HP's advice to leave honest, insightful comments on writers' work

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  1. bravewarrior profile image90
    bravewarriorposted 12 months ago

    I can't find the original mile-long thread surrounding the disabling of comments, but I find it extremely ironic that in today's (1/27/2021) newsletter, entitled "Bask in Apricity", the Pro Tip states this about fiction and poetry writers:

    "What does it take to be a successful fiction writer or poet on HubPages?
    HubPages has a robust and talented community of fiction writers and poets. To gain and learn as much from these Hubbers as possible, we recommend:

    Regularly publishing your own work.

    Taking time to make it polished (edit your work to remove errors) and attractive (consider adding relevant, original, and high-quality images and media).

    Leaving honest, insightful comments on others' poetry and fiction articles."

    Tell me, HP, how are we to do that when comments have been disabled now that you've converted our work to the Maven platform?

    What are your thoughts, fellow writers?

    1. samanthacubbison profile image85
      samanthacubbisonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Yup, that was written a long time ago for our FAQ. As I've said multiple times, comments are scheduled to come back before the end of Q2. We are working on it. Therefore, it's still relevant and good advice for the future.

      1. bravewarrior profile image90
        bravewarriorposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        That's good to hear, Samantha. My level of participation has dropped since we lost the ability to directly comment on articles.

    2. grand old lady profile image82
      grand old ladyposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      I hope that Maven changes its mind about comments. It should be the author's discretion whether or not to allow comments.

      1. samanthacubbison profile image85
        samanthacubbisonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        There is no need to change anyone's mind. This has been an issue that our team has been working to resolve for a while now. Unfortunately, the queue was very long after the transition. Once it is resolved, you will have the option.

    3. ChitrangadaSharan profile image90
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Exactly--I thought the same!

  2. Jodah profile image90
    Jodahposted 12 months ago

    I know Shauna, every time I read that I cringe and think how "hypocritical" it sounds. Admittedly that was probably written some time ago, before the move to the Maven platform, however, it is still being used as a 'Pro Tip' so should still be relevant.

    Poetry and fiction writers probably rely on comments more than most so they can gauge the quality of their writing and storytelling and ensure it appeals to readers. At the moment we are constantly receiving emails or messages saying readers wanted to leave a comment but were unable to before the item was moved. Comments on my articles have dropped by at least half of what they were previously.

    I honestly hope they are still working on restoring the ability to comment on articles moved to the niche sites.

    1. bravewarrior profile image90
      bravewarriorposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      John, I so agree with you. Fiction and poetry writers depend on feedback from their readers. How else can you guage your level of talent?

      I thought the same thing about this week's Pro Tip, that it was pulled from the archives and not a current "tip".

      1. always exploring profile image79
        always exploringposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Shauna, I couldn't agree more. I find that I do not have the desire to write anymore. I know this pandemic has us all down, but this is a time we all should be writing more, not less. I love to read and leave honest comments, but we must go to the feed page to comment, by the time we find the article my feeling's for the article has lessened, plus my excitement after reading has disappeared. I have thought about leaving, but I would miss my friends, so I'm uncertain what to do. Chris Mills left an invitation to follow him somewhere, I did not write it down, so I don't remember where it was. If anyone knows please post it. Cheers

        1. bravewarrior profile image90
          bravewarriorposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          Ruby, I can't always find the articles in my feed. Although I've read the article, I can't let the writer know how the piece impacted me. Even when I do find it, I leave the article open in a separate tab so I can go back and refer to it. As you said, by the time the article is found in the feed (which takes far too much time to locate), the thoughts have faded.

          Please don't leave. We're assured comments will return. Until then, I hope our writer friends don't think they've been forsaken. It's definitely not the case.

          1. always exploring profile image79
            always exploringposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            Shauna, I am not leaving. I have too many dear friends I would miss so much. Hopefully we will be able to comment on the articles in the correct manor soon, and my desire to write again will return as well. Take care my friend.

  3. Jodah profile image90
    Jodahposted 12 months ago

    Thank you, Samantha. I am sure the team will resolve this eventually.

  4. bhattuc profile image81
    bhattucposted 11 months ago

    I hope comment box will be back soon.

    1. bravewarrior profile image90
      bravewarriorposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Me too, bhattuc. It will certainly make life easier and more cordial!

  5. maven101 profile image77
    maven101posted 11 months ago

    It appears that when Maven took over HubPages the comment queue was longer than expected, thus the delay in adding the comment capsule...According to Maven, the comment section should be back up in the first quarter of 2021....I have been a hubber for 11 years and my hubber name, maven101, has nothing to do with the Maven organization...

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      The latest update is that comments should be back by the END of this year.

      1. bravewarrior profile image90
        bravewarriorposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        That's disheartening, John. Originally they said comments would be back sometime in the first half of 2021.

      2. samanthacubbison profile image85
        samanthacubbisonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Where did you hear that?

        1. bravewarrior profile image90
          bravewarriorposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Samantha, are you asking me or Jodah?

          1. samanthacubbison profile image85
            samanthacubbisonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            Jodah.

          2. Jodah profile image90
            Jodahposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            You wrote it on this forum: “ Yup, that was written a long time ago for our FAQ. As I've said multiple times, comments are scheduled to come back before the end of Q2. We are working on it. Therefore, it's still relevant and good advice for the future.”

            1. Jodah profile image90
              Jodahposted 11 months agoin reply to this

              What is Q2? I took it to mean this year.

      3. samanthacubbison profile image85
        samanthacubbisonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        I just confirmed with my manager that there has been no change to the projected timeframe.

      4. maven101 profile image77
        maven101posted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Sad, really sad...Jodah, I would suggest you post your poetry here on this forum since we can apparently comment on postings...

        1. Jodah profile image90
          Jodahposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Well, I was mistaken they will be back in the second quarter of the year it seems. No, I think I will keep posting my poetry as articles but thanks for the suggestion maven101.

  6. Jodah profile image90
    Jodahposted 11 months ago

    Yes, I know. I was hopeful too. But I guess it is not the highest on the list of priorities. At least Samantha is still saying it will happen.

  7. Carb Diva profile image95
    Carb Divaposted 11 months ago

    I assumed that it meant the 2nd quarter of the year.

    1. bravewarrior profile image90
      bravewarriorposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, Q2 means second quarter. Second quarter of every year encompasses the months of April, May, and June.

      1. samanthacubbison profile image85
        samanthacubbisonposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        ^ Yes

        1. Jodah profile image90
          Jodahposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Ok that's good. I have never seen the term. Maybe we don't use it in Australia.

          1. bravewarrior profile image90
            bravewarriorposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            I'm in the accounting field, John. The fiscal year is broken down into quarters. First quarter = Jan, Feb, March. Second quarter I already explained. Third quarter is July, August, September, and the fourth quarter is October, November, December.

 
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