Often I see posts asking for hugs for situations which do not involve the OP, the OP's friends or family, and in fact, there is no connection between the OP and the situations whatsoever. There may not even be a connection between any member or lurker of EHell and the situations.
For example, there was an earthquake in Instanbul and some people died and others were hurt.
Is this an appropriate request? Exactly who am I giving hugs to? Yes, I feel sad for the victims of the situations but really, to ask for hugs or publically announcing a terrible situation has happened seems, well, just not right....drama-llama, if you will.
And to the extent there is a connection between the OP and the situation, how strong must that connection be? I understand extending hugs for 1 to 3 degrees of separation but, my ex-wife's husband's brother? ex-husband's cousin? The roommate I had 20 years ago who I hadn't spoken to in 19 years but now we're facebook "friends"?
Finally, how serious must the situation be to warrant hugs? I understand hugs for illness, death, just having a hard time in life but a hangnail? poorly made latte? parking ticket? wearing mismatched shoes or socks? Aren't the latter more of the inconveniences of life vs. a serious issue requiring some comfort? Hugs for the latter seem to diminish the whole purpose of giving hugs in the first place.
And yes, I can skip these posts. But really, if a person keeps skipping various postings, what's actually left to read on this site? The concern is dilution of this site's content and lowered membership numbers.