John Hansen has expressed it so well in his excellent poem.

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  1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image91
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 12 months ago

    Please follow the link to John Hansen/ Jodah’s latest work. He has expressed the feelings of most of the writers at HubPages. Thank you for sharing, John.
    https://hubpages.com/community/Why-Do-W … nts-a-Poem

    1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image91
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you John, for addressing the issues and concerns of the fellow writers, through your well crafted poem. Feedback is important for the writers, whatever genre they may be writing, and the comments must be user friendly.
      Thank you.

      1. Jodah profile image89
        Jodahposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you so much for sharing this, Chitrangada. I appreciate you echoing my thoughts and for your kind comment.

        1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image91
          ChitrangadaSharanposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          My pleasure, John.
          Thanks everyone for joining in the discussion.

    2. vocalcoach profile image93
      vocalcoachposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Thanks John.  Just want you to know I've been having problems with the inability to read/comment on articles.  I no longer receive notifications. I contacted HP but nothing has changed.  My apologies to everyone.

  2. Misbah786 profile image88
    Misbah786posted 12 months ago

    Thank you for writing this excellent poem, John. Thank you for being our voice.I greatly appreciate that. We really need the comments back. I don't think HP would ever move that poem to LetterPile. So thanks a lot for posting this thread Chitra Di. We need to raise our voices.

    Blessings to you and John.

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Misbah, I greatly appreciate your words, and we need to support each other in regard to this. I certainly don't expect this to make LetterPile.

      1. Misbah786 profile image88
        Misbah786posted 12 months agoin reply to this

        +1
        smile

      2. surovi99 profile image83
        surovi99posted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you Chitrangada for posting the wonderful work by John.

        Thank you John for the timely alert to HubPages team for user-friendly restoration of comments. I also believe in easy interaction with other writers via comments on articles.

        Thank you so much for sharing the most current issue here in HP community of most writers. Thumbs up to you.

        1. Jodah profile image89
          Jodahposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          Hi Rosina, I felt I needed to post something expressing how many of us felt and was inspired to write a poem about it. I am glad you found it worthwhile.

  3. vidsagster profile image88
    vidsagsterposted 12 months ago

    This poem should really make Hubpages to take note. You have very beautifully expressed the feelings of all writers of this in this poem, John. Motivation is lacking when there is no feedback. Hope we can see some change. Thanks Chitrangada for sharing John's good work.

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Hi Vidya,
      Thank you for for reading, and I agree with you that our motivation does lack when there is no feedback. I doubt that HubPages will take much note of this but I needed to express my feelings.

  4. Brenda Arledge profile image81
    Brenda Arledgeposted 12 months ago

    John
    You have weaved the perfect poetic verse.

    We do write because we have too.  It burns inside of us.
    Just like comments are a part of us.
    I guess I'm stubborn, I'd like to have it all.

    Wonderful poem & I too, hope Hubpages starts to listen.
    Alot of Writer's are leaving & I totally understand their reason.

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      We are in total agreement, Brenda. I am stubborn too.

  5. Rupert Taylor profile image95
    Rupert Taylorposted 12 months ago

    The writers are getting restless
    They want the comments restored
    But the folks who run HubPages say
    "Your pleas are mostly ignored."

    1. Misbah786 profile image88
      Misbah786posted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Oh! that rhymed so well! smile I like it!

    2. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Yay, Rupert graced us with a rhyme. I fear it is all too true.

  6. Pamela99 profile image91
    Pamela99posted 12 months ago

    John, this is an excellent poem. I use to be a content writer, but not at Hubpages. This site is not a place for that type of writing in my opinion. I care about the comments connecting with other authors, and I write medical articles to help people understand. You did express our feelings very well in this poem.

    Thank you Chitrangada for this poet.

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, Pamela, your medical articles are so helpful to many of us and comments on them are essential for people to ask further questions and get your advice. I think the community aspect of HubPages is much bigger than they realised.

    2. ChitrangadaSharan profile image91
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      ++

  7. Misbah786 profile image88
    Misbah786posted 12 months ago

    If HP continues to treat its writers in this manner, many valuable writers will soon fly away from here. Community and the support of the community are essential requirements for creative authors. HP needs to understand this. Many of us are close friends, and we communicate with one another as family and friends. They are ignoring this. It would not be wrong to say that we are emotionally tied to one another. And the method they used to restore the comments is the most technical method of fulfilling commitments. I do not appreciate the way they restored the comments.

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Misbah, we certainly are close friends and even like family. I often talk more with my fellow writers here at HubPages than i do with people in person….we have writing in common, something I don’t get to discuss much outside. Many wonderful people and writers have left HubPages over the years because of other changes that they felt reduced the community feel. Comments could be the final straw for many others.

      1. Misbah786 profile image88
        Misbah786posted 12 months agoin reply to this

        John, I just hope they're paying attention to what we're saying. This is a sad situation, and if HP truly values and respects their writers, it should be their first priority to help us out. We waited so long for it, and we never expected it to be returned in this manner.

        1. Jodah profile image89
          Jodahposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          So true.

  8. Peggy W profile image96
    Peggy Wposted 12 months ago

    Many, if not most of us, miss the interaction that comes with comments.  Friendships across the miles have taken place.  Oh, for the good old days!  Let's all hope for the best as the team at HubPages keeps working on bringing comments back.  Thanks Chitrangada for highlighting John's poetry and feelings about this subject.

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      You echo my thoughts Peg. I am still hoping for the best, that HubPages will iron out most of the bugs and that comments will be restored in some sort of usable form. They have to enable notifications of comments at least and get rid of all the irrelevant rubbish that makes the comment window almost impossible to find. Fingers crossed.

    2. ChitrangadaSharan profile image91
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      ++

  9. Peggy W profile image96
    Peggy Wposted 12 months ago

    Hi John,

    Without notification of comments, it would be almost impossible to find them.  It would be hit or miss at best.  Crossing my fingers!

  10. Misbah786 profile image88
    Misbah786posted 12 months ago

    No one knows if they are receiving comments on any of their hubs. What a disaster! hmm

  11. Jodah profile image89
    Jodahposted 12 months ago

    Audrey, no one is receiving notifications of comments anymore. They have just enabled commenting on Letterpile but it isn’t exactly straight forward. Hopefully it will improve.

  12. vocalcoach profile image93
    vocalcoachposted 12 months ago

    But, what about new articles?  This is what I'm missing. I'm not receiving notifications when new hubs are written.  Thanks, John for your help.

  13. Jodah profile image89
    Jodahposted 12 months ago

    You should be getting notified of new articles, Audrey. Did HubPages staff reply to your enquiry?

  14. Moondot1822 profile image92
    Moondot1822posted 12 months ago

    Beautiful expressions! John, you can write on any topic. You are always one of my favorite poets. I don't know what to say about comments because sometimes I like to comment on others' work that definitely impresses me. But, I don't like it in a give-and-take manner. When someone is not interested in the title of my article and is forced to leave a comment, I do not like it.
    And the comment section must be returned because some people's work here is incredible. And I always want to express my thoughts in the form of a comment on their work.
    Stay safe and healthy...

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Moondot, Thank you for your kind words and it humbles me to think I am one of your favourite poets. I don't think people should feel obliged to just comment because they feel they need to reciprocate. We should be free to only read and comment on what appeals to us. Comments are back on LetterPile, so let's see how that works out. All the best to you.

  15. techygran profile image88
    techygranposted 12 months ago

    Thank you Chitrangada for thinking to comment on Jodah's excellent poem here-- brilliant.  And thank you, Pamela, for continuing to write about your area of passion inspite of there being little to no feedback.

    Just this afternoon I had referred a new writer's article to someone to read. He commented about how hard it was to navigate through all the ads "or whatever they are". He ended up appreciating the POV  of the writer and reposting the article to a group he belongs to.

    If I had not been present to guide him through all the box ads for "contact writing," I am quite sure he would not have read the entire piece.

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Techygran. Surely HP should realise how difficult it is for anyone to read and navigate articles here with all the ads and recommended reading in the middle of articles. It has to be turning readers away.

  16. Brenda Arledge profile image81
    Brenda Arledgeposted 12 months ago

    I just looked at a few on LetterPile and I must say I am tremendously disappointed with the amount of ads, etc. That seem to be breaking apart our beautiful words.

    This is no way to showcase an author's work

  17. Jodah profile image89
    Jodahposted 12 months ago

    It isn’t just LetterPile either. It is all the niche sites. It is an ugly mess. Almost makes me want to disable advertising so at  least I don’t have to see all that rubbish. There will still be the “around the web” trite however.

  18. MizBejabbers profile image86
    MizBejabbersposted 12 months ago

    I'm so glad that Chitrangada posted the link to John's poem. Thank you, Ms. C. I'm not getting notifications except for forums anymore, and I don't always have time to hunt down my favorite writers to see if they have anything new on my feed. I took a 2 year hiatus from writing because I was recovering from a stroke, but I was staying, or at least attempting to stay, in touch by reading and commenting on articles while my poor brain recovered. During this time, I noticed that a lot of good writers (and friends) were announcing that they were leaving. That made me sad.
    Now that I was getting ready to start back to writing again, I see that the community is really breaking up do to the mismanagement of somebody. Whom it is, I don't know, Maven or HP itself? Maybe I'll sit back and watch to see how things go before I start investing any effort again.
    But John's poem hits the nail on the head. John is a good poet who can write on any subject and a much loved friend to us. I hope his poetic lament to the status quo turns out to be a blessing to us all. They haven't listened to the complaints, maybe they'll heed the poetry. Atta boy, John!

    1. Jodah profile image89
      Jodahposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      MizB, where do I start? I think it is wise of you to wait and watch for a while and see if this mess is sorted out to everyone's satisfaction. Who is to blame? That is a good question, but it started when they decided to adopt the MAVEN style guide over the old HubPages one and move all the niche sites to that platform which was not designed to support comments.
      I don't think they took into account how much social networking was an important part of HubPages, and that so many of us would be opposed to the loss of commenting. To their credit, the HubPages team do seem to be trying their best to restore it in some semblance. It is slowly being rolled out on a couple of Network sites at a time, and hopefully, all the bugs will be exterminated by the time it is complete....the main one is that we need to be NOTIFIED if a comment has been made on an article. Otherwise, there is no point in having comments at all. We can't keep checking all our hubs just in case a comment has been made.

      Whether my humble poetic plea has any effect...I doubt it. But they do say  I am valued here, at least going on the card I received with my recent Hubby Award. So, I will remain optimistic.


      https://hubstatic.com/15797840_f1024.jpg

      1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image91
        ChitrangadaSharanposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Very well said, John +++
        Thank you for sharing this accolade.

  19. Brenda Arledge profile image81
    Brenda Arledgeposted 12 months ago

    John
    It's a great note they sent to you .
    Maybe you best frame it.

    I hope they do value your work and listen.

  20. Jodah profile image89
    Jodahposted 12 months ago

    Yes, I may have to frame it Brenda. smile

 
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