How do we keep unwanted comments from stalkers off of our hubs?

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  1. Genna East profile image86
    Genna Eastposted 4 years ago

    How do we keep unwanted comments from stalkers off of our hubs?

    During the past couple of days, I've had numerous comments posted on various hubs that have nothing to do with the hub, nor Hupages, and don't make any sense.  I've had to delete over a dozen of them.  Has anyone else experienced this problem?  I value your input.

  2. Faith Reaper profile image87
    Faith Reaperposted 4 years ago

    I did, Genna, but not recently but a couple of months ago.  I had several on a Christmas hub that were left and made no sense, as if the persons were talking to each other and some were in another language, which I just happened to be able to translate!  The only thing I know to do is delete them when you see them. I had to do this several times or call them "spam" which is what they are, I believe.  I hope you do not have a stalker, but who knows these days!  One can never be too safe, but I do not know of any way to block anyone from commenting.  HubPages does have a feature to block those you do not wish to show up in that feature to the right of your hub ..."Others who you may be interested in" but those are other hubbers. 

    What is strange on the comments I received, was that I did not realize they were there until I happened to read a legitimate comment or go to make an edit and I noticed them.  So, I am wondering why they did not show up in my notifications as having received a comment on my hubs?

    I do hope more will provide better insight into this problem.

    1. Genna East profile image86
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Theresa, for that very thoughtful answer.  These comments are by visitor(s) -- not hubbers -- so I don't know how to prevent them.  I sent an e-mail to the HP Team. I am getting e-mail notifications on the comments.  Too weird, isn't it?

    2. Faith Reaper profile image87
      Faith Reaperposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, too weird, indeed. Mine were visitors too and not hubbers. If I did get emails when they commented, I missed them somehow. After several times on one hub, I was growing weary of having to keep deleting their comments being they were unrelated.

  3. fpherj48 profile image78
    fpherj48posted 4 years ago

    This has happened to me only a time or 2, so I can't really complain.  I just delete them and carry on.  However, I do know that it has gone on to a serious degree for some others.  If I recall, one of the victims figured out who it was actually and was able to take care of the matter in no uncertain terms.
    Genna, the only way I know to prevent this is to set your comment settings up to where they must be seen and approved by you before you OK them and allow them on your comment site.   Even if you had to do this for a short period of time until the spammer got the message that his/her comments will never be displayed on your site......and finally gives up or unfortunately moves on to someone else.
    There may be other ways to handle this and hopefully some of the more informed hubbers will suggest something helpful.   
    If you don't get a satisfactory reply, it may be time to write Team HP......I'm sure this can get very annoying.  Lord only knows who these cuckoos are and how empty their lives can be!!    Good luck, honey.  Peace, paula

    1. Genna East profile image86
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for that very thoughtful answer.  I wrote Team HP over a week ago and still haven't heard anything.

  4. peachpurple profile image80
    peachpurpleposted 4 years ago

    oh yes, i had been receiving crazy unrelated spamming comments. So, i delete them. They aren't genuine readers

    1. Genna East profile image86
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Peach.  I know -- aren't' they annoying?  And the comments don't make any sense.  Thank you for answering.

  5. GiftsByDiana profile image51
    GiftsByDianaposted 4 years ago

    Since my old blogger and Squidoo days, I have seen folks try to spam the comments so I always try to remember to set them all to where any comments have to be approved by me first before they can show up.

    1. Genna East profile image86
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, Diana.  i set up the members-only toggle.  i hope this dissuades them for a while.

  6. Matthew Meyer profile image71
    Matthew Meyerposted 4 years ago

    You can setup all or individual Hubs such that you will have to review all comments, you can also disable comments for people who are not logged in.

    Go here and click show settings.

    1. Genna East profile image86
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Matthew.  I set up the members-only toggle. But only for a while until the twinkies get the message.. :-)

  7. Jodah profile image91
    Jodahposted 4 years ago

    I had a comment like you mention about two weeks ago, but it seems it was a one off and I just deleted it. It was just unrelated babble and made no sense. You say you have had numerous such comments on different hubs so that would be a real concern.I hope the Hub Page team can help you. I hate it when other hubbers have the comments set to "waiting approval" as often I check the hub numerous times and never see my comment or a reply.

    1. Genna East profile image86
      Genna Eastposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Hi John.  I've had over a dozen on different hubs.  You're right -- nonsensical babble.  So weird.  I set up the members-only comments selection.  Thanks for that great answer.  It helped.  :-)

  8. Genna East profile image86
    Genna Eastposted 4 years ago

    I wanted to than everyone for taking the time to answer this question.  I wrote Team HP a couple e-mails about this problem but haven't heard anything back yet. ( I was also wondering if this would in any way reflect poorly on profile scores.)  I decided to go with the members-only comments for a bit to see if this would discourage these spammer/twinkies.


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