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  1. MarieLB profile image83
    MarieLBposted 2 weeks ago

    There is a new short comment on one of articles I have edited lately.
    The system has indicated that it is Spam.
    I wonder why and how can this be identified?
    I normally feel that it is right to acknowledge and respond to any comment.  In this case I am at a loss as to whether I should.

    1. MarieLB profile image83
      MarieLBposted 11 days agoin reply to this

      My question about about the “Spam Notice” led me to read many comments about whether to respond to the comments left for the writer or not.  Some writers here sound like prima donnas who will not hobnob with the crowd.   I was beginning to think that I was being naive to acknowledge those who take the trouble to read and write their views on my articles.

      But after reading yours, LuisEGonzalez, ,RonElFran, Jodah, savvydating, I breathed a sigh of relief. It is evident that courtesy is not dead. I am in good company, so I shall continue the way I have always done.

      Thank you all for your views.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image99
        Marisa Wrightposted 11 days agoin reply to this

        Marie, like I said, you are free to deal with comments any way you please.   And you'll find a large army of social Hubbers like you, who enjoy having conversations with other Hubbers on their Hubs.   My Hubs are strictly business, and I don't expect other Hubbers to "take the trouble" to read them.  My Hubs are designed to provide a service to outside visitors and they don't leave compliments (I wouldn't expect them to).  On the odd occasion an outsider does leave a compliment, it usually turns out to be spam. 

        That does NOT mean I'm not prepared to "hob nob with the crowd". Just look at how much time I spend on the forums.  I just prefer to socialise at the water cooler (the forums) and not at my desk (my Hubs).   Live and let live, please.

        1. MarieLB profile image83
          MarieLBposted 11 days agoin reply to this

          Will certainly live and let live Marisa.  I have read many comments re this issue, and my remarks were very much of a general nature.  Like you, I was voicing a general opinion. 

          If you have found my comments offensive, I apologise. I am here to learn how to write.   Maybe I should have chosen my words more carefully.

      2. theraggededge profile image100
        theraggededgeposted 11 days agoin reply to this

        Marie, it's got nothing to do with being a prima donna. The comment by 'Betty' you posted is clearly spam. 'Betty' is not leaving you a compliment. It's a waste of your time even thinking about it, let alone acknowledging it.

        Should you wish to continue responding to inane and worthless comments, then that's your prerogative. I'm not sure why you bothered asking us 'prima donnas' if you don't want answers that could help you learn.

  2. NessMovieReviews profile image88
    NessMovieReviewsposted 2 weeks ago

    What sort of comment is it? Having the choice of whether to allow or deny a comment should help with deciding whether to respond?
    Perhaps let us know what the comment is.

    1. MarieLB profile image83
      MarieLBposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      Hello NessMovieReviews,

      Good of you to take the time to help.  The comment is quite innocuous, and the only ID I am given is a name.  Please see below


       
          Betty    15 hours ago 

      Useful article, thanks.

      Not spam   Delete forever
      Status: Spam.
      ip: 121.216.121.240

  3. Venkatachari M profile image76
    Venkatachari Mposted 2 weeks ago

    You can know it by looking at the commenter's profile (if he has any identity at any of the websites).
    Some people might be having only their email id and comment with that id.
    It depends on the nature of the comment. You can accept or reject it if you deem it quite okay.

    1. MarieLB profile image83
      MarieLBposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      Thanks for taking the time Vencathacari M I cannot understand why they call it spam.  Just three words, a comma and a full stop.  the choices given me are "This is not Spam" button and another that said "Delete forever".  The rest was from the system. Any views on the why ?   .This is the comment in its entirety.:   
         
          Betty    15 hours ago 

      Useful article, thanks.

      Not spam   Delete forever
      Status: Spam.
      ip: 121.216.121.240


      Thank you

      1. Venkatachari M profile image76
        Venkatachari Mposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        Sorry, I provided my reply somewhere at the bottom of your reply to TheRaggedEdge.
        They gave you the option either to approve the comment or to Delete it. Because they treat such comments from unknown sources as spam and that too such comments which are of no use to readers.

  4. DrMark1961 profile image99
    DrMark1961posted 2 weeks ago

    Marie, the comments are often identified as spam if they have links attached. Sometimes it is just someone trying to help ("this really helped, and you can buy one at www.whatever") but who knows if it is a spammer typing in that link?

    1. MarieLB profile image83
      MarieLBposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      Thanks for taking the time Dr Mark, but it puzzles me greatly.  Just three words, a comma and a full stop.  The rest was from the system .This is the comment in its entirety.:   
         
          Betty    15 hours ago 

      Useful article, thanks.

      Not spam   Delete forever
      Status: Spam.
      ip: 121.216.121.240

  5. theraggededge profile image100
    theraggededgeposted 2 weeks ago

    Hi there, I won't approve any comment like that. Comments should reflect the content, so those generic, 'good article, thanks' get deleted. The poster may have been identified as a spammer by the filters. Don't respond - there's no point.

    1. MarieLB profile image83
      MarieLBposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      Hi raggededge,  Very good of you to take the time to respons.
      The problem is that I know a fair few people who have no profile here, no FB and even if once they did have an email address, they rarely use it.  However, they still like to pop into the local library to search stuff on the net. 

      I have no way of knowing what this Betty gave as ID apart from her name. 

      The other thing I do not like is that HubPages just gives me two buttons to choose from One says ....  "Not Spam".........the other "Delete Forever".

      I would have liked some explaination for this, however brief.

      1. Venkatachari M profile image76
        Venkatachari Mposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        You can select "Not Spam". But, such short comments with no useful content are not welcome. It will be considered as a fake voter casting his vote to increase the chances of your majority in polls.

        1. MarieLB profile image83
          MarieLBposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

          Hi Venkatachari M,

          It is hardly likely that someone is intending to help me with the points, when I am not even sure who this person is.  If it is not a Hubber they would not know of our system anyway.

          Methinks that if Hubpages wants to ID whoever comments, then they should write the correct coding for it.  If it is the length of the comments that bothered them, then they should also write to programme in such a way that it leads the writer to the correct length. 

          Looks like they are not sure what they want.

          1. Venkatachari M profile image76
            Venkatachari Mposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

            It might be. But, it is clear that he is not a hubber or any writer at other sites. He might be having some email id and browsing things seeking knowledge and learning.

            If you want to approve the comment, you can click the button "Not Spam" and then approve it. When you click "Not Spam", they will provide you the other buttons for approving it.

            You are right that HubPages should specify their instructions and standards for commenting.

  6. theraggededge profile image100
    theraggededgeposted 13 days ago

    Marie, you are over-thinking this. We all get those comments constantly. They get identified as spam because they are like sugar - empty of any nutrition. They are generally either:

    *Hubbers trying to get you to visit their profile and hubs and leave reciprocal comments. Pointless.

    *Spammers.

    Just click Delete Forever.

    If you find a genuine comment in your spam messages, simply do as Venkatachari suggests: click Not Spam. It will then give you the option to approve and reply.

  7. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 12 days ago

    It may also be a non-spam comment used to get an account accepted, that was then used for spam.  But all of the accounts comments were deleted once it was identified as a spam account.

    1. MarieLB profile image83
      MarieLBposted 11 days agoin reply to this

      Not in this case psycheskinner.  My account is 3 years old and it does not need verification at this point in time.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image99
        Marisa Wrightposted 11 days agoin reply to this

        Psycheskinner means that if the commenter's account was engaged in spammer activity and got banned,  all their comments would be marked as spam too.

        1. MarieLB profile image83
          MarieLBposted 11 days agoin reply to this

          Yes, you're right Marisa.  Thank you.

 
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