Hub comments with links

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  1. wilderness profile image97
    wildernessposted 3 years ago

    I'd like to suggest that hubbers have some way, short of deleting an entire comment, of deleting unwanted links in the comments of others.

    It is not unusual at all (fairly common, in fact) to see otherwise worthwhile and complimentary hub comments...with a link to a service pertinent to the hub.  Spammers are getting more cagey, thinking that a nice comment will convince the writer to leave in the link.

    Example: today I got a very complimentary comment on a hub about how to roof your house.  No questions, but saying how valuable the information was and how well it was presented.  With a link to a roofing company in Denver, Co.  I'd like to have kept the comment, but deleted the whole thing because of the link.  Plus, simply deleting the link and leaving the comment might slow down the spam somewhat.  If the spammers realize that that's what will happen when they spam hubpages, it might make them think twice.

    1. colorfulone profile image84
      colorfuloneposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It would be a good idea to have that option in comments where live links are not allowed but the comments are if they add value to hubs.

    2. profile image0
      calculus-geometryposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I like this suggestion.

  2. Susana S profile image96
    Susana Sposted 3 years ago

    The ability to edit comments would do it. As well as links I sometimes get comments that include words that I'd like to remove too. If we could edit the comment it would be easy to do either.

    1. SheilaMilne profile image94
      SheilaMilneposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Editing comments, though, could potentially lead to all sorts of abuse.

      1. wilderness profile image97
        wildernessposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Yes it would.  I doubt I'd comment much if I knew that my words could be changed into something I never said.

        1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Although this seems a good idea, it is probably best, given the opportunity for abuse, to just leave the comment options as they are.

          1. wilderness profile image97
            wildernessposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            But if we could simply delete any links - nothing else but live links - it would be nice.  I have no idea how hard that would be, but it would be nice to have the option.

            1. SheilaMilne profile image94
              SheilaMilneposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              Possibly just an option to strip out the HTML so the link wouldn't be clickable.

              1. wilderness profile image97
                wildernessposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                Maybe.  I'd prefer they were gone completely, but even making them non-clickable would help.

              2. colorfulone profile image84
                colorfuloneposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                Yes, that is how its done. An option to allow HTML or not allow it.

                1. wilderness profile image97
                  wildernessposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                  As long as it is on a comment by comment basis that would suit me as a secondary choice.  I DO have a small handful of links I've allowed in the comment section - maybe a half dozen after 2 million views.  Those few, I thought, added something for any reader choosing to read the comments - mostly additional information, but a couple of commercial sites as well.

                  1. brakel2 profile image77
                    brakel2posted 3 years agoin reply to this

                    I agree about leaving the comments if they add value to the hub. Most of the comments with spammy links appear in certain articles. and some who comment may not mean to do harm. Honest folks do exist.

      2. Susana S profile image96
        Susana Sposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I guess so.  I forget that there are so many dishonest people.

  3. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    Most of those "complimentary comments" are not real, just  way to bribe you to leave up the spam link.  So, it would not really be honest to keep them without even the link to show people what they really are.

    1. wilderness profile image97
      wildernessposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, I'm sure they are fake.  But they also show what I think of the hub! big_smile

    2. DzyMsLizzy profile image97
      DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I've had a few of those 'complimentary' spam-link comments.  I delete them, and if it is another hubber, I e-mail them and explain why, inviting them to re-submit the comment sans link.  They never do.  And, I never see them again, either.  I suspect they are only 'members' for the purpose of spreading links, and end up being given the boot.

  4. MariaMontgomery profile image90
    MariaMontgomeryposted 3 years ago

    One of the truly nice things about Squidoo was that we could choose to have the HTML stripped out of comments left by our readers.

  5. DzyMsLizzy profile image97
    DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years ago

    I was just involved in a discussion via e-mail about links in comments, and whether or not it was allowed.

    The subject was my current hub offering a contest, and I asked for the response links to be put in the comments section.  That's allowable, because it's solicited by the hub author, and up to them, and goes outside the definition of "self-promotion."

    I've read over another thread on the matter, and it seems that 'self-promotion' only means links to external sites and/or unsolicited links to one's own work (especially repeatedly). 
    Staff weighed in on that discussion, and essentially said it's up to the author to allow or disallow such links.

 
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