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Add "Date published" to each hub

  1. sannyasinman profile image85
    sannyasinmanposted 7 years ago

    There is no publication date associated with hubs.

    If I see a hub with a score of 51, this might either indicate that it is genuinely a load of rubbish, or it might in fact be a brilliant hub but has a low score because it was only published a few hours ago, and it is in fact a baby hub which has yet to mature into a fully fledged adult, and collect its rightful 100 score. 

    I also think it is relevant to know when something was written. IE how old the information is. Don't you?

    1. Neil Sperling profile image88
      Neil Sperlingposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Good Hubs are eternal - if you want a date on your hub there is nothing stopping you from placing the date on your hubs yourself.

      Therefore I see a date on the hub as unnecessary.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image91
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      No.  I don't want someone visiting my 2-year-old Hubs,  thinking "oh, this is ancient" and moving on somewhere else.  My topics don't date, so why is it relevant to anyone how old they are? 

      As a Hubber, you're aware of the Hubscore.  The average reader has no idea what it means and probably doesn't even notice it - so your first reason for showing the date isn't even important to the majority of visitors.

  2. Dolores Monet profile image91
    Dolores Monetposted 7 years ago

    Good idea - certain information you want to be timely, not yesterday's news. But the date printed could doom a struggling hub as rubbish.

  3. earner profile image85
    earnerposted 7 years ago

    Maybe a "new" splash rather than the published date.  The published date would make things appear old and so potentially of less importance to readers in a couple of years.

    A "new" splash for a month or so would work well.

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 7 years ago

    I'm not in favor of it. For a lot of hubs the date isn't relevant. It just makes them look old, and people will get the feeling that they are out-of-date.

    If you want your hubs to be dated, you can just add the date at the beginning.

    1. Lisa HW profile image82
      Lisa HWposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Good point.

      I've found that Hubs that are going to rise from that low starter score usually start doing so almost immediately.  It can take a couple of days for them to settle somewhere higher, but it doesn't take long.

  5. Anti-Valentine profile image94
    Anti-Valentineposted 7 years ago

    Yeah, I mean there is a date published column in the stats page of your account- but it's for your eyes only, or perhaps if the HP staff or hackers get in...

    I agree with the feeling that it could make people say, "Oh my, this is years old," and go off and search for something more current and updated. I would.

  6. shamelabboush profile image58
    shamelabboushposted 7 years ago

    Yeah, that might work. It's a good feature if they add it!

  7. tantrum profile image61
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    A hub with a low score doesn't mean anything. I've read hubs with a score of 60 that were brilliant ad another ones with an 80+ that were not so good.
    Poetry often score low, not for the content, but for its length.

  8. manlypoetryman profile image71
    manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago

    Yes...it is a good idea...how about old hubs that you don't take down...and thus work their way down in rankings to a lower score. This would be a good way for folks to see that they are older hubs! Good thinking. Personally...I don't like the ranking system fickleness here (Google ranking...or whatever it is...but that's another topic...for another day) I like it here and I like the way Hubs look when they are finished...with an easy format to follow...so I won't complain too much...as of yet! (Sidenote: If I didn't take too seriously how my stuff was ranked...I wouldn't make a very good writer...!)

  9. waynet profile image48
    waynetposted 7 years ago

    You can see the date in your account dashboard and that's as far as it should go, if you add the date then you can somewhere in the title, but that woud make it look like a blog post and would date any writing, especially if it is time sensitive...so in other words, what's the point?

  10. sannyasinman profile image85
    sannyasinmanposted 7 years ago

    Marisa - If your hubs don't date then you should not be afraid of having a date on them. It does not need to be in caps along with the heading. It could even be right at the end, so that your concern about the reader jumping ship is minimised, but the date is there if the reader wants to know. 

    Personally, I think it is often important to know if the information provided is up to date. This is especially true with travel hubs.

    Regarding hubscore, my understanding and experience is that the majority of page views for the majority of hubs come from inside Hubpages, (of course there are exceptions) and hubbers do notice the hub score.

    Then again, if as you say, the hubscore is not important to most readers, then why display it at all?  (but this is another subject, I know)   

    Neil – I don’t need a date on my hubs, I know when they were written. smile But I do already add a copyright notice, which at least gives the year.

    So, how about inserting the creation date automatically, right at the end of the hub? Any takers?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image91
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Sannyasinman, for most established Hubbers, about 90% of their traffic comes from search engines.  That's how we make money - internal HubPages traffic doesn't generate income.

      If a Hubber wants to show the date, they can include it with their credits at the end of the hub.

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    Janettaposted 7 years ago

    you can also see how long ago a hub was published when you look through a hubbers list of hubs under "read more hubs by so and so"

    The same is true for the list under "Hubs" at the top of the page

    1. sannyasinman profile image85
      sannyasinmanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Indeed you can. Thanks for pointing that out.

  12. ajcor profile image59
    ajcorposted 7 years ago

    what is a "new" splash? I haven't heard this expression before - is it just adding an update to previously published work? cheers

    1. sannyasinman profile image85
      sannyasinmanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I believe it means adding a little "new" logo or such, which highlights the fact that this is a new hub.

      1. ajcor profile image59
        ajcorposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        thank you for that info. sannyasinman....cheers