What do you do if another Hubber just "jumps" you for no reason?
Some new person (that I will not name) has been posting fairly contentious comments on one of my Hubs.
I allowed the first comment out of an observance of free speech.
(I know...probably a mistake)
But he just continued on.
I made a final reply where I told him what he was doing was trolling and that there are Hubbers here that he shouldnt try that tactic with (sunforged, relache, darkside and Misha spring to mind) and I don't intend to allow any more of his comments.
What bothers me is that he is obviously very intelligent, but maybe not a people person.
So is blocking his comments the right thing to do?
Am I being too thin-skinned about this?
I mean everyone is allowed their own point of view, but there is no need to be ugly about it.
In my three plus years here I really have never had to deal with anyone like this.
Any advice would be appreciated.
no, you're not being "thin-skinned". why should you let some idiot throw off your hubs' chi? you worked hard on them. if they can't say anything nice, they shouldn't say anything at all.
i don't permit any negative comments on my hubs, unless it is to faciliate a controversial topic discussion. if they are just out to attack, i Deny them.
you're not over-reacting at all. i would delete all of their comments and ignore them. i mean, what are they gonna do?
You can set your comments on your hub to where they have to be approved by you before they post. Just deny them and report them.
I had few nasty comments, but I always leave them, because I think it's a way to show what kind of a person that hubber is.
I've not been here very long, but, I would have done what you did on the First and Only attacking comment. The rest I would delete and probably let the HP Staff in on it. Just my opinion; I hope it helps.
tantrum: Yes I did that as well.
Denno66: I thought about alerting HP Staff, but I hate doing something like that, especially if "I" am the one over-reacting.
Thanks for replying.
It's your hub. I don't think it's overreacting if you were offended, particularly if the person was less than respectful. My opinion is that allowing comments on hubs is a courtesy which we don't have to extend to everyone. If they keep coming back to the slop trough to be piggish, I say just delete any further comments from them.
I always laugh at them. They leave quickly. When they realise you're not disturbed, there's no fun for them.
Just switch comments to approval mode temporarily, this will piss them off
Oh yeah, and report them of course
Unless it was so bad it needed reporting, I would leave it up.
I have left most of them, even the crazed religious one so others can form their own opinion of the poster as tantrum does.
I'm sorry that you are hving this happened to you. And me I delete the ones who leave rude comments. not going to waiste my time on those who can't say nice things.
Thanks to all of you for your replies.
I wanted to point out this wasn't a religious or political Hub, so really there was no need for controversy at all.
Actually I thought the comments were kinda racist and demeaning to women in general, and then to me, but that's another story and they may be just how I took it.
I'll leave it as is and yes Misha, if it continues I will report it.
Sounds like you've had some good advice. Tantrum is much more skilled at laughing at them than I am - my Irish heritage (temper) kicks in sometimes, I guess
That kind of bashing behavior led me to set all my hubs to require approval before anyone else can read the comments. That way I can get rid of the trolls first.
If they come back for a re-run, I do let Hub Pages staff know what's up.
Keep your chin up - at least here the trolls are in the minority!
It looks like the high road is out of the question, now he has devoted an entire Hub to bashing me.
Does that make me famous now?
And whats the best way to contact HP Staff since I have never had to do this before?
Captain Buzzkill is really beginning to harsh my Hub Page buzz.
Done, done and done.
Like I said before, in my little over three years here I have never had to deal with this type of behavior from another Hubber.
I think you should write to that hubber under an assumed nick, be real nice to him, get him to reveal his email addy or other such personal detail, and then attempt to either have his server banned, or hand over his email addy to a commercial spammer. That'll teach him!!
Read a Hub that encouraged new Hubbers to choose someone and focus on them - irritate them to a breaking point -- as that was a good way to draw attention to one's self. I realized I had been one of those "chosen" targets of the Hub's author.
Fortunately, I had answered the heckler's questons, chapter and verse and when he came back and blatantly accused me of being a liar - I blocked him and told him why. As I occasionally write on controversial subjects; opposing opinions and comments are expected and appreciated but ugly personal attacks are just that and counter-productive. To date - no more problems.
Well dang, Sabre - now I want to read the hub! I didn't see any of your that looked like it would invite a snide remark, and you have way to many for me to sift through. Can you give us a hint?
If people make stupid, or small minded, arrogant comments, sometimes i delete them, sometimes i don't. Either way, i know who i am, i don't allow other people to get to me.
I don't care too much if people say negative small minded comments, i'm above that, so it bothers me none. Just ignore it, or debate, stating clear reasons why you're right, and their wrong.
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