Blocking negative comments?

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  1. DanPowers profile image48
    DanPowersposted 13 years ago

    Hi all,

    Do you ever get negative comments posted on your hubs? Do you block them or put them up in the hope that stirring up some controversy is good for your hubscores?

    P.S. My last negative comment was from someone commenting on one of my Asian dating hubs - she obviously thought most Asians still live in straw huts and only marry Western men for money. In reality Asia is booming, many Asian women on these dating sites have very good jobs, while at the same time millions of Americans can't even afford to buy their own food. How times change!

    1. Antecessor profile image66
      Antecessorposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I block comments sometimes, abeit rarely, if say one particular commentator had a history of insulting me, saying my hubs are wrong without giving evidence, or spam links to creationist websites, then I delete any further comments from them, unless they change their tune. Most of the time I leave them though, as comments all add to the content, and therefore value, of a hub. The only thing I always remove, always, are any creationist links. Like to Aig.

    2. relache profile image71
      relacheposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      1) yes

      2) If the comment is actually intelligent discussion or would lead to such, it stays whether it's positive or negative.  If it's just someone slinging mud or trying to get attention, then no.

      1. earthlover profile image60
        earthloverposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        But you deny 50% comments anyways!

    3. profile image0
      cosetteposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      why give jerks like that press at your expense? block the idiots.

  2. earnestshub profile image81
    earnestshubposted 13 years ago

    I have only had to block one or two in two years, so no problems here! smile

  3. DanPowers profile image48
    DanPowersposted 13 years ago

    Yes I block the spam comments, but I think I might let anything else get published and hope the controversy is worth it.

  4. bgpappa profile image79
    bgpappaposted 13 years ago

    I block the spam, but leave everything else up.  Bad comments still mean traffic, and a little controversy helps too. 

    And for political hubs, some of the best stuff comes from honest debate which I enjoy and think actually is a great thing to share with others.

  5. Lisa HW profile image62
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    I'll block spam, and a few times I've blocked "bad words" (only because I want my Hubs "PG rated", but also because I don't want any questionable words causing me any problems with any TOS agreements).  Once I blocked one because it gave off some real "creepy vibes".

    Other than that, I don't block negative comments.  They add color to the Hub, but I also like any readers to see the different arguments on any issue. (Sometimes - I'll admit - I leave what I think are the really stupid negative comments just to put the stupidity on display for all the world to see.  lol  ) Some negative comments can be pretty valid, though, and I enjoy having other points-of-view on my Hubs.  Sometimes I'll get into a debate type of thing.

    I don't do anything on here (HubPages) only for what I think it will get me, as a Hubber.  I just want to do my thing without worrying about what will get me what.  Having said that, though, if you get a negative comment and point out why you think the person is incorrect, chances are they'll come back and clarify (etc. etc.).  Responding to the comments (particularly the negative ones) keeps the Hub "busy" - which is good for traffic.  So, I guess I actually capitalize on negative comments without really intending to.

  6. profile image0
    Justine76posted 13 years ago

    I dont think I write controversial things, Ive never gotten anything close to a negative comment, but unless it was flat out spam, I think I would publish any comment. People are allowed thier opinons. I cant be certain though, as Ive not been faced with the problem yet.

  7. profile image0
    Justine76posted 13 years ago

    btw, good job getting out 100 hubs in two months!

  8. pooja0908 profile image61
    pooja0908posted 13 years ago

    is it possible to block negative comments?

    1. earnestshub profile image81
      earnestshubposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely! Just set your comments so they need your approval. smile

  9. Disturbia profile image59
    Disturbiaposted 13 years ago

    I don't block anything.  I'm opposed to censorship and to me, blocking a negative comment is just another form of censorship. What's the point of putting your posts out there if you're afraid of hearing something negative?  People's opinions are what they are and they have the right to state them, positive or negative. If you don't care for what they have to say, don't read their comments and ignore them.

    1. earnestshub profile image81
      earnestshubposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      We are talking about comments on our hubs, not in forums.
      Why would you leave a dirty picture or a link to a porn site or similar on your hub? Not a good idea at all! smile

      1. Disturbia profile image59
        Disturbiaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        With all due respect, yes, I understand you are talking about comments left on your hubs.  I suppose I'm just too literal and I don't define dirty pictures or links to porn sites as negative comments.  I assume negative comments means just that, a negative comment, as in somebody saying something you might not like about your hubs. I don't block those.

  10. brandyBachmann profile image60
    brandyBachmannposted 13 years ago

    I don't block negative comments as long as its fair and from an honest point of view but if the comments are spam or downright insulting to someone who replied to my hub or to me then I block it

  11. Shadesbreath profile image78
    Shadesbreathposted 13 years ago

    I love negative comments.  It's so much more fun to rip on morons who oppose me than to share opinions with intelligent, thoughtful people who get it like I do.  big_smile  Deleting a negative comment is like stepping on a Twinkie, not only do you not get to enjoy the empty, nutritionless fun, you get goo on your shoe.

    1. TheGlassSpider profile image65
      TheGlassSpiderposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      LOL....Shades, have I mentioned lately that I love you?

      lol Great stuff.

    2. mega1 profile image80
      mega1posted 13 years agoin reply to this


      1. TheGlassSpider profile image65
        TheGlassSpiderposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        *stalks mega*'s the electric kitty. How are ya!?

    3. Disturbia profile image59
      Disturbiaposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, that's really deep.

      1. Shadesbreath profile image78
        Shadesbreathposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        It's only deep on the surface.

        1. Cagsil profile image72
          Cagsilposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          lol lol lol lol lol

  12. John Cain profile image59
    John Cainposted 13 years ago

    I just recently blocked my first comment on hubpages. It had profanity in it and the comment came from a non member of hubpages. This person hasnt returned or persisted doing it.

  13. kerryg profile image82
    kerrygposted 13 years ago

    I block comments from spammers and obvious trolls, but otherwise leave everything, whether positive, negative, or missing a few key brain cells.


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