I disapproved a Comment and I Feel Terrible.

Last Update: April 30, 2018

This morning I added another post to my site and requested comments over at "Site Comments". Long story short someone left me a comment. However it didn't make any sense in regards to the post. So I went ahead and disapproved it. I think he was confused and thought that he was giving me feedback. And actually I really appreciate that.

In the mean time, I feel terrible.

I'm not sure why folks get so confused between feedback and comments.

Anyways, I certainly hope I didn't hurt his feelings.

For any newbies who are confused, a comment is something that you type after you read a blog post. You can add to the post, give your oppinion or share your insite. It is sort of a conversation that you are having with the author of the post about the topic that was written about. A comment gets seen by the public and adds value to the post which helps the author.

Feedback is when you are giving advise to the website owner. You may point out spelling errors or compliment them on their site. Generally what you are doing is making suggestions to better their site. But unlike comments, feedback doesn't get seen by the public.

I hope this helps to clearify. But in the meantime, I really feel sorry that I had to disapprove a comment.


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LynneHuy Premium
Wendy every single member here has probably gone through the same learning curve. It is important when you disapprove a comment to give that member the exact reason why and be very specific to help them out. From my side I am brutal when it comes to approving comments. I need comments that benefit my website, not feedback, or comments that make no sense.

I often pay for comments and when I do take the time to leave comments to get some in return I really take care to provide top notch comments and I expect the same in return.

I know it doesn't feel great but this is your business you are talking about and your time that you take to leave comments is precious.

Feel free to refer people to this training so that they understand what is required for commenting:
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wendyk Premium
Will do. Thanks Lynn.
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amyr2017 Premium
Hi Lynne -- just curious about paying for comments. What does that mean and how do you work that out? So what do you normally pay for a comment? Thanks!
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newmarketpro Premium
I agree to that Lynne.
I have 2 of my comments disapproved but since the site owner explained the reason he can't accept them, I can't have a grudge.
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LynneHuy Premium
Amy do it through WA. Instead of leaving comments for credit I buy credits. It works out to $1 a comment. You can access this by clicking on your profile picture icon and then from the dropdown menu choose "credits dashboard" - you can see all the credits you have earned there and you can buy credits to use for comments :)
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amyr2017 Premium
So what’s the advantage in paying...? I don’t get it sorry.
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LynneHuy Premium
The advantage is huge. I hardly ever have the time to leave comments in order to gain credits to get comments to my websites. It is much more advantageous for me to pay instead.
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amyr2017 Premium
So you’re paying for comments without having to leave them in return? Sounds great. I don’t have the time either and it is so stressful. Sometimes the extra time I have is taken up with leaving comments to get comments, and then there’s no time left for me to write my next article. Happened again this past week.
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LynneHuy Premium
Exactly - and when you look at it in that way you can understand why I am so brutal when it comes to approving comments. I am not going to pay for something that does nothing for me :)
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DynamicDavid Premium
That is all right if on reflection you agree with the reason. But what if you do not?

In a disapproved comment that I got, I asked 3 questions relating to the product that the site owner was reviewing and he disapproved the comment. To add value to the discussion, all he had to do was answer those 3 questions...
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Loes Premium
When you don't the person will repeat this behavior, and will not learn from it.

You can play for a Saint, approve every comment, it'll cost you your credits, after approving you can go to your website and delete or edit the comment.

But I don't think that's a wise decision...

I sometimes act as if it's a good friend,

Hé Wendy, how nice of you to drop by to review my website, as I asked you too. I appreciate that very much. A visitor always has another experience than the developer. I will adjust the categories ASAP, you are so right, this is not working etc.etc.
and I end with, do we see each other this weekend on the beach...?? Give me a call tomorrow, CU XX
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wendyk Premium
Very true. Disapproving them helps them to learn. Great point, as always. Thanks, Loes.
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GaryHorton Premium
It doesn't help anything to feel bad. I used to reject comments too until I realized I can edit them. Now, I never reject a comment.

We have members of all levels and everyone is trying their best. We are a community that welcomes everyone and specialize in helping newbies.

Because the online opportunity is so tremendous and can change lives for the better, I never want to discourage anyone or reject their efforts when they try to help.

I'm a professional writer with over 30 years in the business and I've had my comments rejected for petty reasons. It has caused me to be reluctant to comment at all.

I'm grateful for every comment I receive. Someone took time, energy and attention away from their daily demands to invest in my blog post. If the comment is inappropriate as in the case you mention, I simply edit it to my satisfaction.

The entire commenting process is artificial when using the Comment Tool, it is far more efficient to edit inappropriate comments than to reject them.
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Paul1916 Premium
I agree with you 100%! Time is always against me so I never reject comments, I always edit them to appear genuine and spontaneous, don't have the time to be earning more credits along with trying to build 3 websites!
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wendyk Premium
You make some good points. Thanks.
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leoemery Premium
You were right to disapprove the comment if it made no sense regarding the content, so don’t feel bad and I think you're right some people get feedback mixed up with commenting.

Since they are a WA member you can always contact the commenter and let them know why if you like.
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wendyk Premium
Thanks, I'll do that.
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JeffL61 Premium
Hi Wendy. By now as it has been addressed countless number of times before over many months by people who have written a dashboard article as you have done, in my opinion you should not feel bad about the actions that you were forced to take.

The difference between the two is not only explained in the directions over at the Site Rubix, but Kyle has devised training which members SHOULD read before participating in any one of the two portals.

Members should know the difference between feedback in which a review of a person's entire website looking at design, layout, color scheme, etc., etc. has been asked for by the owner of said website as opposed to just reading ONE article, (that which is up for review by the author, posted, and even has the article title listed) and sharing concise opinions/thoughts/comments on the subject matter.

It's just a matter of being engaged and having awareness of each assignment as the individual participates over at the portal.

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wendyk Premium
Thank you I agree.
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