Why are there so many bad hubbers?

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The Sad Truth

Recently, I've come across a large number of poor quality, poorly written and poorly structured hubs.

These aren't even by new hubbers (which would have been perfectly acceptable), no, these are people with hundreds of hubs who have been writing for years!

Am I the only one that votes these hubs down and comments on their lack of grammar, structure, or spelling?

Am I the only one that finds it wrong that clearly terrible hubs are being given "100" HubScores when I can see that there are many hubs (that aren't mine) that deserve better!?

I understand that there is a fine line between being constructive and being rude, but it's become ever so clear to me that many hubbers are scuttling away from the danger of appearing foul mouthed and/or offensive when they see mistakes or room for improvement. Those same hubbers are the fastest to make positive comments however, there is no problem there, after all, everyone loves positive feedback, right?

Wrong. When I see that someone is praising a hub exceedingly I immediately unfollow them. Those people are not the sort of people that I want to associate with. They are not likely to be honest or constructive which is what every good writer needs to improve.

Some of us forget that we're in a writing community and quality content is vital. Having poor hubs being voted up to oblivion does nothing but make those of us who produce good hubs look bad.

When people see HubPages, we want them to think that it is where high quality content prospers and low quality content fails.

It is a fantastic idea to let anyone write and publish their own work straight away, but it only works if the community accurately judges the hubs that they see. Being positive is great, it's wonderful... it's... well... positive. But let us not forget that negative feedback will help separate the good from the great. Then, from the great, we'll be able to better learn how to make our hubs great. It benefits everyone to be brutally honest, why? Because when a reader that is not a hubber stumbles upon a poorly written hub, his opinion will also be brutally honest. That same opinion will associate itself with HubPages and then we all look bad. Nobody needs that, nobody wants that.

In short, vote down and comment when you know you should, it helps you and everyone else. Even in my own hubs I find shocking mistakes that no one had commented on.

So the next time you're exploring the hub-topics, just think to yourself "does this hub really deserve to be seen by over 56,000 people (as in the case of Education and Science)? Or should it be something much better? Remember, our best hubs are a representation of HubPages as a whole.

We're supposed to be a community of writers, so let's start acting like one!

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Have you seen hubs that you thought were completely overrated?

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Philanthropy2012 3 years ago from London Author

@LongTimeMother

Thanks a lot for taking the time to stop by (and for reading a dozen of my other hubs)!

Wow, I don't think I've ever met anyone who has never voted a hub down! Although there are many hubs out there that have been copied from PDF files word for word :( and those hubs do not flagging and down-rating. As well as this there are hubs written in broken English and although it's mean I think they need to not be featured.

From experience, hubbers I feel close to have not had any problem with me posting spelling erros and then putting 'feel free to delete this message' afterwards. That way, the message is only there for as long as the hubber didn't read it and embarrassment is minimised!

Personally, I'd much rather the mistake be pointed out than thousands of readers reading it and thinking 'mediocre author.'

And I've never even thought about that writing technique that uses spelling errors for a benefit! It makes a lot of sense actually, but I think most people use the "did you mean?" function before looking at their erroneous search nowadays. Clever if people actually did that all the same however.

I agree with not begrudging people's high scores, it's just very sad when people who are obviously trying much harder to be creative, factual and presentable are not getting as much success as the lazy ones!

Thanks for stopping by, your comments are very refreshing!


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

I would hate to actively discourage new writers from trying to develop their skills, so I do offer encouragement based on original thought and obvious effort. I can be forgiving of the occasional typo. I am less forgiving of what I consider to be 'lazy' hubs, but to date I have never voted any hub down. I just don't vote it up. The only hub I can imagine voting down is one that was genuinely offensive.

I have seen occasional mistakes in the work of hubbers I respect, but not commented. If there was a Private Message facility, which I don't believe there is at present, I would send a private note and suggest they fix it. There is no way, however, that I would paste a public comment or fan mail message and risk causing them embarrassment.

I am also conscious of the technique used by many writers to deliberately include incorrect spelling in order to rate in search engines, so perhaps a spelling mistake is deliberate. In that case, I believe a writer should take the gamble of attracting traffic from bad spellers in the search engines but NOT expect to be heavily promoted within HP's featured pages.

I understand if the hub score rises because lots of external traffic is attracted to the site, and I don't begrudge them the high score. I do, however, object to seeing bad writing promoted as the best HP has to offer.


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Philanthropy2012 3 years ago from London Author

Thanks Glen Stok,

I find that it's important to talk about it - the more we do so, the better our situation becomes!


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

Well said. I agree with you 100%. It bothers me when I start reading one's hub and find numerous errors with the English language...things that were taught in High School English.

Numerous misspellings or typos indicate that the writer doesn't care enough about their readers to clean up with proof reading. But worse than that is when a writer who is supposed to be an authority, confuses words such as their, there, and they're. Or those who think that "alot" is a word. I stop reading when I see a lot of that.

HubPages is making an effort by idling (not featuring) hubs that don't meet a particular standard, although the actual algorithm is unknown to us. It may have to do with a lack of Google traffic. But it may also have something to do with "down" votes.

I'm glad you wrote about this. Voted up and useful.


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Philanthropy2012 4 years ago from London Author

Thank you very much Helen! It's always very pleasant to see others take interest in quality articles here on Hubpages!


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