Why do people post hubs without a comment section?
Every now and then I come across hubs with no comment section. Are these the result of simple oversight, or perhaps people not familiar with the various elements you can add to hubs? Or do they just not want to interact? It seems odd... blogs and web sites; even articles in the New York Times and major magazine web sites allow for comments/feedback. For me, it detracts a bit from the quality of the hub. What do you think?
Calling it to the multillionth degree! To paraphrase the late great President Truman, if you cannot stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!
I think you're right. And sometimes people just want to say something controversial without the risk of being taken to task for it.
Good point. If you are going to expose your thoughts to the public, you should have to expose it to criticism as well. Besides, HP is a lot more likely to comment positively than other media outlets.
All my new hubs I post have the comment section taken out due to limited number of comments. This is a reflection, perhaps, on the quality of the hub.
Thanks for commenting. Not sure I follow your line of logic, however... if you remove the comment section, it seems to be you will ALWAYS have a "limited number" of comments.
I don't follow you, either, Vrijdag Pages. Always leave that comment section up there. People are reading Hubs. Check out your pageviews, and don't be picky about someone not leaving a comment for you. You may get some comments down the road.
Some of them are oversight and some are on purpose. I let someone know just last night that they had no comment section and they put it right up, thanking me for letting them know.
I also have a friend that wrote a controversial hub and since it was her opinion and religious beliefs, she chose not to get comments on it. She knew some would be nasty and hateful.
Good point... sometimes it might be nice to let people know they don't have a comment section. I have nothing against outspoken hubs, but it strikes me as a bit cowardly to be controversial but not accept that there can be consequences.
The friend that decided not to have comments on that hub about abortion also posted in her hub why. It was very well understood and accepted. She did receive some negative email from nasty, hateful people but she deleted them.
I'm glad it worked well for her. Mean people are everywhere... and if you say something controversial, they WILL respond.
If I was really hard-up for cash and anal about SEO, I'd remove the comment field if I thought other people would taint such things. On my own sites, I have the option available, and approve the rare comments that come through that actually add to the content and/or discussion, but delete most (since the spammers take up most of that action).
As for here, this is a community website, so not having a comment field shouldn't even be allowed, in my opinion. I mean seriously, if you don't want to interact, get your own blogs or websites or be like some of us, and do all of the above.
As a writer, you will always need that feedback, but there are those who don't want to deal with comments or bad criticism or their readers. Which, in my opinion, doesn't make you a writer. For some reason, these same people who remove their comments sections can't take it or don't want to bother with bad criticism. When you write, you have to know that you have to take the heat for what you put out there, and you stand behind your writing. You have to allow for opinions. If you can't even do that, go find something else to do because not everyone is going to like your writing. And, they may tell you this in the worst possible ways. Suck it up and keep writing or don't write at all!
Arlene, agreed! If you're not willing to deal with other people having an "opinion" about your writing or viewpoint, you have no business publicly displaying your opinion. Go write in your own journal, or private blog.
Thank you for a terrific question, Denmarkguy!
I wrote a whole Hub about my own reasons for not having comment capsules enabled on a lot of my Hubs. Contrary to common belief, it has nothing whatsoever to do with "not being able to take criticism". I've never seen it as a big deal not to have comments enabled, but maybe that's because I've written (and done a lifetime's worth of reading) in the offline world, where comments aren't an option.
Separate from that Hub I wrote ("Disabled Comment Capsules on Hubs"), my main reason is the time factor. I've been on here close to five years now (and also have writing under other names elsewhere). Getting e.mails about comments on things I wrote, say, three years ago can get to be too much for the person who has to allot certain chunks of time to certain activities on a site like this. I appreciate comments, and I like the balance that either differing opinions offer. I even get a kick of comments like, "whatever", "blah blah blah", and that kind of thing (which I've gotten a couple of times). It's just that I don't want to leave comments unmoderated and don't want to give half-baked, quickie, replies to some of the comments that are either very thought out or else very personal for people. A lot of my subjects are serious ones that require sensitivity and thought, so I just can't take the time to answer in the way I think respects the commenter (and again, unmoderated or half-baked/half-hearted replies aren't what I want either). I have comments on Hubs where comments add information, and I have comments on the latest Hubs.
For the most part, most of the comments I've ever gotten have been either neutral, politely complimentary, or else really really positive. I have about three (I think) Hubs that have tended to attract debate and/or criticism (even anger a couple of times). If ever get debate/criticism on a new Hub (which I haven't in years) I'd be happy to address it and leave the comment capsule as a way of adding balance. That's not what my Hubs tend to get. I don't tend to write anything very controversial at all.
Yes, those are good reasons and I agree with them. You with over 1800 followers, surely it would be time consuming to moderate all those comments.
Blissful writer, it's nice to know that someone sees the reason in it. (Extra note: There's an an extra "really" in the second line/last paragraph of my reply. I typed "really" twice by accident. lol Oops.)
There was a time when I purposefully delete the comment module from my Hubs.
And my reasons were explained here...
http://blissfulwriter.hubpages.com/hub/ … ent-Module
I have since kept comment modules on my latest hubs.
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