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Harassment on hubpages

  1. David 470 profile image86
    David 470posted 6 years ago

    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?

    1. lorlie6 profile image86
      lorlie6posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      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?

      1. Maddie Ruud profile image78
        Maddie Ruudposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        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.

        1. David 470 profile image86
          David 470posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks. Are you saying people are not actually all that anonymous as they would think?

          1. Maddie Ruud profile image78
            Maddie Ruudposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            That is exactly what I'm saying.

          2. 2uesday profile image84
            2uesdayposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            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.

            1. David 470 profile image86
              David 470posted 6 years ago in reply to this

              yeah

      2. qwark profile image60
        qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        ..he wants attention! Why are you giving it to him?
        Hit the "ignore" button in thy brain!

    2. CASE1WORKER profile image78
      CASE1WORKERposted 6 years ago

      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

      1. profile image0
        Home Girlposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I like that one!

    3. Uninvited Writer profile image80
      Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

      Can you report it as abuse of the email system if someone emails you to ask why you unfollowed them?

      1. profile image0
        Website Examinerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I don't see that as abusive, unless they did it in a threatening or intimidating manner.

      2. camlo profile image83
        camloposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Why should you want to do that?

        1. Uninvited Writer profile image80
          Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          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.

          1. camlo profile image83
            camloposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Well, nobody can force you to explain anything, so, if you don't want to, you don't have to. And as long as you've chosen to keep the email function, then people are bound to send you emails.

    4. hubzer profile image61
      hubzerposted 6 years ago

      15.2% of the population earth are jerks.It is best to give them no energy just delete.

      1. WryLilt profile image88
        WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        64% of all statistics are made up on the spot. Meaning I'd like to change your number to 46%. smile

    5. Shadesbreath profile image86
      Shadesbreathposted 6 years ago

      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.

      1. David 470 profile image86
        David 470posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        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.

        1. profile image0
          Website Examinerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          ...good English...

          1. WryLilt profile image88
            WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            lol

        2. Uninvited Writer profile image80
          Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Then you would use "you are" smile

          Ignore the troll...

        3. IzzyM profile image87
          IzzyMposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Contractions? Are you having a baby?

          1. Cagsil profile image60
            Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            roll

        4. profile image70
          Donald Eposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          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!

    6. Mighty Mom profile image91
      Mighty Momposted 6 years ago

      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???

      1. camlo profile image83
        camloposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        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) smile

      2. David 470 profile image86
        David 470posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        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.

        1. Shadesbreath profile image86
          Shadesbreathposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          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.

    7. jokeapptv profile image60
      jokeapptvposted 6 years ago

      at least they were on your hub..........lol
      dont worry

     
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