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Hub of the Day Becoming Ridiculous

  1. topclass profile image59
    topclassposted 3 years ago

    The first sentence of today's gem

    "Rumored to be edible after fifty years and haven taken a trip to the moon, the Twinkie is now dead.”
    The article is totally unrelated to the heading. Yeah right!

    Yesterday's Gem was about "How Do You Copy and Paste In Windows?"
    There is only 39,200,000 pages already published on that.

    HOTD is the public face of Hubpages - selected by staff - WOW! This says a lot!

    Ho Hum!

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image
      Christy Kirwanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Hi topclass,

      If you find Hubs you believe deserve to be selected as Hubs of the Day that have not yet been chosen, please feel free to email them to me or to Robin. Be sure they follow the Hub of the Day guidelines detailed in the Learning Center. We are always happy to consider Hubber submissions.

      1. Writer Fox profile image80
        Writer Foxposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        So, to qualify as HOTD, one is required to put in followed, spam links to photo sources which are totally unrelated to the content of the Hub.  No wonder Google has problems with this site! Christy, do you understand why Google penalizes webpages for that?

        And I have no idea what this means: "If you have to be featured . . ."

      2. topclass profile image59
        topclassposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        This is serious because I cannot think of a more effective way to trash a brand, destroy site reputation and lose traffic.
        => Today's HOTD - says to Google and the world HP cares zilch about quality - staff cannot pick up a spelling mistake and poor expression in the first sentence. The Title is irrelevant to the topic and is a blatant attempt to claw irrelevant hits, which will frustrate searchers
        => Yesterday's HOTD says HP is focused on fully saturated topics that have been flogged to death. Why would anyone want to read a rehash of old stuff on HP.
        Get serious about this, chose HOTDs based on the following
        1. A fabulous unique image that really intrigues users.
        2. Titles about unique and very interesting topics that people want to know more about. The title show be very well crafted so that people want more. AVOID all saturated topics and lame expression.

        Please HP the HOTD showcases the site. If they are poorly chosen it affects MY reputation on here and MY traffic. Please lift your game!

        Why was today's HOTD chosen ( only 2 hubs published by the author)?

        1. calculus-geometry profile image86
          calculus-geometryposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Many people agree with you and staff members were given plenty of suggestions in this thread
          Nothing has changed since then, so it's pretty clear that we can look forward to more HOTD offerings in the vein of "How to Blink" until there is some staff turnover.

          If it's any consolation, the vast majority of this site's visitors land on article pages and never visit the front page, so I doubt the front page mediocrity is really damaging the site's or our reputation all that much.

          1. Writer Fox profile image80
            Writer Foxposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Google goes there.

        2. LuisEGonzalez profile image82
          LuisEGonzalezposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Very well put. Hope somebody is listening.

    2. paradigmsearch profile image90
      paradigmsearchposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      HP was forced into these selections because my armadillo hub is no longer available to them. big_smile

    3. calculus-geometry profile image86
      calculus-geometryposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      A staff member didn't know how to copy and paste and found the tutorial so useful she/he just had to promote it to the front page.

      1. bat115 profile image75
        bat115posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Always looking on the bright side, right? lol

    4. Cardisa profile image90
      Cardisaposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      The first sentence not only is poorly constructed but has a huge word usage error."haven" is used in the wrong context. I believe the author was trying to say "having". The person choosing HOTD should be careful about grammatical errors in the hubs they choose.

  2. relache profile image88
    relacheposted 3 years ago


    It became quite a while back already.

  3. HollieT profile image88
    HollieTposted 3 years ago

    I must be seriously conditioned, because I'm just amazed that a hub without a map and a poll was chosen.

  4. Earl Noah Bernsby profile image86
    Earl Noah Bernsbyposted 3 years ago

    Yeesh!  Throw some shrimp on the barbie and don't be such a hater topclass!  I thought BradleyHughes100's hub was interesting and informative- no need to slam people and attack their work.

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image96
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 years ago in reply to this

      All jokes aside:  If this is the way it's going to be, then the team ought to stop publishing Hubs of the Day

  5. Mark Ewbie profile image84
    Mark Ewbieposted 3 years ago

    Oh my.  I was ready to pile in with some comment and then I looked at the page.  It is the first one for ever possibly that is not a moronic and pointless "How To".  No wonder the generic blands are upset about it.

    Something a bit different!  An opinion!!  My God it might almost be genuine comment.

    Every other HOTD is pointless pap - keyword nonsense of the kind that screams content farm.

    I'm genuinely surprised.  A real page.

  6. My Cook Book profile image60
    My Cook Bookposted 3 years ago

    Instead of Hub of the Day, all latest published (featured after QAP) hubs should be displayed one after the other.

  7. Ericdierker profile image82
    Ericdierkerposted 3 years ago

    Wow I do not think I have ever gone to or seen a HOTD. Oh my this is just downright terrible. Any 5th grade English teacher would either make a rewrite or fail these writings. Not that I think I really care but my goodness it is so bad it is nearing insanity. And I would know I am crazy!!