Last night, I published my 99th hub. I went to bed happy only to wake up this morning to find to my horror that it was not featured due to quality. This has never happened to me before, even when I started and wasn't much good. I received the standard email from HubPages and no further information. I looked at it again and added:
A Poll (surely not the reason that it was not featured)
Credits to the game creator for my in game screenshots
I have two questions on the back of this.
Could HubPages actually specify why a hub is not featured rather than just send out the standard email? This would help people tackle exactly what is wrong rather than guessing, particularly for those who have a large number of published and featured hubs.
Do game screenshots require credits to the games writer? I looked at other existing hubs with screenshots some of which have no captions at all, let alone credits to the games writers.
My hub is now featured, I just wanted to clarify things and ask my questions.
I can't tell you why that happened or does happen. The same thing happened to me. I published a hub and, when I checked on it the next day, I was told it wasn't featured because of content. I read back through my hub, added one sentence (although it probably wasn't needed), and republished. A few hours later, it was featured with a fairly decent score of 80. I don't know what difference that one sentence made or if it really did make a difference.
As for our screenshots, I think (and only think) that if you're producing the screenshot from your own computer you hold the copyright (but I could be very wrong). Even if you do, I like your idea about giving credit to writer of the game. When I use graphics which are in the public domain and I really don't have to name a source, I do all I can to find out what artist created the painting or whatever the graphic may be. I feel it's right to give someone the credit even if I don't really have to do it.
HubPages sends out a form email because they expect you to use the other resources they created to better explain the issues.
Such as The Learning Center's How to Improve the Quality of a Hub
Also, it's in their best interest to stop low-quality content from being promoted, which is where they put their efforts. It's in your best interest to make good content which gets promoted, which is why you have to do the work in such instances where Hubs fall short.
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