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What is the best way to respond to a comment by a visitor who leaves a positive comment on your hub
but leaves a link to a site as well which has no relation to the hub topic. Does one count this comment as spam and hit the deny button or count it as a normal comment and hit the approve button?
Usually I do not approve promotional comments, they are spam and nothing else.
With my point of view it is o.k if someone left the link, if it is related to the hub topic, but if it is not related to the topic than it is just for the promotion of his or her hub. I will just ignore that link and approve the comment. It is up to you to deny or approve it.
Even if it is a kind comment, they should not put any links in there so I would treat it as spam and not approve it.
Leaving links to a site, in the comment section is somewhat promotional. But if it is related to the topic, I think the intention is not purely promotional.
Acknowledge the positive comment and ignore the link, is perhaps what should be done.
I manage this on a case by case agenda. If there is a relationship between the link and my hub topic, I will generally leave it. If not, If it is not related, and yet has a great message, I might leave it and respond to the comment that I felt it was self-promoting but that I found the link to be worthy. When the link is clearly spam, I will delete the comment entirely.
This sounds like a clever spammer to me Rajan and I would probably delete the comment, particularly if it has no relevance to the subject at hand.
I delete all links in comments on my Hubs. I don't want to worry about what the link is. Very rarely (VERY rarely), if I get the sense the person is being very genuine about his reason for leaving the link, I may let it go through.
Most of the time, it just looks to me as if someone is trying to be particularly clever about adding his link because he's heard "Don't leave a link without saying something relevant". In other words, I tend not to think the positive comment was genuine and/or aimed at offering something to the Hub/discussion. (And even if it was, I just don't want to get into having to try to think about links and whether they'll in some way hurt my "algorithmic reputation". I do enough to damage that, myself, without the help of strangers. lol )
I'm not saying my way is "the best way" - just that it's yet one way some people handle the situation.
I agree with what other people have said, they are probably just a spammer that is hoping that you won't delete their post since they were complimentary to your hub. It's probably best to mark it as spam.
Those who comment with leaving a link should considered as spam, the comment box shouldn't be left with a link. I would regard it as a spam. If a hubber can't leave a decent comment then don't leave one at all.
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