It has been brought to my attention that non-members can no longer leave comments on our hubs without creating an account. I have friends and family members who are not Hubbers and until this past weekend were able to leave comments. Not so anymore. Frankly, this bothers me.
Does anyone know why this change was made? Why were we not advised?
Was there an official announcement on this? This is the first I am hearing than non members cannot leave comments. Are you sure your comments settings are not set to signed in members only? You should check your account setting to make sure the settings are open.
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Cardisa, there was no announcement. I received two emails yesterday from friends saying they were prompted to sign up. Prior to this past weekend, they had no problem leaving comments. This cuts my family out of the picture also. I don't like finding things out third hand. HP should have given us the heads up. I'm curious to see if someone in authority responds to this forum.
Double check your settings. Somehow my setting were set on "only signed in members", which is strange since I haven't fiddled with it for some time. Double check your settings.
I never thought to check my settings on this issue.Thanks!
Are these settings under one's profile or where can they be found. Under email settings? I cannot seem to locate these settings. Thank you.
That's where you change the settings for all of your comments: "Global Comments Capsules Settings."
To change the settings on a single Hub: In edit mode, click the edit button for the comment capsule.
That would be a pity. Approved comments add liveliness to the hubs.
I just left a comment on one of your poems as a 'guest' to show you nothing has changed. I signed out and then went to your profile page and chose a poem and left a comment.
Be sure to check your Spam folder on your comments page. I think you have to approve comments before they show, so I can't see mine until you do that since I submitted it. I put it on Hearts and Rainbows -- a Poem.
Sorry it's taken me so long to get back, but I had to go to work.
Au fait, you only have to approve them before they show if you set your comments settings that way. I've just converted all of my settings from HP's default settings from "per hub" to "no" across the board. That gives my readers no limitations. I still have the option to delete or not approve comments, but I feel most of our readers are trustworthy and that's the way I want to treat them. Thanx for posting a comment on my poem. I actually published my first poetry book with that title as part of the book's title. I don't know why I haven't been alerted that there's a new comment. Thanx for letting me know. I'll go check it out now.
I am thinking that maybe your family members pulled up the "Sign Up" or "Sign In" page instead of your home page/profile. They may have landed on:
Luvtoowrite, I'm afraid this might turn non-members off on reading our hubs. I sure hope not. I get lots of page views from people outside HP. Of course, not many comment, but still..... those who do may not come back!
I just went to one of your pages logged out. I think your family might be getting confused by what I circled in green. But you only have to use what I have circled in blue. You can test it yourself by logging out, going to one of your hubs and trying to leave a comment.
I can't see what you've circled. Is there anyway you can make it larger? The emails I received from friends who can't leave a comment are ex-Hubbers. They know the ropes.
I just tested from signed out and it allowed me to make a comment without signing in or having a user name. It must be your settings.
Yeah, you may want to double check this. I get non-member comments all the time...not so much lately though....hmmm.
I just received a comment from a guest user. Perhaps it's the settings?
Not actually true. You CAN leave a comment as a non-registered user--HP has only made it APPEAR that you cannot.
I just signed out and did exactly that on a hub, by way of experimentation.
You just need to explain that to your friends...that they can go ahead and leave a comment, filling in whatever name they'd like to have appear in the 'name' box, then make their comment and click 'submit.'
It will go through, and not give any message such as "only registered users may comment."
Some authors may have moderation in place, where comments become visible only after approval, and a dialog box will come up to announce that, if such is the case.
Other authors may have their individual settings configured for registered users only--it is an option,--in which case the comment may well be denied, but it is not a global setting by Hub Pages.
(My hubs actually have both of these settings in place, after I had long period with a slew of "comments" from outsiders that were spammy and full of links.)
I think it has to do with settings. I just checked mine and they were all marked "by hub" or something to that effect. I changed them all to "no" meaning I have no restrictions. I think perhaps the settings on GC Publications is the culprit. I was featured in one of her articles and non-members couldn't comment without being prompted to sign up. Sorry for the scare, folks!
Glad you found it. I just went and read your Wild Hare hub (which was very interesting, btw) and commented as a signed out user and it let it go through.
Yeah, I just checked one of my hubs by coming in through a different browser. All is well. So, how to I close this "little boy that cried wolf" forum thread?
The reason I thought you had your comments set to be approved first is that when I submitted my comment I couldn't see it anymore, and that's usually what happens when someone chooses to approve comments before they go public.
Agree with you, that most people aren't going to post spam and even if they do, the world won't end if it's posted for a few minutes/couple of hours before I discover it and delete it. Be sure to let me know if my comment showed up.
I just now finished responding to a comment on one of my own hubs that was posted by a guest, not a member of HP, so if people aren't able to post comments to your hubs if they aren't HP members, I would contact the HP team and see what gives.
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