SiteComments: Being rejected>> Please share your experience

Last Update: January 09, 2020

I've been working on Sitecomments since the start of the year, targeting the 50 comments within a month, and everything was smooth so far.

However, I just had my first disapproved comment, and am quite disheartened by it. Sometimes we come across a site which we are not experienced in or have little knowledge of the content. I tried my best to give a feedback, gave my opinion but it was deemed too general. I feel lousy because Sitecomment=comment, I know we're supposed to give meaningful comments, but if one out of your many comments received was slightly general (not out of topic or spam), would you reject it?

I've not asked for a comment on any of my post yet, so I want to ask this. When you request for a comment, are you able to ask the person to edit it before rejecting it if it's not up to you expectations? Or is it just 'accept' and 'reject'

For those avid Sitecomment commenters, what are you disapproval rates like?

Idris

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Selenityjade Premium
Don't worry about being rejected occasionally. It happens. Some people are extremely picky about what they want in their comments. If it's your first one, you're doing great.

Though, if it is a subject you don't understand well or completely uninterested in, to avoid being rejected, just skip that site.

I have a website for feral and community cats. I've had to reject a LOT of comments last few times because someone didn't understand spaying and neutering (probably a language barrier but they just GUESSED and made no sense) or they were talking about their pet cats living outside in the cat shelters or similar. Since it's about unowned cats having shelter and I don't want a bunch of comments from people who leave their pet cats outside 24/7 I had to reject a LOT. I promote indoor only pet cats. But instead of ASKING a question about the whole thing, they are all 'faking' in their comments and since they don't understand it, they don't pretend very well.

If you don't understand the subject well, please do skip commenting. This has been driving me nuts in site comments that people barely read my post or they have no idea about the feral cat issue and just comment about their pets or sister's pet.

But otherwise, don't worry about one rejection. It happens to the best of us. I have a 99% all time approval rate. Last 30 days has been at 100%. So it is okay to be rejected!
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Idris10 Premium
Hi Rochelle

Thanks for the lengthy reply! Yeah I do read the content first of course. But I guess I'll take into consideration to skip it if I need to.

I've got 2 adopted cats too! And yeah I understand and agree about keeping cats indoors, and the need to neuter them. My local cat welfare society really emphasizes on that. Maybe I'll drop by your site and drop a comment!
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Selenityjade Premium
Thanks for adopting the kitties! :)
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Dave07 Premium
Hi Idris
Don’t be disheartened by one rejection.
Personally I have never rejected a comment because I appreciate the effort made by the commenter. If necessary I edit it before publishing.
Remember, even if you know nothing about the content you should be able to ask the author a sensible question about something in the article. This is very valuable to the author as it allows them to expand on a point

Cheers
Dave🙂
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Idris10 Premium
Hi Dave

Yeah I'll keep that in mind; to ask a relevant question.

Thanks for the tip Dave!

Idris 😃
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mgmalek Premium
Don't even worry about it. I felt the same way and I know I write good comments. Some people are juat a little too big for their boots.
I get some really unhelpful comments but when i think that people don't necessarily have any knowledge of my niche or clearly English is not their first language I simply edit the comment to something a bit more relevant and approve it.
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Idris10 Premium
I felt that the comment I gave wasn't too in depth, but still could have been accepted. I typed in my own words so it's not like it'll be mark as spam or anything, and it was about the topic. Oh well, it's just a lesson learnt, on commenting and also expectations.

I've actually yet to request for a comment, so I dont know yet what it's like on the other end. Hopefully I dont end up being to critical too lol.
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mgmalek Premium
I edit 95% of the comments I receive. People don't play or teach violin so the comments often look disingenuous. The goalis to bring traffic to your site and make it look like people are engaging in your content. So, goal achieved even if you change the comment a bit.
I think also, by rejecting a comment, you get two or more people visit your site rather than just one.
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Linda103 Premium
A comment needs to be about the post written not a generalised comment that can be about anything.
If it doesn't make sense or is not about the post then its not a valid comment.
I used to do site comments a lot but lately its always the same post that is there whatever the subject so I gave up.
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Idris10 Premium
Yeah of course I didn't give a generic comment that can be applied to any post (great job keep it up, no I didn't type that lol). But I guess my comment wasn't in depth enough to the article.
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Linda103 Premium
My reply was more in response to your question about comments on your own post, sorry should have made that clear.

Sometimes people just refuse because they feel it doesn't fit I think. Not sure what they will do with organic comments.
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CathyAllen Premium
Some people aren't realistic. It goes both ways. As a commenter, I've had a few rejections by people who wanted an opinion, but didn't like mine; or they just didn't like my little sense of humor. What about all the strangers they're hoping to attract? You can only be so picky.
That being said, I refused a few comments because the commenter was just using copy and paste of sentences from my article. Who finds an article online and does that?
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Idris10 Premium
Ah of course we shouldn't copy paste from the article lol! If the comment still can be salvaged, asking back a question to the commenter would have increased engagement!
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