Hello friends, I've recently received several comments (via SiteComments) which were clearly just re-used templates that had nothing to do with my content. (With very bad grammar too). So I'd like to ask you: If I click 'Disapprove', will I lose my 2 credits I needed to get this comment, or will I just get another comment instead? Many thanks!

PS I've noticed several guys are doing this frequently across other websites too. It's rather annoying, but I feel it is their reputation that will suffer most in the end, so I don't want to make a meal of it. ;) I just don't get what drives them to do this...Has any of you had a similar experience and how did you deal with it, especially if it was repetitive?

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laparra1 Premium
Good evening, Lucinka,

If I have not seen this person before I do take the trouble to contact them on PM and ask them to edit. If they do it again I will disapprove and get a new comment instead.
When you look at their profile it often happens they have started very recently and the first thing they do is giving comments.
If these people do not react on your PM, they probably are no good to start with.

Greetings from the south of Spain,

Taetske
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lucinka77 Premium
Hello Taetske, great to hear from you from the beautiful southern Spain! (My favourute gig I played was on top of a mountain in a village called El Canuelo...:)

Anyway, thank you for your great advice as ever. Considering that these people are mostly new, I feel a bit more lenient towards their habit. It's probably something of a 'newbie tactic'..;) And yes, it is a great idea to contact them via private mesaage! Why didn't I think of it before?! In that way they might realise that their practice is not making others happy, and they might ammend their ways. Thanks for your great insight!
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laparra1 Premium
El Canuelo is in Mijas Pueblo, which is on the other side of the mountain. I live in Alhaurin de la Torre, between Malaga and Torremolinos, 8km inland.

One should give the new members a chance, but on the other side one has to be careful too. There is a group of people who have joined with the only aim to earn money by making comments.

All the best, Taetske
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ChristineDu1 Premium
I have seen many of those comments, and I also disapprove them. In theory, when you disappprove a comment, you should get the chance for a new comment, but in my case, I often did not get a new comment after disapproving one, so I just lost the comment .... Not always, but many times ...Maybe I lost those comments, because I asked for one and got two or three (which is great!). One of them ended up being a copy paste comment that had nothing to do with my content, and after disapproving that one, I did not get another comment. I think, though, that if you use credits for one comment and it is disapproved, that you should get another comment, but I can't say for sure.
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lucinka77 Premium
Thanks, Christine for sharing your experience! Much appreciated. Taetske has just offered a great idea - to send these people a private message, asking to ammend their comments. This approach appeals to me, because they may realise that they have been noticed and will hopefully make more effort to become more genuine in their comments. Because as Taetse says, these guys are mostly newbies, so it's understandable that they get excited about the $0.50 for every second comment..! ;) Cheers for your reply once again.
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ChristineDu1 Premium
Thank you! That's a good idea :-)
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Irishredrose Premium
I have not run in to this problem yet but could you give an example? Like what do you mean by copy and paste?
Sometimes I copy a line from the article to comment specifically on that line....
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lucinka77 Premium
Thanks! By copy and paste, I mean a comment similar to this (for example): 'hi dear, wow, just wow, amazing content you've got here! i am sure these quality informations in this post will be of great help to anyone'

(Ok, it's cute, but then I got EXACTLY the same comment in my next 5 artlces...)

Or the sentence that amuses me most:
"This article is centered on 10 things to do when feeling down or depressed." (which was the name of my post. Why does the person have to tell me what my article is centered on? As if I didn't know it, hehe!)

And then I get exaclty the same sentence on my next post, just with the changed title of my new post.

I'm glad you haven't come across this pattern yet - it means that these guys are just one off annoyance.
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Irishredrose Premium
Wow! OK. I will watch out for this! Thank you for replying!
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mcb247 Premium
You should get another comment issued. Yes, there are a few people commenting like this. I just keep disapproving them as comments like this adds nothing for your article.

Trust this helps :)
Martin
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lucinka77 Premium
Oh, that's great news, Martin, thanks a lot for getting back to me! I feel a lot less annoyed now :) Let's hope these guys come to their senses and realise that what they doing is quite selfish. It doesn't suit the spirit of the W.A, community. But as I can see, they're just the minority in here. Cheers again for your help!
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mcb247 Premium
No problem :)
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AbieAJ Premium
You're in essence proofreading what comments should you include and if they're appropriate for your blog.

Often times you have to edit these comments to also safeguard your SEO.

But then, you would have spent 2 credits to get reviews.

Best wishes.
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lucinka77 Premium
Thanks, Abie! Yes, you're right, it's also about safeguarding one's SEO. I'm thinking about editing some of those comments, unless it's too time-consuming of course. I wish there was a W.A. robot who would detect this kind of meaningless and careless comments, and issue a little warning to the culprits..! ;)
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AbieAJ Premium
Use Captcha if you'd like. It could also be from outside WA. Folks within here are generally great.
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