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Forum links attached to Hubs

  1. Ohma profile image79
    Ohmaposted 6 years ago

    This is a problem since the forums get to heated up or are very in apropriate.
    I wrote a hub about my grandparents and their wonderful relationship in response to a hubmob challenge so it was automatically catagorized. and when this feature was pointed out to me I checked and there is a link to a forum thread about what to do if your husband doesn't sitisfy you in bed.

    This feature in my opinion should be removed.

    There are some not so nice links attached to my hub about my grandchildren as well.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I've noticed the same thing, I also dislike this feature.  A lot.

      1. Michael Willis profile image77
        Michael Willisposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Agreed. I have even emailed hubteam about these forum links in hubs. I wish they would remove this feature altogether. It is not useful at all.
        When I was writing my latest hub I saw the related hubs on the right side and was glad for that. Then as soon as I hit the "publish" button, the related forums capsule showed up and the related hubs disappeared.

    2. Dao Hoa profile image59
      Dao Hoaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Where does one see the links? Is it at the bottom like RSS or in the text?

  2. Lily Rose profile image83
    Lily Roseposted 6 years ago

    I never even noticed the link to forum threads - is that new?  I agree with you all, I don't think it's necessary at all and should be removed, especially when the potential exists for links to inappropriate banter.

    Links to other hubs is enough.  The forums are irrelevant.

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 6 years ago

    No it's been here for awhile. I've had some really nasty titles show up in the Home and Family category. I just emailed HP and they moved the topic who the sandpit.

    Lately I've found safe categories and I just bury all of my hubs into those. I try to go deep into the category to get away from the main ones which is where I've found the most problems.

    But if you want to post in Health or Gender and Relationships it's going to be a bit scary at times.

    1. sunforged profile image65
      sunforgedposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You email them for that? That option is built into the report button also "wrong forum category"---> "suggest a category"

      It seems to work, I use that button a lot in the knowledge and help forum threads and the are usually moved very quickly.

      I just wish the system kept up w/ the thread creators who consistently cant figure out that their thread belongs in the sandpit and eventually revoked the new thread option for them

      Especially considering we all have to showcase "related forums" for some daft reason,

      why  anyone want to divert traffic from a hub to a forum-especially from a monetization standpoint is beyond me

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 6 years ago

    Yes I email them for that when the forum title is totally disgusting and I'm furious. Other times I just use the report function. If I'm really aggravated I use both.

    Depends on the level of frustration.

    But as I say, I've adjusted by limiting my categories.

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 6 years ago

    Do you think it's their way of keeping the pages fresh?

    1. sunforged profile image65
      sunforgedposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thats a good thought, But I dont see why related hubs and related questions wouldnt be sufficient.

      Directing traffic to the forums would have substantially less advertising in the visitors face and with all the drivel that is usually showcased..just cant understand the motivation.

      I think your solution is well thought out, but its a bit of a shame that you have to resort to that since you lose out on a couple links from the category pages...minuscule issue, sure, but why should a writer be disturbed by the "social" element

      ..I would hide the forums and questions as far away from visitors eyes as possible

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 6 years ago

    I agree sunforged. HP staff can see the big picture and maybe not many people leave the hub for the forums.

    I'm more concerned about adsense targeting and the perception of the hub by the customer. And I can't see how some of these titles conform to Adsense TOS.

  7. 2uesday profile image88
    2uesdayposted 6 years ago

    This may be a daft question but can traffic from search engines see these forum 'quotes' or just signed in Hubbers? I assumed that it was only the Hubbers ... I suppose if I sign out and return I will find out.

    I just assumed they appeared when people where signed in. If it is shown also to incoming traffic how can people take the Hub writers seriously when some of the clipped 'quotes' are unsuitable for the hubs subject. I am off for now to check this.

  8. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago

    tuesday, yes, anyone can see the forum posts. you don't have to be signed in to see them, plus anyone's hubtivity is open.

  9. 2uesday profile image88
    2uesdayposted 6 years ago

    thanks rebekahElle,

    that does makes me think that I will pick my categories with extra care. I have two hubs that I put non-commercial on because I did not want unsuitable ads. appearing.

    Just another thing to consider when setting up a hub I suppose. I find picking categories confusing anyway, sometimes none of them seem what I am looking for.

    The worrying thing is that some of the 'odd when out of context quotes' are not in the forums that you would expect to throw up quotes that might seem strange next to a hub. 
    I would prefer the two were kept separate - Hubs and Forums. As it is some traffic might just leave because of a forum quote and not bother with the hub next to it that would have otherwise interested them. Thanks RebekahElle.

  10. 2uesday profile image88
    2uesdayposted 6 years ago

    Hi Dao Hoa,

    Looking at a page with a hub on it -

    the profile picture is top right

    now scan down and below the question box and above the tags is the forum box - with the quotes and links to them. hope I have explained that right.

  11. Michael Willis profile image77
    Michael Willisposted 6 years ago

    One would think it was better to promote related hubs over related forums to generate revenue to the site as well to the writers.

  12. Ohma profile image79
    Ohmaposted 6 years ago

    I kind of look at the forums like a break room in a factory, nice for the workers but you sure do not want your customers in there!

    1. sunforged profile image65
      sunforgedposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      well said,  was toying with seedy underbelly, but decided against it

  13. Ohma profile image79
    Ohmaposted 6 years ago

    I wonder if the staff could be persuaded to re think this feature or at least give us the choice of opting out if we want to.

    1. Michael Willis profile image77
      Michael Willisposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      That would be good if they are insisting on keeping it. I know I sure don't want that on my hubs. Opt out would be a good option.