I agree 100%. I also, and don't tell anyone, only approve fan mail that 'suits' what I want to show on my profile page. So if it says "you are brilliantly funny" then that's OK. But if it says "I read your hub and it was interesting" then I don't bother with it.
It's all part of sales and image really. Bit harsh I suppose.
I know who you're talking about - he did the same to me. I went to his profile and saw that those 5 hubs were ALL of his hubs. While looking, I noticed that he wrote (or should I say published!) a hub about how to make money with Google AdSense...
....so, I perused that hub and then left a nice comment letting him know that what he did in his fan mail to me is not cool and that I don't know why he's asking for help from other hubbers when he's already got it figured out if he's writing hubs about Google AdSense!
Of course, as I expected, he deleted my comment, but I know I got through to him because he then emailed me (via HP) to say that in reading the advice of the best hubbers, his understanding was that you were supposed to do what he did with the fan mail and links - whatever! DELETE!
Just changed my mind about this! No sooner that I posted that I add them all than I had one of the spammy "help me grow" mails with a list of 5 hubs! Well, that got denied promptly! I don't mind fanmail that doesn't say much but I don't want spam!
I get emails all the time that say something like, "I see you're an English teacher, and you write great hubs. Would you mind reading all my hubs and correcting all my mistakes?"
Um, yeah, I would mind! I don't mind helping someone out, but that's just too much. The emails I get that say, "I really admire your writing skills. If you get a chance, would you take a look at ONE of my hubs and provide some feedback?" are more inline with what I'm willing to do. After all, there are only so many hours in a day. If I did what everyone asked me to do, I'd have absolutely no time to write my own hubs or to write articles for pay. Hope you guys don't think I'm a b**ch! lol
Worth checking out a page for anyone writing a short patronizing pithy line like 'love your hubs' as you may find they've sent it to fifty other Hubbers too, as they mainly hope everyone will then be their hub friend and support their karma / ads in turn. They probably spent about 5 seconds on your hub and never read so much as the title.
I check out profiles of people who follow me or far less frequently fan me. Most of the time that's all I do. It's enough to form an opinion. A few times I look deeper at a hub or two. And on very rare occasions I might decide that I could read future hubs of theirs and I will follow.
That's my ploy to win the popular hubber of the year award.
In my defence I will say that those few I follow - I occasionally read their hubs, sometimes comment, and I always check the daily email.
I just got fanned by the guy with the list of 5 hubs which he'd like me to read. Like Bard of Ely, I generally just accept unsolicited fanmail. It doesn't mean that I will be reciprocating any time soon. On this occassion, however, I'm following the crowd, and deleting the fanmail. It's just a bit too cheeky to expect people to check out your hubs without being part of the community first.
I just got fan mail with five links in it. I guess this little guy is getting around. I didn't approve it, but did not delete it. I guess I will delete and send a polite private note on etiquette here.
I got some fan mail like this some time ago now, I accepted it at the time as I was and still am pretty new to this. The more and more I read hubs though the more the image of that dairy product keeps appearing with the same copy and pasted message they posted to me. I'm sure you know who I mean right.
When I get a notification that someone has posted new fan mail and I click on the link it goes to a list of my fan mail which appears to be in reverse chronological order.The new fan mail isn't even there! I have tried...
I do a fair amount of suggesting editorial changes to hubbers when I feel these may be helpful. I despise the challenge prompts testing whether or not I'm a person. First of all, my vision isn't exactly eagle acute....