I recently got a bunch of offensive comments from a non-hubber. He posted numerous comments saying about how I say "your", and it should be you're. He went on to say about how english people can not write proper english etc. I did not approve most of the comments...
Is this a troll or what?
Perhaps it was someone with an extremely anal view of the English language...Sorry for that, but people like that often have nothing else to do, you know?
The illusion of anonymity on the internet encourages bad behavior. There are a bazillion psychological studies on this.
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view), you're never as anonymous as you think. Mark such comments "spam" after hitting the "deny" button, and we'll start blocking their comments.
Thanks. Are you saying people are not actually all that anonymous as they would think?
That is exactly what I'm saying.
Everyone has what I think is called an ip number (it is left there when you leave a comment) so even if you managed to sign up with a
fake name and address I do not think you could alter that number and I think they (HubPages)can block it if they wish , not sure about this as I am not very computer wise.
..he wants attention! Why are you giving it to him?
Hit the "ignore" button in thy brain!
he probably had a shared lease on a brain and it was not his turn to have it that day... drongo, just delete the comment and carry on writing
Can you report it as abuse of the email system if someone emails you to ask why you unfollowed them?
I don't see that as abusive, unless they did it in a threatening or intimidating manner.
Because I believe it is a violation of my privacy. I don't have to explain to anyone why I stopped following them. Anyway, I wasn't seriously thinking of marking it as abuse.
15.2% of the population earth are jerks.It is best to give them no energy just delete.
It's not harassment/trolling if you are actually publishing articles with glaringly and/or repetitiously bad grammar.
People come to hubpage articles from Google and other search engines expecting to find quality content. If they are finding poorly written, ungrammatical articles, it's not a stretch to assume that some people will be irritated at having had their time wasted by Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. serving up sub-standard articles. I may have a perfectly good point to make, or an accurate explanation of some process or another, but if I can't spell or if I in some way come off as illiterate, poorly educated or just sloppy, I have no credibility as a writer. That's just how it works.
If you aren't actually making the simple errors that this person is giving you grief about, then perhaps it is a troll.
Well, the way he was talking was not constructive criticism. Besides, contractions are not generally good english anyway. I am neutral on whether they are used or not though.
However, I am not allowed to use contractions in my writing class.
Then you would use "you are"
Ignore the troll...
Actually your and you're are different words and should not be interchanged.
you're is a contraction of 'you are' whereas your is a possessive.
So 'you're in trouble, your breaks are out.' would be a correct use of both words.
If there is anything useful in a posted comment take it, but don't let the commenter get to you!
If there (their, they're) is no merit to the comments, then perhaps you're (your) being overly sensitive (?).
There are grammar police roaming the Internet. Some are trolls. Some are just know-it-alls!
They take great pleasure in pointing out misplaced punctuation and usage mistakes.
Personally, I think it's (its) passive-aggressive behavior and should be ignored.
One hubber's opinion. MM
P.S. What kind of English class doesn't allow you to use contractions? Doesn't (does not)that make for extremely formal, even stilted writing???
When I was at school, we were only allowed to use contractions in direct speech. Of course, that doesn't mean writing 'your' when you mean 'you're' (you are)
Its an intermediate writing class and we ARE NOT allowed to use contractions when writing at all. I questioned why, and he basically said that is more of a slang thing to do.
A good number of instructors teaching academic writing teach this way. It is formal, and it might even be considered stilted as MM says, but it is part of learning to master your academic "voice." I would argue that the elimination of contractions in this fashion is going the way of the "you can't say 'I' rule" too. Reference to first person is still poo-pooed by teachers too, but both are moribund rules if you ask me. I see tons and tons of great theorists and other brainy types referring to themselves and using apostrophes. Still a lot of old-school editors out there though, and they have their younger disciples still, so, might be a while before this stuff goes away.
Best thing is not to fight it. It's good to learn how to write in that voice so you'll have it in your tool box. Never know when you'll want to create a character in a story or that is rigid and stuffy. The subtle elimination of contractions when he or she appears in a scene as well as in his/her dialogue goes a long way to making the character pop.
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