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Thomas Swan is a writer and scientist from England. Inspired by Carl Sagan's Cosmos, he became a doctor of physics in 2011. The link to the right presents a selection of his physics papers. An enduring interest in the evolution and psychology of religion compelled Thomas to switch fields to study the cognitive science of religion. His hubs reflect this diverse panoply of interests, covering topics such as psychology, religion, politics, history, soccer, physics, evolutionary theory, anthropology, philosophy, classical music, mythology, and emotional influences on the formation of religious beliefs.

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    • Denying bad comments?
      14

      Denying bad comments?

      11 months ago

      Should I deny poorly-spelled comments? Are they deliberate?I had a comment left by "Justin Beiber" saying: "Feeli'n bad for em' all" on an article about animals going extinct.I get a lot of comments like that. I'm starting to think they're left by people from rival sites trying...

    • Broken Links?
      3

      Broken Links?

      19 months ago

      I have a number of so-called "broken links", but the pages they go to work fine. 90% of them are pages with scientific abstracts on, with web addresses from the APA (American Psychological Association) or NCBI:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/http://psycnet.apa.org/I link to the abstracts if I...

    • Thank you Hubpages
      16

      Thank you Hubpages

      2 years ago

      The recent change to using niche sites has doubled the number of views my hubs are getting. As someone who writes on a number of topics, this has been just what my work needed. I'd like to thank the staff for making the changes; for always being professional; and for putting up with me for this...

    • Sharing SoapBoxie `Hubs' to Facebook is not producing a thumbnail
      7

      Sharing SoapBoxie `Hubs' to Facebook is not producing a thumbnail

      2 years ago

      My latest hub was moved to Soapboxie. I'm OK with that, but it seems sharing from this new site produces problems for Facebook. Normally I would get the top picture from the article displayed with a link when I share it on facebook. I'm only getting the link with no picture. Why? I tried refreshing...

    • Should I delete comments from profiles that no longer exist?
      11

      Should I delete comments from profiles that no longer exist?

      2 years ago

      On a number of hubs, I have comments from hubbers who no longer have a profile here. When I click on their names, a page comes up saying "Sorry that user no longer exists".I suppose these links aren't "dead" but they are very poor links to have on a hub. Might search engines...

    • How do I deal with unethical web hosts when filing DMCAs?
      20

      How do I deal with unethical web hosts when filing DMCAs?

      3 years ago

      I have had to file over 10 DMCA complaints containing approximately 30 URLs... and all for the same person using the same web hosting service.This person continues to rip off my articles while I keep filing DMCAs. The web host takes the URLs down but, even after all these notices, they just keeping...

    • Am I the copyright owner of my editor's choice hubs?
      23

      Am I the copyright owner of my editor's choice hubs?

      3 years ago

      I just got a weird email from Google after I reported a blogspot page for infringing the copyright on one of my editor's choice hubs. They said: "It is unclear to us whether or not you are the authorized copyright agent for the content in question. Only the copyright owner or an authorized...

    • Persistent thief
      22

      Persistent thief

      3 years ago

      I've got someone stealing my articles and uploading them to multiple domain names. When I send my DMCA notices to the hosting company, the company takes the individual pages down, but nothing more. The same person then steals another of my articles and puts it on a different domain name hosted with...

    • Putting old bubbles into blogs
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      Putting old bubbles into blogs

      3 years ago

      I have some questions for the experienced bloggers here.I used to have a Bubblews account that I deleted when their dishonest practices became clear to me. I was careful to copy my 70 posts into a word document to use another time. The posts are reasonably well written, original, evergreen, and...

    • Tracking down article thieves
      22

      Tracking down article thieves

      3 years ago

      I'm having a hard time tracking down the hosts of some of the websites that are plagiarizing from me. For example, this one:towhoo.comAccording to whoishostingthis, it's hosted by Software Works Group. They don't seem to be a hosting service or a legitimate business because the email on their site...

    • Thomas Jefferson, David Hume, and other geniuses.
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      Thomas Jefferson, David Hume, and other geniuses.

      3 years ago

      The name `Thomas Jefferson' keeps appearing on the ends of quotes that I've thought were particularly profound and important. I know who he was, of course, but I must admit I've never read any of his longer works. What book would people recommend that could introduce me to his political...

    • Are people rating my hub before I finish editing it?
      12

      Are people rating my hub before I finish editing it?

      3 years ago

      I have no idea how the Hub rating system works. What I do know is I published a hub about 4 hours ago. I came back to it 30 minutes ago, found a sentence that didn't look right, and edited it. 5 minutes later, the hub exited the bowels of the "quality assessment process" with a score 7...

    • Is it bad if you write an entire article without links?
      16

      Is it bad if you write an entire article without links?

      3 years ago

      I usually put quite a few links in my hubs to various sources, or even to my own hubs. I recently wrote a hub in which I didn't link to anything. Is this bad form? Will google frown at me and say "you plonker, I won't send this hub any traffic"? Obviously, there's the links that hubpages...

    • How long does it take Google to take down a blog?
      5

      How long does it take Google to take down a blog?

      3 years ago

      I often use Google's copyright infringement form to request they take down a `blogspot' blog that has copied one of my articles. It usually takes about a week for Google to take down the blog, but in one recent case it's been almost 3 weeks and the thing is still there. When do you think I should...

    • Anyone else getting less earnings for the same views?
      16

      Anyone else getting less earnings for the same views?

      4 years ago

      My traffic this week is about 5-10% lower, but my earnings are about 30% lower. Is this just because fewer people are buying things at this time of year?  Is anyone else seeing the same sort of trend? Perhaps I should write some holiday hubs...

    • Why doesn't Google stop plagiarism on Blogspot?
      2

      Why doesn't Google stop plagiarism on Blogspot?

      4 years ago

      Today I filed what must have been my 20th DMCA notice against a blogspot page. Around 30-40% of all my notices are filed against blogspot addresses. Some of those blogs had been up for over a year, which means Google doesn't have an automatic plagiarism (copyright infringement) detector.Why don't...

    • Did Hamas really kill those Israeli teenagers?
      3

      Did Hamas really kill those Israeli teenagers?

      4 years ago

      Three Israeli teenagers have been killed after being kidnapped weeks ago. Israel was quick to blame Hamas for the kidnapping, but strangely, Hamas didn't take credit. They've also denied any part in it. Even more strange is the execution of the teenagers. Hamas and other Palestinian groups have...

    • What if there's no way to file a DMCA Notice?
      26

      What if there's no way to file a DMCA Notice?

      4 years ago

      So another "C" came up in the copied hubs section today. As usual someone had stolen one of my hubs.... words, pictures and all. I wanted to send them a DMCA complaint. However, there was:1. No "contact us" page or link.2. No email address listed on the "whois"...

    • RESOLVED: Irritating Audio Ads
      44

      RESOLVED: Irritating Audio Ads

      4 years ago

      This probably isn't a bug, but it's annoying and I wish Hubpages wouldn't do it. There is an ad which plays sound appearing on some of my hubs. I think it's a cricket ad with the sound of a bat hitting a ball, and a crowd cheering. The ad is also one which appears right at the bottom of the page,...

    • Links on Hubs
      8

      Links on Hubs

      4 years ago

      I have recently written a hub in which I provide a link to another hub on the same subject (that I wrote). I have also put them in the same "group", meaning there is a second link below the article. Hubpages also puts a number of `related hubs' below that. It seems my other hub has been...

    • A Questionnaire for Christians, Muslims, and All Theists
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      A Questionnaire for Christians, Muslims, and All Theists

      4 years ago

      Over the past few years, I've been asking myself how and why people start believing in God (or any other deity). As an agnostic, I feel like I'm missing out on something, and that if I knew about the conditions under which theistic beliefs form, I might be able to experience something similar one...

    • People asking when my hubs were published
      18

      People asking when my hubs were published

      4 years ago

      On two occasions I've been asked about the publication date for my hubs. Once in a hub comment, and once in an email via my website. What possible reason would someone have to ask this question? Is this a new scam that people are pulling? Somehow they are able to steal the copyright by knowing the...

    • RESOLVED: Unknown hub violation
      12

      RESOLVED: Unknown hub violation

      4 years ago

      On my hub `Top 20 Famous Redheads In History' I have the violation `Links to Malware or Phishing sites'. The hub was published 7 months ago and I haven't added any links since then. When I go into edit mode, there isn't a message to tell me which link is supposed to be the bad one. I haven't had an...

    • Is it still good practice to put your title in the summary?
      28

      Is it still good practice to put your title in the summary?

      4 years ago

      Following my investigation into good SEO practice, I decided to write the title of my hubs as the first words in the hub summaries. So the summary would start with the title, followed by a hyphen (dash) and a brief description. I do this on almost all of my hubs, but I don't like doing it because...

    • Avast anti-virus gives hubpages a
      1

      Avast anti-virus gives hubpages a "bad reputation" icon in search

      4 years ago

      Please see this thread: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/118149(I think I started that topic in the wrong forum. My apologies.)

    • Why does Hubpages have a 'Bad Reputation' with Avast anti virus?
      33

      Why does Hubpages have a 'Bad Reputation' with Avast anti virus?

      4 years ago

      I recently installed Avast anti-virus free edition. It puts little icons next to google search results to tell you if the site is safe or not. It seems that every hubpages link in search results has a yellow marker saying "This site has a bad reputation". Seeing as Avast is one of the...

    • Copyright thieves
      17

      Copyright thieves

      4 years ago

      Recently, I found that a number of my articles have been stolen for use on various sites and blogs. In at least two cases the stolen version has been outperforming mine, and ranking higher on google. I have been busy filing DMCA notices, and most have responded positively, but is there any way for...

    • Are links left in comments read by google?
      15

      Are links left in comments read by google?

      4 years ago

      Someone left a bunch of wikipedia links in a comment on one of my hubs. They were relevant to what we were talking about. I would rather not delete the comment unless I have to. However, I'm also aware that mass-linking, especially to wikipedia, can be a problem. Do google and other search engines...

    • Is this a mistake?
      17

      Is this a mistake?

      5 years ago

      One of my hubs that was getting around 30 hits per day suddenly jumped to almost 3000 hits yesterday. I haven't shared it recently, and according to the hub stats, the traffic must have come from Google. I thought this must be a mistake, but my earnings say I earned 5 dollars yesterday (about 5...

    • Advert not showing on a featured hub.
      15

      Advert not showing on a featured hub.

      5 years ago

      Perhaps I'm missing something, but I have a featured hub here: http://thomasswan.hubpages.com/hub/Onli … s-with-NPDThere is room for the ad below the picture, and I have ads turned on, but no ad is appearing. The ads in the sidebar are appearing, but not the adsense in the body of the...

    • Does Bubblews keep earning after you stop posting?
      15

      Does Bubblews keep earning after you stop posting?

      5 years ago

      I've just started using Bubblews, but I'm wondering if it's worth it in the long run. I usually write around 300-400 words summarizing one of my hubs, with a link at the end.Given the amount of spam on the site, it's unlikely that google will ever rate bubblews articles in search results. So after...

    • What is the best way to write quotes into a hub?
      10

      What is the best way to write quotes into a hub?

      5 years ago

      I am about to publish a hub that contains a large number of quotes. I was thinking of writing those quotes in italics so they look different from the bulk of the text. Is there a better way? Could the "code" capsule be useful here? Perhaps putting them in colored text boxes on the right...

    • Is Google Keywords up to date?
      15

      Is Google Keywords up to date?

      5 years ago

      I have heard conflicting reports regarding Google Adwords Keyword Tool. I remember some people saying it isn't updated anymore. So I'm asking here, is it up to date? Is it still useful? I suppose it could still be useful even if it isn't completely up to date.

    • How to reduce bounce rate?
      5

      How to reduce bounce rate?

      5 years ago

      I've heard that a bounce rate above 80% is a major problem. Mine is 88%, is that normal for hubpages?However, the average session time is about 50 seconds, suggesting some people actually read a fair chunk of my work.To reduce the bounce rate, would it be worth putting links to my related hubs...

    • How best to use subdomains.
      9

      How best to use subdomains.

      5 years ago

      I am someone who writes on a lot of different subjects including science, history, psychology, politics, religion, and sport. I have noticed that google tends to associate my subdomain with a particular type of article (sport), and gives me more traffic in that area. Google seems to have this idea...

    • How many capsules is too many?
      14

      How many capsules is too many?

      5 years ago

      I'm making a list with 25 entries. Each entry needs a few lines to explain why it's there. Is it prudent to have 25 text capsules, or should I just embolden/bullet-point the subtitles and put the whole lot within a single text capsule?

    • How to deal with a personal attack on hubpages?
      27

      How to deal with a personal attack on hubpages?

      5 years ago

      I had an argument with someone on hubpages recently (no surprise there!). It got pretty heated, so I deleted the comments capsule on my hub. This prompted the other person to write a hub solely about me and my hub. They've been careful not to mention me by name, but it would be very easy for his...

    • When people vote down your hub, can it have any effect on traffic?
      9

      When people vote down your hub, can it have any effect on traffic?

      5 years ago

      After writing about an ex-US President, two "patriotic folk" (to be polite), strongly disagreed with my negative slant and posted angry comments about how I should be ashamed with what I'd written. You know, the usual "we live in a free country, but your opinion is unacceptable"...

    • Are unpublished hubs found by google?
      5

      Are unpublished hubs found by google?

      5 years ago

      When I click "save unpublished" on a hub I'm working on, the address looks exactly like the address of one of my published hubs. There isn't a "no index" tag that I can see. So wouldn't google find these unpublished hubs? It worries me because sometimes all I have is a title to...

    • Weekly traffic more than monthly traffic, impossible!
      5

      Weekly traffic more than monthly traffic, impossible!

      5 years ago

      For a couple of my hubs, traffic in the last 7 days is higher than traffic in the last 30 days. Since the last 7 days is included in the last 30 days, surely this is impossible? What am I missing?

    • Influx of people who can't write proper English
      611

      Influx of people who can't write proper English

      5 years ago

      Is hubpages in danger of being over-run by writers from India who can't write proper English? I went to a hubpages question yesterday, and half the answers were from Indian hubbers who didn't understand the question but felt compelled to answer it anyway.It's not just answers. More than half of the...

    • Why do I get emailed about some people's hubs but not others?
      5

      Why do I get emailed about some people's hubs but not others?

      5 years ago

      Sometimes I get emailed: "*some person* has published a new hub!" but there are more hubs being published than what I'm emailed about. So what makes these hubs so special that they get an email all of their own?

    • Larger choice of background colors for text boxes
      5

      Larger choice of background colors for text boxes

      5 years ago

      Currently we only have blue and grey for the background of text and amazon boxes. I'm sure people would appreciate a larger range! I have one hub in particular that could benefit from a soft red background on some text boxes.

    • How do I get my profile pic to appear beside articles in search?
      8

      How do I get my profile pic to appear beside articles in search?

      5 years ago

      I have seen many articles in google search results which have the authors pic beside them. My Dad also told me recently about "claiming authorship" with google to get this to work.Is this possible with hubpages? Has anyone done it?

    • Can I still put a
      5

      Can I still put a "sign up with hubpages" link in a hub?

      5 years ago

      I want to create a text link in a relevant part of the hub I'm currently writing that people can click on to be directed to the sign up page through my referral tracker. I know how to do it, I was just wondering whether it's still permitted?

    • Is DMOZ something hubbers can submit to, and is it worth it?
      3

      Is DMOZ something hubbers can submit to, and is it worth it?

      5 years ago

      I've been researching SEO, and some people still think it's worth getting your website into the DMOZ directory. Hubpages is a little different to a niche website, so can individual hubs be listed on DMOZ? I have many high quality hubs with scientific content that might get into the directory. Also,...

    • Don't show duplicates in the Ebay capsule
      4

      Don't show duplicates in the Ebay capsule

      5 years ago

      I've just started using the ebay capsule. I've noticed that the icon on the capsule saying `Right Now on Ebay' leaves a lot of white space around it. Could we have a less conspicious ebay icon for the capsules? Something wide and panoramic rather than square with a load of white space next to...

    • Ebay capsules displaying same ads
      3

      Ebay capsules displaying same ads

      5 years ago

      I've noticed that when I put an ebay capsule that displays more than one item, I very often find duplicate ads coming up. For example, on a football hub I have an ebay capsule with six items in it. Four of these items are the same pair of Nike football boots. Surely this damages my page ranking, as...

    • Followers Disappearing!
      8

      Followers Disappearing!

      5 years ago

      Is hubpages in the process of deleting a number of accounts? Or perhaps people are moving to other writing platforms? Either way I am losing some followers (about 4 in the last few days). I can't be sure, but I don't think it's people that have just decided to stop following me, because the number...

    • FIXED: Some videos in Hubs not viewable when not logged in
      36

      FIXED: Some videos in Hubs not viewable when not logged in

      5 years ago

      I am absolutely distraught. Some of my best hubs contain youtube videos. I have found that anyone logged into hubpages can see my videos without any problem. Today my Dad happened to be looking at my hubs and said "there are no videos here". Stunned, I went onto hubpages and logged out of...

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