Look, I normally ignore people who are clearly points racking (eg copying five words out of the story, thus providing a comment that makes little sense). They’re cheats, and so they’re not people I want to engage with in any way. And in any case, they’re only robbing themselves of the rich experience this site can offer.

But yesterday – you know how sometimes the site throws up “you might be interested in this” stories which are quite old? I was reading one of these. It was a woman talking about the death of her daughter, and asking how others had found joy in occasions like mother’s day after such a loss. And one comment read “I like reading the stories on this site – they’re fun!”

I assume that such a callous and inappropriate comment can only have come from a points racker who hadn’t even bothered to read the story and was just pasting the same comment in repeatedly. Possibly someone who’s still around as that comment was only a few months old.


I can only imagine how hurtful that comment must have been to the woman writing about such a devastating loss. If you’re not going to bother reading the stories and engaging properly, at least choose some neutral comment that won’t hurt people.

Posted by BellaB, 5th January 2016

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  • I think there should be a report feature on this site for such people who rack up points by cheating, or who post inappropriate comments such as that. Those monitoring the site can’t catch them all, so I think it would really help. Of course, it would have to be assessed as (though I’d hope not) some people might get nasty and report people for no good reason. I hope the cheats get caught.


  • I agree, it is very insensitive of people to write comments such as “Like it” on a clearly distressing story.


  • The “I like it” comments are so annoying! Especially the ones when they can’t even be bothered to write the whole word and just look like illiterate twits.
    Hopefully the poor Mum who wrote the article just ignored it and realised the person was just a troll who has no emotion.


  • I do hope the person who received the comments ignored it. It is annoying when you read stupid comments like this.


  • Hi BellaB,
    I have replied to such comments on a couple of occasions and have noticed that someone else had done the same. I recall a sad and heartbreaking story and this person posted “Like It” my reply to them was “Can you please tell me what is to like about this” ect.
    May I make the suggestion that you email the mom team with your grievances and make them aware of the situation as this is a large site and hard to monitor and sometimes things do slip through the cracks.
    In the mean time take heart that most of our moms are participating in this site purely to help and support others moms or be helped themselves and I know you are a very much appreciated and welcome contributor and I wish you nothing but the very best of wishes. ..thank you for caring. :-)


  • I totally agree. There used to be one in particular that would write” I like it. ” regardless of the story. I do believe it is monitored as I no longer see this person comment


  • I agree they are points racking. It needs to be monitored somehow.. I’ve seen a few on here on different articles where the same person has just put a ‘smiley’ as their comment! Not appropriate at all..


  • That’s disgusting! Is it really so important to win a prize at the end of the month. Why not enjoy the experience of being part of this community. That should be reward enough.

    • I honestly don’t care if someone is points racking, so long as they don’t hurt other people when they do it. And that comment would have been SO hurtful. They need to pay at least enough attention not to hurt people who are reaching out.


  • I’m relatively new to this site and haven’t understood some of those comments until now. I just thought the poster had made a comment in error on the wrong thread. I hope they’re being monitored! I also hope the author of that particular story understands that it was a comment not intended for her story – how hurtful.


  • I have come across comments which are out of context too in similar posts about loss and grief and difficult situations and it is quite perplexing. Thankfully the good and thoughtful comments outweigh these comments and the ‘poster’ will hopefully acknowledge and take some comfort from the sincere comments. It seems like a waste of time to post those type of comments and I do wonder about the feedback. I love to look back on comments and see if the comments have helped the ‘poster’ in some small way. It is a community and community should be genuine and care for each other. Good on your for highlighting an issue that vexes you.


  • I can’t understand how anyone could post an inappropriate comment! I enjoy sharing considered answers/comments with other mums, and enjoy receiving informative information from others. Such a shame.


  • in the beginning of joining, i wasn’t very sure what to post but now as time goes on, i have gotten more confident to express my opinion as there are so many mums who feel the same and care about a fellow mum. But to never evolve and just post nonsense, is a waste of time as they won’t get rewarded. you just have to let those comments go as the “mom’s” team surely catches them. If you noticed, you can be sure that they are noticed by the “bosses” lol! i am glad that you want the real mums to get a real experience here. thank you :) i bet you will bring a lot of helpful stuff to the table. Oh by the way, i just contributed my FIRST recipe so hopefully it gets approved!

    • Congratulations! Can’t wait to check it out!!

      • Congrats! I saw your first recipe!

      • lol cheers! i am glad that you recognised it :) there are so many great ones being put up every day!


  • That’s really terrible! Or people that just post “I like it” no matter what the post is about. A recipe, a beautiful real story, a real story of loss and despair! :-(


  • That is not good. I have not actually read other’s comments so I have not noticed this problem. I can see this is a problem. I wonder if those members can be warned or have some point taken off. Be pretty hard to police though.


  • This makes me so sad. When I get a chance I read thru stories if I have something helpful or encouraging to post then I will. If I don’t then I shut my mouth. It’s not all about the points it’s about reaching out to other mums and letting them know they are not alone!


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