Is reciprocation expected or just courtesy?

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  1. nell79 profile image76
    nell79posted 8 years ago

    I've been here for nearly two months now and think I'm learning the ropes now, but I'm wondering about one thing. When another hubber stops by my hub and comments, I try to get back to theirs and do the same. Sometimes though, if life is particularly busy, I might miss one. Is there some black list that a hubber goes on, never to be spoken to again for this terrible lapse in behavior? Haha

    Seriously though, is it generally expected? Is it something most hubbers do and think you're terrible if you forget about them? Regardless, I think I'd still do it, as those hubber comments catch my attention and make me curious enough to check them out (and comment if I find what they've written engaging).

    If this is a big deal though, I think I need to work harder at keeping notes for the few I'm sure I've managed to forget. lol

    1. habee profile image93
      habeeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Nell, I did that for a long time, too. But when you have more hubs and have been here for longer, you'll find that you might get hundreds of comments a day. It's practically impossible at that point to return the favor.

      I do try, however, to respond to the comments, if only to say thanks. Sometimes it takes me a while to get around to doing it, though. lol

  2. kirstenblog profile image74
    kirstenblogposted 8 years ago

    I expect it is a case by case thing. The nature of the comment is one thing to consider. I have often left comments on a hub and then never checked back to see if they replied to it. I was not asking a question or anything, just expressing my appreciation for the writer writing what they wrote and being friendly. I take no umbrage with someone not replying to a comment of mine, good chance I will never realize it anyway! Unless I post a question and check my hubtivity to see if it was approved/commented on regularly.

  3. profile image0
    Website Examinerposted 8 years ago

    I am quite confident to say it is not expected. Of course, some individuals will harbor such expectations, but the decision to read and comment is usually a one-way street.

    1. lyndre profile image60
      lyndreposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with WE.
      I don,t have many hubs and even fewer comments lol,so it quite easy to reply.
      I would think if you have a lot of hubs it would be very time consuming to reply to every comment.
      If I comment on someones hub it is becuase I enjoyed what I read and I am not expecting a reply.

  4. nell79 profile image76
    nell79posted 8 years ago

    Okay, so the next question I have would be when you comment on someone else's hub, do you expect them to read and comment on yours?

    1. Mark Ewbie profile image85
      Mark Ewbieposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      No, but I sometimes expect a response of some sort.  Even if its only thank you for reading.  Otherwise it does feel a little rude.

      But this comment me and I'll comment you, similar to the follow me follow you things - life's too short.  Essentially I need to spend time writing, not playing games so much, and I suspect that goes for everyone?

      Create content - earn money.  Be nice of course and all that gubbins - but I'm not on here 24/7 - no time.

      1. Pandoras Box profile image69
        Pandoras Boxposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        We have to be nice?   


        1. Mark Ewbie profile image85
          Mark Ewbieposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I just put that in for the Charming Hubber of the Year competition.

          It is still running right?

    2. profile image0
      Website Examinerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I wrote a hub entitled "Why I prefer unsolicited comments on hubs" - so that is my answer.

  5. evvy_09 profile image70
    evvy_09posted 8 years ago

    If a hubber replies to some of the comments recieved, I'm likely to comment on more of their hubs.  I don't expect them to reply to my comments or even most of the comments.  It's just nice to see that the hubber does occasionally throw in a reply. 
    One hubber though has great recipes and I've commented on several hubs.  They always reply and then return comment on one of my hubs.  It made my start feeling bad, since I don't have many interesting hubs yet and they have alot.  I'll just have to catch up a little big_smile

    1. nell79 profile image76
      nell79posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Well I liked that one on Fable 3! And I found it on google by accident lol

      1. evvy_09 profile image70
        evvy_09posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        How are you doing on that game btw?

        1. nell79 profile image76
          nell79posted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I haven't gotten to play since Saturday night, and then I played on my hubby's profile with my character, so he's further than I am. We haven't gotten too far (play time is limited) I think we just finished getting the 50 guild seals we needed for Albion to help the dweller camp and did the Mourningwood fortress mission (I was bummed that hubby was the only one who could do the first part of the fighting the hollowmen, but I got to get in there eventually, so it was all good).

          I'm sure we'll get back to it this weekend! Have you updated your article yet? smile

          1. evvy_09 profile image70
            evvy_09posted 8 years agoin reply to this

            I will before friday is over.  I might have something to make it even better, if I can figure it out.

  6. nell79 profile image76
    nell79posted 8 years ago

    Phew! Okay, good! I was having a hard time keeping up. Sometimes, if I have nothing better to do, then it's not a big deal for me to check out what other people are writing. But often it can be difficult, and I wasn't sure if it was expected.

    At first it didn't even occur to me, but then I would notice that when I did leave a comment on someone else's hub, they would check out mine and do the same, and so I thought that might be the norm here.

    I'll just take a look when I can, and pass when I can't smile


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