I recently made a post on a hub entitled 'Cowards on HubPages' The post was denied with this explanation:
I have denied some comments here because they contain only personal derrision and although the forums will not be moderated, evidently, I will moderate my pages. Disagreement and opposing views are no problem, but personal attacks are. You might as well not even try that here, Marisa and Peter.
Here is the post that was denied
There are definitely a few hubbers that don’t take critical comments well, especially those who post overly promotional hubs. There are also a good number of hubbers that are quick to post unnecessarily derogatory remarks.
In this case, however, the assumptions made by recraig2 are entirely wrong and the tone of hub says much about his character. This hub, in my opinion, identifies him as one of the very people he seems to be pointing his finger at. i.e. infantile
Peter, I may be young and naive, but censorship is nothing new to me. It happens all the time, and I believe sometimes its necessary (dealing with folks who shouldn't be online). And aggressive marketers never learn. So what can you do?
Mark, I tend to agree with what you say and have had comments blocked before which I just ignored. However, in this instance the grounds for the original complaint were completely unfounded and resulted in fellow hubbers being called infantile. What I find hypocritical, and the reason for this side thread, is the fact that when his actions are called infantile by another hubber the comment is censored. Secondly, he used my name in connection with an attack of personal derision which needs to be cleared up.
Oh dear I think someone needs a sense of humor transplant, and to stop acting like a spoiled brat, maybe you should rethink your strategy and grow up a little.....jimmy P.S thankyou for the wonderful insult I really appreciate it, maybe next time you will think of a funny name to call me.
I'm sorry, but I have to agree. Mark and Misha, I love you to bits and some of the stuff you do is very funny - but I do think things have gone a bit far. Yes, there is the odd idiots who posts on these forums, but deliberately baiting them only makes it worse. You may think you are having a bit of harmless amusement making fun of them, but what we end up with is long threads full of hate.
Newbies who arrive in the forum don't always understand what the spammers did to deserve such invective, so they get the impression everyone on the forum is nasty to newbies.
Let's not paint such a horrible picture of HubPages, it's not like that at all!
Not at all Venugopal. It's an indisputable fact that on any forum, you will find idiots who arrive and make nonsensical or inflammatory or brazenly self-promotional posts. I am not referring to any particular Hubber or anyone who has posted on this thread - I'm making a general statement about one of the realities of internet forums. That's all.
Well, you may have noticed that baiting and making fun of them doesn't make them go away - it only makes them angry, and then a lot of nasty things are said on both sides.
If you're sure they're idiots, ignoring them and letting their thread die is probably the best option. If you're not sure whether they're genuine or fake, you could give them the benefit of the doubt for a post or two.
Well, I guess the difference among us is you assume people don't change. If they are nice - they are nice, if they are idiots - they are idiots. Forever. With that assumption, your position makes some sense - why bother?
Can't say for Mark, but I assume that people do change actually, and sometimes pretty fast. I think even here on HP we saw several examples of people coming here all guns blazing playing idiots and becoming respected members of the community after a cold shower. We help them to change, and I think it's a worthy deed.
On the other hand, I am not buying into "supporting Hubpages reputation". I had more than enough of this line back in USSR, always without exception used to restrict my freedom/rights. Since then, I don't care about reputation of any community I belong to, be it family, neighborhood, city, country, nation - you name it. I only care about my own one. Community reputation will take care of itself.
Now, about what you mentioned on another thread about driving newbies away. Frankly, I don't care either. If people don't understand what the fight is about on those threads, they probably should not be online, and I definitely am not interested in having them around. Yes, there are probably some would be hubbers who would have been evolved into valuable community members. This is the cost of keeping this community as enjoyable and vibrant as it is now, and I am willing to pay it.
Try to look at it as an entry barrier. Yes, it does not weed out all idiots unfortunately, and it does weed out some worthy people - but it does its job on average and makes this community what it is - one of the best in town for people who think for themselves
No, that's not what I mean at all. I'm one of those who was given a "cold shower" when I arrived. If someone had pointed out what I was doing wrong in a nice way, I would have changed just as quickly. No one deserves to be insulted and made fun of if they've made an innocent mistake.
I think it's very harsh to say that someone doesn't deserve to be online just because they're soft-hearted or sensitive. I had a very high opinion of you as a Hubber, Misha, but that last post has disappointed me a great deal.
That makes no sense at all. Congrats on building 18 lenses in 12 month by the way. Perhaps if you spent less time on the forums being a smart ass, you might have 3 times that many by now and actually making some money.
Sir, Your attitude is the exact one the you say that you don't like. Now I have only been in this forum topic a shor time. You are complaining that *everyone* is rude here? I ask of you how many have you really found rude. It can't be all of us and it is rude to assume what you are assuming. There are over thousands of members here--have you asked anything of all of them to come to your rediculous conclusion?
I'm not the owner, conflictuniverse - I'm just a HubFreak who doesn't like what you're doing right here, right now. You post threads advertising your website, then come here in this thread and knock and two decent people, present yourself with a very poor attitude, and then expect us to all recoil in apology because you think Squidoo folks are more awesome.
I think the people I meet are better judged based off themselves, not the site they frequent the most or where you met them first.
Whatever the reason for your negative and cruddy outbursts, I hope you stop them soon, otherwise you're just going to see yourself be ignored, bashed on for your own antics, or who knows what else.
It's the holiday season, there shouldn't be this much anger thrown at anybody.
I know my place conflictuniverse, You insult me and I am not allowed to retort so like a good boy I will not reply to your petty ranting any further, take care and at least try to get into the community spirit have a nice Christmas and chill out.....jimmy
What is going on? Why are all these weirdos coming in here complaining. Doesn't it make sense to move on from some place where you do not enjoy yourself? I checked out squidoo last year and didn't much like it, so do I go and attack people there? No...I do not go back there... I stick with what I like, Hubpages.
Here is a brain wave for you 'ConflictUnivers' an easy solution. I'm surprised a smaaart fellow like you hasn't thought of it yet... Go away from this aweful forum
A general clean up of Hub Pages may be necessary, if it is to survive. People with animosity towards a group of people or a country or a religion should find no place there. People with impartial sense will only will suit such a public forum like this. Only "courageous" people are needed here.
OK...So I guess in only 3 weeks I have found a way to offend someone. I apologize. Guess I'll stick to writing Hubs instead of exploring the site to learn more about the people on it...I am very new to this and my last intent was to upset or offend. Also, I have no idea what an apexer is, so if I have done something wrong I would love for someone to let me know. Thank you.
Marisa, Thank you. I also appreciate you giving me the advice about the photos. I didn't know that there were on-line photos that I was allowed to use. I thought they had to be personal pictures. Thank you for helping me out.
No worries! Much of this here is in double entendre with people just having fun.
I admit they did come on a little strong with me (well, one) when I first tumbled on the forums, but I am who I say I am and do what I say I do. A lot of the brusqueness has to do with scammers and spammers and people trying to convert others to their religious views, etc.
There are some nuts on here, but after you get used to them, you'll know how to avoid them... There are also some very intelligent and well read people on Hubpages. Some excellent writers.
To be serious for a second, Hub Pages is probably one of the least spammed and most friendly forums on the interwebs. If you think Misha or Mark are rough then you haven't been very far.... most places happily textually dismember foolish newbies for their amusement... by comparison the harshest comments around here don't even amount to a slap on the wrist...
I guess what I want to say is zomg, harden up, this place is awesome... and sometimes everyone needs a little tough love
I'm sure there is space for everybody... Best (for me) is just to give others space. I'm not that offended by differing opinions.
What I thought, when first on here, is that there are some very professional people on here--what do I want to say? Serious writers, etc.? And people who are who they say they are and do whatever they profess to do (man, you gotta to if you are using your actual name). And I was expecting it to be more across the board. I made my way in the print media for years, so-- It's a different world from internet.
But viva la difference! And there are some great people of all types on here.
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