How do you feel when you write a comment and don't receive a response from the author?
Personally it doesn't bother me because I often forget which hubs I leave comments on, purely down to the amount of hubs I've commented on. Although I will stress that I always try to respond to genuine comments left by people on my hubs.
Not answering by the author may not be author's fault. Hubpages has stopped alerting me to the comments I receive on my most popular hub. This probably has happened to others as well.
No, because I am an author that quite often does not respond. I write about several things. One topic is very sensitive and I do not comment on those usually. I also do not respond to generic comments. On top of that I am a work from home mom of 3, my time is limited. Thankfully I think most of my followers are aware and know that I appreciate their comments even if I don't respond back. I do try to comment back if they ask me something though.
It doesn't bother me at all unless I have asked a specific question I would like answered.
i think it's just common decency to reply. If someone asked you a question in person, would you just ignore them?
now that reply will make sure you answer eh! :-)
no, but really i think if someone made the effort to comment on a hub it should be recognised. if nothing else just to support the hub community.
When I 'signed up' on Hub Pages I was amazed at how author's responded to every comment, I thought this was accepted practice here. But I noticed since then, there are some who do not respond ever, or very selectively. I find this a little disappointing actually. I usually don't comment again when this happens, but I still read if the page interests me.
It used to bother me at one time, but lately I do not pay too much attention to who responds and who does not. Sometimes I use my own analogy and say to myself, that this person is temporarily unavailable, just hang up and try again later! In other words no ones home to pick up the phone at the time. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.
Hi Jim-how are you? I had a good Thanksgiving and hope you did the same. Thanks for your input here.
Glad to input wherever I can Denise. Also glad you had a good Thanksgiving. You could say that I had a L-TRYPTOPHAN overload! ):
I am so scattered these days, I couldn't possibly remember what I commented on if I tried, so I don't feel anything. Someday I hope things settle down for me and I get
back to HubPages in a real way. Good question, Denise.
Wow...I feel about two inches tall. Okay, here's the truth, Denise. I read what you wrote, but then I wanted to write something in response 'equally' as good. Most comments I get are five words are less. I was very happy to see what you wrote (especially the amount you wrote). And, for the record, it drives me crazy when I write something and the author doesn't respond. At Hubpages though, people are usually pretty quick on the responses.
On another note: I'm sorry.
The most frustrating one is when they 'accept' your comment but then don't reply. If they 'accept' it then they MUST have read it...Again, sorry.
aykianink-no apologize nec. This certainly wasn't aimed at you. I'm always grateful at the author's response, no matter the length. This Q. was out of curiosity if anyone else was frustrated by this occurrence. Thanks 4 your 'confession' lol.
I just feel like the author doesn't want to make a personal connection. I know some people have a thousand or more followers and it's hard sometimes to keep up with hubs that are frequently commented on- but I feel like it's nice to hear that they read your comment and didn't just skim it and accepted it. I understand the reasons for not answering it but I feel like it's just a good gesture to let someone know you appreciate them making the effort to read your work. They could have just as easily not commented at all.
Hi Alecia-I agree. I know many hubbers read work and don't leave a comment, but if I take the time to write a comment it's taking time away from my own writing and I, like you, feel it warrants a response-at least a short acknowledgement. Thanks.
Since I work during the week and hugpages is mostly on weekends for me, I'm slow at responding to comments. I do get to them all, but it may take a few days. I try to get to as many as I can, but often that's just 3 or 4 at a time. I try to mix it up because I write on a variety of subjects and often have comments on several hubs at once, so I respond to the oldest comments first, usually one comment per hub, and then I do another round if there's time.
Busy as I am, I know that other people are just as busy, and so they may not have time to respond to my comment right away. Like me, they may need a little more time to get to it. Especially if they have young families -- and now it's the holidays on top of everything else. There are always a gazillion things going at once for me and I expect that's true for most of the people writing on here.
One of the reasons it takes me so long to respond is that I go to the person's profile page who has left me a comment and I look through their hubs, choose one that looks interesting, and read/comment on it, because I want them to know how very much I appreciate their taking the time to comment on one of mine. Commenting on their hubs as I respond to their comment helps me keep track of whose hubs I have read and commented on, and guarantees I won't forget anyone. I wrote a hub about this a while back.
I feel disappointed if I spent some time leaving the comment. I myself am tired of answering comments when it just says things like "good hub" etc. I've also had comments left that made me aware that they never even read the hub.
I like when I get a response, not because I need affirmation but because I enjoy the sharing of ideas. I like to answer people who comment on my hubs for the same reason. I am not exactly sure how I feel but I feel badly if I see that the person who wrote the hub only answers selectively. For me, that's woorse than not replying at all. But, truly, I enjoy the engagement and camaraderie that goes with it and the great people I have met this way, including you!
It's always okay for me as if the author don't care for me; then i don't care for him either.
And if hubpages had a hate button(just like FB has a like button), i'll press that for that author!!!
Hi bozo-you feel very strongly about this, obviously. I hope you have a chance to read some of the reasons that people don't respond; it may shed some light on reasons other than a personal attack. Thanks for your answer. Enjoy your weekend.
It's easy to fall into disappointment initially but the truth is, I don't take it personally because I am probably one of those writers that sometimes doesn't comment. I don't do it on purpose however. I am extremely busy with a crazy life I don't share here. Maybe I'll write about it soon. lol
It's hard to keep things in focus these days and I have to understand that maybe there are other writers like me, who have a life outside the Hub, who might not be ignoring me, just got called away and forgot to get back. it happens.
I guess the answer to your question is, you just never know and should really assume they are ignoring you.
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