What are the Ethics of a Hubber

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What is an Ethic?

Ethic is defined as the moral principles that govern a person's behavior towards another soul.

What has Ethics to do with Hubpages and a Hubber?

Hubpages, has become a huge community and we are over 200,000 hubbers/writers publishing over a million hubs on this site. These hubs/articles are guaranteed to be 100% original from the author.

That means there's a lot of writing happening on this site!

However, the Code of Ethics a writer/hubber should follow are:-

  • Writer should acknowledge the contribution of others.
  • Any text taken from another author should be enclosed in quotation marks.
  • A writer should ALWAYS acknowledge every source that he uses in his writing. He could paraphrase the text or summarize it or enclose it in quotations.
  • If the writer is paraphrasing other author's work or idea or facts; he should be able to reproduce the exact meaning of the author's work.
  • When a writer is in doubt as to whether a concept or fact is common knowledge, it is best to provide a citation.
  • Authors are strongly encouraged to become familiar with basic elements of copyright law since there have been instances of plagiarism.
  • Authors can/must use copyright symbol in their published articles. The symbol identifies the owner/creator of the work along with the year of its publication. Copyright protection is automatic. Works don't need to be registered.

How to make a Copyright C symbol on a PC Keyboard

Hold down Ctrl and Alt at the same time and press C

Control + Alt + C

Hold down Alt and type 0169 on the number pad

Alt + 0169

How to make a Copyright C Symbol on a Mac Keyboard

Hold down Option at the same time and press 'g' to get the copyright symbol.

Option+g


A summary of writer's ethics and copyright rules were taken from

http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~roigm/plagiarism/Acknowledging%20the%20source.html

http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html#what


What are the Ethics of being a follower on Hubpages

On Hubpages, a member/hubber is supposed to write informative hubs/articles and if that interests another fellow hubber. He can follow that hubber and read his latest publications by getting email updates.

Ethics come into action when the follower stops by to read a hub. Comments are mandatory. Speak your mind. If the reader does not comply with what's written he has all the liberty to dis-agree but do express yourself. And if the reader likes what he is reading, leave a few words of praise. This encourages the writer to write more meaningful hubs.

HubPages community has been very supportive so far. Hubbers have been reading and leaving kind words of encouragement for all the writers in hubpages. Now, that explains why we have over 2 million hubs published so far!

Following a hubber just because he is following you is NOT my rule of ethic. It all melts down to

  • CONTENT of your interest
  • CONTENT that interests you
  • CONTENT that ignites your imagination

IF the reader likes what he is reading then he can follow the hubber or choose not to follow him even IF the latter is following him. There is no rule of compulsion here.

As a hubber, we are wearing two shoes...a READER and a WRITER.

Do Justification in both arenas. Treat your hubber as you would like to be treated. Read, Appreciate their work and your work will also be read and appreciated.

This is a small community and let's keep the candle of knowledge burning so that the shine of the light can attract more people to join this site.

More the Merrier!

Do you stand by ethics?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Sometimes
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Frank Atanacio profile image

Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Ruch.. you are always helpful.. gotta love you for that :) Now when it comes to followers I only follow who I read.. so am I really not following the ethics of a hubber?


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

haha...Frank you sure are doing justice to whom you follow by stopping by with your valuable feedback :)

You sure are following the ethics my friend :) Thanks for your support!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

Good hub on an important subject. This is a great community and we need some ethics to keep it that way. Since this is communication without body language and face expressions we must think about how we behave and follow ethics as much as possible!

I also liked the way you designed the hub, it looks great,

Tina


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

Hi Ruchira.

Thanks so much for clarifying whether or not I should follow another Hubber to reciprocate that Hubber following me. I always was confused about that. Great hub! Voted up, useful, interesting and shared!


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Jessi10 4 years ago from Lancaster, CA

Excellent HUB! Very useful! This is information that every Hubber should know!


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rob_allen 4 years ago from MNL, PH

Ruchira you hit the right spot! Every hubber should read this because it is very applicable and useful. Excellent hub! Voted up!


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Ruchira, it is a very useful information for new Hubbers. Voted up and shared.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago

Good recommendations. Nice job!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

I didn't know how to type the copyright sign. Thanks for the info.

I have the bad habit of following new hubbers when they follow me to encourage them. I remember what it was like when I first started on Hubpages. Since I've heard that following too many writers will make our Hubscores go down, I need to quit doing that.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

This is a very informative hub and I appreciate your sharing this information on HubPages.

Voted up, useful and interesting.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is very useful Ruchira. Thank you so much...


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teaches12345 4 years ago

You have posted some great points on being an ethical hubber. Following those who you have an interest in learning from is great advice. Thanks for sharing.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you

Tina

Rani

Jessi

Rob

Jainismus

Ralph

Barbara

HappyBoomerNurse

Ruby

Teaches12345.

Appreciate you ALL stopping by with your valuable feedback and support!


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

ruchira...

Excellent insight into this very diverse community of talented writers!

You are correct, as a medium of communication, this is not without its miscues...some common guidelines rooted in ethical behavior...is helpful.

For my own self I have occasionally wondered...all my material is original...but I take fellow Hubbers and occasionally plop them into my stories. That said...any attributes I make from them are usually in the form of dialogue from them as one of my characters.

I'm not sure of the legal implication, then again, I'm usually not.

Thomas

Voting Up and sharing!


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Congratulations on 100 hubs. I never did know before how to make the C copyright instead of writing down the entire word.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Thomas,

You are doing a fantastic job and will continue to do so...Regarding the legalities, I am not much of a knowledgeable person myself. Just trying to aspire be a good writer amongst you all :)

Thank you your vote of confidence and sharing...appreciate it!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Flora,

Thank you!

I am glad this hub could be of interest to you. Frankly, even I did not know how to put that c in a circle :)

but, learnt it now :)


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

I like the view you have expressed. I'll be honest I vote much more than write comments. And, at times leave comments thought not follow etiquette by being too long. Th closing sentiment is a favorite goal. Now, when I learn SEO and get more outside readership it will be more interesting. Isn't this a fun and exciting adventure we have here?


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

haha...we sure do tsmog :)

Thank you for whatever you do best. It is still appreciated!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Ruchira,

Very informative hub, I enjoyed reading it.

Thanks,

Bobbi


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

I also like the views you have expressed here and I too feel every hubber should read this.

"Treat your hubber as you would like to be treated" - words we can all abide by.

I am book marking this hub to come back to again and again as your words here are wise rules for all hubbers.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you PurvisBobbi44 and Annie :)

Your valuable feedback and vote of confidence!


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34th Bomb Group 4 years ago from Western New York State

Well done!

If I ever get around to writing, I'll be sure to read this again beforehand. Thus far I remain timid.

Thanks!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you 34th Bomb Group. Wishing you luck in your future endeavors!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Ethics are important in all of life, including being a reader and writer here on HubPages. Well said.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Shasta. Appreciate you stopping by.g


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Ruchira, this is a very informative and useful hub thank you for sharing and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Lesley.

I am glad you agree with the above! Cheers!


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farmloft 4 years ago from Michigan

Good advice, hubbers wear both shoes! Voted up.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you farmloft.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

This is a very timely hub - thanks for publishing it. Many writers here are new, and can inadvertently fail to acknowledge sources or might copy original text without yet understanding the ethics rules.

We owe it to HubPages, which has provided us this great forum for writing, to honor their guidelines and to respect other writers, even if they disagree with us. The 'down' button is not meant to be used as an attack strategy.

Voted up, useful and interesting.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Well said indeed...Marcy!

This is a good community and let's try to keep it intact.

Cheers!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Interesting about the copyright symbol. I learned something new today thanks to you!:)


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Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

Great hub and ethics. I like what you wrote about ethics of being a follower and agree with that. Keep it up. Voted up.


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dilipchandra12 4 years ago from India

Good hub, informative and useful. Well written, Voted UP...


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

I think many new hubbers make the mistake to follow everybody, who follows them. Very good hub!


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

This is an excellent hub Ruchira.You give some good tips and are very correct about writers citing their work.

Voted Up


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Ruchira, this is great advice, especially about citing another's work. I am in the middle of teaching research right now. LOL

Thank you for showing how to make the copyright C. I have been copy/pasting mine. Now I don't have to go look for it each time.

A very helpful hub. VOTES and SHARES!! :-)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Linda,

I am glad you got some useful information from the above. Cheers!

Hi Ruchi,

Thanks for your vote of confidence...Appreciate it.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Glad the above content was useful for all...Thank you

Dilip

Sholland10

Made

Curiad

Thanks for your vote of confidence...appreciate it!


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makusr 4 years ago from India

Ruchira, Ethics are what my heart likes and mind okays. Apart from that no definitions. You, however are as good as always all ways. Thanks for it. Good informative piece.

Manoj


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Manoj,

Good to see you...where have you been, my friend?

I agree..what your soul agrees to..are the ethics...well said, indeed.

Keep hubbing around. Thanks for stopping by :)


34th Bomb Group 4 years ago

makusr sums up my position perfectly. I know when it's a duck...

No one need tell me that I can't plagiarize. I know it when I see it so to speak.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

good for you, 34th bomb group :)

good luck!


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

A beautiful example of ethics and great advice. We must acknowledge our writing and the items we research from appropriately. I really liked your example of the two shoes - reader and writer. This is a very important aspect of the HubPages community. Writing is just half the fun. We can learn so much from each other and we should acknowledge our colleagues as needed. We have many wonderful talented authors here - HubPages is a virtual classroom for all.

Maintaining the pace of comments has become more difficult as followers grow, but I do try. Not always an easy task.

Thanks for sharing your views.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi MsOlive,

Well said indeed. I have also personally learnt so much from all you hubbers and the tribute is an endless saga. I also agree it becomes difficult to read and comment on all the hubbers one follows 'cause unfortunately we have only 24 hours in a day and got to finish off other priorities in our lives.

well said indeed...thanks for a valuable feedback.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Your hub enlightened me with regard to this enrapturing subject! The code of ethics of hubbers listed by you are very informative. Your guidance on creating copyright symbol and stating the year are very helpful( I tried to figure it for a while till now thanks to you!).

Please guide me how to create bullet-points for each line. Will await your reply anytime.

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared.


freezbay 4 years ago

Hey Ruchi,

Really informative hub! I specifically wanna thank ya for the Copyright trick. i dint know the way to create the Copyright Logo. Each time I needed the, I used to got my blog and copied it from there. Now, it's just got easier!

One more thing for the readers. The Copyright Symbol appears only when you hold the ctrl first, then alt and then c! Change of this order and u won't see the Logo!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hello Ishwarayaa22,

I am glad you found the above useful. Regarding making bullet points in your text...when you are writing text in a box, there is an option of either giving nos OR bullet to a text that you want. Inshort..the answer to your question is right in the text box that you are typing in :)

Cheers!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Freezbay,

I am glad this hub was helpful to you :)

Cheers my friend!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Well said... I think one of the biggest things about Hubpages is the question who to follow and why you follow someone. I feel bad sometimes because some people who may have followed me ... I am not interested in the topics they write about. That being said, I always try to get in a little reading. I tell you... however thought that writing on Hubpages could be so tough and time-consuming! LOL


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Great hub! Good info about plagiarism and how to do a copyright. But since they are automatically copyrighted, do we need to put the copyright symbol on them? I'm often wondered that. Many votes on this one. Good job!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Hi Ruchira! This is a very informative hub and thanks for SHARING this to us. Voted up and useful. Have a great weekend!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

yup, agree BBG. Gotta follow someone who inspires you in ways and boy, I am glad to be one of your plenty followers ....lol

cheers!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Good question, vicki about copyrighting. I agree that once you write your original work, it is automatically copy righted but, in many cases people need to be reminded on paper thus, the above way to write the symbol et. al.

thanks for stopping by! Always a pleasure to see you!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

I am glad you found it helpful Thelma.

Great to see you :)


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irishexaminer 4 years ago from Ireland

Thank you so much, I am just beginning and feel a bit nervous. very helpful.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

This is really cool. I like the way you have formatted it and gave many examples. I thank you and I voted this up and shared on twitter. I have been here almost a year now! I am so glad and feel blessed to have the opportunity to be here and now to read your work. Take care. :)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

welcome irishexaminer and I am glad this was helpful. Wishing you the best, always!

Thankyou jo_goldsmith11 for your kind words...appreciate them!


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taazakhabar 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

True enough ethics are important in anything you do. Very useful info. thanks for sharing


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Ruchira, this was a great article. I agree with you about hubbing ethics. This would be a great page for any hubber starting out, even the vets. Ethics are important anywhere you go. Great article Ruchira. Have a good one:)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Ruchira, this sure is a useful and the instructions to make the copyright symbol were perfect. I was wanting to know how to do this.

Thanks for sharing.

BTW, I like the different look of the hub, especially, the tweety at the bottom is too cute.

Voted up, useful interesting and shared.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Well said Ruchira! I agree with all the items you laid out here. Following this code will help all our reputations as writers. Great thoughts here.


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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Ruchira,

These are all very useful ethics which hubbers should be following. You definitely should acknowledge the work of others which you are using or referring to in your own hubs. As to following other hubbers who follow you, I agree that it is not necessary to follow everyone who is following you. Common sense should dictate what you do. Voted up as useful and sharing.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

If I read your sentence correctly: did you say leaving comments is mandatory??

Good informative Hub, Ruchira.

I voted it UP, etc.etc.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Ruchira,

I agree with everything that you say and my only ommission is that I have not been putting the year of publication after the copyright symbol. I'll start doing it from this point forward. On many of my older hubs I had not put the copyright symbol but as I go back, I am adding it. One can only hope that people use good ethics when writing. Up and useful votes and will share.


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi :)

I certainly agree that we all need to be aware of copyright law.

And I do think that it is nice to leave a comment, if one reads an article. It is great to receive feedback :)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you taazakhabar

the lyricwriter

Tammy

Rajan

Paul

Appreciate your responses and feedback...cheers!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Mary, I feel comments makes the writer feel appreciated thus, sure it's mandatory :)

Thanks Peggy. I also have to add the copyright symbol to many of my hubs.

Thanks Trish. Yes, all feels good to be appreciated :) Thanks for stopping by. Will swing by your hubs.


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cashmere 4 years ago from India

Thanks for the keyboard shortcuts! I usually do a google search and then copy paste the symbols. This makes life easier :)


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Very true words! I also appreciated the keyboard shortcut, I had always used copy and paste for the symbol, but now I know. As for hubbing, it is basically being a friend and a good part of the community. If you help others and give honest feedback, it seems to be genuinely appreciated here!!

Sharing with followers, as many are new. Up, useful and interesting.


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Mazzy Bolero 4 years ago from the U.K.

As for always following people who follow you, I like to read a few of their hubs before following them. Then at least it means something that I've decided to follow. I don't follow all. For instance, one hubber who followed me turned out to be a business located on the West coast of the USA, whose building services I could not possibly ever use, and all the hubs related to this business. So I didn't follow them. That does not mean I don't appreciate their following me. Sometimes you also get new hubbers who just follow hundreds in order to get followers, without ever reading anything. I will read their hubs before following them. Sometimes I don't immediately get round to it, so I hope that doesn't seem ill-mannered. Personally, I would rather have someone follow me because they enjoyed reading my hubs than just out of politeness because I followed them.


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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

This is really great information. Anytime I read the works of another hubbers I always leave a comment.....I want them to think and feel that I respect their work...which I do. I have found some wonderful, wonderful writers on hubpages. Even if I disagree with what they have written I still leave a respectful, non-combative, comment.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Excellent points and tips, Ruchira. I even learned somethings - I didn't know about the keyword shortcut for the copyright symbol. Good to know! Thank you for sharing these ideas!


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janshares 4 years ago from Washington, DC

Thank you, Ruchira, for covering this subject. The information is helpful and useful to me as a new hubber. There is so much to know about the etiquette of hubbing. I hope I haven't made any bloobers unknowingly. I didn't realize that copyright can be done so informally without fees, and an application to the Library of Congress. I guess that's just for printed work. Thanks for the clarification.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Ruchira, a very good lay out of hubber's ethics. All very pertinent. Voted up and more.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I am wondering how I missed this article Ruchira--Just an excellent article! I am always bothered with the casualness I see in citing source material here. So, I was so glad to see you addressing this issue. Sharing!


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lex123 3 years ago

Though most of the hubbers probably know the ethics of this community it makes more meaningful to read a written hub about it. Thanks for taking this topic and writing a hub, Ruchira. Well done! Voted it up.


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TToombs08 3 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Wonderful advice, Ruchira. A brilliant hub that I'm sure many (myself included) can use. Voted up and more.


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PaoloJpm 3 years ago from Philippine

Wow! great hub you have here. Your following rule truly impressive, and very informative. proper ethics is a MUST to everybody not only on Hubpages but to all aspect in life.

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