What does it take to get a funny, useful, beautiful, or awesome from you?
What are your qualifications for rating a hub down, but not flagging it?
How often do you rate?
I don't do any of the above. I only express my opinion by writing comments, sometimes reviews and critiques.
I'm also a fan of the comments, but why wouldn't you rate as well? Do the ratings not have any affects?
I'm just curious, because whenever I'm HubHopping or browsing, I comment, select 1 of the 4 adjectives (if applicable) and rate up/down.
Just isn't my style, I'm not in the habit of doing that. I make an effort when writing comments, that should suffice. I think the feedback is valuable to the authors, and I do appreciate the feedback that I receive.
I hit those buttons if, and only if, I think the page deserves it. This is a subjective judgement on my part - if it spoke to me, I enjoyed it, I laughed at it, I can see the effort put in - then it gets a vote or button, comment, whatever.
I don't just press it for fun or because I like the person. This is in the hope that the buttons might actually mean something rather than be a version of Facebook friending.
If something in a hub makes an impact on me, I comment to that effect. The buttons are far too mechanical for my liking.
I particularly dislike the use of "awesome", since the literal meaning of this word makes it a description that should be used very rarely. I know it has been downsized into slang, but I prefer to avoid using slang.
The buttons potentially have a minor relevance when a hub does not have a comments capsule. Unfortunately, this is probably going to be the case more often now, as people seem to think leaving it off will get more visitors seeing the ad space at the very bottom. Even then, I'm more likely simply to rate the hub up or down.
OK, bit more. I would tend to leave a comment and press a button, rather than press a button. I don't do this very often.
Of the four buttons I hardly ever use useful, as I don't really dig useful pages.
Funny and / or awesome would be my response.
I don't do beautiful - not my thing.
tbh - the one I use most is the Flag button. In some cases I will leave a comment as well for the moderator.
I am a bit bored today.
I have read that the voting up and rating will positively affect hubscore and which in turn will have an impact on search rank and pageviews.
No. Hubscore has ZERO effect on search rank and pageviews -- except a possible trickle of hubbers if your hub happens to be featured for something somewhere on the sites. But remember -- hubbers can't click on ads so they don't make you money.
Hubscore, Author score and Karma score are all totally insignificant outside of HubPages.
ETA: A low hub or author score can effect whether outbound links in your hubs are DoFollow or NoFollow. That's it.
I vote up if I think the Hub is a good Hub (by Hubpages standards and/or if I'm particularly impressed according to my own standards of what makes an overall good Hub).
With rating down, if I've ever done it I don't really recall doing it. I suppose the only thing that would make me rate down, but not flag, would be something that crosses my personal line about something like "spewing hate" or misogyny (even if it weren't "officially" hate speech) or else something that crosses the line with what I see as "too crude for my taste", or something with information that strikes me as "bad information" (provided the information in question is something on which I have enough background/experience to "legitimately" recognize "bad information" when I see it). I won't rate up something I don't think much of, but I don't rate down Hubs just because they aren't my cup of tea or don't meet my personal standards of what a Hub ought to be. There are too many Hubbers and too many different "cups of tea" to do that, I think.
If I find a Hub either perfectly fine or else "neither-here-nor-there" I don't comment. I just vote up. I comment when I believe a comment is called for. I try not to do this, but once in a while I'll leave the "meaningless" comment just because the Hubber has often commented on my Hubs, and I want him/her to know I'm reading his stuff too.
I reserve the buttons for I think they're really called for. I take all but "useful" very literally. "Beautiful" means I have to be moved by the beauty of it. "Awesome" means I have to be struck with awe by it, or at least struck by something that kind of borders on awe (for me). "Funny" has to be make me laugh.
I've seen some (fairly rare) Hubs that are so comprehensive and so full of appropriate images, they're just what an "informative Hub" are supposed to be. Those might get an "awesome" from me. There are also Hubs that have strikingly beautiful photographs and also have lots of information that is related to the photos and that has substance. If the photos are strikingly beautiful, they'll get a "beautiful" from me. Something like a particularly beautiful, moving, poem or story may also get a "beautiful" from me.
The only thing that makes me click on "useful" is a Hub that does a particularly excellent job of sharing useful, complete, and accurate information about a practical subject. That kind of Hub stands out from all the run-of-the-mill attempts to write a "useful" Hub, so that kind, to me, deserves the extra "vote" as "useful". Otherwise, rating a perfectly fine, but run-of-the-mill, "useful" Hub is enough, as far as I'm concerned.
So, having said all that, I guess the only reason I use those buttons is when I think a Hub is strikingly excellent in one, or more, of those ways. Whether I comment or don't demands on whether I think I have anything worthwhile to add. With Hubs that are flag-worthy (according only to HP standards, not my own) there's no voting or clicking on buttons because I don't read them at all. I just flag them if I run into them.
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