There are two hubs. Both are on the same, exact topic. Both are targeting the same keywords. Both are of high quality. Both are the same, satisfactory length. In fact, both hubs are things of true beauty in every respect.
One hub has zero comments.
The other hub has 20 short comments that only say they like the content of the hub. The comments have no misrepresenting keywords, spam, misspellings, or other flaws. The only thing "wrong" with them is they are short and say nothing more than complimenting the hub.
Is Google really going to favor the hub without comments as opposed to preferring the hub with the higher aggregate content and 20 indications of interest?
Yes, that would be the case. Google has stated that such comments are considered "low quality."
Here's a good way to think about it: When you visit a respected article site (think The Guardian, The Washington Post, or Fox News, for example) and you read the comments section, do you ever find comments that aren't about the article's content? The idea is that the content is engaging and people are commenting because they care about the things discussed, which means their insights are more likely to be of interest to other strangers who care about the same subject.
If it helps, when you're deciding if you should keep a comment or not, ask yourself "Would this be useful or fascinating to a total stranger who knows nothing about HubPages, Hubbers, or me?"
The point here is to take care that we compliment the content of the hub instead of complimenting the author of the hub. I hope this is the essence of all these discussions.
Wow - this is interesting. I have a hunch I'm going to have a problem deleting comments. Even if it's a just a short, complimentary comment, that person took the time to read my article and say something about it.
Also - I like to thank people who comment on my articles. Are those thank you's also considered detrimental to the hub's comments if they don't pertain to the content?
I am also afraid of this same feeling. Should I or should I not thank them.
So, I am stretching my thanks with some more sentences.
"Wow" is right, Glimmer. It seems that this policy will lower HP's sense of community and all the graces that come with reciprocating the good deed of commenting. It's sad that we are presented with this dilemma in order to survive the reality of a Google-controlled internet. It's also ironic that we are facing punishment for sharing niceties and hublove in cyberspace. Go figure.
As to the above scenario, I think HP's interpretation is wrong at this point. Something is better than nothing.
Me thinks there are steps before reaching for the stars.
Should we be removing anything that mentions HubPages? I have several old HOTD hubs, where almost everyone congratulated me on the accolade, but many went on to add relevant information.
Is simply denying the comment OK, or do we have to delete it forever?
I just got a hub comment that says "Google knows you wrote this.". That's it. Nothing else.
Should I really delete it? I can't bring myself to do it, shortness and all.
Well, I went ahead and removed some of the short comments on my low traffic hubs. Figured nothing to lose.
And it turned into a trip down memory lane.
I left a pretty silly comment on your Skynet hub..feel free to axe it I would not take offence lol.
I agree with that, so many great comments, and very meaningful to me. However, it is hard for me to be objective about whether they will be valuable to others.
Hubpages should do what other news sites and major blogs are doing with comments. Now you have to click on a link at the bottom that says "comments," and sometimes these will be displayed on a separate page. Other times these are displayed on the same page. The separate page for displaying comments would take away the issue of a large number of comments that are not deemed worthy by Google showing up. The only time I have deleted comments on my hub is when I did a major update to its content, and the prior comments really did not match what I was now discussing in said hub.
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