As a lone ranger Hubber like many others, I am not good at editing. I would love to help my fellow hubbers without my name attached. And I would LOVE the help if I use the wrong word or miss something in spell check. Tonight I came across a great Hub but the URL had a mis-spelling - I imagine that hurts their traffic and there is little to be done about correcting the spelling short of deleting and recreating.
What about this - adding an annoymous note and IF the writer agrees with the correction, the Hubber who helped is given points for helping?
One hubber who is very kind finds my spelling errors and kindly tells me and I greatly appreciate it. For me, more often I simply haven't made the effort to help. If there was an annoymous way to send a note with recommendations perhaps we could improve the quality of the hubs.
Not all Hubs - only Hubs above a certain score - similar to the no-follow - this Hub qualifies for friendly advice:
1.) fix the spelling error ...with comment to detail where and how
2.) improper word use - with comment again to detail where and how to correct
3.) add headings
4.) add photos, videos,etc....
Kudos to Annoymous Editors might even be fun - I think my spelling person would win a monthly or daily award - she is amazing.
So, an option to 'anonymously edit' hubs (only HP staff would know who the 'editor' is?) would give points for hubber score? Or, for a new accolade?
I like this idea - I never know if someone wants me to point out errors or not so I don't. If I could do it anonymously I would be much more willing.
Rafini, if you or anyone else finds a spelling, grammer, layout, style or anything else in my hubs you don't like I would very much appreciate a comment. If it is an opinion on something like style or appearance I might be hurt for a minute, but would nevertheless carefully consider it. I'll probably delete a comment after thoroughly digesting it, as Marisa suggests, but it would still be appreciated.
I can't imagine a serious writer being otherwise - if we can't hear criticism as an offer of help there's something wrong and no one here writes a perfect hub every time.
I really shouldn't have said I don't, because I have but felt extremely uncomfortable doing so. (what I've notified about, so far, has been when a sentence was obviously missing and when a sentence or paragraph was obviously copied & then pasted in the wrong order)
When it comes to layout, style, or appearance of hubs I think its more of an individual taste kinda thing depending if the hub was written for sales, SEO, marketing, or whatever. So I wouldn't comment on it. Plus, I think that's what the extreme hub makeover forum is for.
Spelling and grammer - I might if it were anonymous.
Opinion - that's what comments are for, right?
I often point out a mistake or typo in a comment, and let the Hubber know I'm fine with them deleting the comment once it's fixed.
The only downside of that is if the Hubber hasn't set up their comments to be moderated, then it's visible to all for a while.
How would this anonymous commenting be kept from being used to send anonymous abuse? And what's to keep it from being abused to try and jack up scores for no good reason?
the anonymity would be between the 'editor' and the hubber. HubPages would 'moderate' the editing by not forwarding abuse or at least by keeping track of who did the editing and if it was necessary - in order to award points or accolades.
If I were to receive anonymous abuse through this type of setup I would contact HP staff same as if I received an abusive email from another hubber - because the staff would have the info regarding who participated in an anonymous edit.
That wouldn't be practical. HubPages can moderate spam out of our comments by picking up URL's. There's no way to auto-detect abuse.
I think we're developing an idea here, off to start a new thread with it.
I don't understand. It sounds like you disagree but you think it's a good idea?
I think it's a bit intrusive. do we do that in the real world at our office or workplace? not usually, unless it's input from a boss or co-worker you know and trust. I've pointed out 'glaring' errors a few times with people I follow and read/comment on their hubs, but I wouldn't leave a remark in a comment box.
As one more way of providing comments related to issues of editing, maybe every comments capsule could have a note above it stating whether comments are moderated or not. That way, the commenter would know whether the comment would automatically appear. Of course, even where comments are moderated, the author might choose to approve a comment even when the commenter did not want that.
Sending an e-mail is more private, but it does reveal the sender's e-mail address, and I would normally prefer not to do that.
If you want to offer advice for a hubber that might embarrass him, you could always do it privately in an email.
As Aficionada says, that means revealing your email address to the Hubber. Not everyone is comfortable doing that.
I like that idea but feel that those who help behind the scene should have some sort of recognition.
If we could have both - the private help - no email but a tracking to give credit for those helpful hubbers?
If the writer uses the edit recommendation, they could rate it up.
I think it would be important for the writer and the editor never have to know each other. But tracking the good helpful hints as a stat would help the quality of the overall site.
I think this is a pretty good idea, might be difficult to implement though.
Maybe if the edited changes appeared in a 'hub review' screen where you could click and accept each change, similar to how the link tool appears right now.
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