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Red Flag Warning - So Grateful for Receiving It

Updated on September 8, 2011
Grateful for the Red Flag warning.
Grateful for the Red Flag warning. | Source

Now I am a little gun-shy about writing my next hub.

I accept the Flag with respect and even gratitude. Respect because being clear that my hubs are professionally adjudicated, I have more respect for HubPages. Gratitude, because I want to write the best Hubs that I can and this caution has given me the opportunity to be clear about what is good writing and what is unacceptable when writing for online publication. Gratitude also because, in my particular case, I chose to completely rewrite the hub. I hope that it will be released for publication in a few days.

I could not understand the warning at first. The email contained information that seemed to be fairly generic and not specific to my article. So I took the next 6 hours to find out just what my specific ‘problem’ was and what the whole issue of flagging was about.

HubPages Tutorials and Community

This is where I went first. I read hubs written by a number of Hubbers who held long tenure with HubPages (3 to 5 years). These were extremely useful Hubs and extremely well written. I will use their ‘layout’ ideas and the ‘tools’ they used in my Hubs as I become more educated on how to use these tools.

Because I am not yet worrying about or working on how to make money with my hubs, except how this affects topic, keywords, and writing ability, I read only the hubs that I thought would help me fix my problem. Two hubs that meant a lot to me because of advice were by relache and by pwalker281 .(I do not yet know how to properly include their names in my hubs) but thank you all. What you had to say helped me greatly. By the way, I read all the comments with all the hubs I have read today.

Then I moved into HubTool Tutorials and read a number of hubs there. BlogJournal and danfresnourban helped with a number of matters important to me when writing a hub. Thank you so much.

Troubleshooting and Technical Tips for Your Hub

When I moved into this section of Tutorials etc., I found a hub by RebeccaE and one by Lissie that helped with specific and extremely important advice. Thank you for your help. Then, somehow, I was led to the Forum topic on the updated rules for flagging hubs.

New Flagging Reasons by Maddie Rudd

This has proven to be one of the most informative ‘forum topics’ I have read. It gave me excellent advice, reasons not to be frustrated with difficulty understanding what I had to change, and reasons not to be frustrated with time delays. One particular person stood out for me in the stream (sorry, thread) and that was Michael Willis. He seemed to keep a level head when providing advice and feedback to some people's concerns. There were so many topics raised that were provocative, interesting and informative. There were others who stood out for me as well. I have made a note of them and will be following up with them (reading their hubs)over the next few days.

My point to all this is: Doing all this research has taken time and diligence beyond what I expected so early in my writing with HubPages. Although I joined 6 months ago, I have been writing with HubPages for only 10 days. My experience has been excellent, exciting and rewarding. I will write a Hub about it if I have something relevant, fresh, and worthwhile to say. And, all the research I have done today has helped me tremendously to become a good writer and a good online writer.

My purpose in writing this hub is to take away the ‘sting’ of receiving a flag and to help me get back up on the horse. If anyone thinks it might be worthwhile, I will rewrite this hub (when I am a little more experienced) into something that might be useful to other Hubbers.

Extreme Hub Makeover

I an not yet ready for Extreme Hub Makeover, but soon. I have spent more time reading and learning than I have researching and writing – a humbling experience. But I am truly grateful.


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    • Maralexa profile imageAUTHOR

      Marilyn Alexander 

      6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Thanks Rob. My gratitude is towards the wonderful people, friends, and followers at HubPages. They each help me to learn what works and what doesn't work in this business -- and in life. i appreciate your comments and your votes.

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      Rob Winters 

      6 years ago

      Great Attitude to have both in relation to writing hubs and life in general.We all have a lot to learn about many things.We just have to be open and non judgemental about it.Sounds like you've got these skills down.Encouraging Hub.Up & Useful.

    • Maralexa profile imageAUTHOR

      Marilyn Alexander 

      7 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Good to see you too, homesteadbound! I have been away for about 2 months but should be back soon. Hope your 30/30 is going well. Thanks for taking the time to read my hub.

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Maralexa - I had to come search you out. I have missed seeing your smiling face. You have such an awesome attitude and spirit over all of this. I'm glad that you were able to find your answers and I hope to see some of your hubs soon. If you ever have any questions feel free to email me - I might know the answer, but i too am fairly new. But I have been learning like a crazy person!

      Hope to see your smiling face soon!

    • Maralexa profile imageAUTHOR

      Marilyn Alexander 

      7 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Thanks brake12. I hadn't done anything 'wrong' so much as doing something 'incorrectly'. I really believe that HubPages staff and fellow writers can help us all get over mistakes quickly, so we can get on with writing better hubs that pay. Thanks for dropping in.

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      Audrey Selig 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Your positive attitude amazes me. I don't remember anyone ever writing such a hub. Anyway, it is good and kind and used as a learning experience. That is what it is all about. One time I had too many links to one sight so I guess I had a warning or flag or something. I fixed it quickly. Your hub is well written and organized. Happy writing Maralexa.

    • Maralexa profile imageAUTHOR

      Marilyn Alexander 

      7 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Thank you Patrice, thank you Lynda and thank you James. There are a number of other people at HubPages that have helped me tremendously, as well. At each step. Without their help and your help, encouragement and great hubs, I probably would not still be here. Just as importantly, because of the sincere comments on my hubs and responses to my questions, I believe I can contribute to HubPages while building my "little business" of writing.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Your story is interesting. Isn't it great that the other Hubbers are wonderfully helpful when someone needs assistance. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Good hub. So many have expressed issues with the system, often believing the problem is subject matter, when it is the quality of writing to blame. With the new paradigms issued by Google, poor quality hubs drags us all down. As this is a site for writers, it is not unreasonable to expect those posting here know what does and does not constitute a sentence. (Not that this is your issue, as evidenced by your lovely writing -- but it is for many.) Nice to meet you. I am also a Canadian,from Alberta, now living on the Gulf Coast of Florida. I look forward to reading more from you. Lynda

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      7 years ago

      First of all, I'm glad you found information in my hub on duplicate content useful. And it's okay if you call me pwalker281. Many people don't use their real names (mine is Patrice, which you are also welcome to use) so what else are you going to call them? "Hey, you!" :-)

      Secondly, one of the problems with this flagging system, IMHO, is that it is automated which means a machine has been programmed to look for certain things and then doles out a flag when it finds them. This isn't to say that the flag is unwarranted, only that because the warnings are not issued by human beings who have read the hub, there are times when the flag is incorrectly issued. That's why it is extremely important to do exactly what you did - pin down what you believe to be the problem in your hub. If your hub did in fact warrant the flag, then it's easy enough to fix the error. However, if you don't agree with the flag or don't understand it, it's also very important for you to email HP to state your case or ask for more information. This doesn't mean that HP will agree with you if you believe the flag was issued in error, but they very well might. And your defense of your hub will give HP constructive feedback about the problems with this automated flagging system.

      Finally, I don't see any problems with this hub. Why do you think you would need to rewrite it? I think other hubbers will find how you went about researching the flag very instructive and useful, especially the references your provided. Don't let receiving a flag keep you from writing. Everybody here has probably gotten or will get at least one at some point (I have two under my belt!). You've learned a lot from this experience. Apply that knowledge as you write your next hub. I'm looking forward to reading it.

      Rated up and useful!!


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