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Normal Hubs should have an exclamation mark

  1. Marisa Wright profile image93
    Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago

    I'd like to suggest that "normal" Hubs should have an exclamation mark next to them on our account page.

    I think there's a very high risk that new Hubbers will misunderstand the normal/Featured system.  I've already answered one enquiry from a Hubber who has misunderstood it.

    He assumed that "normal" means a  Hub is fine, and "Featured" means it's exceptional.  Whereas as we know, a Hub which is "normal" is not satisfactory and requires attention.

    So I suggest an exclamation mark next to all "normal" Hubs, which is universally understood to mean "needs attention", without having the negative connotations of the "Idle" word.

    1. IzzyM profile image86
      IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I agree that idled hubs should not be treated as 'normal', as having hubs sitting there wasting space is NOT normal.

      I actually don't like all those big black H's beside featured hubs.

      It is now really hard to see which hubs need attention and/or unpublished to move elsewhere.

      Before with the Zzz sign you could see at a glance which hubs were idled. Now they are hard to see and easy to overlook, especially when one has a high number of hubs.

      Exclamation marks would not stand out next to those ugly H's.

      But they would if the  H's were removed and left blank, as surely featured hubs should be the 'normal' and not the other way round.

      1. wilderness profile image94
        wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Double click the "featured" button at the top of the column.  It makes it pretty obvious which ones are not featured.

        1. IzzyM profile image86
          IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          That's all very well, wilderness.

          But it isn't easy for newbie to know those things either.

          It seems I have two more idled hubs to unpublish and move.

          1. wilderness profile image94
            wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Yes and no, Izzy.  A newbie with a couple of dozen hubs won't have a problem finding which ones are "normal" and I don't have a lot of sympathy for someone with hundreds that hasn't already figured it out.

            It is confusing, though.  I suppose one could say that the goal is "featured" and that the black HP sign should indicate a hub is special.  One could even say that it would be obvious to a nube that it something to work for.  The problem, though, is that the large majority of hubs will be "featured", which means that "normal" is not normal at all.

            I don't really care for it, either, and would rather have something pointing to a "normal" but somehow defective hub rather than to all the normal "featured" hubs.  If that doubletalk makes any sense to you! smile

            I actually liked the zzz symbol but recognize that if HP is going to put them to sleep for other than traffic reasons it may not be real appropriate.

    2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Why not use something tame like a question mark beside hubs that need to be revamped.  This way they'll be easy to see but won't have such a negative connotation as the zzz's.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image93
        Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Good idea.  A question mark is even better than an exclamation mark.

    3. Cardisa profile image91
      Cardisaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      @ Marisa.

      This is my suggestion.

      Why not color code the Hs and place Hs on all the hubs. The featured could remain black and the not featured could be green, orange or blue. Some thing bright and easy to see. The pending circular thing also needs a color other than grey, something like green since it's on the go or change it to an H with the color green.

      So black for featured.
      Green for pending
      Amber or Red for Zzzzz

  2. lobobrandon profile image83
    lobobrandonposted 4 years ago

    Something similar to the broken links would be fine. At the current moment there's no symbol near the non-featured hubs. I guess it would be better if we were just informed about the ones that are not featured rather than the ones that were featured.

    At least get a symbol like marisa says to help us (Who know what it means) find out which aren't being featured as well as to let new hubbers know.

    1. wilderness profile image94
      wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      For myself, I don't want any symbol near the hub title.  I have none, which means that anytime something pops up there it needs immediate attention.

      On the other hand I have a couple of sleeping hubs that I'm quite content to leave asleep for now.  Putting a symbol for that near the title will make it more difficult to find problems with a real quick scroll through the titles.  If it were colored something different (yellow, maybe?) I could get used to it I guess, as I've learned to ignore the red and blue arrows already.

      1. Peggy W profile image91
        Peggy Wposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I agree that finding a hub that needs attention is now harder to find.  The ZZZ system made them easier to spot.

        1. Mark Ewbie profile image81
          Mark Ewbieposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Yep.  Didn't think I'd say this but...

          Bring back the Zzzz's!

  3. Sherry Hewins profile image95
    Sherry Hewinsposted 4 years ago

    I don't think it matters, at all. Everyone complained about the zzzs, so they've changed them. It doesn't matter what you call it or what the marker is for it. The hubs are idle, they're marked not to be indexed by Google. We all know that, they're still Idle hubs. It's just rearranging the deck chairs.

    1. IzzyM profile image86
      IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Sherry, everyone complained about them because of what they stood for.

      Not because they had an ugly symbol beside them or whatever.

      Now, they are harder to spot. That is the only difference because they are still there, and getting added to daily.

      Yes it is "rearranging the deck chairs" as you put it.

      But not for the better because idle hubs are now harder to spot.

      1. Rosie2010 profile image84
        Rosie2010posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I agree with you, Izzy.  I also find it difficult now to see if I have hubs that were put to sleep.  We complained about what the idle status because of what they are doing to our hubs, not the look of the zzz symbol. 

        HP got it all wrong... or, they are trying to trick or delude us .. "Wow! I got a lot of featured hubs!"... instead of "Omg, I got some idled hubs!" 

        HP says they want to stress the positive instead of the negative.  Ok, great!  But leaving the idled hubs blank?  What does that suppose to mean?  Leave it be?.. let it die? 

        Put back the zzz's, or some other symbol... like Marisa suggested, a punctuation mark, at least.

        1. janderson99 profile image87
          janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          They want them to slip away quietly so you don't notice...............

    2. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      You know that, because we've all been talking about it.  What happens when a new Hubber starts next week, or next month, or next year?  They won't know, and they'll assume "normal" means OK.  But in fact (as janderson says), "normal" means "hidden away where no one can find them".

      I think a system which lets newbies keep writing, thinking they're doing fine because their Hubs are "normal", is unfair on them.

    3. aa lite profile image90
      aa liteposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Mostly i dislike the pretty ineffective psychological manipulation, there is nothing "normal" about a revenue sharing site putting a no-index tag on a page. 

      Also this could really backfire in terms of what new people writing on this site will think.  A featured hub is really not exceptional!  It just has to be a decent length, written in English and properly formatted etc.  If a new hub ends up being not featured, it is not "normal"! It obviously has something wrong with it. 

      The way things are stated now, a new Hubber might have hubs that don't pass the M'Turk and think that they are ok.  Having featured hubs is not exceptional and something to be proud of.  Having hubs that actually make significant money is.

      This is obviously a response to the huge outcry about idle hubs.  At least the Zzz was vaguely amusing.   HP should have either stuck to their guns or changed their policy.  This feeble language manipulation is unbecoming.

  4. janderson99 profile image87
    janderson99posted 4 years ago

    Nuked hubs

    http://s3.hubimg.com/u/7357022.jpg

    1. IzzyM profile image86
      IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That looks like an old-fashioned lamp shade on a standard light. LOL

      1. wilderness profile image94
        wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Me, too! Maybe we both need to take a class in using excessive violence? lol

        1. Jean Bakula profile image95
          Jean Bakulaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          What am I missing? All my hubs have big black H's on them. I prefer that to the yellow dots, which were hard to see---though I could admit I need glasses.

      2. janderson99 profile image87
        janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        The spin is staggering !!!

        1. Rosie2010 profile image84
          Rosie2010posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          lol

  5. Bard of Ely profile image88
    Bard of Elyposted 4 years ago

    I can see what Marisa is saying and think it is a good idea! People need to understand that 'normal' is not a good state for a hub to be in.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That's exactly what I'm saying, Bard.  The word "Normal" is positive - if your blood pressure is normal, that's a good thing.  If your weight is normal, that's a good thing.  But if a Hub is normal, it's not a good thing - how is that not confusing?

      1. IzzyM profile image86
        IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I can see those of us who help out in the forums having a lot of extra work here.

        Hopefully they will change it.

  6. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 4 years ago

    I didn't know what Marisa was referring to until I read the blog.  Normal means it's not featured?  I think this is confusing.

  7. janderson99 profile image87
    janderson99posted 4 years ago

    http://s3.hubimg.com/u/7357310.png

  8. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 4 years ago

    I agree that it is misleading to call normal hubs "featured".  It's like they don't want us to know which ones are idled.

    1. janderson99 profile image87
      janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Sorry "normal" hubs are NOT featured (which is probably what you meant). Its NORMAL to have hubs hidden away where no one can find or see them.

      1. psycheskinner profile image80
        psycheskinnerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I am referring to the fact that non-idled hubs are now classified as "featured" on the accounts page.  Instead of leaving them undesignated and calling idled hubs "zzz".

        No, normal non-idled hubs are not actively featured in any way, but they are called "featured" by hubpages.  That is my point.

        In my opinion it is normal to be available for Google indexing, thus non-idled hubs are normal hubs. Being idle is abnormal and so should be the status that is flagged  on the accounts page.

  9. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 4 years ago

    Quite.  We complained about hubs being Zzz-ed.  Just not labeling them as Zzz-ed but still doing it is not "fixing" anything.

  10. derek gulbranson profile image81
    derek gulbransonposted 4 years ago

    Thanks for your suggestion Marisa.

    You might be surprised to learn that getting traffic and earning ad revenue is actually not the most common reason for publishing content on HubPages. For those authors that don't care about traffic, there is little disadvantage to not being Featured so it's confusing why we would make a big deal out of it, they don't care. When we do make a big deal out of it, it makes it seem like we're saying they should care about it and we distract them from their true and possibly more valuable intrinsic motivations; love of writing and keen interest in the topic. If we create a system that focuses on getting Featured then we encourage gaming the system and distract from the real goal of creating great content that readers will find useful, informative and enjoyable. We'd instead like to create a system that helps people create the best content they are capable of. The Featured threshold simply provides a safety net for that.

    @IzzyM, I'm curious, are you able to take content that does not get featured garner significant traffic with it unmodified on other sites? Instead of "How dare you judge my content" reactions, we'd like to encourage you to simply edit the content to make it better. We don't think it's unduly difficult to improve content so that it gets Featured. It seems that adding a picture or two is easier than moving the content to an entirely new platform, so curious if there are other factors.

    1. janderson99 profile image87
      janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Derek, Thanks for the feedback.
      Why does an article written to 'stellar' quality standards by an expert on the topic get 'Idled' because of low traffic. This means that it disappears from view, its not listed for the topic, etc, it does not appear in the search results, and there will be no link to it anywhere on the site unless the author chooses to allow it to be shown on their profile. Isn't this a real downer in terms of a writer's "true and possibly more valuable intrinsic motivations". Writers who want to be read have to worry about traffic.

      1. derek gulbranson profile image81
        derek gulbransonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Sounds like "an article written to 'stellar' quality standards by an expert on the topic" is exactly what we'd like to feature. If you can paste a URL of an example I'd like to look into it and see what's going on.

        1. janderson99 profile image87
          janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          This was my latest hub to be idled – presumably to low traffic
          http://janderson99.hubpages.com/hub/Doe … rsonalised

          'I kissed it’ to make it better with some minor edits, changed the title  to garner more traffic. Its not full ‘stellar’ but is of high quality on a useful topic.
          It has 1670 words, multiple capsules, 2 large original graphics that have been pinned etc, etc. It has a hubscore of 77. Its had 190 views, 7 in the last 7 days (more added through edits), and has been ‘liked’ and has comments.

          189 total views (+1 slide view)

          Top Traffic Sources
          google.com: 41
          hubpages.com: 25
          google.co.uk: 13
          google.ca: 8
          growmap.com: 6
          stumbleupon.com: 4
          google.co.in: 3
          search.yahoo.com: 3
          google.it: 2
          janderson99.hubpages.com: 2
          google.nl: 2
          google.de: 2
          Word Count 1673
          Revenue Potential $$$

          PS I think your 'views per day graphic is broken??

          http://s4.hubimg.com/u/7364587_f248.jpg

    2. IzzyM profile image86
      IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That's sneaky. Understandable, but still a bit shady. You are now catering to the great unwashed.



      I've absolutely no idea why you directed this at me, as nowhere on this thread did I make such points.

      My problem is not with idled hubs that get no traffic, but with new hubs that have to go through a 24 hour pending period, especially to authors who have been here for a while and have proven they are not spammers.

      Or new hubs that get delayed indexing because the googlebot saw the noindex tag on pending hubs, then idled 5 weeks later through lack of traffic. Again, not a point made on this thread.

      Folks like me with huge numbers of hubs need a symbol placed beside idled hubs just to see them, as otherwise they can slip in unnoticed.

      I've unpublished all my idled hubs for moving, because they have already been edited several times and cannot get their traffic back, so they are as well somewhere else.

      Again, I did not say anything about this on this thread, so don't know why you brought it up.

      1. derek gulbranson profile image81
        derek gulbransonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Well your response is helpful in any case. smile Thanks. Here's the post, though maybe I misunderstood what you meant. http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/106060#post2256402

        You can sort the Featured status column so you can easily identify the Hubs that are not featured, but right now there's no way to tell which ones recently changed status. We've discussed sorting that column by the date they last changed status, which would allow you to see the most recent ones, but that has not been implemented yet.

        1. IzzyM profile image86
          IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Oh OK thanks for that. Yes I did mention unpublishing, but only because there is no longer any point in leaving them published. No-one read them recently, no-one will read them when they are idled - oh sorry, 'normal'!

          Some of them have thousands of views from when they did do well, but these days are gone. Who is to say they won't do well elsewhere?

          I haven't actually moved them yet. Too much going on in my real life just now to tackle it.

          Thanks for your response anyway smile

          1. derek gulbranson profile image81
            derek gulbransonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I definitely understand what a busy life is like. smile

            If you do move them and they do well on some other site I would be interested in hearing about it so feel free to let me know if you happen think of it someday. No worries if you don't though.

    3. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The difficulty, derek, is that without feedback on why a Hub "failed", we don't know what needs to be rectified.  So we're reluctant to spend time making changes because we may guess wrong, not address the problem, and the Hub will just end up idled again in the end. 

      It may be more work to move it somewhere else, but once it's done, we don't have to think about it again.

      1. derek gulbranson profile image81
        derek gulbransonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Good point. Thanks for that.

      2. janderson99 profile image87
        janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        If its idled due to insufficent traffic - its even harder to fix. It may take several months for a hub to start getting traffic. It is not immediately obvious whether the idle is due to low traffic or 'quality' or something else - so what do you do? I tend to do both - change the title, add images - pin them, interlink, social stuff, etc. etc. But its like working in the dark with your eyes closed.

      3. profile image0
        Giselle Maineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        There is not really sufficient incentive for individual hubbers to edit their 'normal' (non-featured) hubs, in my opinion.  It's like Marisa said - it's a guessing game as to what was 'wrong' with them, so we may wind up putting a lot of effort into making changes, only to find the hub non-featured again.  Personally, I don't earn enough from my hubs to make this sort of guessing game worthwhile.  Instead I'm starting to feel like it is becoming more worthwhile for me to move my non-featured hubs over to another site.  I am not 'mad at' Hubpages - I just feel like the system lacks incentive for hubbers to edit their hubs.   I understand what HP is trying to do - remove spammers and very low-quality content, but I feel like this can be done in a more automated manner the way it was done for TOS violations. 

        HP is welcome to bring in the QAP and the no-index, but I think it will drive away a lot of experienced hubbers.  For example, those who have a large portfolio of hubs may realize they have enough non-featured articles to make a decent-sized starting portfolio elsewhere (if they were to move only their non-featured ones).  Yes it is extra work to move them across but like Marisa said, once it's done, it's done and we are not subject to the 'whims' of a QAP.  Again, I completely understand ubpublishing hubs for TOS violations such as extremely poor grammar, etc, but the QAP process for featured vs non-featured is a different thing altogether.  It's not a system which provides good incentive to edit our non-featured hubs, in my opinion.

    4. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      If a Hubber isn't on HubPages to make money, then he's on HubPages because of a love of writing.  Every writer's dream is to be published, so their work will be read beyond just family and friends - that's the reason they post on the net.   An idled Hub will get very few readers, so even writers who aren't looking for money will still be unhappy.

      I predict that in a few months, you'll have multiple posts on the forums saying "how can I get more readers?", "why isn't anyone reading my Hubs?".   When seasoned Hubbers explain they need to be Featured to get readers, they'll be saying, "Why didn't you tell me?"

      1. derek gulbranson profile image81
        derek gulbransonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Yea, that's also something we're trying to keep an eye on.

        We'd be in bad shape if we used the forums as our sole means of assessing what Hubbers think. Many of the Hubbers I've talked to shy away from the forums because they can be pretty contentious.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          There have always been contentious forums on HubPages, but when I joined that didn't stop people taking part - because their design meant the Hub-related forums and the Topic forums were separated.  The Hub-related forums were full of lively discussion and largely good-natured.

          It was only when the two were combined that I discovered the mayhem going on in the religious and political forums.  If they had been combined then, as they are now, I think I might've been scared off too.  I wish they'd put it back the way it was.

        2. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Here's a good example, it's happening already:

          http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/106349

  11. Marisa Wright profile image93
    Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago

    Bumping this thread because this is getting annoying.   I'm checking regularly so I can identify and act on non-Featured Hubs, and the current setup means it's not easy.

    When you have a long list of Hubs which are nearly all featured, it's difficult to spot the non-featured ones as you scroll down, because all you see is a small gap and it's easy to miss.

    1. Peggy W profile image91
      Peggy Wposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I agree Marisa.  Some other color, exclamation point, the ZZZ's or some other method would make them easier to spot and then tweak to get them featured again.  Anyone else going blind trying to search for blank spots?  When one has hundreds of hubs, this becomes like searching for a needle in a haystack.

      1. missolive profile image95
        missoliveposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        A different colored icon/symbol would be great.

    2. profile image0
      Giselle Maineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Marisa, you can actually sort by the featured / non-featured column.  Simply point your mouse over the top of the column that has the #'s, and it will sort for you.  This is how I check on mine.  My number of non-featured hubs is still gradually increasing. I wonder if other hubbers are experiencing that too?

      1. profile image0
        Giselle Maineposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Sorry I meant you have to actually CLICK the mouse at the top of the column of featured/non-featured.

        1. janderson99 profile image87
          janderson99posted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Click twice and the sleepy ones will be listed at the top. Click and wait until you see the down arrow and then click again to see the up arrow - Idle ones will be shown at the top.  The ones shown immediately below the last Idle one could be yawning if they little traffic - they are the ones with lowest hub score - hint, hint!.???

          1. Millionaire Tips profile image89
            Millionaire Tipsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I sort my hubs and that does help, but I still think there needs to be an indication and explanation to what it means, especially for new Hubbers. And they would be easier to find for experienced Hubbers.

            Since exclamation marks might alert a Hubber, how about those little green dots we had that previously represented profiled hubs?  They would not be alarming.  And the key would say these were published but not profiled.  In this way, they would be informative, but wouldn't cause undue alarm.  The idle hubs would then also be easier to find.

  12. brakel2 profile image86
    brakel2posted 4 years ago via iphone

    I have been going blind looking for spaces. I will try to click at top to see what happens.

  13. Jmillis2006 profile image60
    Jmillis2006posted 4 years ago

    It is some what confusing to me in the first week that I started I thought The H meant you have a great hub, but in fact it means that your hub is normal not exceptional. I wish there was a distinguishment between the two.

 
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