.. and you can delete comments that is alright. but you can report that person too. my prayers are with you

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        Rayne123posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Yes I do delete him and I was nice however he replies to my replies on others hubs, he just did it.

        So I would like to report him
        thank you very much for your prayers
        God bless you

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      Brenda Durhamposted 7 years agoin reply to this


      Hi Rayne123. 

      The same person with that screen name (newenglandsun) has been posting on a hub of mine lately.  I had spoken briefly with him on another person's hub.
      He seems very confused about everything from his sexuality to his faith (or lack thereof) to his political views.

      The reason I'm posting here is not because I'm unwilling to talk with him (or anybody!) who truly is seeking friendship or answers to Biblical things or even just some honest debate about those things.   
      The reason is because he posted his sympathy for Al Quaeda terrorists and blamed America for the actions of those terrorists!

      I have a lot of patience with people who have problems,  whether mental or social or personal or whatever;   but he's going way too far when he posts sympathy for terrorist actions.

      I told him if he doesn't show a change of attitude and some common sense,   I might report him to the authorities.   And I don't care if he can even read this.    He needs to read it.  He needs to see that his radical behavior isn't acceptable.   All the clues were there in his previous posts on my hub.    But since he posted that latest stuff,  it's very evident,  and I figured it's time to make it public on this site.

      I found out I'm not the only one he's tried to monopolize and manipulate!   I hadn't seen this thread before;  or if I had I don't remember.   But I finally did a search for his screen name in the forum comments section and it led me to some of his comments on other people's hubs and also led me to this thread.

  2. writinglover profile image82
    writingloverposted 8 years ago

    Hi, Rayne!

    When you edit your hubs, there is an option where you can make it so that only signed-in users can comment. Go to edit then scroll all the way down to the comments section. There should be an edit button when you highlight "comments." From there you have four options: one, you can disable comments completely; two, "comments must be approved before they appear"; three, "only signed-in users may post comments"; four, "display most recent comments first". I don't know how to take screenshots; otherwise, I'd show you. Hopefully, this helps.

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      Rayne123posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much, yes it helped I will try some of this

      1. Simone Smith profile image94
        Simone Smithposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        This is the best way to go, IMHO. Thanks for sharing that tip, writinglover!

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          Rayne123posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          What is IMHO, thanks

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            Beth37posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            In my humble opinion. smile

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              Rayne123posted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Oh thank you, now that I see that it makes so much sense

              Now another question, how do you get the smiley faces smile

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              Rayne123posted 7 years agoin reply to this

              never mind I got it thanks

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                Beth37posted 7 years agoin reply to this


    2. Canscorpion profile image60
      Canscorpionposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Oh great thanks a ton writinglover...i had no idea that guest users are even aloowed to comment.

  3. Howard S. profile image91
    Howard S.posted 8 years ago

    You can configure your account so that "Only signed-in users may post comments." From the "my account" page, navigate from the left (black) column to Comments. Then to the right of that, select "show settings" to see the various options.

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      Rayne123posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you

      Now he is leaving comments for me on other peoples hubs, that is stalking and misusing others peoples hubs for his own rude purposes.

      thank you

      1. Howard S. profile image91
        Howard S.posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        That might break the HubPages Terms of Service. Send an email directly to HP and they will ban him if they agree with you. Beyond that, I advise you to stop mentioning in this forum that you are annoyed. Don't give him the satisfaction. May your future here be brighter!

      2. Simone Smith profile image94
        Simone Smithposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Rayne123, if the user is not logged into HubPages, I am not sure if our team can do much to stop him/her, but the best way to go forward would be to
        1. Email the support team
        2. NOT engage with the individual in any way and do your best to ignore him/her

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          Rayne123posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I have been trying to email the support team , however I do not know how, I can t find a link to do so , thanks

          1. Howard S. profile image91
            Howard S.posted 7 years agoin reply to this

            To: Help <>

    2. Canscorpion profile image60
      Canscorpionposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Howard S. the information in your comment proved to be of great benefit for me. Never had an idea that we had that control in our hands! Thanks a million. smile

  4. lovebuglena profile image87
    lovebuglenaposted 8 years ago

    click on comments on home page after logging in and then click on show settings. there you can select to allow only signed-in users to post comments. also i would advice to update your setting to the following: Comments must be approved before they appear. this way they will not show up on your hubs unless you approve them. of course if you get bad comments that say bad things about you or someone else, etc. you will still be able to see them under your comments when you check if new ones arrived...

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      Rayne123posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks I did that, but he follows me around and comments on others people hubs and pretends I am attacking him when I have no clue who he is . So I may report him.

      Do you know how?

      1. Simone Smith profile image94
        Simone Smithposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Hey Rayne123- again, please email our support team, though I don't think we will be able to do anything to stop a guest user from commenting on others' Hubs....

        That said, we'll still see what we can do. ^_^;;

  5. TedWritesStuff profile image82
    TedWritesStuffposted 8 years ago

    I subscribe to the any publicity is good publicity theorem. Once you put yourself on to the internet someone will disagree with you. Personally I would love for a million people to disagree with me. Just ask Rebecca Black and her several hundred million dislikes on youtube for her tuneless song friday. Then look at the million+ dollars she made at 14. Either just delete the offending comments or ignore them. Problem solved, Life is far to short.

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    SAM ELDERposted 7 years ago


  7. brakel2 profile image84
    brakel2posted 7 years ago

    I had a comment in Spanish from a non hubber'  I think he is saying thank you obligato, so I may just thank him for reading. Hope this issue on this post goes away. Good luck. Is there a full moon, maybe?  Strange scary happenings this week. May next week be a good week!!!

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    delleaposted 7 years ago

    One easy solution is to moderate all comments, that way people don't see them until you approve them and you can delete any that are hostile, etc.


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