You could place an editing suggestion button on hub pages and give an accolade to helpful hubbers.
You'd improve the quality of hub content and the accolade would give us motivation to make suggestions?
This has been suggested before. It is, arguably, a good idea; at least if Hubbers could decide whether or not to allow them.
How about legal aspects, copyright? Does contributing editing suggestions create a collective work?
I'm not suggesting that we actually edit peoples hubs but that there's an edit box where we make suggestions about errors, spelling and grammer etc. It'd be up to the author whether they use the suggestions. Perhaps noone else could see them?
I've noticed that people don't generally do this in the usual comment boxes.
If it is someone that I follow and I see a spelling error or something that just does not look correct I will contact them through an email, but your idea is great aslanlight. It would make it a bit easier to do while right on the hub itself.
The copyright issue has still not been addressed. If the proposed edits are substantial, and the Hubber implements them, there needs to be a disclaimer where the "editor" waives all rights in the material. However, it is dubious that HubPages will want to administer such a system.
You mean they won't want to put it in place at all? They wouldn't want to improve the quality of the hubs, and member's writing skills?
If they wouldn't I'd find this questionable. Why not? Is it a financial reason? Surely they'll feel that they make enough money off us to improve the site for us and for the readers?
It'd be easy enough to sign something once only when we join, or once if it's implimented to say that if we offer editing suggestions we waive all rights.
I came here because the article writing site I was a member of, though more profitable for me in every way, didn't show enough respect or consideration for it's authors. HubPages seemed different. I hope I was right!
By the way, it's doubtful, not dubious. Lol See we'd all benefit from it. I know I make mistakes
And what about those words that won't be picked up by search engines because they're spelt wrong? That happens.
Thanks for your unsolicited correction. As a matter of fact, no. Dubious, not doubtful is what I meant. I find the expectation, hope, or belief that HubPages will want to administer such a legal framework dubious. As a matter of fact, I find it wishful, especially considering that the proposal has been made repeatedly without success.
Spelt or spelled? You see the potential for confusion here, when different branches of English converge? Should the suggested feature be available to educated, native English speakers only? Remember, those most likely to receive many suggestions and take much advice are likely not to be proficient in English; it could be like the blind leading the blind.
And what about the substance of suggestions? Who is to take legal responsibility for any profanity, erroneous information, or other inappropriate content being introduced by ways of such "pro bono editors"?
If someone's going to be profane better they do it through an editing box that people can't see rather than the visible comment boxes. They can be flagged from there.
As a native English speaker I obviously wouldn't advise an American to say 'spelt'. Give writers more credit for being able to use the tool.
There are always things to be thought through when new things are brought into being. Give the hubpages team the credit to be able to manage it. The legal thing needent get complex with a one time disclaimer from each of us.
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