Today I received a very hateful, spiteful message on one of my hubs from a visitor named "Local Yokel". Just wondering if anyone else has heard from this individual. I have a pretty thick skin, but this one really got to me.
I've never had any negative comments here on Twitter, Google+ or otherwise (although I get plenty when I post silly photos on Imgur, but that's to be expected!). I know it can be annoying, but don't take it personal, you just happened to be the random target of abuse. Remember those who post such comments are the ones with issues, and you are better than them!
Sorry that happened, Carb Diva. It seems that the Internet gives people a chance to express their hate and rage anonymously. I once received a new follower whose fan mail was full of hate and name calling. It was disturbing to say the least, but that's their small form of terrorism. I once read that Oprah was sometimes distressed at the negative responses she would receive despite millions of positive ones. Shame on the haters.
I wanted to say that you should be careful what comments you approve; if they are on your Hub, they are then counted as content of that Hub and if they violate TOS it could affect your account. I ended up not approving a couple comments that were basically hate speech and some that had a bit of "adult" or "mature" content because of this.
Just leave it is my first answer. It happens at times and I too had some bad experience in similar line but a couple of months ago. I was so sad felt terrible. But fortunately when I posted that incident in the Forum, I got a lot of comforting messages. Some people behave in a very negative way. Just ignore them and indulge in your own mission, that is writing. All the best. God bless you.
I'm one of those strange people who is waiting for a few negative comments just so I can learn how to deal with them. People aren't always going to like what you have to say and I welcome a good challenge any day.
Negative comments are always unpleasant. Once I had a Hub about Bubblews, that went viral. I now deleted it because I didn't want to be identified any more with Bubblews too much. But this Hub drew besides much positive comments tons of angry comments that it gave me the creeps sometimes.
It's up to you to let them undeleted without response, or just delete them. Never forget that these kind of people are often morons full of fear. They leave their IP adress behind, that's traceable in case it runs out of hand.
I haven't ever had really unpleasant comments. If there's a comment you feel is inappropriate, just deny it so it doesn't appear on your hub. There are people who thrive on chaos and spend all their time and energy creating it in other people's lives. Try to ignore it and don't take it personally. Their negativity reflects on them, not you.
I received a couple of odd comments today. They did not make sense, were not relevant to the hub and I deleted them It could be the same person. I would not lose any sleep over it. I think they a were some kind of spam and from outside of HubPages.
If it's abusive then simply delete the comment. If it's dissenting opinion that's fine and leave it. Sometimes, I leave all of the above up so others can see plainly how silly the commenter is being. Some of the nastiest comments I've received were on two satirical pieces I wrote. People don't get that it's comedy and take it seriously and get all offended. I think the world just has types who are chronic victims or constantly need something to be offended by. Let it roll off. The only time I wouldn't is if someone is being a true abuser or is threatening to find you offline things of that nature - that is a serious offense that should be dealt with. Otherwise just let them stew in their own juices. Life's too short for such silliness.
So far today I have had four comments completely unrelated to my hubs, what is more, they did not even make sense. One has to wonder what point it is that they are trying to make!
I saw one like that on the forums recently. Just some spammer trying to irritate people I guess.
Hello Carb Diva,
I notice most negative or hateful comments I get are from people who just visit HP to get their anger out, mostly if they disagree with what you write about. But I also get comments that have nothing to do with my hubs.
I agree with Christin S. If the person simply disagrees with your views, leave it. If the comment is really nasty, delete it. Don't worry about it. I've also had people who wrote similar mean spirited things on several of my hubs on the same day. They don't usually come back, as they are just angry people looking for a place to vent, and don't really care where that is. It's cowardly.
I have had similar comments. If it's criticism or argument, then I am o.k. with leaving it, as long as it doesn't have a bunch of misspellings or poor grammar. If it's just a comment like, "This is the dumbest article I've ever read," then I don't allow it. If someone wants to criticize, they need to be specific so I can improve. I have edited and improved based on comments, when there's something useful to the comment.
Hi Blake - As you stated, I am certainly open to honest and constructive criticism. Actually, isn't that what Hubs is about? I view this as a peer review environment. But I chafe a bit at negative comments from "visitors". My thinking is, if you think you can do it better, join our club and show us what you've got. Thank you for your encouragement.
I received a comment from a visitor that had nothing to do with my hub and replied by thanking the person for the read and a few more remarks. Has anyone had this experience? Nasty remarks turn us off, and I am sorry folks are having this issue.
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