I know comments have been gone for a long time on HubPages and the various topical sites, such as HobbyLark and Owlcation, but I missed the discussion on why they were removed. Doesn't that adversely impact engagement? It's hard to know how my hubs are impacting readers or if they're making any impact at all without comments.
I don't recall any explanation as to why comments were disabled. It just happened. It probably had something to do with incompatibility in migrating to the Maven platform.
Without notifications the re-opening of comments is useless. Those of us with hundreds of articles can't possibly scour them on a regular basis in case a comment has appeared. Any clown can therefore leave malicious comments without the author of the article's knowledge. So, they will be left to fester and appear as though they have the writer's approval. A horrible situation.
Please admin take note of this and act accordingly.
I agree with you, Rupert. Without notification of comments, they're useless and could perhaps even be damaging.
My opinion is that HubPages likely in agreement with Maven not to show notification these days.
You are right if course, Rupert. This is almost worse than having no comments at all. Without notifications and the author being able to monitor, approve or deny it is useless. I am hoping they fix this soon.
John, will Hubpages fixed it? Will they?
I have just submitted the following to the team.
If you can't install a notification function with restored comments then please don't restore comments at all.
In the past, we have all received comments that are obscene, personal attacks on the writer, spam, complete nonsense, or otherwise inappropriate. With notification that a comment has come in we can moderate and remove as necessary. If we don't know a comment has arrived, and it is scurrilous in nature, it will remain in place and look as though the writer gives it her or his approval. This will be extremely damaging to the writer's reputation and to HubPages also.
It's impossible for those of us with hundreds of articles published to review them on a regular basis on the off chance that something odious has been added to our work.
So, I repeat, if you can't add a notification function then don't restore comments, or give us the ability to opt out of comments.
p.s. From forum discussions, I know I speak for others,
I will keep you posted, but I'm not overly optimistic that my suggestion will be acted upon.
I agree 100% with Rupert. It is impossible to monitor comments with no notifications that they exist. The default setting should always be to approve them by the author first before they show up on the feed.
Woo Hoo. This from Matt "Thanks for your suggestions. We are working on comment notifications. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to you."
I am not generally a fan of comments, they've caused me more problems than benefits over the years, but I agree with the sentiment that if we're going to have them, we need to be notified.
Like Rupert, I have hundreds of hubs and there's no way I could monitor new comments otherwise. The result would be lots of spam slipping through, which nobody wants.
Hopefully, Matt can figure something out.
Glad to hear that notifications will be restored. This way we can monitor spam and on top of that help others. After all, if we aren't notified, how can we answer questions readers may have? Take Pethelpful for example, the word "helpful" to me implies it's a supportive community where readers can look for help. If they don't find help in the article, they have the option to ask or leave and find another website. How can we help them if we aren't notified? This type of support is what can make us stand out over the many competitor websites which hire people to write without having first-hand experience on the topic and just parrot what they find on other websites. It would be great if the commenters can get a notification of our reply as well so they get to return to our website and have a positive experience. This way we can become their go-to place for info and support in the future.
by Marian Cates 6 years ago
It would be great if we received notification of new comments. I was reviewing my hubs today and found comments that I didn't know were there. This notification could be on the account page or, better yet, by email.
by Miebakagh Fiberesima 10 days ago
Is the comment system button to be restored to hubpages.discover.com? And, how long should witers at hubpages patiently wait for the restoration?Given the fact that it’s restoration to hubpages.discover.com is a priority in the minds of many writers here.We all expect it to be. Forget the comment...
by Rachael O'Halloran 8 years ago
I've had two comments on two separate hubs today and the notification on neither one was emailed to me to let me know they were there.I just happened to see them in the numbered section in the top part of the screen where the word "notifications" is.Has something changed and we don't get...
by Debra Allen 10 years ago
For the past month I have not been getting messages of new comments. I did check my notification settings and it is still set for me to get a notification for each new comment on my hubs to be sent to my e-mail address I have had since starting my account with HP 3 years ago. I have not...
by Ari Lamstein 11 years ago
We are currently taking a high level look at our notification system: under what circumstances we send a notification to users, how the notifications are sent (e.g. via email or the iPhone app), how users can choose to opt out of these, etc.An example of a notification that we already send is...
by Ben Guinter 11 years ago
I've noticed lately that for some reason, I won't get notifications of comments on random hubs... all my other ones still email me though.Then I go look the main page on here and it says I have like 23 comments that I haven't approved yet... So I go look and they're way old and sure enough somehow...
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