Are you always honest with your comments even if a Hub is not well written?
This seems like bad policy here. I have commented on a few glaring inaccuricies and have been called a troll, etc. "I am just a writer and write what people tell me" was an answer yesterday. No need to tell the truth, right?
i believe honesty is the best policy. i also believe in the saying "if you cant say something nice, dont say anything at all". there are many times i find it hard to read a hub, mostly because english is not the writers best language. in this case i choose to say nothing about the writing as in time it can improve and i dont want to be reported for "harrasing" someone about their english. if the person has been here for a year or more and still writes like this tho i will "suggest" some improvements, but do it nicely.
I have noticed this a lot also, your policy seems to be really good but it is hard for me to follow at times. Something to work on!!!!
I agree with your approach, if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all--and saying it as a comment is like yelling "your ugly" across a crowded room!
I just keep my mouth shut and move on.
Is it like yelling? Today I read a hub title "Dangerous Vaccines for Dogs" that did not discuss that issue. Would it be wrong to tell the author to focus? She has only been writing a few weeks.Are we not supposed to help each other grow?
in a case like hers, i might gently suggest that hubpages frowns on hubs that dont have much to do with the title and such a hub can be reported. new hubbers need help in a lot of areas.
Ah, that's an interesting question... Whether it's a forum or anything else, I always try to be constructive in everything that I say. When I'm reading content from an ELL or an ESL writer, I some times very kindly suggest that if they'd like help from an English teacher, to contact me and I'd be happy to help them. If I'm completely at a loss because I know the writer is a native English speaker, but just a very bad writer, then I move on and say nothing. Really, I don't think that it's worth it to tell them how bad of a writer they are because it usually elicits an angry or defensive reaction. Unfortunately, that's human nature.
I would not usually comment on a hub I don't like or one I think is poorly written.
I usually will stop reading a hub if it is really poorly written. I don't feel leaving critical comments would be helpful. A private message would be better. So if I do comment on a hub I am honest and try to say something positive.
Criticism only opens a door for an e-fight. Not everyone takes the constructive type well so I am very honest in my ratings (votes, feedback). Most of the time I will simply stop reading a poorly written hub. I also take into consideration how long the person has been writing (on Hubpages) and how well their English language is. There are a few factors, but I leave my honesty to how I rate the article.
The last thing I want is a confrontation and to discourage a hubber.
Why would it be my place to tell someone that's learning that they're not good? That's just mean and arrogant. If it's not to your standard, just move on.
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Yes because I try to make my comments include constructive criticism. If it's really bad then I don't leave a comment at all but that's usually when it appears that the writer just hasn't bothered to proof-read or hasn't written a hub within the guidelines (& that doesn't include someone whose English is not up to scratch because of it being a second language).
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