If someone doesn't like your comment on their hub, it may never letting them see the light of day? Where's the freedom of speech in that?
Many people will approve "negative" comments because they may think they offer balance, may enjoy "debating" opposing opinions, or may simple know that a comment is a comment - good or bad - and may help traffic.
I am one who approve any comment that is not obviously spam or else obscene/too crude for what I want on my Hub.
"Freedom of speech" is a right that exists under The Constitution and that applies to the government infringing on speech. It does not guarantee a right to have whatever you want want posted on pages of a private (rather than government) website (like HubPages). It also doesn't guarantee the right to post whatever you want to post on the individual Hubs of private individuals who participate on HubPages.
I like Lisa's answer. I, too, approve almost any comment, most of the time. If a commentor has been offensive personally, or threatening, which I have not experienced tho' some say they have, then I would delete that and not give them an audience through my hub for their venom.
I think writing an article implies that you're open to differences, yet sometimes we find out that isn't true with some hubbers. For the most part, comments are "received" if not "well received."
As Lisa says, the freedom of speech is not automatically given by all authors, as is their right.
Endless disagreement and debate can be tiring and brings about no good purpose...sort of resembling how our Congress behaves, come to think of it.
My tip? Write on, and let others comment, as long as they're basically respectful. And, if your comment is deleated, as one or two of mine have been, just chalk it up to experience and move on. Some people go into the kitchen but they can't take the heat.
I avoid commenting on most religious hubs for that very reason. They preach to the choir and woe unto anyone who sees life differently. It's their right, as is mine to ignore it.
Have fun, Hubpages is a great neighborhood, and the "quirks" just give us Pizazzz!
FREEDOM IS WHOEVER IS THERE AT THAT TIME.BECAUSE THE NEXT PERSON MAY THINK OTHERWISE.ENJOY THE JOURNEY.PEACE.
All of the above are perfect answers. Freedom lives within each of us. We are free to say what we want! It's when we worry about others' opinions that we lose that freedom.
I've found some comments that have nothing to do with my hub and are just negative and not helpful nor on subject at all. But I am looking for quality comments. I want to keep a positive flow on my hub. I have a personal site and I don't write anything negative or not according to my own personal beliefs. I know there are certain hubs that I do not comment on where my opinion would disrupt their flow of like-minded ideas. Their right of expression. Your freedom of speech ends when it infringes on another's right of peaceful enjoyment of their own rights.Your freedom of speech is having your own hub.
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