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You can leave comments on Answers!

  1. HubPages profile image
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    HubPagesposted 5 years ago

    Earlier this week we announced that it would soon be possible to leave comments on Answers. Great news- the feature is now live!

    We hope you like it smile

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Also note that you can keep track of the number of comments people leave on your Questions' Answers by visiting your Q&A stats under My Account.

      1. Joelipoo profile image81
        Joelipooposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I noticed the comments on answers a little bit ago.  In a way that is excited, but at the same time it almost makes it like the forums.

        1. Ari Lamstein profile image77
          Ari Lamsteinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you for the feedback.  There are a few differences between the Q&A section and the forum section of HubPages to keep in mind:
            1.  The Huber who asks a question has the ability to moderate the discussion.  For example, they can delete delete both answers and comments which they find objectionable.  You cannot do this in the forum section.
            2.  You can produce less content in the Q&A section.  You are only permitted one answer.  And while you are able to create as many comments as you like, there is a built in regulation: you cannot produce two comments to a single answer in a row. 

          We look forward to seeing how these two sections of HubPages continue to evolve.

    2. Peggy W profile image93
      Peggy Wposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That is nice!  Sometimes a well thought out answer deserves a comment.  If they are made into hubs, we can always leave a comment on the hub.
       
      Question...  Is there any way to differentiate new answers coming in from all of the old ones without having to scroll through all of them to find them?  It is a time waster to have to do the latter which is the only way I now know how to find them.

      When I posed this question previously in a forum someone mentioned just checking the notifications.  With so many followers, this is also not the best way as everytime I click onto my site, there are so many.

      Could each question somehow be highlighted when there are new answers so that we could find them easier?  Or a date sytem installed...something to make them stand out from the rest?

      Thanks!

      1. Simone Smith profile image92
        Simone Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Great suggestion, Peggy W! That would be nice. Hopefully we can find a simple way of addressing that.

    3. AEvans profile image78
      AEvansposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I am so happy!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! big_smile

    4. vox vocis profile image82
      vox vocisposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I love the feature. Great job!

    5. wordscribe43 profile image94
      wordscribe43posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I do like it... I've often wanted to make a comment and now I can!  YAY!  Thanks, staff.

    6. cloverleaffarm profile image64
      cloverleaffarmposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's about time. So many times, people have asked me a question, and now I can answer without having to contact each one personally. Thanks.

    7. Myn Is Me profile image73
      Myn Is Meposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I think it's great! Thank you!

  2. Rosie2010 profile image77
    Rosie2010posted 5 years ago

    I love it!  I was surprised when I clicked on a question and there were replies to the answers.  This is a really good idea.  Thanks for the new feature, Hubpages!

  3. cascoly profile image59
    cascolyposted 5 years ago

    why is the ability to comment taken away if we vote an answer up?

    1. Ari Lamstein profile image77
      Ari Lamsteinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It looks like there is a bug where as soon as you vote the "Comment" button disappears.  However, if you refresh the page you will be able to comment again.

      1. cascoly profile image59
        cascolyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        also, it looks like comments are not included  either notifications nor on our profiles

        1. Ari Lamstein profile image77
          Ari Lamsteinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          That is a known issue and we are working on it.

  4. AliciaC profile image100
    AliciaCposted 5 years ago

    Thanks for adding this feature. It enriches the Questions and Answers section and should make it even more interesting than it already is.

  5. travel_man1971 profile image75
    travel_man1971posted 5 years ago

    This is a very interesting development. Thanks for always updating the nooks and crannies of HubPages. big_smile

  6. Outbound Dan profile image99
    Outbound Danposted 5 years ago

    That is a pretty cool feature and one that surely enhances the conversational quality of the question.  Great idea Hubgineers!

  7. paradigmsearch profile image93
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    When is adsense going to start working for the questions? Or is it already?

    1. Ari Lamstein profile image77
      Ari Lamsteinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Sunforged,

      AdSense and the HP Ads Program are both working for the Answers section.  However, it appears that there is a problem with Google Analytics.  We are working on that now.

      Ari

      1. Flavie Lolol profile image79
        Flavie Lololposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Really? I have not seen even a single impression coming from my questions. And whilst I can see my adsense code (by viewing page source) from my hubs, I can’t see it from my questions.

        1. Ari Lamstein profile image77
          Ari Lamsteinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Unfortunately, it looks like I misspoke.  Let me try to clarify:
            1.  In the Answers section Hubbers can receive earnings from Google AdSense.  The HP Ads Program does not run in the Answer section of the site.
            2.  There was a bug and Google Analytics was not working in the Answers section.  This has been fixed.
            3.  There was a bug and Authors were not earning money in the Answers section via Google AdSense.  This has been fixed.

          We apologize for these problems.

          1. Flavie Lolol profile image79
            Flavie Lololposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Thank you, Ari,

            I can now see the data and earnings from questions in my custom adsense channel.

            This issue is now solved.

      2. sunforged profile image76
        sunforgedposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Odd? I dont think I ever commented on this thread. Why was I on your mind?

        1. paradigmsearch profile image93
          paradigmsearchposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          You're just that kind of guy. big_smile

  8. sholland10 profile image94
    sholland10posted 5 years ago

    I love the new Q/A feature, and enjoy spending time there.  So many ideas floating around.

  9. Just Ask Susan profile image89
    Just Ask Susanposted 5 years ago

    I noticed this today and thought wow this great. Love it!

  10. Shaddie profile image92
    Shaddieposted 5 years ago

    Oh huzzAah! I've been wanting this feature for a while now.

  11. cascoly profile image59
    cascolyposted 5 years ago

    looks like replies to comments are getting cut off, but without indicating that to the person replying

    eg

    http://simeyc.hubpages.com/question/171 … -arguments

    so many of the replies are stopped in mid sentence - if there's a limit it should be displayed and a warning issued

    1. Ari Lamstein profile image77
      Ari Lamsteinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for reporting this cascoly.  There is indeed a 250 character limit on comments to answers.  Unfortunately this limit was not displayed in the original release of the feature.  However, yesterday we released an update and it is now displayed.

  12. paradigmsearch profile image93
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    I am watching my Adsense question directory url like a hawk!!! big_smile

    1. Ari Lamstein profile image77
      Ari Lamsteinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Me too.

      I previously did not have Google Analytics or Google Adsense integrated with my HubPages Account.  I now have them integrated, and have verified that Analytics is updated for my question URLs. 

      While I have not seen my AdSense account update yet for the new URL channels, I have seen my publisher ID present in the HTML source code of the page in questions, so I know that Google AdSense is at least getting the data.  I did a google search to see how long it takes for custom adsense channels to gather data, and the answer that I saw was "within 24 hours".

  13. paradigmsearch profile image93
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    I have likewise found my adsense and analytics publisher ID's in my questions' source code. Me thinks it's time for paradigmsearch to get Q&A busy again. smile

    Thanks, Ari.

  14. paradigmsearch profile image93
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    Adsense is reporting views! Here's the syntax that is working for me:

    paradigmsearch.hubpages.com/question

    and   

    hubpages.com/question

    Where'd I put that fireworks pic...big_smile

  15. paradigmsearch profile image93
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    I can't wait until hpads goes into effect here. Please poke us with a stick when that happens. smile

  16. GmaGoldie profile image79
    GmaGoldieposted 5 years ago

    Do we earn money on questions and answers? If so, where can we find the revenue detail?

    1. Flavie Lolol profile image79
      Flavie Lololposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, we do earn revenue from questions.

      1. You’ll find the revenue details in your adsense account.

      2. You’d have to set a url channel called “hubpages.com” to track all revenue from Hubpages.

      3. You’d have to set a url channel called “gmagoldie.hubpages.com/question/172426/favorite-story-of-an-adult-motivating-a-child” to track all revenue from that particular question.

      4. You’d have to set a url channel called “gmagoldie.hubpages.com/hub/Tribute-to-Veterans” to track all revenue from that particular hub.

      5. Do not include “http://” in url(s).

    2. HubPages profile image
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      HubPagesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hey GmaGoldie!
      AdSense and the Stats section of Q&A under My Account are definitely the places to check stats and earnings regarding Questions. Our Learning Center entrysummarizes what's there and includes steps on setting up a URL channel for tracking earnings from Questions.

  17. Howard S. profile image89
    Howard S.posted 5 years ago

    Possible bug for Comments on Answers. After commenting on an Answer, I was presented with radio buttons to Delete Comment for comments written by others on other Answers. Somewhat hesitantly, I pressed one to test it, but there was no effect, fortunately. The bug is that it should not give the appearance that we can Delete Comment written by someone else.

    1. Ari Lamstein profile image77
      Ari Lamsteinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for reporting this Howard.  I've created a bug report for it.

    2. Ari Lamstein profile image77
      Ari Lamsteinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Howard, I am unable to reproduce this bug.  Can you please provide additional details about how you encountered it?

      1. Howard S. profile image89
        Howard S.posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I'll work on it, Ari.

      2. Howard S. profile image89
        Howard S.posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I saw it again, but then was unable to repeat it. I was also not writing down my steps, so lost track of one. Here's what I know:

        1) Go to [which?] a) your feed or b) Your Answers.
        2) Select the title of a question which you have answered. It needs to be one with comments to an answer, but I don't know whether they need to comment your own answer (as mine did).
        3) Do something [what?] that is not within the comments to that answer.
        4) The Delete Comment button, when it does appear, will display on every comment to that answer, both others' and your own rebuttals.

        Good luck. That's as far as I plan to take it.

      3. Howard S. profile image89
        Howard S.posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I got it Ari (almost)! This one's got a sneaky path.

        1) Go to the Notifications in your email.
        2) Select a Question that you are following.
        3) It has to be a Question to which there are Answers with Comments.
        4) You may see the "Delete Comment" button next to all Comments to all Answers, whether you wrote them or not. (I did write some, if that makes a difference.)
        5) And I was able to reproduce this about half the time, but not every time. I think I only have two emails that meet these conditions, with three references to two questions. So my data isn't big enough to debug it further.

        I hope this much sets you on the right track.

        Howard

        1. Ari Lamstein profile image77
          Ari Lamsteinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks Howard.  This does indeed help us.

  18. Melissa A Smith profile image100
    Melissa A Smithposted 5 years ago

    I have been discouraged from answering future questions because a user(s) unnecessarily down-voted and removed my answers to a question that I spent time articulating.

    1. Shaddie profile image92
      Shaddieposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That's too bad sad A few people have hidden or deleted my comments to certain controversial Hubs, but never had any trouble with the Answers articles...

      1. Melissa A Smith profile image100
        Melissa A Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Oh yeah, definitely have had piles of unapproved comments, lol. Was planing on making a hub about it.

        1. Uninvited Writer profile image84
          Uninvited Writerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I doubt the general public will care smile

          1. Will Apse profile image93
            Will Apseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            This is what happens. You hang around here too long. You get cynical. Disillusioned. You remember all the fine notions you had as a teenager. And nothing has come of it. Soon you are thinking. Enough is enough. The public is an ass. Then, you need money again. So you feed the ass. Then you wake up one day, etc etc, etc.

            1. Uninvited Writer profile image84
              Uninvited Writerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              So, you are telling me the general public will care if a hubber disallows someone's answer to a question?

              1. lrohner profile image81
                lrohnerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                No. He's just busy feeding his ass. smile

              2. Will Apse profile image93
                Will Apseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                I can see questions in the press...

            2. Melissa A Smith profile image100
              Melissa A Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              I don't understand. I'm not making anything here anyway.
              @Uninvited Writer I'm used to that

    2. gabgirl12 profile image79
      gabgirl12posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I saw that too Shaddie. I wondered if it would bring down my hub score. I asked a question, but no one seems to know.

      Another concern I have is that some Hubbers will ask questions that would probably be better off here in these forums for discussion. Since the inception of comments though it's so much easier to keep track of who is answering who. And its probably easier for the Hubpages Admin to spot 'Questions' that are better in the forums.

  19. Marisa Wright profile image99
    Marisa Wrightposted 5 years ago

    I am currently unable to make a comment on an answer.  I get an error message:

    "Undefined function: findAdvanced"

  20. Peggy W profile image93
    Peggy Wposted 5 years ago

    I am also unable to make a comment in the Q & A section.  I wanted to comment on some of the terrific answers people have posed on some of my questions.  I type it in, hit publish...and nothing happens.

    1. Melissa A Smith profile image100
      Melissa A Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Now that's happening to me.

      1. Peggy W profile image93
        Peggy Wposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Hope someone at HP headquarters takes a look at this and fixes whatever is causing this.  I just tried to make a comment again with no luck.

        1. Ari Lamstein profile image77
          Ari Lamsteinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          We are looking into it now.  Unfortunately, it takes longer to fix things over the weekend (especially holiday weekends) than during the week.  But I hope that we can fix this before Tuesday morning.

          1. Peggy W profile image93
            Peggy Wposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks Ari.  Happy Memorial Day!  You have my permission to take the day off.  smile

            1. Howard S. profile image89
              Howard S.posted 5 years agoin reply to this

              PW, do you receive email sent through HP? I've sent you a couple within the past month.

          2. Melissa A Smith profile image100
            Melissa A Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Works for me now.

  21. Sue Adams profile image95
    Sue Adamsposted 5 years ago

    Good idea and thank you HP for another improvement.

  22. tirelesstraveler profile image81
    tirelesstravelerposted 5 years ago

    Thanks Ari, I have often thought being able to comment would be nice.  Nice work.

  23. Xenonlit profile image61
    Xenonlitposted 5 years ago

    I like this, because I like to acknowledge those who commented without having to answer my own question.

  24. Howard S. profile image89
    Howard S.posted 5 years ago

    It's a nice feature, but I don't like the way it appears in the Hubtivity feed. It currently reads as follows:

    You wrote this comment to this answer QWERTY...

    Since the partial answer (QWERTY...) is somewhat meaningless without the initial question, I would prefer the following:

    You wrote this comment to this answer to the question ASDFG

    That is similar to the original syntax for answers to questions:

    You wrote this answer to the question ASDFG

    1. Ari Lamstein profile image77
      Ari Lamsteinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Howard,

      Thank you for this feedback.  We are working on that feature right now.

      Ari

  25. yougotme profile image91
    yougotmeposted 5 years ago

    Hello guys! I really find this feature useful, but as of now I'm encountering problems in commenting on answers.

    When I press comment this one appears "cannot save comment at this time". I'm just wondering, maybe this is a bug on my part, because other people can comment, and previously I was able to leave comments.

    I'll appreciate any response to this query. smile

    1. Ari Lamstein profile image77
      Ari Lamsteinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi yougotme,

      Yes, some Hubbers have reported seeing that message.  It is on our list to investigate and fix it! 

      Ari

      1. yougotme profile image91
        yougotmeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Ari! smile

      2. yougotme profile image91
        yougotmeposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Hello there! My problem is still not addressed until now. sad

        I still can't comment on answers, and I feel like I'm missing a lot of stuffs especially when I think that we can have some good discussions (i.e. follow ups).

  26. duffsmom profile image59
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    Regarding the comments in the answer sections. It seems it just makes it a forum as I have seem comments, then comments on the comments then more answers to that comment.  Why not keep forums and answers separate?

    1. Melissa A Smith profile image100
      Melissa A Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What happens if the answer is wrong? It doesn't make sense to block discussions in them. That will probably just lead to more people voting answers down to express their opinion. If technical questions are going to be asked to non-experts, discussion is important.

    2. Ari Lamstein profile image77
      Ari Lamsteinposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi duffsmom,

      Thank you for the feedback!  We are indeed aware of this issue and are working on a fix.  For example, we are considering only showing the first few comments on an answer by default, and then adding a button that says "click here to see the remaining comments on this answer".

      Overall, we feel that the "comments on answers" feature has added a lot of value to the Answers section.  In some cases, there might be "runaway" comment threads, but we feel that we can address that situation while still keeping the best part of commenting.

      Ari

  27. Glenn Stok profile image99
    Glenn Stokposted 5 years ago

    Ari, I am not sure if you are checking the "report a problem" forum, so I am posting this here too.  As of today the bug with failure to add comments has not been fixed.

    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/98821

  28. Glenn Stok profile image99
    Glenn Stokposted 5 years ago

    I'm curious to know how many have trouble posting comments in Q&A.

    Specifically those who said they can't... melbel, Marisa Wright, Peggy W, and yougotme.  Do you still have the same problem? 

    I posted an update in the "report a problem" forum. We should take this over there for any further updates to help staff know who has this problem.  That may help figure out what the cause is, which is only affecting a few of us. But I guess we all need to be patient since there are more serious issues presently happening. And I can understand that. I've been watching the other forums about it.

 
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