Writers Community- Rules, Regulations and Critisism

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Giving a Creative Outlet Boundaries

I considered writing a Hub of this type of content after reading the insight of another Huber's experience with the rules having to do with subject matter and content. It made me think, what limits we all have, even though we can write about anything. Although I understand the point behind Hub Pages rules and regulations, I do not fully agree with them. I began writing when I was 10 years old. I did this, because it was an outlet and a way for me to express myself when I couldn’t get the words out to say how I was feeling, what I was thinking or what I believed. Writing is considered to be a creative outlet, correct? So why is a creative outlet given boundaries? To fully express ones self with words, pictures and expressions; may not and does not always fit into a box that is packaged with silly pink ribbons and pretty little bows.

I am not implying that I believe that it is okay to purposefully write something and publish what you write, with your main objecting being to hurt someone or disrespect someone’s views and beliefs. That is not what I consider to be creative, that is cruel, unjustified and it is slander. But to put together words in a constructive way that challenge another persons views, and state your opinions on what another person has written is called criticism. As a writer, you should be able to absorb criticism for what it is or let it role off your back.

Each of us has but one mind and one perspective in a world of millions of writers and thinkers. I have and still do welcome all comments, thoughts and feelings on anything that I write and publish. Perhaps a comment that another leaves will open up a new door to new thoughts or give me a reason to further comment on what my original ideas and perspectives were, to justify what I wish to portray.

As for the hubs out there that are, written to build contrast on perspectives about a hub created by another person. I love them. Two thoughts-two writers and a variety of interesting points. For an example, and because some of his Hubs have been viewed as being non-compliant to rules and regulations, lets use wsp2469. It is every readers perspective to read or not to read what he writes. Why does a Hub that has subject matter which puts a new perspective on a previously written hub by another writer cause any upset whats so ever? I follow wsp2469, because I find his hubs resourceful, interesting, insightful, passionate and if nothing else entertaining. I believe that his hubs are well written and the pictures that are chosen to aid his hubs are perfectly combined with witty sarcasm and realistic views. If he ever decided to write a hub, which gave different insight to a hub which I wrote, either proving me wrong, or adding humor-I would probably thank him, and add a link to his hub within the article I wrote. This way-the readers get two perspectives.

I have never, not approved a comment on any of my writings. If it is negative, positive or an attempt to call me out, so be it. It isn't very truthful as a writer to edit out what readers think and comment. It's like taking the side effects of a pill bottle and leaving the benefits.

Although adult content on a place like Hub Pages, is something that I believe should be tasteful and non pornographic, a glimpse of a nipple does not make a photograph Rated XXX or even Rated R. Take a look at how a movie is rated before it hits the theaters. How do you think a partial nipple, or butt cheek would/should be rated in terms of appropriateness?

Because we all have the option to click off another person’s hub just as easily as we click on, self expression should not be thought about in such a negative way when it comes to showing skin and suggestive insight. If you are an adult and are writing and reading on Hub Pages; grow up. The entire issue of reporting an ‘offensive’ hub, reminds me of when my two year old tattles on his little sister for picking her nose. What is my reaction when this happens? I tell my two year old to sit down and don’t look at his sister. I tell him unless she hits, scratches or bites him; I don’t want to hear him tattling on her anymore.

If you don’t like nipples, sex or sarcasm; what a boring life you must lead. Perhaps you should not write on Hub Pages, but should revert back to training pants and sippy cups.

I love writing here; I hate having to worry about each detail I choose to publish being looked at in a negative way, or offending someone to such a degree that I will be put on probation or kicked off for what I write. Should we have standards and rules? Yes. Should we have standards or rules that are not clearly noted, but dependent on the perspective of the administrator whom is assigned to review our writing after a hub receives a complaint on its content? No, this isn’t fair, if something that I write is up to being judged-you can not expect me to write within the lines when the lines are not drawn.

As writers and creative thinkers, it is second nature to many of us to push boundaries and recreate lines. To penalize any one of the people who do this is in itself a contradiction to what a Writers Community is about.

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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

GREAT Hub. Thank you for sharing your heart. I think you are exactly on target. Freedom of speech/print means freedom for EVERYONE. No one is forced to click on any Hub & if they stumble upon something they do not like, they can get away in the blink of an eye.

I figure people have to choose to be offended. IF someone does not like what I write, they are free to not read it & if someone's viewpoint is opposite of mine, I am free not to engage with them.

BUT regardless of how different our viewpoints may be, I suspect that somewhere there is always common ground for us to stand on together. And despite some of the back & forth junk in the Forums, I also hope as a community of writers, we will strive to find those places of common ground.

Thanks again for writing this.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Ken,

Thanks for the comment. You are exactly right when you say that we choose to be offended. It amazes me when adults get so bent out of shape over someones perspective. I figured as writers who often think outside the box-more people would be willing to accept that not everyone will agree with them or even like them.

It is so absurd that people get offended so easily-I hope that they don't watch the news, read a magazine or talk to a teenager-or they may have a coronary with the offensive material they are subject to.

Again thank for reading my hub Ken

hc porter


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Interesting comments of how people limit the choice of others here. We are always having our choices restricted even when we are not aware of it. I understand about boundaries and how they are pushed or tested, all too well. Great logic here. It's not every day I read something this good! Thought provoking stuff!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Thanks Cheeky Girl-

People rarely consider that just because we are free-doesnt mean we are free to do what we like. Every group, every forum, every community-has rules that if broken you will be punished/penalized and even made to leave.

Some people take things to harshly and abiding by the rules, and nit picking at others ideas and views, makes them appear more as a tattling two year old-rather than a mature adult.

HC Porter


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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

Hi H.C.

I do agree with you on the need to know where the lines are drawn, more clarity is needed, if not more tolerance and flexibility, otherwise it is hard to be creative. I appreciate your honest here.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

internetwriter, thanks for commenting on this hub-I truly appreciate it :)

I think some are a bit too sensitive and get all worked up for no good reason when they get upset about hubs- if I dont like what I am reading, I stop reading...kind of simple from my point of view


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Maria Cecilia 6 years ago from Philippines

HI I am here again, well can't understand why one needs to be critical of the writings of others, well I guess each one of us has different points of view, but in my case I love to read interesting hubs, they are not just informative but very entertaining too, I guess a person who loves to write would love to read hubs by another writer not to criticize but to see the writers view... well that's just my opinion... I


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

maria cecilia,

you would think that we would all read other peoples hubs to get a glimpse into another's frame of mind---but not all think with that logic. Thanks for being amongst the logical and giving my hubs a chance-i appreciate the feedback


Professional Writer 6 years ago

You're a writer? Great - me too! But try telling your family and friends about your writing and they might smile proudly, or grin patronisingly, or even laugh a little. The truth is, few people who aren't writers really understand the highs and lows of the writing life, no matter how supportive they might be of your goals.


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ahorseback 5 years ago

The amazing part of all this writing and all the hubs to me is the chance ! The chance for each of us to open ourselves to others , and you do that so well, H.C, you are a wise young woman ! Keep up your extremely valuable writing AND photography! I recently read that Integrety is doing the right thing even when you know no one else is looking. In the short time that I have been here I have learned how o share what lies deep, deep within for so many years , I wish I had known all these years that , I wasn't 'alone'....Thank you for what you do.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Professional Writer

well said... you can not explain to non-writers why we love to write, why this is a need not just a want... why free expression makes us feel liberated and whole, or why we feel pride when we finish a piece that comes from the depths of who we are or one that shows progress for something we had to learn to produce... it is not understood, even if it is somewhat supported... Great comment-exactly my point and shared view.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

ahorseback

The Chance--- I feel another hub coming on...and with use of that title, may I steal it from you? :) You are very right- this is a place to feel free and undeterred when needing to express who we are and what we stand for. I want to share my thoughts or struggles and successes...not for pity, attention or anything else, but because I gather hope from the words of others, specially others who have hurt the same way I have- if I can give that back to another, my time writing here is time well spent. The bonus is what I have gained from my experience here. I feel as if I am a more capable version of me these days... Thanks for stopping by this one and giving another comment to my writing :)


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Sunny Barb 5 years ago from Central Florida

H.C Porter,

Controversy is what makes the world go round. Don't you think? I enjoyed this Hub very much, and look forward to reading more of your work. I look at writers as a spice rack. Some write about sugar, others, chili powder. It's all good. Keep up the good work.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Sunny Barb,

Thanks for the comment. Very true, I too like writers that add a little spice to the normalcy that others abide by. Makes for more complete perspectives as to what a situation may involve.

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