From my own observations and after talking to a friend who is a hubber as well, there seems to be a (common?) problem:
You publish a hub, visitors start coming, positive votes, no or very little thumbs down. In case google grabs it and ranks it well, the thumbs down suddenly start coming in and the percentage of negative votes is much higher than before.
So, as long as hubpage users rate, rating seems fair and nice, once others spot you in search engine spots they don't want you to see in, they try ruining your hubs.
While I think the rating and spam report system is a great feature to ensure quality, the fact that it's completely anonymous and no registration is needed for rating and flagging makes it very vulnerable to abuse.
So, my suggestion would be: Rely on community votes, make creating an account mandatory before anyone can vote or flag.
Don't get me wrong, if people don't like a hub, it deserves bad votes or maybe even flags if it's really bad, but if people just do it because they don't like the fact that google lists a hub well, it's sad and unfair.
I second the call for only registered users to be able to Thumb UP or DOWN a hub.
by Earth Angel9 years ago
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by Susan Keeping8 years ago
So, I answered the question on why girls crave marriage. I said not all girls crave marriage and was given a down vote. Pardon me for stating a fact
by LauraGT5 years ago
There seem to be many hubbers who have no published hubs and are still allowed to comment on other people's writing. While there are some hubbers who are simply new and asking questions before diving in, it seems that...
by Steve Andrews9 years ago
I can't see any rules about rating hubs with a thumbs up or down and would like to know how frequently you can rate the same hub or is it just once, and can you rate your own? I ask these questions because on some sites...
by Dolores Monet7 years ago
Is there any way to tell if a particular hub has received any thumbs up or thumbs down, and if so, how many? I've been here long enough, I should know these things. But I don't.
by Dan Harmon4 years ago
I'm going through some of my hubs and searching for a phrase, using quotes in the search.Google repeatedly is showing the exact phraseology being used on multiple sites, but when I visit the page I am unable to find it;...
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