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.
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.
Editing comments, though, could potentially lead to all sorts of abuse.
Yes it would. I doubt I'd comment much if I knew that my words could be changed into something I never said.
Although this seems a good idea, it is probably best, given the opportunity for abuse, to just leave the comment options as they are.
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.
Possibly just an option to strip out the HTML so the link wouldn't be clickable.
Maybe. I'd prefer they were gone completely, but even making them non-clickable would help.
Yes, that is how its done. An option to allow HTML or not allow it.
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.
I guess so. I forget that there are so many dishonest people.
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.
Oh, I'm sure they are fake. But they also show what I think of the hub!
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.
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.
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.
by Faith Reaper 7 years ago
I know that it is against HP rules for someone to place a link in a comment of a hub, but is it okay for someone to place a link in a comment when answering a question, even if it directs people back to their hub? Also, it seems to be okay to place links in the forums' comments, as the link...
by Misha 13 years ago
Pretty much like one would have it on a blog - with the difference that I am talking about hubtivity here.I had posted a single comment to one of the hubs a while ago. I am not too interested in the topic, just wanted to share my experience and forget. Well, the thing is - for many months this hub...
by Chace 4 years ago
Do you approve all comments on your hubs, even if every third word is a swear word? I'm just wondering if it's normal to do so or if it's normal to just delete it.
by Margaret Schindel 6 years ago
If I view my account's Comments page, it's easy to view, approve and respond to unapproved comments. However, if I go to a new comment in one of my hubs and click Approve, I cannot reply to it directly on the comment. Instead, I have to go to my main Comments page and find the now approved comment...
by Liz Elias 8 years ago
Just looking for folks' opinions, here...Would you approve or delete as "spam" a comment that, while acknowledging and making a sensible comment on your hub, is essentially an advertising link from a commercial entity (who apparently does have a presence here on HP) ??The link is to...
by Christin Sander 9 years ago
Do you delete hub comments that are very generic if it appears the commenter hasn't read the hub?I notice my more popular hubs will get comments left that are just generic like "this was great thanks". I have started deleting these comments because they don't add anything meaningful...
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