Denying bad comments?

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  1. Thomas Swan profile image96
    Thomas Swanposted 16 months ago

    Should I deny poorly-spelled comments? Are they deliberate?

    I had a comment left by "Justin Beiber" saying: "Feeli'n bad for em' all" on an article about animals going extinct.

    I get a lot of comments like that. I'm starting to think they're left by people from rival sites trying to downgrade my articles by adding rubbish to the end in the form of a short, silly comment.

    1. NateB11 profile image91
      NateB11posted 16 months agoin reply to this

      I've only denied comments that violate TOS. I did this at least once for a comment that was clearly hate speech. I would have approved it, to tell you the truth, except that it violated HP and Adsense rules. But I will say that supposedly bad grammar/spelling is bad for a web article so it's probably a good idea to deny a comment that is badly written. It's never been clear to me how exactly bad grammar and spelling effect an article in terms of the search engines, but at any rate it is said they do.

      It's also kind of hilarious that the commenter is calling himself Justin Beiber Funny stuff.

    2. Sherry Hewins profile image94
      Sherry Hewinsposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      I think, it's pretty obvious that his spelling is purposeful, not a mistake. I think he's just trying (tryin') to sound folksy, more like he might talk. Whether Google would be put of by this, I can't say.

    3. RJ Schwartz profile image91
      RJ Schwartzposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      I don't believe in deleting comments unless they are for an obvious advertisement or spam.  I don't like it when someone chooses to delete my comments because I disagreed with them over their work.  in the real world, there is no delete key.

  2. Mary Florence profile image66
    Mary Florenceposted 16 months ago

    Well, you are the boss of your article and if you do not like a comment for whichever reason it's up to you to deny it. But I wouldn't deny a comment just for the spelling mistake. I only deny comments which attack my articles.

    1. MizBejabbers profile image91
      MizBejabbersposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      I agree. I only deny spam and trolls. People are free to disagree with me unless they start name-calling. However, when I first started writing on HP, I didn't know about trolls, so I approved them then. I have since gone back and removed a couple that I remembered. As for bad spelling, I have a few comments with spell bots in them. I also have a comment or two that has a spell bot, which if I allowed to be corrected, would change the meaning of the comment. I don't think the commenter would like that, so I've left it uncorrected.

    2. RJ Schwartz profile image91
      RJ Schwartzposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Why?  Isn't the point of a commentary to do just that? Get different points for a healthy intellectual debate?  Maybe your article or mine or anyone's could be challenged and overturned?  Maybe your opinion is great, but not the only great one?

  3. Terrielynn1 profile image92
    Terrielynn1posted 16 months ago

    I only deny spammy ones. I like to have a variety of comments. Sometimes spelling gets through because there isn't a chance to edit.

  4. stephenteacher profile image76
    stephenteacherposted 16 months ago

    I imagine in the next 20 years, computer-ease, text slang, etc. will take over. The English we use today, is a shell of what it was just 200 years ago. I don't even worry about comments, as all comments are essentially spam.

  5. theraggededge profile image97
    theraggededgeposted 16 months ago

    I never approve a comment unless it is relevant to the article. So "Great article - thanks" is never going to make it, even if they are Hubbers. However, "Great article - I never knew about yellow widgets being harder to clean than blue ones," will be approved because it's obvious they actually read it, and because it reiterates a fact stated in the hub.

    Also a question that might help other readers is always welcome.

  6. jeffzod profile image61
    jeffzodposted 16 months ago

    You should not approve insulting comments, poorly written comments or irrelevant comments.

  7. chef-de-jour profile image97
    chef-de-jourposted 16 months ago

    I deny comments that don't add to or enhance what's in the article. Phrases such as 'Lovely, I totally agree' 'You've hit the nail on the button' 'I wish I'd written this article' 'Load of gumphish nonsense if you don't mind' 'And now for something completely irrelevant' just don't make the cut.They have to be grammatically spot on otherwise, I'm reliably informed, they're detrimental. I used to accept many more comments than I do now, since the niche sites have been up and running. So, best of luck with those comments from now on.

    1. MizBejabbers profile image91
      MizBejabbersposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      I see your point, but sometimes it's difficult to write anything but that on a piece of poetry, so I'm guilty of leaving a few of those. I've also left a couple of "it doesn't make sense". As you can see, I'm not a poet myself.

  8. Will Apse profile image90
    Will Apseposted 16 months ago

    The comments I hate the most are the ones that include relevant, perfectly intelligent questions that I don't know the answer to, lol.


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