I have noticed that the majority of the answers to the various posts I have read are by individuals with high Hub scores - and by a fairly small group of individuals, too. So, I deduce these answers are accurate, and they know what they're talking about (at least related to the posts I have read thus far ).
Thanks to all.
Not only that but very few have been members for more than 12 months on a site thats much older. How's that happen?
I was curious about this, so I just checked the first page of "best hubbers" - with the current group on the first page, at least 4 have been here more than a year, and two others are very close to a year.
I have only been here four months, but have noticed that of the top ten or so hubbers, most of them are still the same people that were there when I arrived.
Enough said. Hubpages was regisistered on April 22, 2001. Maybe long standing members choose not to particpate in the forums then.
2001 was when the site name was first registered, but if you really want the story of how the company got started, all you need to do is read the Hub that was created by founder Paul Edmondson that tells the story.
They started building the site in 2006. I heard about it in the summer of 2007, when they were in beta, and wrote to Paul for an invite. Although my profile reads that I've been here two years, after 18 months it just rounds up. It'll really be 2 years in three more months.
There was no forum for the first year that I built on the site so none of the authors/users talked to one another, we all just did our Hub-building things in our own little bubbles. That's probably one of the reasons you don't see as many long-time site users here: it didn't exist when they started and it's not necessary to the Hub experience.
Thats an interesting question terryg - I don't know! I know that if you stop publishing/commenting/forum posting your score gradually goes down - but I find it relatively easy to maintain even if Im not publishing every week.
The exact algorithms seem to be pretty complicated - which is good since it makes a hard task to manipulate the figures.
What does the length of time a Hubber has been on the site have to do with them being able to be helpful and reach out to other Hubbers who have questions and would genuinely like to know how to make their hubs better?
Maybe hubbers reach a point in time and move onto bigger and better things after they have a play at hubpages.
I believe it is possible to communicate with the Ascended Beings, if you play your cards right ...
Hubbers with high scores participate more in forums for the reasons of maintaing high hubber score and attracting more traffic to their hubs besides helping other hubbers in finding solutions to mostly hub related problems. If I am correct the real intention of hubbers having high score is to help hubbers with less score to achieve high hubber scores.
I'm just curious - does anyone know who the "oldest" existing hubber is?
Which brings me back to my original post...The ones with high scores know the answer to an individual's query for specific information, whether it be by obtained knowledge due to length of experience, or by common sense. IMO, these are the ones that are devoted, for lack of better word, to HubPages and really seem to like the community.
I have seen members who have been here two years, but I don't know who they are off hand. Hubpages also went through a lot of changes in the past year, from what I understand, when they stopped allowing adult content.
The great hubbers who help out newbies are the same ones who answered my stupid questions when I started
I think Amy's right. When Hubpages stopped allowing adult content, it really shifted the flow for them I believe. I've seen it talked about a good bit on the forums.
We (those of us who have not been on Hubpages for terribly long, which I think terry sees as a detractor) come in all flavors, shapes and sizes. There is a short list, in my book, of amazing Hubbers who - whether they knew it or not - helped me figure things out, helped me to understand a little better how to organize my Hub content before hitting that publish button. Some of these folks joined around the time I did. Some of them have only been here a month or three. Stephhicks is one of my favorite hubbers, and just look how she's doing. She's a ray of sunshine on the forums, has a large retinue of superb hubs, and is an all around great person. I think she's been here maybe 3 months. *running off of memory here.
Then you've got people like Inspirepub/Jenny, who - even though she peddles weird e-books, is highly intelligent, extremely helpful, and a total sweetheart as well.
My point is - there are a lot of people who just get it and spread their understanding of the way Hubpages is and should be (based on the criteria provided by HP themselves) to anyone who has a genuine and community-minded need to know. Sure, we all would like to make some extra money through the various avenues presented by the site, but beyond that is a spirit of commitment to our works and each other.
****the preceding ramblings brought to you by the 'Gamergirl has no money for caffeine foundation'
I think there has been a few babies born too which would slow your hp output down a bit !
As of next month, I'll have been with HP for a year. My hub production has slowed in the last couple of months, due to a crazy pregnancy and some writing and editing gigs that (happily!) kind of came from nowhere. Someone mentioned that longterm hubbers eventually move on to greener pastures. Not everyone. I still check the forums every day, even if I don't post, and I still read my favorite hubbers. I think those who see HP only as a stepping stone to better things will never really be that successful here, because their hearts aren't in it. That sounds kind of schmaltzy, but it's true. Most of the high-ranked hubbers are also very invested in the community, and I think that's one of the nicest things about HP.
Just my two cents
One of the reasons I like this community is the willingness of people to answer questions. I certainly had (and still have) my share of newbie questions.
I joined a few months ago and have only posted a few articles as I'm still just finding my way around this community. A lot of things I could have written about seem to be already over saturated, so I didn't see where I could add value.
On the other hand, the more random articles I've posted haven't generated much interest on their own. So I've been reading a lot more advice from top hubbers and it's really great you all are so helpful.
One thing I'm still unclear about - does being active on the forums directly impact your hubscore?
Well I just went to your profile and looked at a couple of your hubs--I like your stuff--and I like that you write on a broad range of subjects too.....looking forward to more.
Ponderize - from what I've noticed, the more you participate overall, the better your author score. Of course, the better your content, the better your score also.
Hey, as long as you're not a spammer, you shouldn't have to worry about anything. ((I'm not accusing you of anything.))
I contacted a website owner for the permission to use his photos, and got a bunch delivered to my email It turned up to be that easy to add quality photos to a hub!
My score has never been over 94 yet, but I'm getting used to be around the "90" figure
Personally i find all answers good amd helpful no matter what the scores of answerers are,,,, the Hubpages forum is an excellent place to find answers for everything and i would trust Hubopages than , say, yahoo answers for example it's also much easier to ask a question here than trawling through the W.W.W to find a galaxy of info that just does not help!
Yeah, the high-scoring hubbers have really earned their hubscore. They deserve it through the sheer amount of work they do, publishing new hubs, staying active in the forums, and all of this on top of their everyday lives.
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