OK WA Something Needs to Be Done!

Last Update: March 14, 2020

I have responded to a number of blog posts about the quality of comments recently. People are upset that the quality is getting lower and lower. To date I have supported the commenters, suggesting that we simply edit them to get them to the level we need them to be for our websites. Of course I am referring to people who appear to at least be trying to write decent comments but seem not to have the English written language capacity, to do so.

While I am still approving comments that I believe have the correct intent I think WA as a platform needs to provide more support. If people are writing at this level on their own websites they must be atrocious. Either that or our members are cut and pasting content from other sites to produce content for their sites.

Something is fundementally wrong here WA and we need to take a stand. I will no longer be approving comments that don't make sense. I think that whatever picks up non original text in the comments should also be able to pick up grammatically incorrect comments.

I don't really use the content creation tool because it is so slow on my browsers but maybe if we start disapproving comments more, people who do not have the neccessary written English skills will use it, or even Grammerly.

Your comments will be gratefully appreciated.

Thanks

Deb

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lesabre Premium
Hi Deb, I totally agree with you. I recently got a site comment about my post on the corona virus.
It was totally cut and paste, and about 5 paragraphs long about the conflict that occurred in Sri Lanka several years ago, and the way some Muslims are being treated, worldwide. No mention about my article. I was going to post it here, but it is way too long.

I do not agree with editing comments, if the comment does not fit the subject, I will disapprove with an explanation.

Michael
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Deb,

I know it is not funny.

I edit.
I tell the person to get Grammarly and edit.
I tell the mentor to look at the comments and teach the new sign-up the tricks of the trade.

I think WA should not allow new people to comment immediately, perhaps after 3 months?

Greetings from the south of Spain,

Taetske
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debzo Premium
Wow you do work hard at this :) I hope Spain is doing ok with the virus ?
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laparra1 Premium
Ok, and ok, it depends how you look at it. I do think the government is doing a good job of helping its citizens wherever it is needed.

Stay safe, all the best, Taetske
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debzo Premium
How do you even find the person because they use Gravatars and not WA usernames? Maybe it would help if they did because then we could track them down.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Deb,

Please see screenshot, just hover over the little photo.

Greetings from the south of Spain,

Taetske
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AmazeCPS Premium
Hi Deb, I agree with your idea and appreciate your suggestion. We all try to rank our sites and take them to the first page of google. But, such comments some impact on our site ranking. Sure, if we put such comments, we should think of their pages too. Thanks for your post.
SAM
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Emmo1968 Premium
Personally I would take the requirement to make comments out of the training because it appears to me that people feel they need to make comments to progress.
Also, as for the payment for the commenters, I don’t disagree but perhaps there needs to be some way of monitoring the quality of the comments they offer (most are very good).
I have had a lot of comments on posts lately where the person has basically copied what I wrote in the post and has offered no input at all. I can’t say that I blame them, and nobody likes rejecting comments.
I’m not sure what the answer is as this subject comes up time and time again.
Perhaps some sort of forum could be set up where people make suggestions and as a community we can all come up with a sensible plan of action to try and improve the situation.
Thanks to all of those that do make great comments on our posts.
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debzo Premium
Thanks for your comment. I'm glad to hear from Jude 81 that something is in the pipeline. In the meantime I will be disapproving comments like the ones you describe.
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JohnCrossley Premium
People are offering comments because there is the chance to make money when getting approved. As business owners, we need to stand over the quality of comment we allow onto our sites. If we all disprove the comments that are not acceptable, that member will eventually not be able to continue using the site comments platform. Kyle put there is a check when some does get to certified status. But fundamentally, we are the ones that need to be governors. I disprove comments all the time, but write why i am disproving it. If they aren't going to use the system correctly and we all disprove their comments they will not have the option to keep doing it.
If we edit their comments, we are being part of the problem. Editing for spelling or grammar mistakes is different to re-writing a comment completely and rewarding the member for a lazy comment.
That's my view anyway

All the best,
John
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debzo Premium
Yes, I have come to the same conclusion. I used to feel sorry for people but in the end I don't think approving non-sensical comments is helping them because it doesn't motivate them to upskill.
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