I got an email from HP team. One of my hubs has been unpublished because it was "purely or primarily personal." It was about rearing a difficult child - one of my daughters. The email stated that I needed to add parenting advice to make it more interesting to other hubbers. ??????????
So does that mean they're unpublishing all the poems here? Poetry is extremely subjective and doesn't usually offer advice to readers.
Is removing personal hubs really going to improve this site? Why not concentrate more on hubs with such poor grammar and mechanics that they're difficult to read?
I had two other hubs unpublished because of affiliate links they contained. I understood and didn't complain. This one, however, I just don't understand. Sometimes it almost seems as if HP is trying to alientate its most prolific writers.
I think this what is a 'personal hub' issue is confusing for hubbers.
I thought I had read somewhere here that the criteria was that as long as it was of use and interest to the reader it was not purely personal. From what you say I would have thought your hub would have been helpful to others.
Very sorry to hear that. Would like to know who is making such a subjective determination and on what basis
Thanks, guys. I moved the hub to another site, and it's already been approved!
It would make the issue a lot "cleaner" if poems were moved to poetry.hubpages.com and short stories moved to another subdomain.
I seem to be seeing the word "moderation" a whole lot today in the forums.
Was there a surge across the board?
This is one reason I've been writing, but not publishing, some things; and why I've been kind of waiting to see if I hear one thing or another about one Hub or another. In the "write-what-you-want" days, my reasoning was often, "Well, magazines have first-person accounts/stories."
I have some first-person Hubs that I did write with the idea of trying to offer the reader something I learned from one experience or another. I have a few that I wrote that are nothing more than stories (although non-fiction stories) for entertainment purposes. On the one hand, I've been thinking the writing is OK that, as long as fiction and poetry are on here, I'd think the occasional non-fiction, personal, story would be OK. There I have other kinds of Hubs that may be useful, but are in a very casual style; or Hubs that were written from assimilated knowledge (from a previous, non-writing, life) and/or from previous research.
Then I'll wonder, "Or does HubPages now just want the kind of "standard web article" (with references, x number of words, etc.) that so many "content farms" limit things to? (In other words, does HP want to embrace the content-farm thing completely?) So, since all the changes in standards starting kicking in, I've been kind of on hold (and spending most of my HP time in the forums), only because I'm not quite sure what I should be doing with old Hubs and/or what kind of Hubs will now be acceptable/wanted by HP.
THEN, though, the other thing I'm wondering is whether it's now OK to just write what we want, as long as the writing might be interesting to a reader (in which case, that goes back to the thing about the line between, and issue with, personal-but-OK and purely-personal-and-not-OK. ????
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