We have our Hub score, we have our comment score, we have our accolades but no where is there a score detailing precisely how can we do better. Yes, we have the forums for help but for us struggling to make our hubs better what if there were an option given by the author to "grade" the hub? An accolade could be created for the Hubbers who help out an actually grade. Not all hubs would or could be offered up for grading. Anonymous suggestion could be made to guide the author.
For instance, some Hubbers are not grouping and often I forget to add a Hub into a group. This leave the possibility of not having as much traffic as I could have had IF I had simply completed the mechanics of what is available here on HubPages.
Perhaps that is not a good example. Perhaps a better example might be a spelling error or poor word choice that leaves the reader with a negative impression and yet the author doesn't know.
In an ongoing effort to be the best that we can be, perhaps each hubber could choose three hubs for "grading" and help behind the scenes? Then we as writers could systematically upgrade our work.
The grading categories could be:
Mechanics (not linking to a group, no back links, etc.)
Kind of like private critical comments? Visible to the grader and the hub owner?
Not a bad idea.. Maybe make an optional choice you'd enable for your hubs? I like it.
Because at least one person misunderstood this in another thread, let me make it plain:
We aren't calling to make comments private.
We are suggesting a separate, private comment stream for the purpose of constructive criticism only - a place to point out spelling errors, awkward phrasing, minor confusion points.. stuff that is useless or distracting in the normal comment stream.
This would let people leave such help (and I see this as help, nothing else) without exposing their email to the author and without being disruptive.
I think it is an excellent idea. I would love to receive such commentary.
I agree! This really is a great idea. Sometimes I want to help out a new hubber who may have one misspelling or something else amiss in their hub, but I don't want to reveal my email or leave a discouraging comment when the hub is otherwise okay.
Thank you for the clarification. Exactly. It would be no different than your manager giving you some talking points to improve - privately. Making the same mistakes or not paying attention to details can kill you on the Internet and in the world of business.
A second set of eyes to guide you and make you better or correct your mistakes could be very helpful.
A limit of what hubs and who could qualify would have to be set. Most importantly, the author must be engaged in the collaborate effort.
If something like this were exist, I would like to suggest that the identity of people giving grades me made available to the publisher. That way, like I don't get a billion "your writing sucks" type comments and thus get really hurt feelings thinking it's a bunch of hubbers saying that I suck... when it's really one person trolling me.
Negative non productive comments must come with consequences.
While most comments generate traffic the purpose of this would be simply behind the scenes quality.
Some people here have a great desire to improve and yet the tools are sometimes hard for them to find. To be tutored and to be given a leg up, I believe would improve the overall content quality of our hubs.
Let's face it we all sit behind a computer and most of us are like me with no editor or co-author. The margin for error is great. Volume posting as we have seen doesn't pay so if we could actively improve 3 hubs a month, we would have an opportunity to make the hub complete and more marketable to the Google search engine.
Google started their search engine with the "backlinks" under the theory of back rubs. This would be the ultimate back rub, our own group of helpers to take our content quality up a notch. Perhaps the helpful hints could be nothing more than check boxes - check your spelling, word choice, poor introduction, inappropirate keywords, etc...
I can't see much abuse of this and if there were, that can be handled exactly as such crap is handled in the normal comment scheme.
Except that sometimes you can keep missing a typo over and over - it helps to have someone say "their it is"
That would be so worth it. I just found a typo in a hub that does really well for me, and I've read through it a zillion times. I'd love a little private entry for that.
People never want to say "Hey, I liked this hub, but you have a typo in the second paragraph," so they skip the typo part to be polite. Or they write the comment and say, "Feel free to delete this after." Or they have to email, which makes people uncomfortable.
Of course, I'm sure all the "experts" would come out of the woodwork and want to offer their genius advice too, so, might be more hassle than it's worth.
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