Do you read negative comments received on hubs?
People can give you a bad review on a product, on your writing or on a business. Do you take in negative comments lightly?
One should read both positive and negative comments also. By reading all types of comments you can get a better picture of your writing style and quality. Negative comments require more attention, as they may ruthlessly pinpoint your bad qualities and mistakes. You should not ignore them. They can make you more strong and determined in improving your qualities.
So far, I haven't receive any negative comments but if I do, I will read it to see if they can help me improve my writing. Sometimes negative comments can be a good thing because if others find something missing they can point it out. I won't be offended. Writers make mistakes and it is always nice to have readers that can spot mistakes and point it out.
I read them, if they are spammy or hurtful where they attack me as a person rather than my writing, I delete them, if they are negative in the sense that they disagree with my opinion, I leave it and let it be. I try not to allow comments to effect me personally.
I've received negative comments about my writing style, my opinions about a topic, and so on. I read every comment left at my hubs (or book reviews posted at Amazon or sent via email). If they are spiteful, obnoxious, and rude - in other words - someone is just looking to be hateful, I delete them. If it's negative because they disagree with something and give a well thought out response, I leave it and try to have a back and forth discussion with them. Both positive and negative comments help us become better writers and learn more about the topics about which we chose to write.
I read all comments, both good and bad, on my hubs. The only thing that will prompt me to delete a comment is if it is hateful towards another hubber (name calling) or if it uses profane language. But in all the years I've been here, I think I've only deleted one comment. Other negative responses (or disagreements) I leave as part of the discussion. People are free to disagree with me; it's an organic part of the internet.
If I received any then I would read them and decide whether to accept or deny/delete them.
I read negative comments and I take in negative comments lightly. So far I have not had a lot of negative comments. One was constructive. I did not really agree with what the person said but he was trying to get his point across. The others I got did not really make sense.
A person left me a comment saying I did not know what I was talking about and that I should not be misleading people. He did in a rude way. The hub was about me building muscle doing intense cardio. I took the comment very lightly because I have large rock hard calf muscles from biking long distances. Biking to beaches increased my weight by 20 pounds even though I became leaner.
Learning from negative comments is crucial to going forward. Various things can be learned from them, and many are important. We need to look objectively at our writing and ask ourselves if we need to improve it. Negative comments can direct us to specific needs. It's a universal truth about everything we do. Negatives are not necessarily bad. For instance, no one wants pain, but it is a good thing because it tells us that we've been burned or cut or have broken a bone and we need to know when those things happen so we make get the repairs taken care of and heal rather than develop an infection or have a lifelong debilitation.
Sometimes you can simply learn that a particular person has a bad, immature, or even nasty character. I try to leave even those comments posted so others can be warned about that person. I also try to give a wise reply to such comments. I
However, if a comment has foul words in it I will not allow it to be posted on my hubs even though general society has degraded to the point that it now approves words that were once not used in polite company. A quote that I remember when faced with that issue is that you can say a dog has five legs if you call the tail a leg, but that doesn't make the tail a leg. Four-letter-words, or foul words, lower the bar in communication no matter what societal trends are.
I haven't received negative comments on any of my hubs, but sometimes people disagree with a hub. In the latter case, it's okay, I publish it. Life is boring if everyone disagrees. If someone comments and is just plain rude without anything constructive to say, I think it would be better to discard the comment. Just like sometimes a comment just posts a link to advertise something, those I discard, unless the link is related to the topic.
Heh, reminds me of the old Critics United crew on FanFiction.net some years ago. Quite a few of them took great care of ripping your works to shreds, and called it "concrit" - well, while concrit certainly is most welcome, if one wants to improve, there sure are some borders the 'critic' should not cross. And the most active of those crossed every single one of them so much that they actually got an online petition against them.
Anyway - it really depends on the kind of negative. If people tell me my works sucks, and list what exactly sucks, and it's true, I actually thank them, since it gives me the much needed kick in th butt to correct things and actually improve my style. (although, if those people tell me my grammar/spelling sucks, and their own is not much better, there is only so much I can take seriously about their opinion. Always makes me laugh when someone calls themselves in all seriousness a 'Grammer Nazi' and then kicks their own grammar out of the window.)
If it's just some meaningless trolling, I mostly just laugh, think something about idiots who really should get a life and delete them.
And if it's negative because people do not agree with me on something - well, that's great. If everyone would always agree with everyone else, where would be discussion, where would be conflict that pushes us all forward?
As much as negative reactions can really depress us, I think that to certain degree we need those as well.
Like the latest comment I got from my betareader for one of my stories. I asked her for her opinion - whether she thought there was some issue with my writing that I would need to work on, did the story flow, or was it dragging itself forward at the speed of a turtle in peanut butter? The reaction I got was basically "well, it could have been much worse", and believe me, I was flailing hopelessly in front of my computer for about five minutes before I started laughing like idiot. I hoped for something a bit more detailed, but at least I know it wasn't commplete crap, even if it sure could be better
maybe its a sick pleasure, but i think those are the only ones worth reading.
yes, i do read the negative comments. Thereby we can improve ourself and can rectify our mistakes. I definitely do it.
by johnnyco12 10 years ago
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by Pamela N Red 5 years ago
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by Linda Lum 8 years ago
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by Grace Marguerite Williams 10 years ago
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by Kitty Fields 9 years ago
Do you all ever get soooo many negative comments on a single hub that you just get tired of dealing with it? If it was all positive comments that wouldn't bother me, heck I even like a good debate from time to time...but to have hundreds of comments from random people trying to shame my writing or...
by Bikash jha 13 years ago
we all know comments effect mind of new readers who are unknown to our previous works, now the question is will you approve bad reaction of your readers on your hubs?dont you think people should know fair things about your hub not only good things but also other kind of responses?
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