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negative comments

  1. Anne Harrison profile image99
    Anne Harrisonposted 3 years ago

    What do people is the best way to respond to negative comments which offer no constructive criticism or feedback?)

    1. Marisa Wright profile image98
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It depends entirely on the comment.

      I provide the comments box so that people can have their say - so it would be wrong to delete a comment just because I disagree with it.  However if the person has commented merely to be insulting or rude, or to make a personal attack, then I will delete the comment without hesitation.

      1. Anne Harrison profile image99
        Anne Harrisonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you, I agree, discussion is one thing but personal degradation another.

    2. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It really depends on who is commenting and what they say.  If it is just plain rude and uncalled for, I delete it. If it is really bad from another hubber, like a personal attack and verbal abuse, I  would report it.  It it is someone who just disagrees with my point of view in the hub, I will approve it and discuss the issue with them.

    3. Christy Kirwan profile image
      Christy Kirwanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Anne,

      I see you've received some helpful advice from other Hubbers already. smile In general, it's a good idea to delete malicious or harassing comments. Unless a comment adds significant value to a Hub that you think would benefit your readers, it's best to delete it.

  2. pateluday profile image37
    pateludayposted 3 years ago

    Check how honest is the comment. Does your hub justify criticism?

    1. Anne Harrison profile image99
      Anne Harrisonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you. If the hub justifies the comments, then I feel the criticism is constructive and I appreciate it - and hopefully my writing improves!

  3. LeanMan profile image86
    LeanManposted 3 years ago

    I have many comments on my hubs about Saudi Arabia that tell me how wrong I am and I publish them all.... No problem!

    However the comments that say that I (and other westerners) have sex with our mothers and daughters and dogs I tend to leave out due to the typically graphic language that they tend to use lol..

    1. Anne Harrison profile image99
      Anne Harrisonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Well, at least these comments broaden your language base! I appreciate both your honesty and humour, and will try  to approach negative comments in the same way.

  4. janshares profile image97
    jansharesposted 3 years ago

    I always thank the person for the comment and express appreciation for their point of view. End of exchange.

  5. Cheeky Kid profile image99
    Cheeky Kidposted 3 years ago

    I just ignore them (if it's here in the forums). If it's in the hub, then I deny/delete them.

  6. Dolores Monet profile image99
    Dolores Monetposted 3 years ago

    Some disagreement can make a hub more interesting to readers. But comments that are rude, nonsensical, or very weird can be avoided by setting your comments capsule to only display comments that you approve. I did this after getting some very odd comments, spam, gibberish, and foul language.

  7. LindaSmith1 profile image59
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago

    I just found harassing comments on a hub and reported the one who did it.

  8. profile image0
    LEGOdomenickposted 3 years ago

    If it is malicious, I just delete it.  If it is constructive criticism or an honest response, I use it to help me improve my writing and try to grab a larger audience. 
    Unfortunately, the anonymity of the web opens up a lot of critics

  9. OldRoses profile image94
    OldRosesposted 3 years ago

    I've found the Delete key is a very effective tool to deal with internet trolls.

  10. handymanbill profile image79
    handymanbillposted 3 years ago

    Delete works best. I will always take accept constructive criticism
    that's how you get better, anything else delete.

  11. LindaSmith1 profile image59
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago

    I have comments set for my approval.  The ones I got were malicious by the same person, 3 times on same hub.

    Can these comments be seen by others if we have not approved or denied them?   I reported the person who left the nasty comments.

  12. LindaSmith1 profile image59
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago

    Christy: This person attacked people in the forums they started, and then moved on to individual hubs for more attacking.  I reported them to HP as well as a copy of the comments they made on my hub, several hours ago.  Now they are deleted.

  13. Mark Ewbie profile image87
    Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago

    I honestly couldn't give them more than a seconds thought.  I delete them.  I even sometimes delete positive ones, particularly the 'great hub' 'vote up' business.

    Search traffic.

    Not likey-likey.  Waste of time.  In my opinion.

  14. NanLT profile image84
    NanLTposted 3 years ago

    I delete them from the comment section and go on my merry way in life.

  15. LindaSmith1 profile image59
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago

    Mark: I was wondering about what to do with the great hub, thanks, voted up.   I was taught if you were going to comment, use a keyword of the article you are reading in it.

    1. Mark Ewbie profile image87
      Mark Ewbieposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      On topic pertinent comments, especially those with genuine experience are good.

  16. TheGutterMonkey profile image92
    TheGutterMonkeyposted 3 years ago

    I love negative comments and delete nothing unless it's spam. They seem to entice people and keep them coming back for more arguing. When I personally respond to them, I tend to keep my cool and attempt to be as rational and non-rude in return as possible (although I'm not below sneaking in a bit of condescension if they're over the top). But, nevertheless, always come off as non-emotional, not at all angry, and as civil as possible.

    When other readers go through the comments, I believe it's best that they see the writer of the hub as a level headed person. If they see you lowering yourself to childish insults, indignation, and rage-fueled rants in the comments section, they may take what you've written on your page less seriously. Speak to a rude person as if you were talking to a child you were trying to placate or calm down. Or, hey, just don't respond at all. Maybe another commenter will engage with them instead!

  17. Jayne Lancer profile image98
    Jayne Lancerposted 3 years ago

    None of my hubs are controversial, so I'm not likely to get any really negative comments. But I delete anything that I feel isn't useful--'nice hub' and that sort of thing.

    1. Anne Harrison profile image99
      Anne Harrisonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you everyone for your comments an suggestions. My apologies for starting a forum then being without internet for a day!
      I have found the range of comments helpful. Constructive criticism should be left for all to read, and to use to improve hubs and further discussion.
      Generic 'good hub' etc add little. I admit to being guilty of these in the past, as I was finding my way around Hubpages, but they do little to promote discussion - one of the main benefits of the Hubpage community.
      Thanks again

  18. Beaddoodler profile image74
    Beaddoodlerposted 3 years ago

    If it's simply negative I accept it.  If it is of a flamming nature, deroatory, lewd, etc. it gets denied/deleted.