I have just been prowling all through the Learning Center, and the FAQ, and cannot find reference to something I thought was a rule; i.e., not soliciting reciprocal likes/comments.
I just got a "fan mail" from a brand new person on the site less than 2 days, no hubs, no followers, and his "fan mail" consisted of the following:
I was under the impression this was against the rules, or at least greatly frowned upon. I am unsure whether or not to report the profile.....
Thanks for any clarification.
That looks like someone who didn't know what they were doing somehow copied and pasted the wrong thing.
When a fan specifically asks me to follow them in fanmail, I generally delete the fan mail, since it is clear that their intention is simply to get me to follow them.
Well, yes, I did delete the mail; I'm not about to follow someone because they asked me to; and especially someone who hasn't even posted anything to read!
However, I do not believe that was an "accidental" copy/paste, because as far as I have seen, there is no place (here on HP) to copy/paste such a thing.
I'm pretty sure I got computer code like this once when I inadvertently dragged a button, but looking at fan mail right now, I'm not sure which button it could be!
Maybe he wrote a hub and it wasn't approved? I wouldn't like someone that did that and wouldn't follow them.
It sounds like someone who does not know what they are saying/writing.
I don't believe it is against any rule, but I do feel it is rather a desperate and tasteless act. This person sounds like a "Follow 'Ho", as my kids refer to it.
Some get lost and think they are on bubbles or facebook with all of these likes, follow, etc which mean nothing really.
And, what came up is stuff about iPhoneogram and InstaWebgram.
Whatever that means.
There are no rules regarding what can and cannot be said in Fan Mail. It is up to each individual member to decide for themselves what they will allow or won't in fan mail comments.
From what I gather it is some sort of spam, and it gets you to automatically follow them. I would report it to HP so they can sort it out in case it is something that could affect Hub Pages.
Well, it won't get me to 'automatically follow' them. I deleted it as nonsense. I doubt that it has hacked into the HP servers as a line code to cause an 'automatic follow' unbeknownst to the recipient of such mail. That would REALLY be against the rules, and cause for the instant banishment of such an individual.
That was crazy though DzyMsLizzy. I haven't seen that one yet.
I don't think it's code at all. I think the fan is just trying to say that if he like or follows you he expects it in return. Some people just don't realize that is quality of content that gets comments and followers. Of course this is just my opinion.
I'm also writing over there now, and that kind of thing is against their rules....so I don't know! Just a clueless person 'fishing' for followers and compliments, instead of earning them, IMO.
It's not code. It's just someone who has a FB/twitter mentality.
I don't mind folks who send me an intelligent fan mail that lets me know they've followed me because they liked something I had to say in my hub, and who then politely suggests I check out their hubs if I get a chance. But this I'd just delete.
Yep, I got the exact same fan mail! I think it's someone that came from Bubblews, where the unwritten rule of reciprocation (a like for a like, a comment for a comment, etc) applies.
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