Hey everyone! As we recently announced on our blog, we have given a new look to some pages. Check it out!
Here's the Food and Cooking page with a new, more magazine-like look.
Here's our spiffy new About Us page.
And of course, you'll have already noticed that we have new styling in the Forum!
What's more, we've re-naming the HubNuggets Program as the Rising Star Program to make it more clear, and moving voting so that it takes place exclusively on these recently-redone Topic Pages.
I hope you like the updates! Big thanks to Derek Gulbranson for the styling and Edward Zhang for the implementation.
What's the formula or criteria used to determine the order of the hubs shown on the topics pages? Does it cycle?
I noticed that a large proportion of the ones on the front page for various topics that I looked at were written by 'a' writers - Is this a deliberate HP policy?
1. I don't know the exact formula, but yes, it does cycle
2. Though a high proportion of those Hubs may be Apprenticeship Hubs, Hubs by Apprentices don't have any special tags on them, so they're treated the same as any other Hub. I reckon the reason why they're doing better is that they meet higher standards (because they have to!). One doesn't have to be an Apprentice to create Hubs that are more likely to be featured- going for the elements highlighted in our Learning Center guide on stellar Hubs makes all the difference.
Do hubbers in the 'a' program bypass the 'pending for 24 hours' in a similar way to writers with hubber scores over 95?
I'm an apprentice and my hubs take at least 24 hours to get out of pending status. My last one took 3 days. But, then again, I think there was a site crash during that time so I forgive them. Also, I have a habit of looking at my hubs on my Kindle after publishing and then spotting total bonehead errors that need to be corrected, so, that apparently adds to my pending time. Maybe it has more to do with the time we are publishing. It could be we publish at a time that is heavily used by everyone else. Who knows? I just don't bother sharing them until they are out of pending status. I can't control it, so, what else am I going to do?
My new hubs pend too. My guess is that those two people who didn't see their hubs get pended just got lucky with the timing. If the sweep comes around at noon, say, and they publish at 11:58, they wouldn't have time to see the pend, but if you publish at 12:01, you have to wait all day. Again, just my guess - I don't know if it works that way or what time the sweep happens if it happens.
The new "Rising Stars" logo looks familiar.
If you look at Google images under "star and wreath" you will find many variations of this-- mostly on flags of communist countries. I think we need a 'do over' on the logo.
My stars and garters, that is hilarious!! I SO want to add a sickle now.
Now tell me how they got that corner shadow on both sides of the vertical separator, pretty please
I love the new About page. It's engaging and easy to read. There are two links that go to 404 pages, the Find out how... and Bring Someone along...
Will those links be periodically changed to feature different hubs?
The forum change will take getting used to, maybe it will encourage posters not to always reply with the entire reply from the previous post. (Because it takes up so much space) Sometimes a page can be repeat reply posts down the page and the actual response kind of gets lost.
I noticed the same things.. and wondered too why certain hubs are singled.
There needs to be some major fixes on the forum.. there is just too much white space... I haven't looked at it on a tablet or iPhone but I can only imagine what it looks like. On my laptop it looks terrible and hurts the eyes..
rebekahELLE, thanks for pointing out those 404s.
We may change out the Hubs featured on that page, but not in any regular, organized manner. They were chosen as good examples that reinforce the text that links to them.
As for the forum and all the design changes- it's a wrok in progress! Rest assured we'll find and settle in on whatever works best for everyone.
Oh! Oh! One thing though. I would LOVE it if you could recommend someone's Video for the "bring someone along" link, because the only travel video on HubPages that acts as an example of that is one that I made. If you know of one, send me an email!
I like the look of the Food and Cooking page but the ease of search sucks. There is no way to search each sub topic which is a huge turn off for someone searching for recipes. I would rather go to a recipe devoted website and search what they have than try to surf through the thousands of of unorganized hubs as they are now.
I know this is a site for writers but who are we writing for, ourselves...fellow hubbers? NO
We'll give you the content but you guys at HP have to make it easier for the general public to come search for specifics.
I like the looks of the new topic page.
Great job. It looks very professional!
I like the new look of the "Food and Cooking" and "About Us" pages. I also like the new name of HubNuggets Program... "Rising Star Program"... much better. I also like the Rising Star Program accolade... so cool.
Oh I forgot to mention, the new forum layout looks much better now too.
I don't like it. As someone mentioned above, there's too much white space. I used to be able to quickly skim the entries, but can't anymore. This forum layout is uncomfortable to me.
Again, I agree--can you guys PLEASE do something about all the white space on the right? I know not everyone has a problem with it, but I think quite a few people do, including myself.
I am on a laptop, and I have to prop a notebook up to hide the right side of the screen, where all the white is, because the glare bothers me so much. Dorky, I know--but what else can I do if I want to read forum threads???
Thanks so much! Derek also designed that new Accolade, and I like it much more, too.
Talking of accolades, I am certain that I had more than I have right now. Is that possible?
So far, so good! The serif font is more readable and better suited for body text. I can't remember the statistic, but, I do know from my days in advertising that serif fonts for body text will keep readers reading better than sans serif. I like the About Us page. It's great for writers who are interested in writing. It would be wonderful if you also had an improved landing page for readers giving a good sense of the types of articles they can find on the site.
Thanks for all of the hard work improving the site. We all benefit in the end!
I'm so glad to hear it! I've read the same thing, too.
We are indeed hoping to create an improved landing page explaining HubPages to writers- so much to do, so little time!! We'll get to it once we tackle some more time-sensitive projects.
On the Food and Cooking page, there's not enough space between parentheses to allow for the "s" at the end of "followers" when there are more than 999 followers.
(999 followers) vs. (1,805 follower)
It will take me a bit longer to get used to the new forum layout, but the new, magazine-style Explore - or Topics - or Whatchamacallit - pages are AwEsOmE. Awesome!
I stumbled across one of those pages by mistake earlier this evening, and I could hardly tear myself away. You all sure did a good job of making us look good. Better than we had done on our own. Wowsers! I hope visitors will spend some time browsing there, the way I do on Slate magazine. I'm pretty blown away by the look. Way to go, Derek and Edward!
I love the look of the new Rising Star accolade. It's going to be a great award for those just coming in to HP.
The only problem that many of the previous Hubnugget winners are talking about is that, "We didn't win a Rising Star, we won a Hubnugget."
The general feeling among previous Hubnugget winners is that it makes no sense to take away what we won and replace it with a new accolade that we didn't compete for. Just because the design is more attractive, it is simply not our award. Ours was the Hubnugget.
Awards given are not changed after the fact. When a competition takes place, the award is presented. Personal achievement and attachment is formed. There may be "old styles" and "new styles", and even the names may change for future winners, but award groups don't go out and collect old awards and replace them with the new. It would only lessen the value and the meaning of the award.
That's the way of the world. There's no logical reason for it to be different here.
My hub nugget accolade, for a lens that won Hubnuggets 2 years ago, has automatically been changed to a rising star one. I don't have my accolades set to viewable, but can reverse that for a few hours if anyone wants to check.
I never got one. It is something I have come to terms with although it still rankles a bit. Mostly I sleep but my doctor prescribes something when it all gets too much.
Fourth I came. Fourth out of five. Not once but twice.
As I think Kipling said "If at first you don't get an award move to Wizzley".
Well, I was a bit sad at the time, because although I won by quite a large margin, as far as I can make out, it was never featured as a winner in the Newsletter or anywhere else. Rather put a downer on my excitement. It was about that time that I decided there was no point to the accolade system, because winning the nugget barely brought in any more views to the hub.
I love that my nugget-looking accolade became a rising star, I like the name much better too.
Great change. : )
I'm not so fond of this new forum font. On the laptop it's too big and I find it too "classy". I'd like a cleaner, more contemporary look... just saying. : )
I agree with WriteAngled. Never did see my hub featured in a Newsletter. Still the accolade came at a time when I was needing some kind of affirmation to keep writing and I had a momentary feeling of elation for being chosen.
As always changes made are exciting and visually pleasing. It takes a bit to get used to change but Hubpages continues to move onward and upward Pending and Zzzs will take a while to get used to, but we will.
Thanks guys for all that you do and all that you bring to us.
I would LOVE to report this spammer above me... BUT
But Alas... the accolade fairy has once again removed from my profile, my accolade for being helpful with advice for newbies and reporting spammers to moderators etc>
So.... let me say (helpfully) to this newbie french spammer -
"Bonjour... bon chance.... vous c'est mort!"
The accolade fairy didn't award my Hub Nugget when I won 3 years ago... it was a non event and it was not given until someone mentioned the fact in a forum and then, after 20 months it arrived! But now it has little relevance because accolades tend to be given to be taken away! During my time here, I must reported well over 2000 spammers and I don't believe that I have never helped helped a newbie!
So where do we manage to keep a track of the number of Forum Posts we have made during our time on this site? That figure is an important one to many of us..
Now that I'm back being valued at an 89... I might add SA on mine
The laurel crown is a universal symbol of excellence based on ancient roman tradition. It is used to mark a massive number of achievements from naval rank to post-graduate degrees. Unless you think Mercedes Benz, Amy Winehouse and the Olympics are/were communist too based on using a laurels logo?
Looks wonderful. The sleek, professional & readable look of HubPages is part of what sets it apart from the likes of Squidoo and co., and it just keeps getting better. The notion of "rising star" is much clearer too. Thumbs up.
I do like the new layout changes on HubPages. In as much as we Hubbers need to periodically re-evaluate our Hubs, so too, I think it's good to look at HubPages as a whole and tweak it here and there. And, in as much as life (and dare I say the Internet/Google/etc.) is a work in progress, our Hubs and HubPages also must follow suit. Some changes require us to get used to them, while other changes will eventually fall by the wayside to be replaced by better serving ones. I guess that's how we make progress and making this site better (as well as our Hubs) is something I relish and definitely look forward to. Kudos!--Deb
As always a great job. You guys are so dedicated and provide us with so many innovations. Just as in the past not everyone will appreciate all the changes, but time heals all wounds Seriously, this is a great way to promote the hubs written with such love and care.
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