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How to Reply To Hub Comments

There is always a discussion on various forums about how people should reply to comments on their own Hubs and personal blogs. Even though this hub is about replying to comments on a hub, the same thoughts can also apply to replying to comments on any online article you write. Each Hubber is responsible for moderating the comments on their own Hubs, so my view on this issue is to leave it up to the individual Hubber. Some people are busy with family and kids and do not have time to comment every day, whereas other people work near a computer and like to comment on Hubs during their breaks. There is no right or wrong way to respond to comments on your own Hubs, but it should be done politely and with sensitivity to the person who took the time to read your Hub and make a comment. Even if the Hubber does not agree with you, at least write back a response and do not delete their comment right off the bat. Here are a few suggestions on how to comment on Hubs.These are merely suggestions and each Hubber should use their own discretion when commenting on Hubs.

Responding to comments on a Hub is very simple

Responding to comments on a Hub is very simple

Try Not To Exclude Anyone

Most people on HubPages are busy and do not have all day to write lengthy responses to each comment, but here are a few ways you can try to make anyone feel left out.

1. Write a paragraph highlighting all the interesting points made in the comments. Note where you agree or disagree with certain points and why.  If possible, try to thank everyone for taking the time to read and comment. You do not have to say thank you, but I find I enjoy saying it. I have always liked the sound of the words please and thank you, and it convey gratitude to your readers. After all, people did not have to stop and read your hub, but if they took the time to read and respond it is good to acknowledge this.

2. Write a large comment with an individual response to each commenter. This would look similar to a script:


Very interesting point about the Stock Exchange.


So you worked at the Stock Exchange, I am sure that time you fainted was quite interesting. I would not want to faint in front of that many people.


I am not really that interested in the Stock Exchange, but I wrote this hub because my husband suggested I should try something different.

The replies to comments above are made-up, but it gives you an idea of how responding to each person in one comment does not have to be very elaborate.

3. Some Hubbers have even suggested to wait a few days and write a general response to all those who have commented. This may be the best approach if you do not come to HubPages and are crunched for time.

4. If you feel like it you can respond to each and every response on your Hub, as you are in charge of moderating the comments on your Hub.  Through out the day there are many people commenting on forums and publishing Hubs, so making a few individual comments on a Hub is not going to take up that much Hubtivity.  However, if you have sixty-seven comments in an hour you might not want to respond to each one individually, but that is up to you.  It is all about the time each individual Hubber wants to take for responding to comments.  I have noticed responding to comments can be time consuming if you are away for a few hours or a day, so take your time and do not worry about responding to everyone right away.  It is a personal choice and entirely up to you as the Hubber. 

All of the above ways of replying to comments on your Hubs are merely suggestions at it is ultimately up to the Hubber to moderate his or her own comments.

How To Respond To Those Who Disagree

When writing Hubs it is a given not everyone is going to agree with your point of view, so the best way to respond to Hubbers who disagree is to kindly explain your world view.

1. Detail your position and highlight the points that have inclined you to take this point of view.

2. Kindly reply to those who disagree with you, but do not feel you have to demean your own point of view. The beautiful thing about HubPages is people disagree every day, but it is nothing personal because you can disagree with someone and still like them and there Hubs. I know several Hubbers that have completely different political views than myself, but they are wonderful people an I am able to see where they are coming from. Likewise I respect their views and they respect mine, so at the end of the day if someone disagrees with me I am not going to sweet heat.  I am a strong person with high self-esteem and I know my own mind so well, so I the best thing I can do is explain my position to those who question me. You can kindly disagree with someone while standing your ground and not conceding your point. Stand your ground and do so respectively, but firmly let people know where you stand.  Never feel like you have to be a doormat just because someone disagrees with you.   

Try Not To Delete Comments, Unless These Are Spam Or Personal Attacks

I have learned from past experience not to delete other people's comments. This of course is entirely up to you, but try not to delete a person's comment as it hurts their feeling and sends and message you did not appreciate their thoughts on this issue. Of course this is entirely up to you, but 99% of the time it is not necessary to delete some one's comments. The few times I would consider deleting some one's comment is if:

1. If the comment is spammy with a link promoting their business or website.

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2. If they write a comment making blatant personal attacks.

3. If they talk about lewd acts that really have nothing to do with the topic of the Hub.

Once again it is up to you, but use your own discretion and try not to delete comments on your Hubs. It is better to try to respond to a comment and respectfully let people know where you stand.


Biil on July 29, 2019:

Great points!

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on November 12, 2018:

Great suggesting and advice. When I first started writing on HubPages I was at a loss as to how to reply and comment. This would have been a wonderful help back then.

Joel Lantz from Cincinnati, Ohio suburb on March 16, 2017:


I just posted my first Hub, and the first (and only) comment thus far showed that the author ignored and blew off solid evidence for a point I was making. Sort of "I've made up my mind. Don't confuse me with facts!"


I'm inclined NOT to delete this comment — albeit to respond to it. Your advice generally to avoid deleting comments reinforces that consideration.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on July 15, 2011:


All you have to do is go to a hub you wrote, and write a comment back to those who replied.

lavender3957 on July 15, 2011:

I tried to comment back but can't figure it out. Help.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on September 30, 2009:

Glad I could give you some ideas heysmarty. I love your name, and I can imagine your toucan in the picture saying this!

heysmarty0 on September 29, 2009:

These tips are really really helpful for me as I was not sure what to do with the comments. Thanks SweetiePie for this great hub.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 25, 2009:


I am glad you have not had to delete comments. I have had to on a few occasions because I had some dillies.

LondonGirl from London on February 24, 2009:

great hub - and I agree with you. I've never had to delete a comment on my hubs, hope that continues!

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on February 24, 2009:

Thanks for reading and commenting Benson and Proud Mom.

Proud Mom from USA on February 24, 2009:

Great hub, Sweetie Pie! I appreciate the tips!

Benson Yeung from Hong Kong on February 24, 2009:

Great suggestions. Thanks for sharing.

Clive Fagan from South Africa on October 25, 2008:

I think most hubbers are reasonable rational people. Excess profanity is in any event against the Hubpages code.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 24, 2008:

That is a good tactic MrMarmalade.  If someone uses excessively profane language I can see deleting that as that is just bizarre.  One guy came to one of my hubs and asked if anyone one wanted to hook up with him using the f word, so I did delete that. 


Your hub about that movie was very interesting. The edits made it very good, did not realize it was older.

MrMarmalade from Sydney on October 24, 2008:

I subscribe to the onus of if you comment on one of my hubs, I should accept responsibility of at least saying thank you.

Some times I will say more, as the hub reflects my thinking.

I have deleted one hub from a non registered three headed personality. It was full of blasphemy. I did not need it or feel it was pertaining to the hub.

weblog from 1India on October 24, 2008:

Hi SweetiePie,

Thanks for the comments in my old hub that was published 6 months back, I think you got it from hubtivity as I was editing the hub for fixing broken links.

June Campbell from North Vancouver on October 24, 2008:

Thanks for this hub. You cover some excellent points. I try to respond to most comments. I would never delete a comment until it was clearly inappropriate, vulgar or hateful.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 24, 2008:

I think most people here agree with freedom of speech sixtyorso. Thanks for pointing this out :).

Clive Fagan from South Africa on October 24, 2008:

Hear Hear Sweetie Pie!

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 24, 2008:


That is your right as the moderator of your hub. To me etiquette is important because I am not going to say something overly insulting to someone. Everyone has a different defintion of ridiculous, so who am I to judge if their comment is ridiculous? I believe in freedom of speech, and so long as someone is not attacking hubbers I will allow all comments. It has nothing to do with being the cool kids in high school, it has to do with keeping the Internet open to free speech.

Jerrico Usher from Bend, Oregon on October 24, 2008:

Are you guys serious? MY methodology is this. I put the comments box there to get feedback on the hub. I'm not responcible for responding, and if I don't like your comment or your comment is rediculous I will delete it in a second. I am not by any means going to let anyone tell me what comments I can and cannot delete or approve. The hub is my webproperty and I have the right to do as I please with it.

Alot of people are just too darn sensitive in this area. I respond to a comment if I have something to say, not because I feel some responcibility to respond. I had a battle with a certain hubber awhile back who got upset because I deleted his insulting comments. I was writing a hub about a book I wanted to write about hubpages and he selfishly thought that I was being rediculous to even think of such a thing because I wanted to sell it, he wrote a bunch of ignorant crap about how I was scamming the public blah blah.. this guy truly had no clue, so was I going to let his ignorance taint my hub? make my hub readers listen to his banter? no frikken way...

If a bunch of people got into the forum to discuss "comment edicate" or big brother laws for comment boxes then I think your really wasting your time.

My philosophy is if you don't want me to delete your comments then don't leave rediculous comments. I have no problem with someone having an opinion, but when you outright call them names and make rediculous accusations you cross the line.

I think its rediculous to not delete a comment simply out of fear of being judged or whiplashed in the forum, what are we in high school and the cool kids won't like us? give me a break!

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 23, 2008:

I see what you are saying Marisa :). By the way your blogs must have quite a great following because very few subscribe to mine. I have to admit I like interacting with people on HubPages, especially after the lack of communication on Squidoo, blogger, and other sites.

Kate Swanson from Sydney on October 23, 2008:

Hi Sweetiepie - there's a good example, I happened to notice on Hubtivity that you had replied so I thought I'd check it out. Of course I'm not saying that Hubbers shouldn't engage in dialogue if they want to. Veronica (one of my favourite Hubbers) often engages in quite long dialogues on her Hubs.

I just wanted to point out that the comment system isn't really designed for interaction, so people shouldn't feel it's something they have to do.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 23, 2008:

First off let me stress that the main point of this hub is that moderating comments it up to the hubber.  I am not here at HubPages to socially network with a large group of people, but I do enjoy responding to comments as there are a few hubbers with whom I do have an ongoing dialogue.  If I take the time to respond to a comment I am leaving it open for some to come back, thus it is a great way of expressing gratitude and this makes me feel good. Some of us hubbers talk on email or the hubs, but this is our recreation and really does not hurt anyone, does it?

By the way, I have hubs that receive a great deal of search engine traffic and never receive many comments.  It just depends on the hub. 

Thanks for sharing your interesting observations on this issue.

Kate Swanson from Sydney on October 23, 2008:

I find your attitude to comments interesting. If you were talking about comments on a blog, I'd agree with you 100%, because the commenter may well have subscribed to your RSS feed and will be notified if you reply to their comment. However on HubPages, the commenter wil never know if you've replied - unless they happen to notice it come up on Hubtivity ,or they are interested enough in the subject to keep checking back.

When I make a comment on someone's Hub, I rarely expect a comment from the author in return. But then I write my Hubs to attract general readers rather than as a means of social networking.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 23, 2008:

C.S. Alexis,

I try to think about others because I was taught to do so as a child. However, I think part of it is just innate because I worry a lot about other people, and often I do not like to see people in pain. Also, I have always regarded you as a very kind person because you were one of the first people to leave fanmail telling me how you enjoyed art as I do, so I have always been interested in your hubs ever since that day. I always liked your skin e chicken series and admired how many different techniques you have explored with woodburning, and I was upset to hear your art studio was destroyed by the flood. I just thought if the same thing happened to me I would be very upset too, so I thought about it after that. Thanks for stopping by and commenting as always.

Anna Marie Bowman,

I agree sometimes it is hard to decide whether to keep or delete a comment, I just decided the former is easier for me. If it is too overwhelming to answer a slew of comments on one hub you can always leave them for someone else to answer. That way the commenters are interacting with each other, which I always find amusing. Of course that is up to the individual hubber and each person is in charge of moderating their own hubs. Thanks for commenting and sharing.

Anna Marie Bowman from Florida on October 23, 2008:

Excellent tips!!! I have had to decide what to do about comments a few times, should I delete this? How do I answer all of these comments? That sort of thing. Thank you for this! I am sure it will help a lot of people out!

C.S.Alexis from NW Indiana on October 23, 2008:


I am not anywhere near together after the flood but, it is good to have HubPages as a diversion and outlet. I see where you get your name and live up to it! C.S.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 23, 2008:


I think you have been more than responsive to us fellow hubbers by including us in your tribute hubs.  I also like how you get back to people that ask specific questions, which shows you care about what they are thinking.  I like it when people interact with me and answer my questions on their hubs, although I understand when people are too busy to do this.

Dorsi Diaz from The San Francisco Bay Area on October 23, 2008:

Great hub Sweetie Pie- I don't respond to all comments but I pop in to say thank-you and respond as I have time- and if my comments don't get responded to I don't get hurt because I know people are busy sometimes. If someone asks me a specific question however I always try to respond to it.

Great hub with great tips!

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 22, 2008:


I think it is good you go to the dedication of responding to peoples comments. Also, keeping an open mind and being informed is the best way to learn new things, so HubPages is a good forum for that. I think you know more than you think also.

countrywomen from Washington, USA on October 22, 2008:

Very informative hub. I do agree as far as possible not to delete somebody's comment. Sometimes when people don't respond within a day of my comments I forget to keep a track of the comment I made and the reply. I usually use a lot of tools in office for reminders. But hubpages should have some sort of tagging for certain comments we make on other hubs like the one we have when someone comments on our hub.

I love hubpages for the serious writing I get to read (and some in a funny style).My own general awareness isn't strong (my bro always keeps reminding me of that..)hehe

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 22, 2008:


I also love how HubPages is tailored to the social needs of an introvert. I love my job at the library and working with the public to help them find books and research materials, but at the end of the day I am not such a social gal. When I come home I enjoy reading books, doing arts and crafts, and hanging out on HubPages where I can still interact with people, minus the club scene. I am really addicted to HubPages for this reason.

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on October 22, 2008:

Ananta and SweetiePie, thank you for the kind words. To me, a Hub is the opening of a conversation; it's not just a monologue. I often find I learn as much from reading comments as I do from reading a Hub, and I also find that my understanding of my own Hub topics is often enriched by the contributions of others. In this way, HubPages is a kind of internet coffee house, where people of different viewpoints can gather to share views and enjoy the ambience, and there are even bouncers here when someone gets too far out of hand!

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 22, 2008:

Very true Ananta.

Ananta65 on October 22, 2008:

Not only do good comments build relationships, they also add quality to a hub and you are a good example of the latter, Sally’s Trove.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 21, 2008:

Thanks for stopping by and saying so Sally. More and more with what is going on in America I certainly would not want to censor someone's comment, even if it were slightly almost attacking. Ananta made a good point earlier about how a person's comment says more about them than you, so if someone does leave you an attacking comment that reflects upon their behavior and not yours. Plus I think we all tend to disagree at some time, so it is interesting to see what each person has to say.

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on October 21, 2008:

SweetiePie, this is a great Hub.  I've been thinking for a long time about the value of comments to a Hub, and about how those comments, and the responses to them, build or demolish online relationships.  I think this subject is ripe for many, many Hubs and many points of view.

I agree with you so strongly that if a person has taken the time to read and comment, and the comment is not spam or vitriolic attack, or profanity, then the person deserves the courtesty of a thank you.

Thumbs up!

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 21, 2008:

Thanks Trsmd.

Trsmd from India on October 21, 2008:


you have provided good tips on how to comment/how to reply for comments..

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 21, 2008:

Why thank you terenceyap07. I always try to be kind and thoughtful towards others, and I am glad this shows in my writing. You are also a thoughtful and insightful person, so thank you for saying these kind words.

terenceyap07 from Singapore on October 21, 2008:

Hi SweetiePie,

If more people were like you, this world would indeed be a happy and peaceful one, my friend. Your advice shows much forethought and wisdom. It is articles like these from which I draw much encouragement.


SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 21, 2008:

By and large there is almost never a need to delete a Hubber's comment. Thanks for stopping by multimastery.

multimastery on October 20, 2008:

Nice Hub SweetiePie! Commenting on hubs definitely should not be OVERstressed. It is a courtesy to respond on hub comments as much as the writer's time permits. No one should start pulling out their hair to get it done because it is not a requirement, but rather ~ A Courtesy - An Option - And a form of Enjoyment! Yes Commenting on hubs should be enjoyable and honorable because it shows that a writer is gaining interest. And that's what it's all about!-) Some people may not agree with the writer's point-of-view, but I feel that if the commenter is not spammy or rude, then I definitely wouldn't delete their comment.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 20, 2008:


I am glad the simple misunderstanding was resolved in the end. Kudos to your for taking the intiative to smooth over the misunderstanding.

Dottie1 from MA, USA on October 20, 2008:

I not to long ago had a comment on one of my hubs that said "Jeez Thanks".  That told me the person was not happy with my comment so I went back to reevaluate what I said.  I completely understood the way that person must have felt especially not knowing my Boston slang.  It got in my way!   I deleted the comments and emailed the person apologizing and explaining.  I asked if we could start over!  Within hours I received back a very nice reply and a new comment that we were both happy with.  Thank you for this hub SweetiePie!

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 20, 2008:


I remember that I accidentally misread your first hub, so I do see what you mean about being prepared for various comments. Yes as Hubbers we must grow a thicker skin and be ready to respond to a myriad of comments. It is always interesting to see how people interact and handle these discussions. Thanks for sharing your views on this subject.

Richard VanIngram from San Antonio, Texas on October 20, 2008:

Great tips, Sweetie Pie.

I will say: a great deal of what I write is political in nature, or in the field of philosophy, and often edges up on religion. I am also inclined to satire or satirical commentary. This ensures that, if there are responses, some of them will be from unhappy people, or from people who just don't quite get what I was up to (and the latter issue may be a failing of mine & my writing style).

That said, if one writes on topics such as I am driven to address, one grows a thick skin -- or had better, and quickly; and one learns how to counter-punch with good answers and explanations... or with wit & a sharp tongue, depending on the tone of the person's post & whether it appears it will be a waste of time talking with them and clarifying one's intentions.

I think you have to be prepared with several different styles and approaches of response, depending on who your audience turns out to be.

Constant Walker from Springfield, Oregon on October 20, 2008:

You're welcome, and I totally agree.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 20, 2008:


Yes, it is better to try and not delete a comment because at least that way you can respond to it.  The person who disagreed with you may not change their point of view, but at least they might see where you are coming from.  Thanks reading and commenting Ananta :).


Like you I enjoy exchanging comments and interacting with others on the Hubs.  In the past I never really enjoyed sites like MySpace and Facebook because if someone new added you to their friend's list, they never really had much to say to you or discuss.  Here at HubPages we write about many issues that sometimes cause quite a stir, but it is fun to see everyone' take on the issue.  Now I just use Facebook and Myspace to blog about my Hubs, which brings a tiny bit of traffic.  I appreciate your comments :).


I would love to see you write a Hub about this.  It was be very entertaining as usual.  Thanks for stopping by.


Yes the overly promotional ones and the abusive ones do ruin it for the rest of us :).  However, I thought it was great how many Hubbers stepped up to the plate and positively turned around one thread right when it was about to take a very nasty turn.  Thanks for comment sixtyor as always :).

Constant Walker,

HubPages is a little bit of an addiction to me, so I get excited when I log on and can respond to comments.  It is always fun to read what some of you very witty Hubbers will write, so it is a pleasure for me.  Even if I get a comment that does not agree with me, I am not surprised as I have taken a stance on many topics from time to time.  Actually I am surprised I did not have more McCain supporters come and lambast me for supporting Barack Obama, but maybe that is just because they never found those Hubs LOL.  In my humble opinion I do believe it is important to acknowledge people who comment on your Hubs because that ups to opportunity of retaining reader loyalty.  Your bounce rate will go up if you just delete comments and never respond, but to each his own.  If someone deletes my comment I am not going to lose sleep over it, but I would have liked an explanation as opposed to just seeing them shoot from the hip.  Thanks for commenting Constant :). 


Constant Walker from Springfield, Oregon on October 20, 2008:

Good subject, Sweetie. I always try to respond in print as if I were talking (and joking and being a smart-ass) to the person in person. I think that comes through - that's my theory, anyway. I like when there's a comment that disagrees with or challenges something I've written, that's where the opportunity for discussion comes in.

I like that you said to first thank them for reading. That is, after all, what we want, right?

Clive Fagan from South Africa on October 20, 2008:

Hi SweetiePie. as I always say comments enhance a hub and often extend the subject. However people who are abusive or overly self promoting kind of spoil it for everyone. I don't mind people who ask you to read a hub, relative to the subject at hand. I have never deleted a comment as far as I can recall. It is all grist to the mill. Basically, though, I pretty much, in principle, agree with you.

Great and timely hub specially in view of the flameout in one of the the forums recently.

Shadesbreath from California on October 20, 2008:

I think that anyone who disagrees with anyone's opinions should be blasted by vitriolic acidic speak and, in the name of righteousness or some sort of spastic unreasonable logic, be made to look stupid in any way possible within the language permissible by religious or hubpage rules.

Courteous respect for disagreement is anathema to a good socialistic democracy.

VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on October 20, 2008:

Good tips, SweetiePie! I personally enjoy the comment exchanges in my hubs and that of others, this is what makes hubpages such an interesting community of writers.

Ananta65 on October 19, 2008:

t.keeley: any comment says more about the person who leaves the comment than it says about you or your hub, in my opinion. I can relate to what you say, mind you. Especially when it comes to very personal topics, there are quite a few whacko’s out there. Personally I only remove comments if they’re spammy or completely besides the topic. In most cases I just leave them there.

So basically I subscribe to what you say in this hub, SweetiePie :)

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 19, 2008:

All my hubs get traffic now, but there are still a few that do not get traffic every day. I have found now that I am blogging about each Hub that google seems to find these faster. You should try blogging about some of your low traffic hub. I am also now writing ehow articles about a certain aspect of a subject, such as jewelry making, and then I use my Hub as a backlink for more information. I will see how it goes, but I like ehow more than I thought I would. You should look at it.

SirDent on October 19, 2008:

I have hubs that have received no comments also. Some receive no traffic. It's just how it is. I like when my typos are exposed in comments also myself.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 19, 2008:

Why I appreciate you saying so. I truly believe that it is up to the individual Hubber to moderate comments on their Hub and not delete comments when possible. Besides that I think it is pretty simple to respond to comments on a Hub, people just need to write a Hub and eventually someone will comment. Of course I have some Hubs that have never received comments, and those were on my favorite topics. Oh well :).

SirDent on October 19, 2008:

Greast tips for comemnting on comments Sweetie. Glad you took the initiative and wrote this hub.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 19, 2008:


Thanks as always for your comments. Are you writing any more stories soon?


Thanks for your kind words and I always appreciate you comments.

Merle Ann Johnson from NW in the land of the Free on October 19, 2008:

I agree with weblog...and even if you read a hub you don't have to comment...and you also don't have to reply...but if someone leaves a comment as you say you can just acknowdlege the fact with a simple Thank more no less...Thank you for a good Hub my dear...G-Ma :o) hugs

weblog from 1India on October 19, 2008:

I saw that forum, I think you have written this hub in right time and very perfect as usual. Thumbs up, Sweetie!

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 19, 2008:


I do see where you are coming from because some comments are completely offensive or wacky. In the past people did not like it when I deleted their comments, although at the time it seemed as if they were questioning everything I said on my Hub. I now try to give people the benefit of the doubt, from time to time I do approve some comments that are a little out of line. I do my best to respond to these comments as I feel that is their point of view, but if someone makes a personal attack or spams my Hub I just delete their comment. However, I respect your decision to delete odd comments on your Hubs because my thinking it is up to each individual Hubber to moderate.

Tim from Philadelphia, PA on October 19, 2008:

I'm leaning towards the idea that there is no true freedom of speech. If I find something offensive or useless to the discussion, I'll kindly not approve the comment. I don't hold it against people, but lately I've had some wacky comments here and there and somedays would rather just not have to deal with replying to them. Call is fascist, if you want, but it really is bothering me. Intelligence is not angry ranting or useless debate over something totally not related to the hub.

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 19, 2008:


I agree, commenting on Hubs is a very sensitive and personal thing. I think most Hubbers know exactly how they want to comment on their own Hubs, and I respect how ever someone responds to comments. It is their hub after all.

C.S. Alexis,

I agree, people should comment on Hubs according to their time constraints and personal preferences. We were discussing this issue in the forum, so I just thought it would be something interesting to write about. My philosophy over all is if someone disagrees with me strongly on a Hub I will stand by position, but I will not back down and be a doormat either. I enjoy seeing how different people respond to different comments on Hubs, which is part of the fun of Hubpages. I try to almost never delete comments as I think this could hurt someone's feelings, and if it is not a personal attack or spam then why would I delete it? It is interesting to see why they disagree with me, which I am sort of enjoying reading when people do. I always appreciate your comments C.S. Alexis and I hope you are doing better after the flood.

C.S.Alexis from NW Indiana on October 19, 2008:

I do the comments according to individual hubs, individual comments and time factored in too. It just depends on the moment. I do not expect everyone to comment on my comments when I make one on their hubs. Being polite is very important no matter what. And as for deleting comments I have only done that one time because the comment had nothing to do with the hub.

Interesting thing to hub about Sweetie. Keep them coming! C.S.

Rodney Fagan from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on October 19, 2008:

Great tips on a personal and sensitive issue for some. {;-0)

SweetiePie (author) from Southern California, USA on October 19, 2008:

Hi Hope and Ryan. I agree with Ryan that even if we are busy we should take the time to communicate with those who visit our Hubs. It really does not take that much more out of your day, but as I said this is just my preference. Each Hubber needs to decide this for themselves.

RyanRE from Bellingham, WA on October 19, 2008:

While we are all busy, I think that online social networks thrive on the personal communication between posters and commenters.

Hope Wilbanks from Virginia on October 19, 2008:

Good tips! :)

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