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[Hub Clean-Up - Post Low Quality Hubs Here!]

  1. Philanthropy2012 profile image90
    Philanthropy2012posted 3 years ago

    This forum is a place for you to post hubs that you think are clearly of low quality and need flagging.

    Committed hubbers should follow this forum and check these hubs posted for quality when they have the time.

    If a hub has been clearly copied (for example from a PDF file that the plagiarism checker cannot search) then it should be flagged with a link to where it was copied from.

    Please ensure that you provide the link to any sites that you think were the source of the copied content.

    Happy Hubbing!

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      whoisitposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      roll

    2. Lizam1 profile image83
      Lizam1posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Can you tell me how to do this from the new hopper.  I was "shocked" yesterday went I visited the new hopper to find several articles less than 100 words that made no sense at all.  How were they even published I wondered.

      1. SimeyC profile image89
        SimeyCposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Anything can be published - in 'theory' they won't ever be featured - it's when they do become featured that they become a problem!

      2. aa lite profile image91
        aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Lizam1, anything that is on the hopper is still going throughout the quality assessment process that decides whether it will be "featured" or not.  If they are shockingly bad they will get very low scores so will be no-index and won't be available for Google.  So just rating things that are bad low should be enough.

        But hubs that were published before the QAP was introduced don't go through the hopper unless they are edited.  In theory most of them should have been idled (got the no-index tag) because of lack of traffic.  The big question is whether enough of them remain in Google's index to still cause us a Panda penalty.

    3. LCDWriter profile image96
      LCDWriterposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I have also suggested that everyone commit to reading two to three articles a day on hub hopper.  Since there are so many people, if we all did that it might really make a dent in the low quality hubs without causing anyone too much time or trouble. 

      It seems that being proactive could benefit everyone including us and the long term reputation of HP.

      If we all did this for the month of March, we could see if it truly made a difference and got some of those bad hubs out of the system.

      1. WriteAngled profile image91
        WriteAngledposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Some of us are not willing to waste time on the stupid scoring system in the new hopper so we are boycotting it.

        My motive for hopping hubs used to be to get rid of the crap: the illiterate, spun, machine translated, word-impoverished crap. That does not need a complex three-scale score. It is obviously crap from the first sentence. I can process 20 or more such hubs in 5 minutes. Hubs that are not obviously crap do not need "quality assessment". They should be left to stand on their own. Whether they contain three videos, ten photographs, a map and a poll is, in my mind irrelevant; in fact, I back out of such hubs immediately because I find this redundant dross masks whatever real information might be present. If they are written in literate language and contain information that somebody may seek, they fulfil their purpose without needing any additional irrelevant bells and whistles.

        As a professional translator, I am also frequently asked to proof/edit/review work by other translators. I do this when I am simply required to make the necessary corrections/suggestions for improvement in the document using track changes. Other agencies expect me to waste time filling in a QA form, where each error has to be analysed, categorised, the remedy described, yadda, yadda. I refuse those jobs on principle. Even though I would be paid about $30-40 per 1000 words checked to do it, I still consider it a stupid and unessential waste of my time.

        As such, I am hardly likely to agree to do stupid, unessential scoring on 3 scales in the hub hopper for no payment whatsoever!

        1. psycheskinner profile image80
          psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I would not say I am actively boycotting, but I am not interested in trying to use it. It makes no sense to me.

          1. Healthy Pursuits profile image90
            Healthy Pursuitsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            I used to do hub hopping until the new rating system became active. I also became disgusted and stopped hopping hubs for rating. I can tell when a hub is bad. I should be able to use a simple flag.

      2. Randy Godwin profile image94
        Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        You do realize flagging bad hubs is useless, do you not?  Why waste time flagging hubs for nothing?  The mods ignore most of them, you know.

        1. Simone Smith profile image90
          Simone Smithposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          We only disregard reports on Hubs for which we have no legitimate grounds for taking action. We truly value Hubbers' reports.

          1. Randy Godwin profile image94
            Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Hmmm.  That seems strange, Simone.  I could have sworn some of the stuff has been flagged several times by some of us before it was finally removed.  And by the way, I have hub which has been in the pending stage for over 21 hours now.  Didn't someone say the times were much shorter now since you guys worked on it?

            1. Randy Godwin profile image94
              Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Now where did she get off to?  Like a Cheshire cat at times!  lol

              1. GinnyLee profile image93
                GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                she went to clear your hub from "pending" - and make it idled!  ;-)

                1. Randy Godwin profile image94
                  Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  Ha!  You're probably correct as it is now over 24 hours since I published it.  Who cares?  I show all of my hubs on my profile anyway.  I think I'll simply do the opposite as what staff recommends and perhaps my traffic will reverse.  tongue

                2. Randy Godwin profile image94
                  Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  It's not me they hate.  Just my guts!  roll

    4. tsmog profile image85
      tsmogposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I was gon'na check, yet too long to peruse. I'll have to await any misgivings, jealousies, or the verifiable errors, which are simply errors and not mischievousness nor deceptiveness. I thought that anything that attracted a reader to hubpages was good opening doors and offering windows to peer through for all hubbers.

      Somewhere I must have read those hubs by veterans incorrectly a few years back. I guess starting over researching and documenting 'how to hub' excerpts as done in the past is worthless? I couldn't get passed the second page and a hot dialogue or two honestly. I got lost on what the subject was. Where is that list of hubs so I can check.

      Even though I have been at HP near two years, the relativity of the matter is it is really only near to a year with time invested compared to pros. I ponder will there be a time constraint on learning just what the whys and the whens will be for newbies? I have met some who have been at hubpages longer than myself, published maybe a hub every two or three months. They connected to an audience and a readership and those few hubs are featured hubs all the while being a professional in life - homemaker and mom, have a career, volunteer here or there, or entered a second career within retirement age, although may defy retirement.

      Also, sharing, I realize the 'now' of profitability is of importance, yet I am investing for later as far down the road as two years. Modern or contemporary SEO is dynamic and fluid. What I learned two years ago of SEO is dead space now and lost to technology, of which I am archaic either way.

      Editing hubs constantly with an axe more than likely it is the experience I seek and closer to that of a holistic experience of the entrepreneurial adventure. I am not sure of many things like grammar many times. Correcting errors of simplicity for those of that educational background is daunting for those of not or is it naught?

      Yet, like I have shared give me a spatial matrix problem or a puzzle and look out. Offer the help of mathematician and maybe there will be magic without illusions. Allow the imagination to run and I will try to turn a football game into clash of titans with a tad of poetry in the mix. Niche? Only that elusive SEO will share that - sometime in the future.

      There is a great book written through the Gallup Organization about engaging as a manager. We each manage our hub profiles first and then seek to engage with the entrepreneurial spirit of others as a fellow hubber. Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman of the Gallup Organization present an alternative view of success and rules with publication 'First Break all the Rules.' I question if that is what hubpages as a entrepreneurial entity are attempting and we the same with Hubpages. Backlash is the term given when that occurs with a mechanical device or engine.

      Follow that up with David R Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. book Power vs Force concerning "the Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior" and possibly purpose is discovered for the hubbing adventure for some and not all. The creation of a hub marketing plan does mean knowing who the competition is. Eliminating lesser or 'poor' hubbers will not gain market share. That is fact proven by the economy year in and year out. The competitors are not hubbers of any level. It is any and all who publish on the World Wide Web - squidoo, Wiki this or that, independent blogs, professional forums, and etc.

      I know it sounds like I am ranting. Maybe? However I feel fear from most of the posts here causing me to ponder do I continue my effort seeking goals here at hubpages for a future and not today. I was impressed with articles by Relache and the others on the hub entrance page. She said she hubbed since it was a beta over five years a trail led to her success. I am impressed with most if not all the 'A's enough to write a lament of the 'A.' Since I have not the luxury of time for that attribute of distinction as both a learner and teacher I do envy the 'A's while seeking their knowledge offering both value and more importantly worth. Why else would I study them.

      Okay, rant is over. Back to fixing my hubs with errors of haste. I have to input more CC-BY-ND's here and there, add a summary intro, clean up grammar, and sharpen my axe to use like Paul Bunyan and then spread some seeds like Johnny Appleseed. Those Disney creations offer a bit of wisdom still today. Disney shared once the animations of those late forty's and early fifty's were as much for the parents relearning as the children learning. Some call that revisiting . . .

      Tim

  2. Simone Smith profile image90
    Simone Smithposted 3 years ago

    For reference, here is our guide to reporting Hubs: http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/Flagging-Tips

    Hubs that simply aren't great won't be unpublished- it's better if those are 'handled' through the Hub Hopper, as low quality ratings will prevent a Hub from being Featured on the site. big_smile

    1. Philanthropy2012 profile image90
      Philanthropy2012posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Unfortunately, the Hub Hopper only applies for hubs that were published after it was introduced (so I'm told) and therefore many copied and low quality hubs are still very present here on HubPages!

      1. Simone Smith profile image90
        Simone Smithposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        We cannot moderate Hubs that are copied that are over a year old (or so) because we have no grounds whereby we can prove that the Hub itself was not copied. Hope that clears things up!

  3. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    Is there any reason to not just flag it when you see it and move on.  I think one flag is as good as a dozen.

    1. Philanthropy2012 profile image90
      Philanthropy2012posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Unfortunately, it seems that flagging one hub just once is not enough to have it taken seriously.

      Just recently it took over five of us to flag a hub that had been copied from a PDF file about alcohol for it to be taken down. We provided the link to the website that it was copied from.
      I imagine that the more flags, the more prioritised the hub is to be seen? Perhaps Simone has some insight.

      I have heard that HubPages finds it difficult to get through all of the flagged content. What is the precaution put in place to stop hubs that get flagged once by someone who doesn't like the author getting the same amount of attention as hubs that are genuinely of low quality?

      One has to assume it is the number of flags.

      In any case having a forum will deter people from copying or writing substandard hubs.

      1. MelissaBarrett profile image59
        MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        So you really think that dragging a hubber's hub into the middle of the forums to discuss how crappy it is is the best decision?

        No bad feelings there.

        This is really not a good idea.  Unless everybody wants their hubs brought into a public forum to be critiqued by everyone with an opinion.

        1. Philanthropy2012 profile image90
          Philanthropy2012posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Never did anyone say that's what this forum is about, it's about the obviously poor hubs that shouldn't be up.

          1. MelissaBarrett profile image59
            MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            And no one in these forums writes bad hubs?

            And no one in these forums has ever has ever failed a dup check?

            I've flagged hubs by faces we see every day in here.  Do you think we should pull them into a thread to discuss them?

            How would you feel if it was one of YOUR hubs that got pulled in here?

            I understand why you are frustrated but goose hunts aren't going to help.

            1. Philanthropy2012 profile image90
              Philanthropy2012posted 3 years ago in reply to this

              I would welcome free criticism of my hubs. You can't be afraid of the public if you plan to write for them.

              1. MelissaBarrett profile image59
                MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                So if someone brought up the hub with the picture of the naked woman in the shower that you wrote and labelled it soft-porn it wouldn't hurt your feelings?

                The caption under the picture?

                "Looks enticing doesn't it? The shower that is!"

                So you knew it how it could be seen...

                btw, that photo has no attribution.

              2. Randy Godwin profile image94
                Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                You will find some try their best to keep the dross on site.  Just as HP has apparently done.  I have no problem with my hubs being put here if they are indeed substandard.  Most writers know their work will be critiqued, and it is simply considered an occupation hazard of the craft to get critiqued.  Any real writer understands this I would think.  Good luck with this attempt to get rid of the inferior hubs!  smile

                1. MelissaBarrett profile image59
                  MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  Ah, Randy...

                  This Hub:

                  http://randygodwin.hubpages.com/hub/Goo … ges-Forums

                  Has personal attacks in the comments.  A blatant violation of HP TOS.

                  1. Randy Godwin profile image94
                    Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    Oh no!  I am rebarassed!  lol  Flag it and bag it, Melissa!  tongue

                    Yes, but it is a "quality" hub according to Simone.  What makes it quality?  Going on 10,000 views in less than 2 months.  And it's "engaging".  Over 2,000 comments and counting.  Does it have a heartbeat?  Of course!tongue

                    But still, have at it as I can simply write another one.  Carry on with the flagging!!  Do I sound like I am devastated by your posting my hub?  I rather expected it from you, Mellie.  smile

                    Now that I've done away with your silly theory, let the flags begin!  cool

            2. Dale Hyde profile image85
              Dale Hydeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              All of my hubs are up for review, lol.  I have had 27 idled over the past few months, so HP thinks they are below standards apparently.  Of course they now reside in new digs and are doing quite well, thank you. smile

              1. MelissaBarrett profile image59
                MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                I sincerely apologize for the phrasing.  I'll edit it now.

                1. Dale Hyde profile image85
                  Dale Hydeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  I took my first response sentence down due to your edit.  Now we will really confuse folks, lol. smile

                  1. MelissaBarrett profile image59
                    MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    LOL, I'm sure your hubs are fine quality wise... It's a traffic thing, which is different.

                    edit: And to make things worse I replied to the wrong post of yours.

      2. Simone Smith profile image90
        Simone Smithposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Again, we can't take down old Hubs that may be copied/duplicate because we can't prove that they themselves are not victims of duplication. It's a frustrating quandary. @_@

    2. pauldeeds profile image
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      pauldeedsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      You are correct, one flag is just as good as a dozen.  We certainly appreciate the time people spend flagging, but I think it would be more productive for each person to do their own search and simply flag the Hub once rather than piling on to Hubs that are already flagged.

      1. Randy Godwin profile image94
        Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        If you guys will remove them when they are flagged by a single person multiples would not be necessary.  They seem to be ignored unless they are posted on the forums in many cases.  Why is this?

      2. brakel2 profile image86
        brakel2posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I flagged a very inferior hub . The person wrote like a first grader. When it was never removed, a suggestion came up for several to flag it. I emailed a hubber to look at it. It  was then taken down. I think this is the reason for several flags. Does this not help if several people flag it for the same reason? i think people get upset to see such inferior content be on the site for four years like this particular hub.
        What do you think?

  4. WriteAngled profile image91
    WriteAngledposted 3 years ago

    Oh, I thought Melissa was referring to the infamous bathroom photography hub.

    The picture doesn't bother me. It's a fairly standard shower picture as seen in ads everywhere. However,  Melissa does have a point about the fact you have not attributed the source. That applies to other images you use as well.

  5. sabrebIade profile image84
    sabrebIadeposted 3 years ago

    With all the bad blood I see here anyway I cannot think this is a good idea.
    I'm actually surprised HP mods haven't shut it down.

    1. MelissaBarrett profile image59
      MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      +1

    2. Randy Godwin profile image94
      Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I'm actually surprised HP hasn't shut it down either, simply because it gets rid of the dross they seem to want to keep.

      1. Philanthropy2012 profile image90
        Philanthropy2012posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        +1

  6. Dale Hyde profile image85
    Dale Hydeposted 3 years ago

    I agree with Eleanor below as that has been my life's lesson so far in my 56 years. smile

    "Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't."
    Eleanor Roosevelt

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    Motown2Chitownposted 3 years ago

    Here I am!  Let's do this instead.  Let's put up links to really GOOD hubs and spend at least 24 hours focusing on something positive and wonderful!


    http://s4.hubimg.com/u/7717723_f248.jpg

  8. MelissaBarrett profile image59
    MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago

    In the spirit of peace, love and cotton candy:

    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/7717820_f248.jpg

    Here's one that's awesome... it's a bit older so not completely hp compatable, but even without the "rules" I think it's a stellar hub:

    http://julieannamos.hubpages.com/hub/Ma … -the-Incas

  9. MelissaBarrett profile image59
    MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago

    And here's a great fiction piece from a really talented writer. 

    I'll call him:
    http://s3.hubimg.com/u/7717858_f248.jpg

    http://randygodwin.hubpages.com/hub/Came-A-Carpetbagger

    1. Randy Godwin profile image94
      Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Peace, Melissa!  smile

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    Motown2Chitownposted 3 years ago

    From a bringer of joy and immense wisdom...


    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/7717880.jpg

    http://angiejardine.hubpages.com/video/ … ng-happily

  11. Randy Godwin profile image94
    Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago

    Great news for some of you guys.  I'm going back to my self-imposed exile from the forums.  It's obvious to me it's futile to try and improve the "quality"--my definition of the word, not HP's--of the site.  I wish you all the best and hope you don't have the same experience here many of us have.  You deserve much better.  smile

    Randy Godwin

    1. Philanthropy2012 profile image90
      Philanthropy2012posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Good luck Randy!

      I also have such a self imposed rule (I mean they're such a waste of time), though I make an exception for this forum.

    2. SimeyC profile image89
      SimeyCposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      To be honest - as someone who has sparred with you in the past, it' s a shame to see you go! While we may not always look at a situation in the same light, I believe we both have a common purpose and that is to see HP succed! One thing I have always understood is despite your argumentitave tone and seemingly 'anti-hp' attitude, the truth is that you want HP to succeed - and your biggest frustration is that things are not working the way you feel they should.

      I personally think that HP needs people like you and me who can argue a point and have differing views while still having the same core values! I wish you luck on HP and hope that you will grace the forums again! You certainly have a way of stirring things up - and sometimes that is needed!

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    Motown2Chitownposted 3 years ago

    I'd so much rather hunt for goodness than hunt for witches.  There are threads I love to see here.  Take a look at this one.

    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/109832


    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/7719248.jpg

    1. Dale Hyde profile image85
      Dale Hydeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, "witches" being hunted again. Folks need to remember that that was a time in history that many of us who are witches don't really like, lol.

      1. MelissaBarrett profile image59
        MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        That time is over now, I can speak for everyone but I personally love my friends that are witches... And generally witch hunting for me now is tracking them down so they can babysit smile


        http://s2.hubimg.com/u/7719561.jpg

        Edit: For those who want to know more about witches, here's a great one of YOUR hubs.  I read it a while back but thought I would share!

        http://dalehyde.hubpages.com/hub/The-De … Witchcraft

        1. Dale Hyde profile image85
          Dale Hydeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks for sharing!  That one has created some controversy over the months, lol.  But I write what I feel, how I live and what I believe.  Lots of folks do benefit from my ramblings, so they tell me in email and such. smile

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        Motown2Chitownposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Oh, Dale!  I SO hope you were not offended.  That was my commentary on what this forum thread is about.  I kinda see it as a figurative '"witch hunt."  My reason for trying to direct it toward more positive and beautiful things. 

        Please accept my apology if my intent was not clear.  I did not intend offense at all.

        big_smile

  13. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago

    @HP You want a whole bunch of hubs that need deleting...?

    Then click here.

    1. Mark Ewbie profile image83
      Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Good grief.  One occasion when I won't be drawing a picture.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image88
        paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        And here's another one, if folks want to go on a flagging fest. xxx

        1. paradigmsearch profile image88
          paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I see that the filter kicked in on my last one...

          Essentially, just put any awful word you can think of in the above search box, and you are off to the races...

          1. Randy Godwin profile image94
            Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Back to just say, "It's hopeless to try and rid the site of the dross."  HP won't allow it!  Later on, dudes and dudettes!  smile

            1. paradigmsearch profile image88
              paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              If HP would just hire a temp for a couple weeks to do as I described...

              @HP I am available. smile

    2. Lizam1 profile image83
      Lizam1posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      wow I just clicked on your link.  How on earth did these hubs ever get published with titles like that.  I rarely visit the forums because I find the dialogues are mostly disrespectful and rarely funny.  Now that I have read the titles in your link I am wondering if I should even continue being a hubber.  Very Disappointing.  Thanks for making me aware.

    3. Simone Smith profile image90
      Simone Smithposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      For reference, please keep in mind that reporting a Hub multiple times does not help it get moderated faster. If we can moderate a Hub, we can. If we can't, we can't. The volume of reports regarding a Hub makes no difference. Just wanted to make sure that's clear! ^_^;;

  14. waynet profile image46
    waynetposted 3 years ago

    I'd rather watch paint dry slowly and count sheep with my third eye!

  15. Mark Ewbie profile image83
    Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago

    Right quick.  We need a pic of a teddy.

    http://s4.hubimg.com/u/7719415_f248.jpg

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      Motown2Chitownposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Not too keen on the teddy...but the bear's kinda cute!

  16. aa lite profile image91
    aa liteposted 3 years ago

    I'd rather hunt witches than carebears, here's a few I think are against the toss for your flagging pleasure.

    http://ashokar23.hubpages.com/hub/Ayan- … rics" not in english

    http://bocarejuv.hubpages.com/hub/HCG-d … tion" is duplicate of a wordpress blog

    http:// bocarejuv.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/hormone-health-and-your-heart/
    (space after http:// to prevent back link)
    http://dharmayuvi.hubpages.com/hub/Resu … ationpart3  this one is only 79 words

    1. MelissaBarrett profile image59
      MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Actually, that last one is a bit more than 97 words.  The formatting is messed up.  Check the bottom of the hub.

      But it's awesome that you brought him in here for a formatting error that likely wasn't his fault... as you can't even purposely do that in the HP creation system.

      1. MelissaBarrett profile image59
        MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        At the risk of being jumped because I am one of those nasty horrible MTurkers, I have been watching the latest hubs section... just for my own curiosity.

        I rate and I flag.  Sometimes I've had to rate a hub high enough technically that I was sure it was going to pass QAP.  I've also known that there was a problem with the hub.  I've flagged those hubs. Those that I've flagged rarely show up in the latest hub section.  (Some ones that I thought were purely personal have gotten the green light).  So flagging really is working on some level.

        You can either believe me or not...

        In addition, just since I'm throwing myself out here for public ridicule anyway, I have been counting the number of latest hubs and I personally am QAP-ing more each day than are being published.

        *edited for embarrassing and unfortunate typo.

        1. aa lite profile image91
          aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Damn, you're right! That witch  does have almost 500 words.  Never came across that kind of formatting problem before.

          Are you sure you wanted to write "pubic ridicule"?  Honestly I am not being hostile, scout's honour.  You must admit it is a funny typo.

          I have often wondered what percentage of new hubs actually passes the QAP.  I think what you're suggesting is that most of them don't?  But if so many new hubs are published daily, I don't see how HP will ever get around to clearing the site of the bad Google angering content on site already.  So people flagging old bad hubs is actually helping the site.

          1. MelissaBarrett profile image59
            MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            OH DEAR SWEET JESUS...

            ROFLMAO....

            I'm not sure I can find a care bear for that typo.

            I'm saying that I QAP between 100-200 hubs a day and I see about 70-100 new hubs a day on the latest hubs section.

            I have a vague idea how many pass through the MTurk queue a day, although not any hard numbers... It is well, well over 100 hubs deep.  As a matter of fact I've not seen it under 100 in a couple months.

            I think flagging does help and I think we all should be doing it... I'm just saying that bringing them into a public forum might not be the best way to do it.

      2. IzzyM profile image86
        IzzyMposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Actually, you can't NOW, because HP stopped allowing capsules below the comments section, but they allowed those hubs that already had them to remain.
        This is an old hub.

        1. MelissaBarrett profile image59
          MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I did not know that Izzy smile  I didn't try to put anything under the comments section until a few months ago.

    2. SmartAndFun profile image92
      SmartAndFunposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you and congrats to aalite for getting the fist two articles (linked above) removed, presumably by posting them here.

      BTW, the third one, which is still up, appears elsewhere on the web three times (in part and in full), although I don't know who put it up first:

      http://www.globalguideline.com/articles … _in_resume

      http://www.globalguideline.com/articles … _in_resume

      http://www.wikihow.com/Include-References-on-a-Resume

      1. Philanthropy2012 profile image90
        Philanthropy2012posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Well done AA Lite for having these hubs cleared off and making HubPages a better place to work!

    3. Simone Smith profile image90
      Simone Smithposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Again, reporting Hubs multiple times does not make a difference, and long-published Hubs that appear to be duplicate may have been originals that were subsequently copied, so we don't have grounds to un-publish them (unless we have concrete proof that they are indeed copies).

      1. GinnyLee profile image93
        GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Simone, the older hubs with multiple copies that I have seen typically have many other problems besides just being copied.  Do you consider any of the ones that were flagged to be high quality? 

        Will it get better traction to flag it as a low quality or spun article?

        1. pauldeeds profile image
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          pauldeedsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          When a Hub that is reported is reviewed, it is carefully examined for all violations.  So, it doesn't matter too much which reason you use, but it does help us prioritize and also saves us a bit time if you use the right reason and where appropriate include brief comments that point us to the violation.

          1. GinnyLee profile image93
            GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks for the info Paul.  I guess we are interpreting HP's rules on the number of ads and "quality" much differently than your teams.  It would be helpful to explain where we err in our assessments so we quit flagging hubs we consider to be low quality or excessive ad hubs - but are not by HP's standards.

  17. CMHypno profile image89
    CMHypnoposted 3 years ago

    Was this thread ever about dragging hubbers who love to write here and contribute to the community into the limelight for some public ridicule?  As Melissa said we have all written some not so good stuff and made plenty of errors in our time.

    But there are hundreds, if not thousands, of low quality hubs posted by hubber accounts that only have that one hub or a couple of others.  Many are copied, spun; low quality etc.  Flagging does not seem to get rid of them unfortunately.

    Does anyone honestly think that we need hubs like this on HP or that the long-gone poster is going to care that I have posted them in a forum?

    For example:

    http://sherryhuang00001.hubpages.com/hu … ridge-chip

    Most of these have been posted purely for the backlink and probably in the belief that they would be taken down when looked at, so why is everyone so keen to protect and keep this dross?

    Surely we can all tell the difference between a genuine hubber and this kind of spammy thing?  This is the kind of hub that I call low quality, not the genuine effort of a hubber who struggles a bit with their English or is having a bad grammar or spelling day (which I have plenty of myself!).

    1. 0
      summerberrieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for bringing the thread back into focus CMHypno. It is about these types of hubs you have linked to and not typo errors that conscientious  hubbers are trying to address.

      Stellar written hubs which have gone through the MTurks QAP but go idle due to low engagement only find themselves returning back to MTurk for review after a title has been changed or a photo added, while hubs like these remain on the back burner. It seems like they may never  get to the backlog of these hubs because they are creating a new backlog of tweaked hubs.

    2. aa lite profile image91
      aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Mind you, as far as I can see that hub is idled.  If you look at the hubber's profile it says he has no published content.  So this is a case were the idling program is working.  I think.

      1. CMHypno profile image89
        CMHypnoposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        But just get rid of it - having stuff like this hanging around is of no benefit to anyone.

    3. MelissaBarrett profile image59
      MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I don't think anyone is trying to protect dross... but so far at least two hubs were brought into the forums that didn't need to be.

      AA's was a formatting error... which was odd. And I don't blame him at all for missing it.  Summerberrie brought one into another forum by a respected hubber that ALSO didn't need to be brought in. That one was a well-researched and written hub that happened to have an off-topic.

      It's bound to happen again if we declare open season.

      I don't remember who said it, and it doesn't exactly fit, but the quote is somewhere along the lines of "I'd rather free 100 guilty men than imprison one innocent man"

      It's kinda like that.

      1. aa lite profile image91
        aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I'm a "she" incidentally.  I guess it's hard to tell form the stick figure.

        But HP is already "imprisoning" lots of "innocent hubs", by idling well-written stuff that took honest writers (by honest I mean writers who honestly want to provide value to the reader, as well as earn a few bucks) many hours to write. 

        I wouldn't mind, if it did improve traffic to my surviving hubs, but we are yet to see the traffic improvement promised.  My hubs aren't doing any better since idling was introduced in August. 

        The other thing is, we aren't putting the hubs in prison, we are reporting them to the police, who will then decide whether to unpublish them.  As I understand it they have to be against the ToS to be unpublished, so people flagging hubs because they don't like the person, or the topic, isn't going to work.

        I really think this thread was started to isolate the hubs that really need to be removed from the site, spun, spam and adult material, rather than a place to carry out vendettas.  Of course it can be misused, but I would wait until the misuse actually happens before being against it, it might not.

        1. MelissaBarrett profile image59
          MelissaBarrettposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I am sorry about the gender.  I honestly wasn't trying to be insulting.

          Not jail maybe but public trial... and like I said before there's already been two innocent.

          I know I'm not going to stop anyone, just wanted to make my opinion known.  I still don't think it's right.

      2. CMHypno profile image89
        CMHypnoposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Well we are talking about hubs not people, but I think that if hubbers drag their personal vendettas into this thread that it will soon be spotted and it will rebound on them.

        Quality will always be a very subjective thing, but there are some hubs that fall so far beneath the bar that they are just clutter.  Get rid of them and lighten this place up.  Idled or not, just clear them out.

        So many hubbers are moving perfectly good hubs to other sites as soon as they are idled, that HP could become a site that contains nothing of any interest or depth at all.

        This used to be a tolerant place where writers could pursue high traffic/high earnings. write on topics that interested them knowing that the traffic was not likely to be high or do a combination of both.

      3. Philanthropy2012 profile image90
        Philanthropy2012posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Yes except that you are utterly wrong if you want to pretend that accusing someone of having a bad hub and then it turning out to be fine is the same as "imprisoning" a man. In that analogy, it would be "accusing a man"

        So unless you want to say '"I'd rather free 100 guilty men than accuse one innocent man and then let him go freely and happily" you are entirely mistaken.

  18. brakel2 profile image86
    brakel2posted 3 years ago via iphone

    Way to go Melissa. You must be a fast rater.  I can't sit at computer so long to be rater QAP. I know if you edit a hub, it goes through QAP. At least it doesn't get idled at that point, hopefully!!!!!!  I know sometimes they might.

  19. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago

    Based on the link posted earlier about where to look for bad hubs - this thread is indeed needed.

  20. GinnyLee profile image93
    GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago

    It does get frustrating when folks abuse the system.

    Compare http://mikegike1.hubpages.com/hub/Worlds-biggest-carp to  ht tp://www.anglersnet.co.uk/News/giant_carp.html or ht tp://www.anglingthailand.com/news.asp?id=49

    I can't help but think that there are other cues that can help identify poor hubs.  I have found hubs with no capitalization, titles that wouldn't come close to passing a spell check, super short hubs with tons of photos of women, etc.  It also begs the question that if an author has one hub like this, are there more?

    I am glad that the new system stops new hubs from getting published, but imagine what some short term temporary hires could do to remove some of the old junk.

    It is definitely better than it ever used to be!

    1. Philanthropy2012 profile image90
      Philanthropy2012posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      That Carp Hub is a complete copy of the link that you sent to!

      For all those people that are claiming that the new system doesn't allow for these hubs to be featured, the carp hub is very much featured!

      It even uses the exact same picture from the website! sad

      Very frustrating indeed.

  21. GinnyLee profile image93
    GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago

    http://dawallstreetkid.hubpages.com/hub … make-money <--this showed up on the feed as being published 2 hours ago.  How can that be?

    So much for my earlier statement thinking that these don't get published anymore...oh well...

    1. IzzyM profile image86
      IzzyMposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      It showed up on your feed, not n the main HP hubs feed.

      It's not yet featured.

      Open the hub, right click and click on 'View Page Source'. Then hit the keys Ctrl + F. A search box opens top right of your screen. Then put in the words "Noindex" without the quotes.

      If those words show on the hub, it is not featured.

      Deserves to be flagged, all the same, IMO.

      1. GinnyLee profile image93
        GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        thanks - I did not know that!  You rock!

        1. IzzyM profile image86
          IzzyMposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          De nada!

          It's a shame HP is not listening to us oldies. We have some great info to pass on smile

          I miss the old times, and the really helpful forum posters, but they are long gone.

    2. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
      Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I flagged this one, too - the other day, I believe (I remember the Hubber's name). Just flagged it again, for good measure. The person either wrote it on a cell phone, with major typos (nah - even auto-correct does better than that), or cannot write in English. It's drivel, poorly written and horrible spelling.  The writer says he is from the US.  Sad stuff.

      1. brakel2 profile image86
        brakel2posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I found it and flagged it too. It is a very pathetic hub with poor English and may be spun.

        1. Randy Godwin profile image94
          Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Flagging is useless.  You guys are wasting your time doing this.

          1. wilderness profile image95
            wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            And yet...it is gone now, along with the single other hub that that "author" wrote and I flagged.  Funny how that happens.

            1. Randy Godwin profile image94
              Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Yes, but you are special.  lol

              1. wilderness profile image95
                wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                Well!  Certainly glad that somebody finally recognizes that! lol

            2. IzzyM profile image86
              IzzyMposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Hey wilderness - want to flag this blatant copy from the web I posted in a forum today - http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/109901#post2339158
              The offending hub is still up, so no-one listens to me.

              1. wilderness profile image95
                wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                Izzy, it is not a copy.  Four separate checks for copied phrases found nothing.

                It is quite similar - not spun, just re-worded - but I'm not sure that either HP nor google would consider it a duplicate.  Same information, same general layout, but little in the way of actual duplication or copying.  Copy/pastes into google search of:
                "work during world war II.And computer ethics deals with the various security like",

                "    Physical security
                    Personal security
                    Personnel security

                now we can discuss about the different security in computer ethics in detailed"  both show no copies.

                "Physical security refers to the protection of hardware,facilities,magnetic disks,and other items that could be illegally accessed,stolen,damaged or destroyed.Thjis is usually provided by restricting the people who can access the resource."  shows multiple copies, but only if the misspelling of 'Thjis" is corrected. 

                That's something I'd like to see HP comment on - is it considered duplicate?  Would they like to see it flagged, or is a waste of time?

                1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
                  Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  If nothing else, the site should examine the poor writing in the summaries (which only appear on the profile page). The summaries are not written in the same style as the hubs, but there are mistakes in both.  If this person's work passes all filters here, then the standards are pretty low.

                2. IzzyM profile image86
                  IzzyMposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  There are a few more words in the hub, but to me it is a copy. Many phrases and word orders are identical. Obviously putting in a few spelling errors is a Get Out of Jail Free Card, so something is wrong with that system.

                  1. wilderness profile image95
                    wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    That's what I mean.  I found some duplicate phrases, but some that are not as well.  Plus, of course, the misspelling, presumably from typing it over rather than copy/paste.

                    I'd like to know if HP counts it as duplicate or not.  I probably would, but they're the ones making the rules.

                3. Aficionada profile image93
                  Aficionadaposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  In HP's FAQ, look at #13 in the section "Publishing Rules and Policies." It links to a Wikipedia entry on the subject of "substantial similarity," which may be the situation in the Hub described here. As I understand it, a Hub that contains substantial similarity to other material on the web should be flagged, even if there is no actual duplication or copied content involved.

  22. GinnyLee profile image93
    GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago

    well, definitely time for me to stop looking.  I came across this masterpiece:

    "Micro-sub-Kai's death, his brother ascended the throne in micro-sec-, micro-Zhong shall be the ancestors of Confucius." 

    Bonus points for the person who can translate this...

    1. IzzyM profile image86
      IzzyMposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Ginny, flag it. If its not readable, it is either spun or translated. Native English speakers tend to have problems with grammar or spelling, but it usually can be read phonetically.

    2. aa lite profile image91
      aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Sounds like something from ninjago.

  23. Randy Godwin profile image94
    Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago

    Just to prove a point, check here:   http://hubpages.com/hubs/latest/

    You'll see where Wayne Brown published a hub only a short time ago and now it's featured on the front page.  you can go to his profile and see it was featured instantly, whereas mine was just featured after having been published 13 hours ago.  Mine appears nowhere in sight even though it was published 12 hours before his was.  Certainly not blaming Wayne for this sorry state of affairs but then why is his work given special treatment?  Both of our hubs are CW in nature but his gets instant recognition while mine will be placed way back in the listing for no reason whatsoever.

    I'd like a reason for this from someone.  Not a vague answer but something I can really buy into.  I think we all are deserving of an answer, as far as that goes.  This is hurting all of us, people!!!  Unless we demand some answers nothing will ever change here for the better!!!

    I'll have to agree with Mr.Hat about the total lack of communication from staff on this.  I know you are reading this Paul E and Simone!

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Same answer you've been given over and over:

      http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/105644

      1. Randy Godwin profile image94
        Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        No answer at all, IMHO!  I desire something concrete, something we can put a bit of trust into.  as has been mentioned several times the amount of trust in HP decisions lately leaves something to be desired, especially as there is simply no reason for it to be otherwise.  This smacks of simply refusing to to answer the question the first time around.  It's not as if I am trying to game the silly system in the first place, wilderness. 

        I suppose I'll have to start a new thread to get a plausible answer.  You saw how that turned out last time when you were making all sorts of guesses on your own and how contentious the thread turned when the questions were simply ignored.  Want to go through that again where several folks got unnecessarily banned?

        But, I suppose a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.  The rest of you can simply make excuses for their refusal to cut to the chase and get plains answers.  No clear communications from the top.  Nothing new, nothing clear, nothing believable, nothing!  You can swallow this BS, not me!

        1. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Whether you find truth or lie in Paul's statement is up to you of course, but it's the answer we've been given. 

          You can also find in the forums where the general reason was given as a test in conjunction with the QAP; you've been told that several times as well.  I don't expect him to provide detailed information on just how or for what specific purpose it was done as that would undoubtedly defeat the purpose and neither should you. 

          But certainly, open another thread if that's what you gotta do.

          1. Randy Godwin profile image94
            Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            So how would explaining the concept defeat the purpose, wilderness?  Please elucidate if you aren't simply guessing as you are prone to do.

            1. wilderness profile image95
              wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Sorry, Randy, but if you can't figure out how making that public would destroy it's effectiveness (without knowing the details, no less,) I can't help you.  (hint: think about the "blind" in blind studies)

              1. Randy Godwin profile image94
                Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                No I don't get it, wilderness.  How does trusting those who are known for creating honest content endanger anything?  And lets not fool ourselves, If HP doesn't have enough info on those of us who have been here this long then I don't know when it will.  It apparently has enough on those who haven't been here as long according to the latest hubs page. 

                And as I stated before who would want to copy something from a failing enterprise?  And HP is essentially just that at this point.  I've just had several hubs idled which have garnered enough views to keep them featured, losing all of the links they've gained over the years, not to mention they've earned both HP and I money and I'm plenty pissed off about this now.  Do I think I deserve an explanation for this while pure unadulterated junk is still being promoted on the site?  You're goll danged straight I do!  Now give me the trite "HP is a business line" as you are prone to in these situations.  Better yet, don't even address me anymore, you have nothing to offer but platitudes.

                1. wilderness profile image95
                  wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  Why are you losing backlinks unless you're unpublishing them voluntarily?  Going idle (un-featured) does NOT mean unpublished; the hubs are still visible and any links still work.  A link checker will find nothing wrong with the link, so I'm not seeing why they would lose backlinks.

                  You're right - you deserve an explanation.  You got one, many times.  That you don't believe it doesn't make it wrong, though.

                  1. EmpressFelicity profile image85
                    EmpressFelicityposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    I assume that if hubs go idle - sorry, *cough* unfeatured then they no longer function as dofollow backlinks. And that if your now-idled hub is part of a backlink chain, then it's effectively broken the chain by going idle.

                    Perhaps a nice staff member can confirm or deny what I've just said.

                  2. Randy Godwin profile image94
                    Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    Keep it up, wilderness.  I'm gonna be on your back when this all falls through.  Count on it.  Spin it then.  lol

    2. aa lite profile image91
      aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I couldn't help but notice the handsome white hat Wayne Brown is sporting in his profile picture, you reckon that's why?

      Your new avatar is a step in the right direction, Randy, as you appear to be wearing a head covering (is it a baseball cap)?  Perhaps if you progress to something a little bit more chic and white.....smile

      1. Paul Maplesden profile image92
        Paul Maplesdenposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I have dark hats as well, but that's my summer hat. Sadly, someone has already registered www.HatPages.com - Quality erudition for those sartorially sporting dapper headwear!

        1. aa lite profile image91
          aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          LoL Paul, this will probably start a fashion trend on HP, all the avatars will be soon be wearing white hats! But, you will always be the original Mr. Hat.

          1. Randy Godwin profile image94
            Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Did you see my just featured hub listed on the latest hubs, aa?  Nope it's still nowhere to be found unless it's 10 or 12 pages back.  Meanwhile, one of the favorites has just instantly published another hub.  One with less time here than me.  FUBAR!!  No, I don't expect a reasonable explanation for this because there isn't one.

            1. aa lite profile image91
              aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Yep I have seen the featured list.  And I'm not on it, even though I've published a "stellar" one about 10 hours ago.  But really I don't think you will get any more answers from the staff than what Paul E has already given us.  They are testing something, they've picked some people as test subjects for this, and they get insta publishing.  That's it.  They are hoping to be able to extend this program once they get more data. 

              I don't think we are going to get any more than this, no matter how many threads asking this question are started.

              1. Randy Godwin profile image94
                Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                No, we apparently aren't going to get any straight answers from them, especially with some so up for making excuses for them.  This is what I abhor about some of the titled hubbers.  The same thing happened with the mis-titled "elite"  program members.  It seems to give some the idea they know more than they do.

        2. aa lite profile image91
          aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Well I've decided to take my own advice and put on  white hats as well.  I await the special treatment!

          1. SimeyC profile image89
            SimeyCposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            This is totally unfair; this system is ridiculouos - I look terrible in hats!

            1. wilderness profile image95
              wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              My wife said I looked great in a cowboy hat - does that count? 

              Unfortunately, that was nearly 40 years ago... sad

            2. Randy Godwin profile image94
              Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Pull it down low over your face, Simey.  That's where you've been messing up!  lol

              1. Paul Maplesden profile image92
                Paul Maplesdenposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                I am glad to be the 'Harbinger of Hats'. It feels like fate has chosen me.

              2. SimeyC profile image89
                SimeyCposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                big_smile

          2. Paul Maplesden profile image92
            Paul Maplesdenposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            *hat envy*

            1. 0
              summerberrieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              smile

          3. 0
            summerberrieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            I'm tempted smile

            1. wilderness profile image95
              wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Please, not a Minnie Pearl hat! lol

      2. Randy Godwin profile image94
        Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Perhaps you are on to something, aa.  Now if I can convince myself HP knows what it is doing I'll start making excuses for them also.  yikes

  24. Paul Maplesden profile image92
    Paul Maplesdenposted 3 years ago

    And that is all I have ever wanted wink  I don't think I've ever been an original *anything* before!

  25. Randy Godwin profile image94
    Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago

    Just discovered my latest hub on page 4.  I am so disgusted with this place and those running it!!

  26. Randy Godwin profile image94
    Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago

    Yes, wilderness.  According to HP's standards, you are definitely a "quality" guy.  lol

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Then either you or HP definitely needs to notify Google of that.  They don't seem to understand... sad

      1. Randy Godwin profile image94
        Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Ha!  Have you seen what the word "quality" means on HP, Wilderness?  lol  I hope none of my hubs fits HP's definition.  tongue

        1. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Overall, I would agree with their idea of a stellar hub.  When they try to decipher what Google means, however, I've got to agree.  eHow trash isn't quality and if that's all I could manage I'd unplug the computer and use it to beat myself over the head.  If HP ever decides that's what they want even you will see nothing but my backside in the rush out the door.

          1. theraggededge profile image94
            theraggededgeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Hmmm... I tend to make sure my eHow 'trash' is of the same standard, or better, than my HP writing big_smile

  27. GinnyLee profile image93
    GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago

    http://narenare.hubpages.com/hub/clinno … it-or-scam
    vs
    ht tp://clinnovorewardsscam.blogspot.com/2011/04/is-clinnovo-rewards-scam.html
    or
    ht tp://pareshbandhara.blogspot.com/2011/02/read-health-earn-wealth.html
    or
    ht tp://sharah-walker-opportunities-club.webs.com/earnfreemoneyonline.htm

    I still think a big segment of hubs can be systematically identified for more in depth review:

    1) Hubs .  with several punctuation issues . I recognize that people;make mistakes in writing,but the recurring use of these types of errors,however innocent,seem to be indicative of problematic hubs . .

    2) numerous sentences that all begin in lowercase letters. irritating. in some cases, it might show that the hub needs further scrutiny.

    3) Hubs outside of poetry categories that are less than 50 or 100 words, but have numerous photos may indicate that this is not a high caliber hub.

    4) Hubs with numerous
               paragraph breaks in the middle of a sentence
    seem to be another clue that the
    hub may not be of the
    highest quality.

    5) If a hubber has one hub like that, it is worth an additional review of their other hubs. 

    6) If there is a hub in the category "Eye or Vision Health" but there is no text in the hub that relates to vision, eyes or optics, the hub should be reviewed.

    I do not advocate automatically deleting or unpublishing these, but they should be flagged for manual review.  Let the humans make the decision on whether to keep it or not.  I bet some programmers can find a way to check for some of these.

    1. WriteAngled profile image91
      WriteAngledposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      What humans?

      1. GinnyLee profile image93
        GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        WA, the folks who review the hubs that we flag.

    2. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      3)  There is a category for pics with little text, so they're OK. 

      6) In such a case it would be a deceptive title, and against the rules anyway.

      But yes, those are giveaways that it needs look at.  Good list.

  28. GinnyLee profile image93
    GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago

    Hubs in ALL CAPS TITLES are another none-too-subtle clue that there may be an issue:

    http://faucetman886.hubpages.com/hub/do … faucetIbuy

    compared to ht tp://www.articlesbase.com/home-improvement-articles/does-it-matter-the-type-of-faucet-i-buy-after-all-i-have-granite-countertops-isnt-that-enough-669656.html

  29. WriteAngled profile image91
    WriteAngledposted 3 years ago

    Sum total of hub text:
    "Incredibleindiatourpackage.  com offers - incredible india,tour packages,honeymoon tours,kerala tour packages,rajasthan tours, http:/  /www.i   ncredibleindiatourpackage.  com ,hotels in india,festivals in india and all tour,travel and tourism services."

    Plus a crappy video lasting about 40 seconds .

    http://umastone.hubpages.com/video/Incr … ur-package

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Are video hubs allowed to have only the video and no text?

      1. WriteAngled profile image91
        WriteAngledposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        40 seconds of mainly out of focus video on what is a purely promotional hub for an Indian travel agent?

        1. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          What I mean is, is it a rule violation that should be flagged?  I've never produced a video, don't want to, and have never read the rules on a video hub.  The bottom text might be flaggable if it had links as overly promotional - designed solely to promote that business but they're not links.

          I looked in the learning center but found nothing - I don't know if there is a minimum word count necessary, or even a minimum video length.

          1. aa lite profile image91
            aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            I think videos with no text are ok according to HubPages.  This is what they say no the rating FAQ at MTurk:

            How should I rate an article that consists of a video only?
            Watch the video and rate the video in this case. If there is no writing, then make your grammar and mechanics judgment based on how the person or people speak and the words that they say in the video. If there are no words, and thus nothing to judge, then just give it a grammar and mechanics score of 5 or 6.

            I suspect that a rating of 5 or 6 is actually a pass in the current QAP system.

            1. wilderness profile image95
              wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              That would seem to put it in the category of a YouTube video.  Which I don't like, but may be what they're shooting for.

      2. GinnyLee profile image93
        GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        There certainly are a lot of exceptions (whether authorized by policy or not). 

        I still find many hubs with 16 amazon ads and one or two very short paragraphs.

        1. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          HP still requires, as far as I know, 50 words of text for every amazon product (product, not capsule).  16 capsules would require 800 words, more if there are more than one product per capsule.

          1. GinnyLee profile image93
            GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            "required" - yes.  "enforced" - ?

            Look at some of the hubs shown...

            1. wilderness profile image95
              wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Outside of some older hubs, don't think I've ever caught that particular violation.  I've seen some that came awfully close - had to count photo captions and such - but never violated.

              It would seem an easy matter to count words with software, though, and nearly all of the older hubs should have been caught when the 50 word rule went into effect.

  30. WriteAngled profile image91
    WriteAngledposted 3 years ago

    Another complete text:

    "You must visit Benidorm on 17th March because you'll have fun in the famous party of Saint Patrick Day. Starting at 3 pm, everyone wears green and enjoy this festival in the famous square of Benidorm.

    As you can see from the photos, the whole street was full of people to celebrate this day. Between beers and laughter will spend a good evening.
    Besides the weather in Benidorm for March is very good so you can make the most of this great party. Don't forget your costume!
    So if you're thinking of coming to benidorm in your group of friends or family, this company www.  cheaptransferbenidorm.  com can pick you up at the airport at very low cost prices. It has up to 7 passenger vehicles so you can travel together."
    http://vero4travel.hubpages.com/hub/Sai … n-Benidorm

    Oh it has 5 photos, so I suppose that makes it a stellar hub

  31. WriteAngled profile image91
    WriteAngledposted 3 years ago

    Boring Indian auntie pictures, all watermarked, all presumably stolen. No text.

    I have flagged this garbage several times over the last few months, but it is still here and still featured, as is a second pretty well identical auntie hub.
    http://gnraju678.hubpages.com/hub/hotamishapatel

    1. aa lite profile image91
      aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I couldn't see that hub as featured.  But I flagged the one featured hub on that account.  This time hot auntie was in "canes".  Was that supposed to be "Cannes"? Lol

  32. WriteAngled profile image91
    WriteAngledposted 3 years ago

    Another one I have flagged numerous times, but still here.

    Total Amazon adverts = 8
    Total hub text = 292 words plus links to unrelated hubs presumably written by the same person

    Breaks rules for word to ad ratio and for unrelated links, but obviously considered a valuable hub

    http://miyakiya.hubpages.com/hub/Golden … ver-Clocks

    1. GinnyLee profile image93
      GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      The 50/1 ratio doesn't seem to be enforced uniformly. 

      http://niyazk.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-F … s-for-Sale

      ~400 words and 13 ads.

      It makes me wonder why there are so many "exceptions" for the copied hubs, spun hubs, etc.  I bet with today's computing power, it is possible to identify the hubs that have too many ads or other problematic characteristics.

      1. Randy Godwin profile image94
        Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Greed trumps policy!  lol

      2. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        456 words, but it should have 650.  I count 96 in the capsules as well for a total of 652 but I always thought those didn't count unless you typed them in.

        It's an old hub, though, and I know they didn't all get caught then.  Which is the most likely reason for that "exception".

    2. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      399 words; if you count the title (which I don't think you do) it's enough.

      Two unrelated links; I would flag it even though there is a very tenuous connection for the links.

  33. theraggededge profile image94
    theraggededgeposted 3 years ago

    Do the HP staff write Hubs? Is there anywhere we can see them? Might be interesting to see what they produce in relation to this discussion.

    1. WriteAngled profile image91
      WriteAngledposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Just put their names into the HP search box and you will find several.

  34. Len Cannon profile image88
    Len Cannonposted 3 years ago

    All of these people must be so excited about the sudden surge in traffic =/

    1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
      Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I've actually thought of that, Len - I wonder how many clicks these substandard hubs get just because people are reading and checking to see if they agree there's a problem.  Oh well - if it rids the site of bad news, that's a good thing.  And people who are banned probably don't get the payment, anyway.

      1. IzzyM profile image86
        IzzyMposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I get just a teeny bit worried when I get 'direct' hits on my hubs, in case it is the QAP team deciding to unpublish or idle.
        In fact, on the days my hubs get idled, there is always one or two hits from within HP itself.

        I have almost another 100 hubs idled now, on top of the 150 already idled and unpublished.

        Soon I won't have any content left sad

  35. IzzyM profile image86
    IzzyMposted 3 years ago

    I feel bad now. This hubber contacted me via Google + and has more or less accused me of ruining his life. It's not my fault his English is not good, nor that he had copied content. But he says he is never going to forget what I did to him sad

    1. aa lite profile image91
      aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I wouldn't worry too much about it.  I think it takes some gall to publish copied content (basically stealing) and then make you feel bad about reporting that.  Best ignored.

    2. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      It is indeed a hazard of this kind of thread.  With FB, G+, twitter, Linkedin, etc. we're spreading out and identifying ourselves as we do; we're traceable.  We're also quite vulnerable to being followed and harassed if we upset anyone.

      1. IzzyM profile image86
        IzzyMposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        But without this kind of thread, HP refuse to act on flags which we can send anonymously.

        So, in the interests of the site, I will continue to flag, report and bring to the forums hubs that contain rule violations.

        Even if the price means I have to feel bad now and then, or risk getting stalked online.

        It's not as if I use much social networking, so how much harm can they do?

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          summerberrieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Oh, my. Izzy how do you attract them?

        2. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Truthfully, Izzy, I don't know.  The "Dan Gordon" in a different thread on internet thieves appears to be a good sized outfit, probably with more than one thief, and far more knowledgeable about the net than I am.  Quite capable, for instance, of stealing everything I have 10 times over, putting out 10,000 backlinks to my stuff overnight, click fraud on my ads or who knows what else.  We run a risk by going public with complaints - the question is how much risk?

          Nor am I convinced yet that flagging doesn't help.  The copied hub you referenced earlier you flagged, I didn't and it's still gone.  So are a couple more that people complained weren't removed within an hour or so. We aren't making the final decisions and it can take some time for flags to be looked at - flag only for TOS violations and maintain your credibility there and it seems to me that most if not everything you flag will disappear within a day or three.

    3. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
      Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Well, then he needs to add several others to his hit list. Just because you know how to cut and paste content from the Internet doesn't mean you've 'written' a hub. And it's hard to believe someone here such a short time has had their 'life ruined.'

      1. 61
        whoisitposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Gee, are you saying if someone has been here four years their life could be ruined by the actions of a few bored hubbers?

      2. Hollie Thomas profile image60
        Hollie Thomasposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Izzy, how many hubbers have lost earnings over the last couple of years because someone has decided to scrape and thieve their content? If this person has copied content which belongs to someone else, then he is the one that has ruined a few livelihoods. Has he apologised to those people? Probably not. That's a classic deflection; blame others for your own wrongdoing. You, Izzy, have nothing to feel guilty about. You have probably prevented this person from thieving even more content from the rightful owners.

  36. SmartAndFun profile image92
    SmartAndFunposted 3 years ago

    Don't feel bad. Apparently he didn't read the TOS about stolen content. That's not your fault. Anyway, he has probably already signed on to a proxy and started another account here.

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      All too true. sad

  37. GinnyLee profile image93
    GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago

    If we incorrectly flagged a hub as being in violation of the TOS, then I would like to have that feedback so we recalibrate our expectations.  Maybe some of those were legitimate and we erred in flagging them?

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      It is always possible.  That's why flagging doesn't unpublish a hub, but simply calls the attention of a moderator to it.

  38. GinnyLee profile image93
    GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago

    http://maudiojazz.hubpages.com/hub/Free … ower-bills

    vs

    ht tp://freerx-freemedicalequipment-paybills.blogspot.com/2010_08_01_archive.html

    this is almost verbatim from at least 2 years ago.

    1. pauldeeds profile image
      61
      pauldeedsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      The Hub was published before August 2010, so most likely that URL you listed was copied from the Hub rather than vice versa.   If we don't identify duplicate content when the Hub is new, it's usually not actionable because there is no way for us to be certain which was the original source.

      1. GinnyLee profile image93
        GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        That makes sense, and I should have thought about that!

  39. GinnyLee profile image93
    GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago

    or
    http://mrinaalrambhojun.hubpages.com/hub/Charity-Songs

    vs

    ht tp://www.articlesalley.com/article.detail.php/151087/295/Budgeting/Accounting/52/The_universe's_nicest_Charity_compositions

    again - virtually identical

    1. Philanthropy2012 profile image90
      Philanthropy2012posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Here is another substandard hub of 255 words and containing no factual information whatsoever.

      http://tommieg43.hubpages.com/hub/Ghost … You-decide

      It was written yesterday and is featured!

      1. aa lite profile image91
        aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        It's idled though, if you look at his profile it says he's got no content.  I don't think hubs are flaggable just because they are short.  So this is an example of the idling program actually working.

        1. Philanthropy2012 profile image90
          Philanthropy2012posted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Oh that's right, I thought I saw it featured!

          That's relieving.

          1. SimeyC profile image89
            SimeyCposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            I think the authors assumes HP is a blog - hopefully he'll come to the forums and we can point him towards the learning center. It may be short but it does look like he can at least write a bit - so there's hope!

          2. aa lite profile image91
            aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            It's confusing because even if they are idled, they still show up in the spotlight or whatever the slideshow of hubs is called.

        2. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
          Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Actually, yes, one of the reasons you can flag for low quality is if the hub is too short.  If it is blog-like, that's another reason.

          1. aa lite profile image91
            aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            You are right Marcy, I now remember there is a "low quality" setting.  Still I wouldn't bother flagging hubs that are idled anyway, unless they were truly offensive.

            1. wilderness profile image95
              wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              I'd disagree.  I don't know if idled hubs (which google can and will see) will affect the "Panda rating" or not.

              If they do, those hubs need gone.  Plus, of course, they violate TOS.

              1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
                Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                I agree with Wilderness - it's the only way to keep the quality standards.  And I do think those hubs count against our overall rankings in Google. We have seen how they affect our own subdomains, so why wouldn't they have some impact on the whole site?  It appears to be less of an impact than having indexed hubs that are grossly low-quality, but there's still an impact.

                1. wilderness profile image95
                  wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  That's the feeling I get, too, although I have no real proof or even indication that it is so.

      2. IzzyM profile image86
        IzzyMposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        It is featured. You were right first time.
        This must be the QUALITY CONTENT we keep hearing about.

      3. Philanthropy2012 profile image90
        Philanthropy2012posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        It is featured after all! Ahah.

        It's still up too!

        Help me out guys.

        http://tommieg43.hubpages.com/hub/Ghost … You-decide

        1. SimeyC profile image89
          SimeyCposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          The hard part here is where do you draw the line? While it's not the greatest hub in the world it does have an opinion, it is written in English and the English isn't too bad. It's short, and it's missed the point of Hubpages but what exactly should be considered a featured hub and a non-featured hub?

          BTW I'm not saying this should be featured, I'm just trying to get a consensus on what should or should not be flagged.

        2. aa lite profile image91
          aa liteposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Yep, sorry about that, it wasn't when I checked, maybe it was still with Mturk.  So they basically pass something like this.

          So this is either an example of Mturk not working every time, or the fact that, as a staff member said somewhere, the threshold for publishing is set very low at the moment (presumably until the iron out all the problems). 

          I'm also not sure about where to draw the line Simey.  Personally I prefer flagging hubs that are more obviously bad than that one, although I agree it is not what should be published here.

          1. Philanthropy2012 profile image90
            Philanthropy2012posted 3 years ago in reply to this

            It seems to have none of the criteria that is required for a hub, it is just an announcement that this hubber will talk more about ghosts in the future.

            I feel like a hub that contains no factual information at all, no creativity, and promotes some sort of future work is far below the line of what should be on HubPages!

            1. wilderness profile image95
              wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              As far as flagging goes, does it violate the rules and if so, which one?

              1. WriteAngled profile image91
                WriteAngledposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                That's the problem as far as I see it. Bland, vacuous content with no helpful information will pass the QAP here, because all that matters is for the MTurkeys to rate in the same way as HP staff. According to their forums, some MTurkeys have been chastised and their pay rates cut for being too strict. Personally, I would give them a medal for attempting to judge by true quality criteria. However, as in so many other contexts, it's those that lick the orifices from where brown stuff originates that get the money.

                We have already been told that for us non-Mturkey plebs, flagging on the basis of quality will not be acted upon. Our flags will only work if the tripe in question triggers other alerts such as spun text, illiterate text, pixelated/watermarked images. Fortunately, the losers responsible for the crap will often breach those other guidelines. It is probably better to flag on these criteria rather than on quality. Unfortunately, quality on HP simply means traffic.

                1. wilderness profile image95
                  wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  People already scream to high heaven when a hub is unpublished for a clear rule violation; can you just imagine the uproar if HP did it for unspecified "quality" (meaning real quality, not he HP use of the word) issues as defined by them?  Like that "Bland, vacuous content with no helpful information" you mention?

                  You don't like it, I don't like it, but how would you feel when the hub you wrote so passionately on was declared by HP to be bland and vacuous?

                  1. WriteAngled profile image91
                    WriteAngledposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    You know as well as I do what I mean by vacuous. I recently saw something very similar to what follows, contributed by one of our oriental friends. It was probably just over the word limit, targeting what the author hoped was a high-value keyword or else relating to his pathetic enterprise, and supplied no useful information whatever. Personally, I am unwilling to defend the purveyors of such garbage.

                    Sample garbage hub:

                    We are having the ability to network computers together. When we network computers, they form connections with each other. They form many lakh of connection. A computer network means that many computers are making work together. We are speaking with the computers in network protocol.It is important for "network specialist [hyperlink]" to network computers. ... " [continue ad nauseam until acceptable hub length reached]

                    This breaks no rules if links kept within ToS. It also supplies no useful information.

                    This is what I mean by vacuous.

                    I do, however, agree with you that quality criteria are influenced by those imposing them. Unqualified drones unable to find real jobs may well mark down hub content that is outside the narrowly defined confines of their education and geographical location.

                  2. topclass profile image61
                    topclassposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    They do it all the time with a vacuous process that fades a 'H' to a 'blank' - no rhyme or reason stated - gutless!.

  40. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    It is a judgement call but 'purely personal' and 'low quality' would be options.

  41. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    General low quality is a category for unpublishing, and I suspect it sees use. Hubstaff get to make the call.

    1. WriteAngled profile image91
      WriteAngledposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Unfortunately, we have been informed that mere flagging for low quality by people who do not wish to prostitute themselves in MTurk has no effect.

      1. SimeyC profile image89
        SimeyCposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Writeangled - you constantly are insulting the Mturk population. Please see attached study by NYU showing that a large proportion of workers on Mturk have Bachelor's degrees or higher. (70% in India, 50+% in the US).

        I work in a company that has a high proportion of Indian workers with Degrees and I can attest that their qualifications are just as good if not better than the US equivalent - they are also industreous and polite.

        If you consider that the minimum wage in India is very low then you might actually realize that Mturk is a good place to earn extra income for them. I also find that most Indian's have a better command of English than I do.

        Don't blame the Mturkers and have some respect for these workers you do not know.

        http://archive.nyu.edu/bitstream/2451/2 … -10-01.pdf

  42. 0
    summerberrieposted 3 years ago

    Wilderness, I will have to disagree here. My exclusive titles were new hubs which derek said passed QAP but they went idle due to lack of traffic.  Trying to figure out a pattern can send you bonkers. At least it does me.

    1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
      Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      +1000 on what Summerberrie said.  I've had hubs screened during AP and also screened from the MTurk system (never needed quality adjustments), and then go idle due to low traffic.  A hub only a few weeks old will, by nature, have low traffic.

      1. 0
        summerberrieposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        The thing with HP is what they probably thought would happen in reality didn't happen. But they now have come to terms with reality and intend to extend the time before new hubs go idle.

        1. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          +1  I highly doubt that HP foresaw the problems the system has produced, and now it's time to start fixing them.

    2. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Summer, I apologize - I said that backwards (and edited the comment).  Older hubs that hit the QAP for the first time for whatever reason are probably being idled for quality reasons as they should be seeing that "heartbeat" already.  Newer hubs have already seen the QAP, are OK and are probably being idled for lack of traffic.

  43. SimeyC profile image89
    SimeyCposted 3 years ago

    Everyone has some valid complaints and experiences relating to the QAP system. So here's a challenge. Can anyone come up with a set of rules that would filter out everything the way we want to?
    I've studied logic, mathematics, statistics, computer programming and I know I could not even come close to producing an algorithm that would do EVERYTHING we want it to. Google, with their billion cannot do it! So if you can come up with the set of rules - post it here - I'll steal it and sell it to Microsoft!!!

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      That's easy, Simey.  The lowest quality that should be allowed is the same quality as my worst hub.  Similarly, the lowest traffic should be the same as the lowest I get.

      Everyone would agree, as long as it is their worst hub being used as the benchmark.  Even the "Auntie" publishers would go along - no hubs that do not contain at least 5 bikini pics and no more than 50 words. 

      Seriously, I've considered this, and every time I think that maybe I've come up with an answer for a small portion of the general question I find something that would need an exception.

  44. GinnyLee profile image93
    GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago

    I am having trouble reconciling the "produce high quality hubs" advice from HP with the actual practices of letting these types of articles pass QAP and remain published.

    I know HP wants authors to be successful and wants to have a site loaded with high quality content, but it seems like the real message to authors is to publish marginally acceptable content that can make it through QAP.  With a bit of planning and luck, the hub will gain traction and you will get views to stop it from being idled.  That appears to be the most efficient way to increase earnings based on the time it takes to write one.

    Of course, it is a lot more palatable to have a hub idled when it took 20 minutes to write than one that took several hours or days.

    I just don't see the actions aligning with their stated goals - or else our expectations as hubbers to what constitutes "high quality" are off base.

    1. Randy Godwin profile image94
      Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Once again, "high quality" equates to "high traffic" in HubSpeak.  Not to do with the quality of research which goes into the hub, nor the quality of the grammar or info in the article itself.  Yep, a bit confusing to say the least.

      1. GinnyLee profile image93
        GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Randy, I am honestly befuddled.

        As an example, I flagged this hub http://narenare.hubpages.com/hub/clinno … it-or-scam several days ago for being poor quality and for duplicate content.  I am sure it was reviewed sometime over the past several days (hubs flagged after this were removed) and deemed worthy to remain published.

        What value does this article offer to the reader?  It is spam (or else we would all love to GET PAID TO LOGIN DAILY, GET HEALTH TIPS). Does anyone disagree? 

        The clues that this was spun are all there.  There are lots of punctuation errors, capitalization errors, sentence structure errors, meaningless content, comment spam, and even the outbound link goes to a "500 internal server error" page. 

        Of course, if it was spun, you would expect to see duplicates on the web Google

        And, as expected, there are several.

        Since we know that this is a "high quality" article (it was reviewed after being flagged and allowed to stay published) then it needs to be looked at for duplicate content.  The hub was last updated on May 31, 2011, but the link below shows that the exact wordage was posted to a forum (another spam technique for back links) on April 22nd, 2011.  Of course, the hub may have been published before that and later revised.

        ht tp://www.moneyfanclub.com/get-paid-forum-gpt-programs/56730-clinnovo-www-clinnovo-com.html

        What have we learned?  This article is considered to be of high enough quality to remain published after being reviewed by both HP's algorithms and after a manual review due to the flagging.  It gets enough views to NOT get idled (and therefore is earning the author and HP revenue).  Even though this hub was copied numerous times in the first several days of publishing to sites like moneyfanclub, payingsites2011, and sharah-walker-opportunity-club, it apparently couldn't be conclusively determined that this was NOT the original, and therefore there are no grounds to remove it.

        Is this the stellar hub that we would hold up to Google to prove that the Panda algorithm is wrongly penalizing us?  It wouldn't surprise me if it gets removed now...it would surprise me even less if it remained published.

        1. Randy Godwin profile image94
          Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          More than likely it gets a free ride--like many others I suspect--because it makes HP money.  It seems a bit strange they are using the excuse of they can't find out where it was first published while being so strict on others which do not get the same courtesy.  Yes, this is the controversy which has many of us up in arms.

          Clearly some of our well researched articles are being given the old heave-ho while this junk remains featured on HP.  Once again, HubSpeak enables the QAP to do this.  It is a terribly run program and most of us realized this from the very beginning.  We seem to be spitting into the wind.

  45. Philanthropy2012 profile image90
    Philanthropy2012posted 3 years ago

    Hey guys here is another new user who has clearly copied all of her content from just one website,  I found this website in seconds on Google.

    Just take 2 seconds to look at the following.

    Copied from:
    http://www.factsfornow.scholastic.com/a … a2002450-h

    Her hub:
    http://deanandrea.hubpages.com/hub/Inte … About-Bear

    There are 25 others like this. Of course, they're all featured.

    1. GinnyLee profile image93
      GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      deanandrea.hubpages.com appears to be one of many accounts following this same formula.  The forum thread I just link shows a few others I found.

  46. FatFreddysCat profile image93
    FatFreddysCatposted 3 years ago

    I have flagged this one twice (at least) in the past week and yet it's still posted:
    http://oxbonda.hubpages.com/hub/In-some … l-students

    Not only is it short and written in something that resembles "Engrish," this Hub also states that teenagers shouldn't have after school jobs because they should be having sex instead. A sample:



    (Slaps forehead) I am mystified.

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image93
      FatFreddysCatposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      This hub is STILL published even after repeated flags. Why is it still here? Does the author have incriminating photos of HubPages' Powers That Be??

      1. Randy Godwin profile image94
        Randy Godwinposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        I'd be interested in the answer to your query. FFC!

      2. brakel2 profile image86
        brakel2posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        This hub is not for real. I cannot believe the tone about sex over job could exist on a writing site. I flagged it. Others recently mentioned vanished.  Yay

        1. FatFreddysCat profile image93
          FatFreddysCatposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Hard to believe but the "teenagers should be having sex instead of working" hub still exists!! This hub must be bullet proof. I am more sure than ever that the author must have incriminating photos of the HubPages Powers that Be in his or her possession.

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            Beth37posted 3 years ago in reply to this

            hahaha

          2. wilderness profile image95
            wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Somewhere in the forums in the past few weeks I've picked up that HP isn't real interested in flagging for quality reasons at this point.

            The reason is they've started putting older hubs through the QAP and expect to get the low quality hubs that way - it's kind of a waste of their time to keep checking individual hubs that aren't in the queue.

            They still want flags for clear rule violations, though - the QAP does not pick those up at all.  Just quality.

            1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
              Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              I think the point is that this hub has been flagged for exactly that reason - rule violations.  If a hub violates rules, it is by nature low-quality, because it does not meet the standards specified by the site. 

              I agree - any hub promoting intimacy among teenagers should be nuked.

              1. wilderness profile image95
                wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                Which rule?  Overly personal was all I found and that was pretty much on the line to me; not clearly a violation.

                1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
                  Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  My interpretation of 'adult content' would include a hub encouraging sex in teens.  This hub says it's preferable that teens not work in order to have time for sex.  Another hub says they shouldn't have to go to class.

                  The 'maturity' of the writer in all hubs suggests they might be in HS - and under 18.  All hubs are low-quality, most are short, all are pointless and there are numerous errors in word usage or grammar.  Not the worst I have seen, but not someone ready to publish viable content on this site.  IMO.

                  1. wilderness profile image95
                    wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    Agree on the adult content as a rule violation, although HP may be referencing primarily nudity.

                    Low quality, though, is what I was speaking of - it's not something that HP wants to "waste" their time on as they are already working with the QAP to pick that up.  Flagging for that just means that it takes extra time to have someone look at it when it will already be picked up without that person's attention.  I don't know as I agree with that, but then I don't know the work structure internally as to the specifics of work assignments in the QAP, either.

    2. FatFreddysCat profile image93
      FatFreddysCatposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Dammit this one is still published!! It's the Hub That Will Not Die!!

  47. GinnyLee profile image93
    GinnyLeeposted 3 years ago

    I can't figure out what is going on with these.

    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/110526

    While they don't look bad, per se, there is something off.  Hundreds and hundreds of them were posted in the past few weeks and they all look very similar (starts off with an attributed picture, has 3 ebay products, one link to another hub).  But the spacing is off on a few of the paragraph and comma paragraphs which makes me think it was the result of a sentence segment spinner.

    Does anyone know what is going on?

    Of course, I could be completely wrong and this is an amazingly prolific hubber operating in numerous accounts.

  48. SmartAndFun profile image92
    SmartAndFunposted 3 years ago

    After so many flags over so many weeks, plus the calling out of the article here, it seems like it would have been removed by now. Maybe they are not removing it because if this thread is successful at getting poor hubs removed, then the thread will continue. Maybe they want us to quit posting such ridiculous articles in the forums and calling attention to them, so they're not giving us any positive reinforcement.

  49. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 3 years ago

    It does make me wonder if some hubber's flags are ... well, not counted for some reason.  Because if one flag should be enough... why is this not always the case in clear cut examples like this one?

  50. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image93
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago

    Since several of us have flagged this hub, it appears the things we feel are issues do not rise (or lower) to the level the staff sets as the threshold for moderating the hub.  I'm guessing it's just best to move on and address other issues.

    Meanwhile - I have to say I'm detecting an improvement in overall quality of the hubs in the hopper - I just hopped several in the past few days, and only had to flag a few.  In the past, there were times it was rare NOT to flag almost every hub. Things are changing!

 
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