Is this rude?

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  1. habee profile image94
    habeeposted 8 years ago

    Lately, I've had several comments from other hubbers who leave a link to their hubs. For example, let's say they read my hub on "Appaloosas." They leave a comment like "Great hub. To learn more about horses, read this:..." Then they leave a link to their hub about Quarter Horses. Is this rude? What do you guys think?

    1. kirstenblog profile image77
      kirstenblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Sounds rude to me, not much helpful for you in a comment like that and a hollow help for them hmm

      I had a hub on human trafficking and saw a similar hub on this topic. Had a read and left a comment congradulating the author for addressing the topic and offering to link up the hubs but don't need a link in there. To my mind its all about relevancy, if the comment has little relevancy and is just self promoting its rude and likely to be deleted. smile

    2. Ivorwen profile image69
      Ivorwenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yep!  The comment place is not for promoting.   It says so right under the comment box.

      "Comments are not for promoting your hubs or other sites"

      1. Haunty profile image81
        Hauntyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        They should include another line saying, 'Links to external sites are nofollow.' smile

    3. lorlie6 profile image82
      lorlie6posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Mornin', habee-sometimes I think these folks mean sincerely to be helpful, but most times I do find it rude, almost insulting.  Do you know what I mean?

    4. Springboard profile image78
      Springboardposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not sure it's necessarily rude to leave a link, but still, I've always felt that if I am going to leave a link in any context, I want to do it as an after thought. I make a valid comment and then I may leave a link. Sometimes. In a place like HubPages one obviously need not leave a link of any sorts since your comment itself is essentially a link in and of itself. The manner in which the links are being placed in the way that you describe seems more suggestive of commenting simply to leave a link and nothing more, and THAT, on the other hand, I would consider rude.

    5. Disturbia profile image61
      Disturbiaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I think it is very rude.  They are promoting themselves by using your hub.

      1. Greek One profile image73
        Greek Oneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        yeah.. I agree with you 100% Disturbia!

        it would be like me coming on here telling people about my new hub focus on the life and time of Elmer Fudd.

        Sure, it is a great hub, but there are times and places to promote it

        smile

    6. Money Glitch profile image76
      Money Glitchposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      http://www.planetsmilies.com/smilies/happy/happy0005.gifThis happens especially when your hub hits a 100 hubscore. I see it as being rude, tacky, and very self promotional.  Let's face it if all a person can say about your hub is "Great Hub, Now take a look at mine"... that's just wrong.

      So yes, I delete it and if it is someone new, I usually send them an e-mail explaining why! If the comment seems sincere and the hub really does enhance mine then I might allow it once in a while.    That's my two cents... smile big_smile

  2. profile image0
    cosetteposted 8 years ago

    hmm

    i go back and forth with this. if my friends do it, they are just sharing some stuff with me, so i don't mind. in fact, i appreciate it. if it's a stranger, i read it carefully and i can usually tell if they sincerely want to share their own thoughts or are trying to promote their own hubs. but to answer the question i don't think it's rude.

    but those UGG spammers, THEY are rude! yikes

    1. Springboard profile image78
      Springboardposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Spammers are another story altogether, and yes, terribly annoying and rude.

  3. Ohma profile image72
    Ohmaposted 8 years ago

    Has not happened to me but Yes it is rude I would deny the comment then send an e-mail asking them to please refrain from doing that.

  4. myownworld profile image76
    myownworldposted 8 years ago

    It's all about relevancy for me too; And of course the general 'tone' of the comment, meaning if it's a brief: 'great hub, here's my link' kind of remark, yes, it's rude. But if  someone takes time and effort to contribute something to the discussion and the link given further elaborates or is relevant to my hub, then I don't mind.

    I have a published writer as a fan who often comments on my hubs and posts a link to relevant chapters from his book (on his website); I actually love it, because his comment always 'adds' something to the discussion and the link further helps. I guess one can always tell if someone is blatantly trying to promote their own hub, or is genuinely interested in your work. smile

  5. Daniel Carter profile image74
    Daniel Carterposted 8 years ago

    I have linked other hubber's hubs to mine, but I've contacted them privately first. I think them leaving a comment and a link to their hubs it blatant self promotion, and I don't allow it. There are more cordial ways to promote your hubs. These people are not interested in making contact and friendships. They are interested in self promotion. And since that's the case, I'm not interested in them, either.

    Life is about relationships, I have decided. Relationships that are good always get us where we need to be, give us the resources, income, and joy in life that we hope for. When people are not concerned about their relationships and are willing to do such one-upmanship without any concern for human interaction, I just hit the delete button.

    For what it's worth.

  6. habee profile image94
    habeeposted 8 years ago

    Yes, Daniel, I've done that via private emails, also. Like, "I have a hub on this topic, too. Why don't we link them?" If the other hubber agrees, I link his to mine and he links mine to his - that's a two-way street that might benefit both hubbers.

  7. frogdropping profile image84
    frogdroppingposted 8 years ago

    Is it rude? Far as I'm concerned, yes. And I delete their waste of time comments. If you do a quick check, you'll usually find that they've wandered around similar hubs (to yours and theirs) writing 'nice hub' then dropping a link to their own.

    I'm with Ivorwen - and she said the above far more concisely too smile

  8. TheGlassSpider profile image70
    TheGlassSpiderposted 8 years ago

    While it's always nice to get a compliment, even a perfunctory one, the addition of one's own link seems to negate any actual complimenting that might have been going on.

    In short, yes, I think it's rude, mostly because of the link. I understand that it's more polite to ask permission to place a link on someone else's work, or at least MORE polite to write a comment that has some substance and then provide a link that's actually pertinent to the hub.

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    Crazdwriterposted 8 years ago

    I say that if you don't ask me to link in an email and just put it in a comment then yep R-U-D-E and it will be deleted. But if you ask through email to link something then I will happily link it.

  10. habee profile image94
    habeeposted 8 years ago

    Speaking of UGGs...does every other person on Earth sell those things?? lol

    1. profile image0
      Crazdwriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I was thinking of getting into that business...lol just kidding

      1. kirstenblog profile image77
        kirstenblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        yikes Ahhhhhhhh! yikes

        1. profile image0
          Crazdwriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          what? You don't think I could do it? lol I'll TRY not to spam you hehehehehe

          1. kirstenblog profile image77
            kirstenblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Is that your best evil laugh? hmm tongue

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              Crazdwriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              No but sometimes my most evil laugh sounds like a little girl laugh. scares my parents, friends, and hubby big_smile

              1. kirstenblog profile image77
                kirstenblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                Is it actually creepy around the kids tho? hmm

                That sort isn't creepy with the kids at school, the cartoon evil laugh cracks them up every time tho wink cool

                1. profile image0
                  Crazdwriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                  Oh yea when I was working they wanted me to chase them using the creepy cartoon laugh. They screamed and laughed and had a blast. the teachers and parents would crack up too.

                  1. kirstenblog profile image77
                    kirstenblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

                    Awwww, how cute tongue

              2. drej2522 profile image84
                drej2522posted 8 years agoin reply to this

                awww....you have a little girl laugh crazd? cute

  11. kirstenblog profile image77
    kirstenblogposted 8 years ago

    MMMWWAaahahahaha! cool tongue

  12. Zsuzsy Bee profile image87
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 8 years ago

    Habee, you bet it's rude to leave a link in your comment box. I had an "argument" with a newer hubber a while back who left his totally unrelated links in everyone of his comments. Same goes for those that become your followers with those nifty comments like  "I follow you now you better reciprocate and follow me too"

    Now that we've discussed your question how about reading my new hub [www.mynewhub.com] (just kidding)

    have a great Tuesday afternoon everyone

    1. profile image0
      Crazdwriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lol Oh Zsuzsy you crack me up

  13. kirstenblog profile image77
    kirstenblogposted 8 years ago

    You have to admit that we are very pleasant and polite hijackers big_smile

  14. kirstenblog profile image77
    kirstenblogposted 8 years ago

    sad hijack over as dinner is served smile Pizza! yummmy!

    1. profile image0
      Crazdwriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      aaaaa okay go enjoy your pizza hijack with ya later big_smile

  15. drej2522 profile image84
    drej2522posted 8 years ago

    now I know you didn't just skip over my post Crazd!!!

    1. profile image0
      Crazdwriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      aaa sorry drej I did...my bad please don't hate me smile sad

  16. Zsuzsy Bee profile image87
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 8 years ago

    I got's the munchies, any of that pizza left?

  17. Lisa HW profile image65
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    I'm glad to see this thread.  For as long as I've been on here, I've always felt kind of like a "crumb" for not approving those links.  Still, my reaction is to be irked when people do it.  Besides, I don't want to be looking at links to see which ones "meant well" and which ones are nothing but pure spam.

 
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