HubPages recently informed me that my hub titled "History Often Depends on Who Writes It" could be "Featured" but, I was informed, the hub contained a Spammy Element that I needed to fix. I understand why they thought one of my links was "spammy," but I sent them an email explaining why it was not spammy. Apparently they ignored my response and changed its rating to "Not Featured" without further correspondence. The fact is that the link is important because without it readers could not understand why the so-called Spammy Element is essential to the hub. It is not Spam.
Apparently they think it is, so if you want to have your article featured, you need to remove it and find some other way of presenting your material. It's their site, not ours!
'It's their site, not ours!'
This is a perception HP needs to work on. Community matters. Especially if they want to attract talented writers (sensitive souls, lol).
Also money matters.
They are half way to convincing better writers to contribute.
Here is my suggestion on getting around this problem. Instead of using the link module, use the inline link on the text. I have found the QAP of HubPages seems to ignore those inline links. Good luck.
By the way, I also found sometimes just by editing the hub, and re-publish will get it featured. Make sure you have at least 3 good quality images and over 300 words total.
True That! TT2. It's their site. As you know I write a lot of Hubs about the world of RV's and this often forces me to explain (simplify?) descriptions of technologies used in and on Campers.
I used to get upset when one of their so-called Editors called my Hub "Spammy" and when I checked it out, it was a perfectly correct technical statement.
But, after a while, I decided to laugh at their technical ignorance rather than get upset. I just moved most of these Hubs to my popular web site and mentally thumbed my nose at their opinions.
Sure, it's their site, so I live with it!
Yes, it's their site, but, "You live by the sword you die by the sword."
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