Making Comments

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  1. My Esoteric profile image81
    My Esotericposted 3 years ago

    Did Hubpages change how to make comments on articles?

    1. bravewarrior profile image87
      bravewarriorposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      My Esoteric, this has been in the works for weeks and no one is happy about it. Here are the links to forums that discuss this topic:

      https://hubpages.com/community/forum/34 … olidation-

      And the most recent:

      https://hubpages.com/community/forum/35 … er-is-live

      For what it's worth, here's a link to an article I wrote after the first announcement, before discover.hubpages was brought to our attention. It garnered 314 comments before it got moved to Discover (why they chose to move it to a monetized site is beyond me!):

      https://discover.hubpages.com/community … -Community

      1. alahiker28 profile image85
        alahiker28posted 20 months agoin reply to this

        Are there any updates on this NO COMMENTS SECTION issue? I haven't seen anything in a while and an email to Hubpages editor's was ignored. This is a very sad day for writers on Hubpages who make pennies and rely on comments and friendships for incentive value. NO ONE takes the time to send fan mail, it seems. I wonder if a petition were developed and signed by Hubbers if it would help.

        1. Matt Wells profile imageSTAFF
          Matt Wellsposted 20 months agoin reply to this

          Commenting is enabled on the following sites, but, at the moment, users will not get any comment notifications.

          https://axleaddict.com/
          https://wanderwisdom.com/
          https://letterpile.com/
          https://soapboxie.com/
          https://delishably.com/
          https://pairedlife.com/

          The comment box is below the recommended for you section. The easiest way to find it is to keyword search the word comments. It’s the second occurrence of the word comments in the article unless that word appears in the body of the article.

          1. janshares profile image93
            jansharesposted 20 months agoin reply to this

            This is good to know. Will notifications be on our feeds like they are with forum posts? Was there an official forum announcement for this update?

            Edit: I just looked at a couple of my articles on Delishably, SoapBoxie and LetterPile. Wow, you sure do have to scroll through a lot of "recommended" stuff to get to the comments section. How would readers know this? They likely wouldn't. Should we/can we start adding a line to our articles saying, "comments appreciated, scroll to the bottom?"

            1. Matt Wells profile imageSTAFF
              Matt Wellsposted 20 months agoin reply to this

              There are no comment notifications at this time, but we are exploring options and functionality. We've had comments for a while now, and there was an announcement. I would advise against adding a "leave a comment" line. We will work to improve user experience with comments.

              1. janshares profile image93
                jansharesposted 20 months agoin reply to this

                Thanks for your reply, Matt.

      2. Pamela99 profile image87
        Pamela99posted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I can sometimes make comments on my feed. I can't always find the article right away on it, however.

        1. bravewarrior profile image87
          bravewarriorposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Same here Pamela. It's extremely laborious! As a result, my reading and interaction has plummeted.

    2. My Esoteric profile image81
      My Esotericposted 3 years ago

      It looks like Hubpages changed their format and I cannot figure out how to leave comments anymore.  Is there a trick to it now?

      1. AliciaC profile image91
        AliciaCposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        No, there's no trick, I'm afraid. If an article is on a niche site or the discover site, we can't leave a comment. You'd have to catch the article just after it has been published and before it's been switched to another site in order to comment on it.

        1. Shesabutterfly profile image94
          Shesabutterflyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          All new articles that pass QAP automatically get moved to Discover. There is no wait or submission process to get articles moved.

          1. AliciaC profile image91
            AliciaCposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks for sharing the information. I thought that before the article had passed the QAP comments could still be submitted.

      2. My Esoteric profile image81
        My Esotericposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Thank all of you for your postings.  It has been very informative as well as very disappointing to see that Maven has gone down this rabbit hole.

    3. Brenda Arledge profile image80
      Brenda Arledgeposted 3 years ago

      I was just told that if I do manage to leave a comment before it goes to discover.hubpages.com or a niche site that it will not help toward your earnings.
      Earnings only count on the other sites...not Hubpages.
      So as much as I like to leave you all comments, I suppose you would like me to read your work while it will actually benefit you.

      1. bravewarrior profile image87
        bravewarriorposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        But that's not why most of us are here, Brenda. I've been here for nine years. The friendships I've made far exceed the pennies I've earned. I feel as if I've been ostracized from my family and it hurts. Without communication what do we have?

        1. Jodah profile image91
          Jodahposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          I totally agree. I have about 160 articles over 10 niche sites, but don’t care about the earnings. I just want to still be able to exchange comments. Friendships are more important.

        2. Jodah profile image91
          Jodahposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          I agree, for some of us comments are more important than earnings. I get more work/requests than I can even accept freelancing so I am here just to share my work and read that of others and interact with my friends.

    4. MsDora profile image92
      MsDoraposted 3 years ago

      Please know that I am grieving over the loss of the comment option. I miss my friends. Let's still support each other by reading and keep on bugging HP to bring back the comments.

      1. Pamela99 profile image87
        Pamela99posted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I agree. I will still read and comment when I can. I find myself checking my computer more often to see if there is a new post. I only write about once a week, so the money is almost nothing, but the freiendships are a treasure.

        1. My Esoteric profile image81
          My Esotericposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          I wonder if it is affecting Hubpages membership?

          1. Pamela99 profile image87
            Pamela99posted 3 years agoin reply to this

            That would be interesting to know.

          2. samanthacubbison profile image82
            samanthacubbisonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            Nope, things have been steady on our end!

    5. janshares profile image93
      jansharesposted 3 years ago

      Hey, I just wanted to say it's good to know we could leave and receive comments on our feeds. Although it's not ideal for reasons already posted, it felt good to comment on my fellow writers' work and receive comments on mine and reply. It was like old times, connecting with HP friends I hadn't talked to in a while. It makes me want to get back in the swing of writing more. We just have to keep an eye on our feeds for new stuff and continue to interact with each other. Thanks for all the comments today!

      1. bravewarrior profile image87
        bravewarriorposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Yep, it's a work-around Jan. Although, I'm finding that not all articles written by writers I follow show up in my feed. Don't know why. Bummer. We just have to be patient.

        1. Pamela99 profile image87
          Pamela99posted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Sometimes I can't find an article in my feed, which is frustrating.

          Also, I don't like the Hubpages video at the top of each article as it won't move as you try to read the article.

          1. bravewarrior profile image87
            bravewarriorposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            I don't either, Pamela, but I don't think there's a darn thing we can do about it.

            1. Pamela99 profile image87
              Pamela99posted 3 years agoin reply to this

              It seems as if the concerns of Hubbers do not count right now as the focus is making money I guess.

              1. My Esoteric profile image81
                My Esotericposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                Does anyone know if there is a "Good" alternative to Hubpages?  I would happily move.

                1. bravewarrior profile image87
                  bravewarriorposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                  There was an entire forum thread about that a few months ago. Many people also write on Medium, but still post on HP as well.

                  1. Jodah profile image91
                    Jodahposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                    I  joined Medium and have written a few articles there, but it just doesn’t do it for me. There is no feeling of community interaction. How HubPages/Maven think those obtrusive video is a good Idea is beyond me.

                    1. Misbah786 profile image84
                      Misbah786posted 3 years agoin reply to this

                      Oh! Jodah
                      That's why I was wondering, why so much active and appreciating member is out of sight smile

                    2. My Esoteric profile image81
                      My Esotericposted 3 years agoin reply to this

                      I joined as well and found their text formatting to be subpar, for example, no way to make superscripts.  For a math article, that can be a bit frustrating.

        2. Jodah profile image91
          Jodahposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          It is sad that so many friends and long time hubbers are considering leaving because of the difficulty commenting. They can’t be reinstated soon enough. Have tried to be patient but it is hard.

      2. janshares profile image93
        jansharesposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I don't like those overpowering videos either, nor the annoying ads. I hope it's not turning away readers. I agree with you both of you but we'll have to make due until we see what happens next.

        1. bravewarrior profile image87
          bravewarriorposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Right now, they're working on reinstating the ability to comment directly on the articles. It took a bunch of flack from us writers by way of the forums and writing emotional articles about the loss of comments to finally get HP to work on redesigning the software to allow for them. That's a blessing that we all look forward to. As far as ads and videos, that's how they (and we) earn our pennies. I don't see that going away ever. Yes, it's annoying and I'm sure it increases our bounce rates, but it is what it is.

          1. Pamela99 profile image87
            Pamela99posted 3 years agoin reply to this

            I am glad they are working on it. What I don't like is when you scrowl down the video blocks the top of the screen. I try to watch and comment as soon as I can on those people I follow, then it is all good!  smile

            1. bravewarrior profile image87
              bravewarriorposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              I hear you, Pamela! Unfortunately, I don't always get there before the article(s) go to Discover or the niche sites. I do most of my HP reading while at work, so most of my attention must be on what I'm being paid for.

              1. Pamela99 profile image87
                Pamela99posted 3 years agoin reply to this

                I don't think anyone can get there each time as I have doctor appts. too frequently, and I go to DAR meetings each month. I know working makes it more difficult as work comes first. smile

          2. samanthacubbison profile image82
            samanthacubbisonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            This is not true. Reinstating comments have been a priority since we figured out that we couldn't transfer them to the new platform. It just took time to get to it. And yes, the videos are actually performing quite well, so they won't be going away any time soon!

            1. Jodah profile image91
              Jodahposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              Yes, it was a priority..but one of the lowest ones. Hopefully we don’t have to wait much longer.

    6. Misbah786 profile image84
      Misbah786posted 3 years ago

      smile

    7. Abby Slutsky profile image91
      Abby Slutskyposted 20 months ago

      It's been a while, but you can't make them any more. It is kind of disappointing.

      1. Miebakagh57 profile image68
        Miebakagh57posted 20 months agoin reply to this

        Quite corrected. Two years gone...and I'm not looking forward to the commenting system being restore.

    8. Mark Ewbie profile image82
      Mark Ewbieposted 10 months ago

      Um newbie here.  Do articles still have comments or did that disappear in the last several years?

      Asking for a friend.

      He said he'd just published a small piece and was wondering if it would get comments like in the good old days.

      1. My Esoteric profile image81
        My Esotericposted 10 months agoin reply to this

        If the piece is published in a dedicated site like Soapboxie, then no, no comments allowed.  I am not sure what happens if the article isn't moved anywhere.

        1. Mark Ewbie profile image82
          Mark Ewbieposted 10 months agoin reply to this

          Thanks.  I was asking in hope really.  Having checked various forum posts it seems this has been much discussed.  Pity.

          1. PaulGoodman67 profile image95
            PaulGoodman67posted 10 months agoin reply to this

            For a long time, promises were made that comments would be returning and writers just had to be patient.

            Eventually, HP introduced limited commenting functionality for half a dozen niches and a chat system called Rojo which doesn't appear to be used much.

            It's not easy to understand the logic behind it all.

            1. My Esoteric profile image81
              My Esotericposted 10 months agoin reply to this

              Hadn't heard about Rojo, but then I have lost interest in what they are doing.

            2. Mark Ewbie profile image82
              Mark Ewbieposted 10 months agoin reply to this

              Thanks Paul.  Things have certainly changed!

              With no comments, not sure if notifications still work, permission required for publication, arguably too many ads - plus the ever-present menace of Google - I am probably best off staying as I am.

              Nice to visit though and the forum feedback is useful regardless of where you are on the net.

              1. Solaras profile image95
                Solarasposted 10 months agoin reply to this

                https://hubstatic.com/16701486.jpg

                Great to see you Mark!  I came across this on Facebook Ads and wondered if you were the creator?

                1. Mark Ewbie profile image82
                  Mark Ewbieposted 10 months agoin reply to this

                  Ha, very good and sadly no.  Admire the sentiment though.  Good to see you too.  Miss the old days.

              2. Glenn Stok profile image96
                Glenn Stokposted 10 months agoin reply to this

                Hi Mark, Glad to see you here again. Hope you've been well. I noticed your account on TeePublic but I'm wondering if that is indeed you or someone who stole your images. Your avitar image is similar as you have here, but missing the nose, so I was wondering.

                1. Mark Ewbie profile image82
                  Mark Ewbieposted 10 months agoin reply to this

                  Hi Glenn.  Thanks for the heads up!  Fortunately it is my account.  I modified my HP avatar a few days back when I paid a visit.

                  All credit to your powers of observation smile

                  1. Glenn Stok profile image96
                    Glenn Stokposted 10 months agoin reply to this

                    I'm glad it's you and not a plagiarist.

            3. Miebakagh57 profile image68
              Miebakagh57posted 10 months agoin reply to this

              I recalled I posted a thread: 'HubPages Comment System Protected'. It was greatly discussed in the forum.                                        As the discussion, and other threads progress, I also recalled I sent an email to Matt Well, and with his permission, share the email as a thread in the forum, for more discourse.                                      Now pass 2 and a 1/2 years, the comment system has not be restore, either on hubpages, or discover.com/ but on selected network sites.                                     It's a pity, and worrisome to some writers here.

     
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