Cure Your HubPages Forum Addiction

In my experience it is impossible to cure an addiction unless you make its object completely unavailable or at least very bothersome to come by. For example, if you couldn't access the HubPages Forum page, would that make it easier for you to avoid it?

In all honesty, at this point of my life I too consider myself a HubPages Forum addict (HFA). I've tried various methods to help me avoid the place, and after the frustration of so much trial and error I have concluded I was positively unable to get cured.

This was when I blocked the forum page in all my browsers. Only time will tell if this complete shut-off can work or not. Right now I'm hopeful. In this hub I will tell you how to block the evil HubPages Forum page in FireFox, Opera and Google Chrome.

If you feel there would still be too much temptation to unblock the page later, ask a friend to read the appropriate section of the hub (depending on your browser) and do the blocking for you. This way you won't know how to reverse it.

Block the HubPages Forum in Opera

Let's start with Opera, my browser of choice. Also, blocking HP forum is most easy in Opera.

  1. Just click Menu > Setting > Preferences.
  2. Navigate to Advanced tab, click Content in the sidebar and then click the Blocked content button.
  3. Click Add and type this url: http://hubpages.com/forum then click OK all the way.

Now, when you try to access the forum page by clicking the forum link, it simply won't work. Also, typing the url in the url bar will result in a 301 redirect page only without the redirect itself.

In other words, you are free! As far as Opera is concerned.

Block the HubPages Forum in FireFox

FireFox is the most popular and most competent browser around. Chances are you are a FireFox user too. Good for you, I hate ff. To block anything in FireFox, you'll need an extension.

  1. Go to BlockSite and click the install button.
  2. After install, you are required to restart the browser, so do it.
  3. Now, go to Tools > Add-ons and click the Preferences button under BlockSite.
  4. Click Add and type the url: http://hubpages.com/forum then OK all the way out.

After this the Forums link on HubPages will no longer be clickable. Going by way of manual typing the page will simply not load. Congratulations, no more trolling the forums in FireFox!

Block the HubPages Forum in Google Chrome

Everyone's favorite new (weird) browser is Google Chrome. When it came out Google Chrome wasn't able to block sites manually, and even today it took me quite a bit to find an extension that does the job.

  1. Go to Website Blocker and click the install button.
  2. When installation is done, click the Tools icon, which is a little globe-like thing next to the url bar.
  3. Here you'll get Website Blocker's settings. Scroll down to the input field and simply type: hubpages.com/forum
  4. Scroll all the way down and click close.

Now, when you try to access the HubPages Forum next time, you'll get a message that the page is blocked and you are not allowed to access it. You've locked yourself out in Google Chrome. Well done!

Internet Explorer?

Now, some of you might ask, what about Internet Explorer? I don't know. I have given up on Windows a long time ago. However, I did find a method that is reported to work in Windows. Haven't tried it myself, but in case you want to, here is what you do.

If you want to block the HubPages Forum from being viewed on a Windows computer, follow these steps:

  1. Go to C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc and backup the hosts file.
  2. Open the hosts file using the notepad.
  3. At the end of the line you can see this: 127.0.0.1 localhost
  4. Append the following line at the end: 127.0.0.1 hubpages.com/forum
  5. Save. Close notepad.
  6. Go to Start >Run > type ipconfig /flushdns

Done! Now you should be blocked from viewing the forums page.

HubPages Forum Filter

In case you don't want to block the entire HubPages Forum, only certain "parts" of it, you can use the FireFox add-on by Edweirdo to filter out as many categories as you want. Thanks, Ed!

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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey Haunty, how about using a little self restraint. LOL! Just like many other things that are addictive, it can be overwhelming at time, but will power alone can cure what ails you. I realize I'm not one to talk considering I have the most forum posts out of every hubber on Hubpages, but to me, Hubpages forums are not an addiction. It's actually a way to get myself noticed. Before the Google Slap, Hubpages forums were highly ranked on Google Search Engine and when I talked about specific topics or created threads, then it automatically created a link somewhere on Google Search Engine to be found, when searched for by topic/keywords. Nice hub. :)


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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary Author

Hey Cagsil :) I use my (extremely strong) will power a lot. The more I have to use it the stronger it gets (or the more I tire of living). I'm always on the lookout for will power alternatives. ;)

I have never thought of hp forums as a way to draw in more traffic. Good point there. I guess I'm going to have to sacrifice that extra bit of traffic on the altar of freedom this time. For instance, blocking myself from the forums gives me more time to work on my own sites... which btw isn't any less frustrating than hp when I can't get that damn slide show to work!

Thanks for stopping by. :)


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

So it does not look like it is working....nice hub....I hear they have HFA meeting every Wednesday night....voted up


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

good hub...


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Uninvited Writer 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

My life is so much calmer now that I can block the political forums and to a lesser extent the religion forums.


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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary Author

I like what Edweirdo does with his free time. Reminds me to add his plugin to the hub.


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CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

It is difficult....can't leave much of a comment as I need to check a forum posting...............


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aware 5 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

Cool subject matter.

Ray


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To Start Again 5 years ago

Hello. My name is Janetta and I am a HubPages Forum Addict.


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paradigmsearch 5 years ago from USA

Awesome Hub! I'm rating it up here, there, and everywhere. And I'm posting a link to it in the forums. :)


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

I cured mine. I got banned for three days and I never went back. That was 1.5 years ago.

Editing the etc/hosts file is genius. I love that idea!


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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary Author

Yeah, they didn't know what they were doing.

As for me, I have so many addictions I easily beat one with another.


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Julie2 5 years ago from New York City

Cool hub


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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary Author

Thanks Julie.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

Here is a very simple but yet effective cure for addiction...sit quietly by yourself and turn off your thinking. when mind and body are relaxed ask yourself the question ... who or what is the "I" that is addicted?

Do this everyday and experience what happens. Don't think about this just do it and see!


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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary Author

Interesting technique, SW. I'll make sure to give it a try.


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Melovy 5 years ago from UK

Hi Haunty, I’m glad you haven’t cured this particular addiction since you answered my question on the forum! Thank you.

However, for other less useful addictions, Spirit Whisperer’s suggestion of asking who or what is the ‘I’ is a good one. Or even simpler, when you feel the urge to indulge in an addiction notice the sensations in your body and the pictures and thoughts that arise. (There will probably be several conflicting thoughts such as “I shouldn’t do it,” “It won’t take long,” etc) Just welcome whatever is there, and you will probably notice that as you do it will begin to ease. It might take a few times of doing this and you might still go and post on the forum or whatever, but it won’t feel so ‘driven”. I used to play solitaire on the computer far too much and used this process to stop doing it.


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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary Author

Thanks for the tips Melovy. I will try your process. The only thing that's helped me get away from my addictions so far is sporting activities.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Bela,

I am addicted to other "things" but not the HP forums. For example, looking at my stats way too often :) I would actually like to get in to the forums a little more. If my HP forum addiction happens to get out of control, I now know just where to come for help. Thanks!

Sharyn


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