I Know I Violated The New HubPages Terms Of Service But I Feel A Little Violated Too!

I get that the times they are a-changin’ for HubPages and I applaud all that they do and have done for me over the past four years of allowing me to publish my hubs but with change there are always a few things you have to give up and apparently HubPages has given me up for lent! I know I violated the new HubPages terms of service but I feel a little violated too! – Don’t Get Me Started!

When I first created my website (link below in the appropriate, approved capsule) I was so concerned with the look of it that I never realized that the program I was using didn’t allow people to leave comments on my postings. So I looked around the web and found HubPages. My goal was clear, I would post on my site and also on HubPages with links in both places so that people from my website would be directed to HubPages to comment and people who found me on HubPages could view the rest of my website content from the link in each hub I posted. It worked great. And when I began posting video blogs on YouTube, they went on HubPages too. But in the past week or so my inbox has been filled with HubPages emails letting me know (sometimes one by one, sometimes in groups) that all of the YouTube video postings are in violation and now the written ones are coming under fire. I get it, I get that HubPages is like I said, growing and wants to be a place for people who want to post original content. I get it but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

Through the four years I’ve been on HubPages I really liked the sense of community I was greeted with and the many new “e-friends” (one I even had lunch with when they were passing through Vegas) who I’ve enjoyed reading, adding comments to their hubs and reading the comments they’ve left me. I appreciate all that HubPages was and is trying to become so please don’t take this as some sort of damning of the new policies. We apparently just want different things now. (Though if I had to choose I’d say, “It’s not me, it’s you” for the breakup between us.)

The fact of the matter is that I have now spent so much time deleting hubs and will need to go back and edit all of them on my website which were linked, taking people to HubPages that it’s probably best for us to just part ways. (This may not seem like a lot of work but let me state here that I had at one point over 850 hubs before I began all the deleting!) I’ll leave whatever doesn’t get flagged as a violation up on HubPages but as I posted an entry this morning and it was immediately flagged for being duplicate content, I think I’ll save HubPages and myself the aggravation and just not post anything new.

So upon my exit from posting on HubPages I did want to let all my pals on HubPages know that I will continue to read and support your efforts, commenting and everything I’ve done in the past to support your efforts. I hope that you’ll visit my site or become a fan of my Some Like It Scott Facebook page to see when I’ve posted new material but it’s sort of like leaving a job, you say you’re going to stay in touch with your now former co-workers but it rarely happens. Still I have at least one person from every job I’ve worked that I still keep in contact with in one way or another, I hope that’s me for many of you.

So thank you HubPages for a great four years, for allowing me to have over 500 Followers, for no doubt being part of the reason I made money from Google Adsense (though let me say I never made the thousands of dollars that many have claimed to have made from Google Adsense), for confusing me with the whole “Hub Karma Score” thing (which has stayed at 18 since it was first put on my homepage until today) and again for the wonderful writers to whom you’ve given such an awesome opportunity. All I can hope HubPages is that we can remain sort of “e-friends” so as to not make anyone else uncomfortable if we show up to the same party or something! Farewell, sweet HubPages!

P.S. Feel free to email me here on HubPages or at scott@somelikeitscott.com

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TheMoneyGuy 5 years ago from Pyote, TX

Scott,

What a bummer, I did enjoy your witty not so serious take on life. As one of the last 3 hubbers I still read on here, Bgmall, and JJ being the other two, She has a different name now, but she is always JJ to me. I digress.

The point is, I guess I will have to make the extra effort to go to your site. Thank you for the laughs.

TMG


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

OH, feeling a lil sad right now. Was just getting to know you. Best wishes! Will check out your other stuff.


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relache 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

Awww, Scott... You'll always be a special part of my Hub experience whether you stay with the site or not. I don't do Facebook, so your website had better have an RSS feed so I can continue to follow your adventures.


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

What!!?? Great Scott!!!

All of us are feeling a bit unsettled with the changes at HubPages! None of this was their idea but they are obligated to comply!

I too have been getting notices left and right about all my violations and I only have 35 Hubs! Actually less now! I was given until March 25th to clean them up, but some were auto-unpublished as early at March 21st!

I think so many of us feel a personal connection to HubPages! The auto-responses seem very cold and impersonal - although if you read them, the HubPages team does try and lessen the blow!

I was taking the changes all quite personally - I seem to take everything quite personally - And it was a good reminder that "nothing is personal" . . . And certainly not this . . .

We all love you Scott and will follow you where ever you go . . . We hope after all the dust settles, and HubPages becomes a way for everyone to make more money and have more fun, you come back . . .

You know, all our doors are always open to the Great Scott!!

Blessings always, EarthAngel . . .


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somelikeitscott 5 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Thank you everyone for your comments and all of your great writing.

TMG - You are a great writer and I appreciate your loyalty, always. Hope you click over to the site often.

SS- Yes, there's ton to look at on my site. As that great poster says, "Come over to the dark side, we have cookies!"

Relache - You were the first pal I met on HubPages and I continue to be in awe of your abilities. Yes, there is an RSS feed - http://www.somelikeitscott.com/blog_rss.xml

EA - Yes, definitely will be keeping this account and hopefully will post things in the future. We'll see. I totally get what you're saying.


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LydiaBlogg 5 years ago from New England

You are not the only one who is disturbed by the new Internet "plagiarism" definition that is not only found here on Hubpages, but just about everywhere. It amazes me that all these sites allow continued author ownership of content, (admitting copyright ownership stays with the author), yet they do not allow it to be posted anywhere except on their own website. So does the owner REALLY still own the copyright? This makes it seem more like a work for hire. Sorry to hear such a loyal Hubber has been put in this discouraging position.


Earth Angel profile image

Earth Angel 5 years ago

Good Morning Good Scott!

Yes, I still look for you here!!

Lydia brings up a good point about copyright law! As a publisher I need to look into this!

It is true that the copyright remains with the author! It is also true, then, that an author should be able to post their work where ever they would like!

I think the new rules were put into place because it was so easy for others to steal work and publish it under their name! When caught by Google, both claimed original content was theirs!

Articles by the AP, Wall Street Journal, HuffPo, etc. are duplicated all over the Internet, with proper credit given of course!

I have done original book reviews on HubPages, sited the author and publisher, and still been flagged for duplicate content!?

Hope you are doing well Great Scott!!?

Blessings always, EarthAngel aka You Java Mate!!


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somelikeitscott 5 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Well ladies, as I said in the post, I get what HubPages is doing, it just doesn't work for me anymore. And I might add that my Google Adsense is a graveyard now with the rules they put in place as far as that's concerned but we have to remember that with growth, you're going to piss some people off.

Here are some of my latest posts that you can find at my website, www.somelikeitscott.com

Donald Trump, Gays Aren't Risque You Moron!

http://ow.ly/1bYzkY

Clinique M Lotion

http://ow.ly/1bXNGJ

Where Are The Redneck Gays?

http://ow.ly/1bX6Fl


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petertheknight 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

The problem with websites like Hubpages.com is they start off really awesome and they get popular. The more popular they get the more rules they make and the more control over what you can do and the money you make gets out of hand to the point that they start loosing their most valuable writers. The fact of having to type so many words per link or whatever the fuck they are trying to do is just ridiculous. This is somewhat why I have multiple websites and blogs like you. I recently opened a wordpress.com blog, but I don't think there is any way for me to make money on that one so I post my most personal stuff there for friends to read and the commercial stuff here (with some personal in the mix, too! Wordpress is kind of like a weblog journal for me.

Perhaps I am being a little too judgmental on Hubpages...I still like the site very much though. It just gets on my nerves.


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Good Morning Great Scott!!

See, people everywhere will follow you anywhere!! Hope you are doing well and finally able to enjoy the changes! I'm still getting used to them, but my little blonde brain can be slow at times! Ahhhhh, Great Scott and a cup of hot Java! GREAT way to start the morning!

PetertheKnight, please know all these changes were NOT the choice of HubPages, the founders or the staff! They were placed upon the Internet community by Google!

HubPages was not singled out! All across the Internet sites everywhere have been affected and earnings for both the sites and their writers has plummeted!

This is not much different than when insurance companies "change or rewrite" their commission structure for their sales force! Or apparel companies "redraw" their territories shrinking the market for their sales force making them work harder in tighter confines!

Believe me, HubPages as a company is suffering the same decline in earnings as all its Hubbers! Their earnings are based in direct proportion to the earnings of their Hubbers! Hubbers are the engine that propel HubPages! HubPages as a company is the steering wheel!

HubPages as a company is doing everything humanly possible to raise everyone's earnings as it's the only way it can substantially raise its own!

Google, on the other hand, had a right to make the changes! In some ways, because of so much plagiarism, Google had to do something! Google was paying millions out through Adsense (and their other programs) to those who had no right to the copyrighted original content in the first place!

Any time a system, like Google's Adsense, et al, is in place for too long, the unscrupulous learn how to take advantage of it! Yep, a few bad apples, that cost millions, will force a company like Google to make "across the board" changes!

For me, I'd rather make a little less while the standards are being raised for all of us! Short term, it doesn't feel so good! Long term, the cream rises to the top!

Have a GREAT day! Knight, don't be so hard on HubPages! Keep writing! Love you Scott!

Blessings always, EarthAngel!


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somelikeitscott 5 years ago from Las Vegas Author

EA - You ALWAYS educate me and today is no exception! I had no idea about the whole Google thing. Wow, pays to have an Earth Angel in your corner!

Couple new postings for you in case you haven't been on the www.somelikeitscott.com website recently:

Regrets of a former coulda been boy toy - http://ow.ly/1c1T2k

On Becoming My Mother...AGAIN! -

http://ow.ly/1c40nz


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Well Great Morning to You GREAT Scott!!

I will check out your links! Thanks! Glad we are still "linking up!"

The below comment was posted in SweetiePie's Hub about her being single and writing a out of the ordinary romance novel!

SweetiePie was responding to Katherella about having her (SP) work plagiarized and having to go the Google Adsense as her only sound recourse:

"SweetiePie 23 minutes ago

"Katharella,

"I was shocked when it first happened, but there was this man in China who kept stealing my stories to insert links about shoes on his web site. I had to contact the web host to let them know, but they did not care even though he had done this to many people. My only recourse is if they have Google Ads because I am not going to sue someone, I do not have the time. I reworded my plagiarized up to refresh it, but his spam site is still there. He used to follow me around on the examiner and post links to his shoe ads. I think he was a bit off. Thanks for your comment, and it is good to know most people realize plagiarists are thieves."

It's exactly what I was trying to share with Knight above!

Yes, you always have an EarthAngel in your corner!

Blessings on your day!!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

Sorry you are leaving Hubpages. I have read your hubs in the past, and your writing is always engaging and thoughtful. I will follow your new blog.


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

You are such a dear SweetiePie!

I am so glad we are ALL connected!

Blessings, EarthAngel!


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somelikeitscott 5 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Sweetiepie - Thanks. I do hope that you follow the blog on the website and there's plenty there to read as I've been blogging since 2006, so go to the site, stay awhile and join me on facebook to see the latest updates - http://www.facebook.com/somelikescott


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lakeerieartists 5 years ago from Cleveland, OH

I am sorry to see this happen, and your use of Hubpages is definitely understandable. But I know how hard it is to go back and edit, fix, or whatever so many hubs. I have over 300, and am struggling with editing them, so I wish you good luck.

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