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This is Why Newest Ought Not To Be the Default on the Front Page

  1. Kylyssa profile image93
    Kylyssaposted 19 months ago

    http://usercontent2.hubimg.com/12576749_f1024.jpg

    Note the top hub. How did it make it through QAP? If it hasn't made it through QAP, what is it doing being the first face of HubPages to people seeing the homepage for the first time?

    1. Paul Edmondson profile image
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      Paul Edmondsonposted 19 months ago in reply to this

      Signed in users see a different list of hubs. Try signing out and taking a look. It's better, but not perfect. We are working on it.

      That said, I wanted to have more visibility on new hubs for a few reasons. One, I hope to see gaps in our moderation, two, I want to increase the freshness of the site and third, I want people to see the breadth of content so they explore the site more.

      We need more weekend moderation coverage. That's coming shortly which will help as well.

      We all agree that putting good content forward is what we want to do!

      1. Kylyssa profile image93
        Kylyssaposted 19 months ago in reply to this

        Won't excellent new hubs get high hub scores and show up naturally in best? If you want the older articles hidden, you could alter the hub score algorithm to permanently lower hub scores on hubs over a few days old by a small percentage so they can never reach 100 once they're older than you like. It would keep hubs more than a few days old off the front page like you want unless the quality of new hubs dropped to the point there weren't enough good ones to fill the front page anymore.

        If the idea of Hubpro is to show the people who visit HubPages the best we have, why make a front page that makes the site look less professional than it could?

      2. Phyllis Doyle profile image94
        Phyllis Doyleposted 19 months ago in reply to this

        I do not understand why any hub that has not been through QAP yet is visible to all. There are so many really bad and inappropriate hubs that give HP a bad image, which affects all of us. This has been brought up many times before and never resolved.

        This was a problem five years ago and we are still seeing such low quality hubs on the front page?

        see: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/49041

      3. makingamark profile image74
        makingamarkposted 19 months ago in reply to this

        As opposed to you want to generate traffic for the site?

        If the choice is between "freshness coupled with low quality hubs" and "very good traffic and top quality/popular hub" I know which I'd choose.

        Squidoo used to list the top five hubs for every single category on the front page. Then it switched to listing "fresh" lenses with pics and Moderator choices

        ...and then the traffic died.

        Don't forget that every popular hub which brings in traffic has connections which keeps people interested. People who write popular hubs KNOW how to keep people interested and moving around HubPages

        The chances are that new/fresh hubs have much poorer connections and are much less likely to keep people on the site - not least because they are on topics which people are much less interested in.

        I'd be keeping a very close eye on the average length of stay and bounce rate in your statistics if I were you. I already know what they will be saying.

    2. Jodah profile image86
      Jodahposted 19 months ago in reply to this

      I totally agree Kylyssa. If this is supposed to promote a good image to outside viewers it won't succeed. In yesterday's "newest" homepage almost every second hub was by the same hubber..I counted at least 12...doesn't seem fair for one person to get so much advertising just because they published a heap of hubs a at once.

      1. mary615 profile image93
        mary615posted 19 months ago in reply to this

        I noticed the same thing, Jodah!!    I have to agree with you.

    3. peachpurple profile image77
      peachpurpleposted 19 months ago in reply to this

      i noticed that the front page is the latest hubs released but might not be the best hubs

  2. Kylyssa profile image93
    Kylyssaposted 19 months ago

    http://usercontent1.hubimg.com/12576814_f1024.jpg

    Just so it's clear it isn't an isolated thing.

  3. calculus-geometry profile image85
    calculus-geometryposted 19 months ago

    Even signed out I can see hubs that are still pending QAP review on the front page's 'Latest' feed. Some of them you can tell aren't going to pass.

    I understand the reasons for letting registered users see a less filtered selection, but what is gained by showing the general public hubs that have not passed HP's basic quality check?

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image94
      Phyllis Doyleposted 19 months ago in reply to this

      I am beginning to think that forum and Q&A posts should not appear on the Home Page. Some of those are pretty redundant, ridiculous, mundane, or downright asinine.  I don't see how they can be of any interest to the public.

      1. SheilaMilne profile image89
        SheilaMilneposted 19 months ago in reply to this

        You can see the forum posts etc. only when logged in so the public won't see them

        1. janshares profile image91
          jansharesposted 19 months ago in reply to this

          Thanks, SheilaMilne. I hadn't noticed that. I looked closer and did not see any Q&A nor any forums when I signed out. This change came up so unexpectedly that we are reacting to things we may have missed.

      2. janshares profile image91
        jansharesposted 19 months ago in reply to this

        I agree wholeheartedly, Phyllis. It's been bothering me since I first looked at the new design. I cannot add anything more to your descriptives. It takes away from the professionalism of the site.
        In general and in agreement with Kylyssa's concern, I'm confused about what message or image HP is presenting with the new front page design with the inclusion of forums and Q&A. It seems that they've moved more toward "we're a social site," rather than "we're a site that offers informative, quality articles." The front/landing page leaves visitors with the first impression.

  4. Chriswillman90 profile image93
    Chriswillman90posted 19 months ago

    So bottom line is that we have a lot of unhappy hubbers with several of these changes. I have to concur about many things already mentioned. The latest shouldn't be the default; I don't think any hubs should be visible at all until they pass QAP screening. The Q&A should be removed from there as well.

    I'm still confident that things will get put in order because there's trial and error we have to account for.

  5. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 19 months ago

    Sure focus on "new", post QAP.

    If "new" without QAP was worth focusing on, we wouldn't need QAP.

    The hub at the top when I last looked said:


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    Yeah, great to focus on that....

 
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