Lazy readers click the bright red 'contact author' button to ask questions that should be appearing in the comments section. I don't bother answering them because there's absolutely no advantage to hubbers spending time engaging in private conversations. I've had one interesting email that didn't need to go into comments, but only one.
So I suggest you add another 'step' for anyone who clicks that link. Would you please direct them back to leave a comment if they want to discuss the topic of an article ... and warn them not to necessarily expect a response from the author if they choose to proceed with 'contact author'.
I'm puzzled as to why that red link was added in the first place. Why do you want readers contacting authors via email?
...and I'm just sitting over here, wondering why I only average 1 email from the contact button every 2 years.
Well that's partly because the new "contact" link has been in place for only a few weeks.
I get emails from other Hubbers quite regularly, but it's extremely rare for me to get one from readers. The "contact author" link hasn't changed that - yet.
Why the link is appearing on only some of the Authors' pages and not on others' posts? Whether it needs to opt for?
I think we should be able to opt out of that feature. I am not interested in being contacted for various reasons.
My hubs do not show that feature. Or is it visible only to the visitors?
Check what options you have selected under Account Settings. I think you must have chosen not to allow other people to contact you via HubPages.
Sorry, I meant both since the new feature and before it. Even hubbers rarely contact me, lol.
Wry Lilt, do you say every two years?
I've had several technical questions and usually re-post the contents of my reply email as a comment.
Is the content matter of comments treated by Google in the same manner as the main body text of a hub?
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