I looked around the forums and HP Blog for info on this and found nothing...just went to answer comments on my Hubs, and I'm seeing commenters highlighted in yellow with a designation of a level (5, 7, what, 1 out of 10?) What's this about?
It might also put some people off from leaving comments with the implication being that comments by higher ranks are more valuable. Of course, the fact some of these higher ranks might be people who've spent hours leaving vacuous comments on hubs they've never read, so as to increase their hubber score, will probably be glossed over.
Jason, I'm glad you are on top of this forum post. I'm anxiously awaiting a justification for this. It makes no sense to me, and also, I found it offensive, as others have, too. There's already a ranking system (accolades) for those who leave valuable comments. When I see this stuff in yellow, I'm totally put off. I know other sites out there have a way of indicating members' value to their sites by showing how many comments members may have made, but here on HP, that data is already there in the accolades; maybe you should make it not optional to show those accolades.
What really puzzles me is that some of the commenters are designated "hub author"!! When I saw someone on my hub comments so designated on which I was merely one of the levels of 'commenter", I just knew something was really amiss! So I checked several more of my hubs and found similar designations of someone else as "hub author" on them. When I came across one hub comment thread on one of my hubs having TWO people designated "hub author", it became curiouser and curiouser, but at least it took two to replace me as the author of my hub! haha!
More determined to get to the bottom of it, I checked on some other people's hubs and their comments threads and noticed similar situations. On some there was no one even designated "hub author" but in every case, my commentator level was consistent. So that much is clarified, but not what makes some hubbers "hub author" designation! Aren't we all hub authors if we post our work?
Many of those so designated "hub author" are active commenters too, so the possibility that they only write hubs but don't comment on others' doesn't resolve the mystery!
I have to say that the rather intense yellow color for some comment levels is distracting at best and also annoying. Is any of this really of value?
I hereby join the chorus of those who rarely have a beef with HP. But this is,in a word, moronic. The levels mean nothing to anyone reading them. The color "striping" effect in the comments on a hub is distracting, to say the least. This is one change that I honestly can't imagine growing on me.
I keep all my accolades private, so I thought I'd check out the comment I posted to someone else's hub a few weeks ago to see whether my "commmenter level" (urgh) was visible. I'm glad to say it wasn't.
So there you have it folks. If you don't want your commenter level plastered all over the place for everyone to see, keep your accolades private like I do.
To WriteAngled: I can't stand all these ranks and badges and levels either. It's like being in the sodding Brownies.
I've got something in my pocket, it belongs across my face. I keep it very close at hand, in a most convienient place. I'm sure you couldn't guess it if you guessed a long, long while. So I'll take it out and put it on, it's a Great Big Brownie Smile!
I've got something on my picture, plastered on my face It doesn't motivate me, 'cos I don't want to win no race! I'm sure you'll easily guess it, this object I ignore: it's the fickle and capricious, pointless Hubber score.
I agree with many of the comments earlier - these little boxes indicating hub author and commenter level are annoying. As WriteAngled and others have pointed out, it encourages a sense of ranking and competitiveness that I don't think is necessary on HP.
To be fair to HP they are just continuing a great literary tradition, begun by Shakespeare I believe. His original transcripts for the sitcoms Hamlet and Macbeth were passed round for review by other great authors of the time, and those authors have left comments in the margins.
Wordsworth uses a yellow pen, Blake used red I believe and he was also a level six commenter - which gives you an idea of the calibre of the writer without the tedium of reading any of their poetry crap.
So, some things never change. If there's a way to poke holes in others' contributions for the sake of getting a leg up on another, I guess we learned that a long time ago (with those hand-noted comments, constructive or otherwise). HP is just the electronic version, perhaps masking itself as benefiting the greater (online social) good.
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