Will you let the writer know if you disagree with what they write in the hub?
If you disagree with the hub that you have just read, what will you do? Will you write a comment to express your disagreement or to inform the writer privately or just simply ignore the hub or any other response you may have?
I did do this once when the hubber was using a string of completely false historical 'facts' to support a racist political argument. I commented to point out what the historical facts actually were, as I was concerned that people might read that hub and believe what he said was true. This appeared to be the case from a comment already left. It does get me annoyed when people distort the facts to advance their prejudice and hatred. But there's a difference between respectfully disagreeing and setting out the correct facts and being offensive and hostile and just putting down the other person. I hope I wouldn't do that.
That's when I'm most likely going to comment. If I like a hub I'll vote it up, maybe hit the "interesting" button but I won't usually comment unless it is a new hub with very few comments.
I recently read a hub that was tips about writing. I've read a lot of books about writing and all of these tips went against everything every book said. So I left a comment about it giving what I thought were some good writing tips. I did end up being kind of mean but I felt the writer deserved it. I wouldn't be surprised if he deleted my comment but it's satisfying knowing that he probably read it first.
Most people don't really want another point of view but constructive criticism does make you put some thought into what your writing. I do try to point out bad facts and express another side of the story or just give them advise on how to improve their hubs.
I may most likely write a comment on the hubs expressing my stands on the issue. However, the exact strategy may be different for different levels of disagreement. Let me explain this through some examples.
Case-1: Suppose my disagreement with the hub is normative in nature. Which means, suppose a hubber makes a value judgement that "one should always tell the truth", I may ignore it.
Case-2: On certain ideas such as a statement like "Inflation is good for the economy", I may argue openly through comments expressing my opinion and arguments against the stated opinion. In some cases however, I may still keep quite. For example, suppose in a hub that explains the methods on how to make money, or say how to quit smoking, etc., and I disagree with the writer. Then most probably I shall not react through comments unless a strategy suggested by the hubber is against the larger social norms of morality and ethics.
Case-3: On factual issues, I shall certainly argue with references on the issue. I shall ignore typographical issues.
Case-4: In all the above cases, I shall remain polite but firm. But, if I know the hubber personally and otherwise have a lot of respect for the person, then I would personally write a mail to the person instead of posting comments on the hub, no matter how seriously I disagree.
So, the exact strategies will be based on the merit of the specific case.
I think every one has his point of view, in as much as I have. I never get into disagreeing or arguing about what is written unless there is information that is incorrect or invalid. In that case I would rather write to the person privately than make it public in the comments section and bring it to his notice.
I have been here for almost 16 months but as yet have yet to come across a single instance when I've had to do this.
Hubbers here are well informed and knowledgeable. A novice to online writing has to be given some leeway. Most of us learn the ropes. It takes sometime.
Nope, not worth the agony to fight with other people; especially dealing with anonymous people online.
On one hand I might feel argumentitive and say, "good point and well made, but in my honest opinion, I feel--, lalalalah". On the other I might go with what JBrumett said about not wasting time. Many unprofessional (one could reply, "define professional") writers could in fact be trolling, which is a form of cyberbullying and there are few ways to tell when one is being serious and when one is trolling. So TL;DR, read a book. It just depends on what mood I'm in ^^
Yes, I did this before and we had very good discussion about the topic. I think there are many kind ways to disagree with someone.
No. I just simply ignore the hub. I don't think it is polite. There is a reason they wrote that and I cannot possibly understand why so there is no point in going against them.
Depends upon why I disagree with the hub. If it's factually incorrect or contains dishonest arguments, I may leave a comment pointing that out so that others reading the hub will know. Otherwise, I simply ignore it if it's a case of personal disagreement.
The few times I ever have expressed disagreement with a hub, I've regretted it. If it's something I know about, and I know the facts are not accurate, I would vote it down. If I disagree with the opinion, I leave it alone.
Where I really draw the line is when medical information is completely incorrect, and people are commenting on what great information it is. It's scary. But what I've found is a private messages work well; public discourse is embarrassing to the author.
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