Allow anonymous comments? enable in Hub settings

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  1. bravewarrior profile image92
    bravewarriorposted 4 years ago

    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?

    1. Cardisa profile image93
      Cardisaposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      Removed last comment.

      1. bravewarrior profile image92
        bravewarriorposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        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.

        1. Cardisa profile image93
          Cardisaposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          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.

          1. Faith Reaper profile image86
            Faith Reaperposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            I never thought to check my settings on this issue.Thanks!

          2. Faith Reaper profile image86
            Faith Reaperposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            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.

            1. Writer Fox profile image49
              Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              Go here:
              http://hubpages.com/my/hubs/comments

              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.

              1. Faith Reaper profile image86
                Faith Reaperposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                Thanks so much.

          3. bravewarrior profile image92
            bravewarriorposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            I can't find the settings either.

    2. raymondphilippe profile image85
      raymondphilippeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      That would be a pity. Approved comments add liveliness to the hubs.

    3. Au fait profile image91
      Au faitposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. bravewarrior profile image92
        bravewarriorposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Hm. I haven't gotten notification.

        1. Au fait profile image91
          Au faitposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          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.

          1. bravewarrior profile image92
            bravewarriorposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            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.

    4. Phyllis Doyle profile image94
      Phyllis Doyleposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      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:

      http://hubpages.com/

  2. luvtoowrite profile image41
    luvtoowriteposted 4 years ago

    Maybe that's why traffic is down.

    1. bravewarrior profile image92
      bravewarriorposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      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!

      1. LCDWriter profile image95
        LCDWriterposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        http://s2.hubimg.com/u/8746569_f248.jpg

        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.

        1. bravewarrior profile image92
          bravewarriorposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          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.

          1. LCDWriter profile image95
            LCDWriterposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            http://s3.hubimg.com/u/8746874_f248.jpg

            1. LCDWriter profile image95
              LCDWriterposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              It keeps shrinking it.  Sorry.  The point is that there is something beside it that says you can sign up.  But there is nothing to stop you from just commenting without signing up.

  3. LCDWriter profile image95
    LCDWriterposted 4 years ago

    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.

  4. Cre8tor profile image98
    Cre8torposted 4 years ago

    Yeah, you may want to double check this. I get non-member comments all the time...not so much lately though....hmmm.

  5. Writer Fox profile image49
    Writer Foxposted 4 years ago

    I had comments today from non-Hubbers.

  6. Glimmer Twin Fan profile image99
    Glimmer Twin Fanposted 4 years ago

    I just received a comment from a guest user.  Perhaps it's the settings?

    1. bravewarrior profile image92
      bravewarriorposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I'll have to check it out. The problem was actually on another hubber's post who interviewed me. I haven't changed the settings on my page, so maybe it's her and not me. I'll check it out. Thanx, all.

  7. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
    DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago

    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.)

    1. bravewarrior profile image92
      bravewarriorposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      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!

      1. LCDWriter profile image95
        LCDWriterposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        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.

        1. bravewarrior profile image92
          bravewarriorposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          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?

          1. LCDWriter profile image95
            LCDWriterposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            We could change the topic to the weather or the price of eggs in China? ;-)

            1. bravewarrior profile image92
              bravewarriorposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              Go for it! I'm game. I feel like such a durned fool right now. :-(

  8. Au fait profile image91
    Au faitposted 4 years ago

    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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