Is Prejudicial Discrimination the Answer?
When I first came on to HubPages, I was excited to see a wonderful community of amateur writers and authors sharing such an open and accepting space. All the articles, opinions, bios, videos... it felt so welcoming to someone such as myself who is always seeking a kind outlet for their thoughts. The more I browse the forums, however, the more I find that senior members of the community are seeking to start a witch hunt against those underprivileged and those they deem otherwise "beneath them."
Though I often visit the forum to privately message Hubbers who aren't receiving constructive criticism, or the criticism is laced with hateful and harassing connotations, I think I am going to avoid it from now on due to the lack of regulation as it concerns the toxicity of the more senior members.
How often do you create forum posts?
As I sit here and write this there is a conversation going on in the forums about how to "weed out" potential writers of low quality by instituting a way to prejudge writer skills before they are able to join. I have to admit, that this being a pretty open community, such mentalities make me feel as if they want me to throw a Star of David on people as my ancestors were forced to endure before fleeing to America. Perhaps that is an unfair comparison, but within that same post individuals are saying things such as:
"...weed out people who will never be successful here and just wasting everyone's time."
"We don’t need time wasters who will probably never get featured, let alone get a spot on the niche sites."
"Rarely does anyone who is a poor writer at the start, improve enough to become a decent earner."
This isn't even the half of it but it is where I will stop. These terrible, misguided things being said about potential writers for HubPages come from some of the same people who just ridiculed me for trying to offer my help to another Hubber trying to get published because they felt he was lesser than them in skill. What is their defense for calling for prejudicial and discriminatory practices on HubPages?
"In-house traffic and forum posts don't generate any revenue. The forum may, once again, become an interesting and useful feature without all the "help me pass QAP" posts which in fact is a means of HP management passing the buck of editing onto members."
I'm sure you can see why this makes me uncomfortable, as the same people who claim to want to help their fellow Hubbers are in the forums as I type this disparaging them.
Can't we all be a loving and accepting community that seeks to help those struggling, rather than disparaging and discouraging them before they even get a chance?
I can't stand hypocrisy.
Do you feel your forum posts get a sufficient amount of responses?
Encourage New Hubbers
With the warm fuzzy feeling of my first featured article being long gone, and even further those warm fuzzy feelings being stomped out by the seemingly ever-present senior members within the forum, I now see why Hubbers are leaving in droves. Now, I'm not going to be heading out any time soon, I still like HubPages and I can't let these toxic senior members of which I speak poison my view of the other members who don't want to put new members on a figurative burning pyre of angst; but I can openly advocate for a better solution than prejudice and discrimination.
Continue to do what you are doing HubPages staffers, your software is doing quite well considering the type of business you own and the subsequent income it brings in, and I know you are exploring new and fair ways to increase the quality of the community. What you could do, however, is have a more dedicated staffer for forum and article reports who takes the time to look over things objectively rather than subjectively. Biting wit that would better be equated to direct harassment should not go without consequence. Calling for discrimination against new Hubbers, and offering nothing more than disparaging solutions should not go without consequence either.
More justice, less wrongdoing, and may we all get to make HubPages an exceedingly wonderful place for all who would choose to partake.