HP wants to maintain a certain quality. The writers on this site need to also maintain a certain quality. There are persons on this site that may be considered spammers. Here are my ideas to help HP remain at a high standard.
1. Persons who join are given a deadline or a period of time to publish their first article or their account will become dormant, suspended or closed. This might sound harsh, but this is a site for writers, if you have nothing to write about, then don't join HP.
2. The first ten articles must be reviewed by HP and edited if needs be before it can be made public. (Other hubbers have suggested this before).
3. For those writers who are primarily bloggers or have a blogger style, give them the option of publishing their articles as blog.
4. Less articles written in the first person. These should either be published as creative writing, short stories, blogs or poetry.
Please tell me what you think.
Nothing makes sense to me except the second point.
You have obviously put some thought into your suggestions.
I like your ideas.
1)Im not sure if suspending or closing an account is a popular option simply because it's the internet and for some reason even 'no activity' doesnt always equate to no traffic.(Did that make sense)
But I do think it makes a great deal of sense to have a time period written it when joining. Then perhaps a follow up email to remind them when the time is nearing for deactivation (if no publishing occurs etc)
2) All articles are reviewed/moderated already by HP staff.
No comments on your last two points.
I would like to add a couple more.
No access to the forum until at least 1 hub has been written (presummedly passing a good quality standard) which hopefully screens out spammers.
Money prize/gift cards incentives for best hub (voted on by other hubbers) or awarded by HP
Hi Eagle, well maybe not close the account, but at least suspend it until you publish something. There are people on HP that has been here over a year that has not published even one article and I find these persons most critical of other people's work........ironic!
I think your first problem is that HP doesn't actually define "quality" in any manner of speaking to begin with.
At minimum, I would say 5 articles, just so HP can get a gist of the writer.
No. If they want to publish blogs, then go elsewhere.
What difference does it make, as long as the article is informative and quality(as defined by HP).
I just did.
Thanks Cagsil, maybe I'm being to harsh when it comes to the first person thing but I find a lot of these hubs about my "my dog spot" or something like that. It's not really informative but a story about how you played with your dog. those hubs should be in the creative writing category and not in the pet section.
The other day I was having the inspiration to write how I was felling about a couple of thing so I published them as prose poetry.
HP has already put in place "overly personal". What else do you want?
It's for HP to decide. If you think it is in the wrong category, then report/flag the hub and tell HP why you reported/flagged it.
That is your choice, just as it is other people's choice to put their writing down, as they choose.
It is HP's job to distinguish what is what. Again, report/flag and move on.
Points 1 and 2 could be a good idea. Point 3 I don't agree with, you can still be informative whilst writing from a personal point of view. I do that quite often with product reviews and always with travel writing (on another account) and these are some of my best received hubs. If it offers something to readers and is well written then it doesn't matter.
Hi Eleanor, I agree with you to a point. I agree that product reviews and informative hubs are okay that way, but I find quite a few hubs that are just telling people what they did today, or saying thanks to other hubbers, or some personal explanation of why they did something. These are the hubs I am referring to.
I also did a couple of hubs in the first person and these were extremely personal experiences with a message so I don't have a problem per say with the general idea, it's just the hubs that are just about nothing in particular. I think those hub should be in the creative writing category.
#1 and #2 I like and agree with.
#3 No. This is not a blogging site and doesn't need blogs on it. While bloggers might enjoy the forums as a social site there are other places they can go to do that.
#4 No. As has been pointed out, the hubs that you refer to are already being unpublished as they are found. Those that are written in the first person but not very personal (if that makes sense) are fine.
Wilderness, I was wondering about that.
My point is there are ways to tell a personal story without it sounding too personal.
I am glad HP is doing something about it. Product reviews and personal experiences about health issues and such are different.
Come to think of it, the blog thing is not suited to HP. I came up with the idea because some hubs that I read are blog like and I thought that these persons might be better suited to publishing blogs.
I do agree with those who disagree with the blog thing, I retract that suggestion.
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