On HubPages—October 21, 2011
Recently by Springboard
- Goodbye HubPages
The HubPages writing site has overstepped its bounds, has become involved in a form of censorship, and therefore I can no longer write there.
- The Springboard: What About Bob?
Isn't Bob you and I? We ALL want more money. The government. The banks. The businesses. But what about Bob? What happens when Bob needs more money? And why doesn't he get it?
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- Famous Words By Famous Hubbers
A fantastic bit of poetry by one of HubPages real talents, Micky Dee, as well as a well made point that HubPages is barking at the wrong trees lately. This is an important read for any current Hubber.
As I begin to write this, I am reminded of something I have oftentimes said. Be careful to not bite the hand that feeds you. It could be entirely true that, in a way, I do earn some money by publishing my musings and well-intentioned opinions here on this website. The hands of HubPages could well contain food. Perhaps if I sat here long enough, and wrote to my little heart's content one day I might actually be able to send the fruits of my labors from this place to my mortgage company.
Okay. Probably not. Still. I start a war with HubPages with some hesitation.
I have made it very clear in an earlier posting on this very website that I have very much enjoyed being here. It's a great site with a lot of great people, and even greater writers. I like the sharing, and I like the multi-levels of feedback. Good or bad, in the end, it's all good really. Right? Everything is a learning experience, and I've never once "unfollowed" someone because of something they've said, or an opinion they've shared. I don't know if someone has "unfollowed" me. At least I can't think of a time when that may have happened.
But something has gone terribly wrong. In a way I feel a bit betrayed. HubPages has betrayed me. They have unfairly targeted something I've written here simply because some filter has decided that a link, or a reference doesn't quite fit to their liking. Don't get me wrong. It's their site. They can have whatever kind of site they want to. I've never once said anything besides that. I respect the fact that they want a clean, user friendly site that has a wide appeal. I get that. I can appreciate that. I want to be a part of something like that. You know, I'm a conservative, and we conservatives can appreciate certain things like that.
Digging deeper into the moderator set alert, it lists only one link that is problematic and that has caused this alert to be generated. It's the link I inserted to the MegaMillions Multi-State Lottery official website. The hub was indeed about the lottery. It was indeed about playing the lottery. Yes. Playing the lottery is indeed gambling. But it's legal gambling. And while my article certainly was making the case for playing the lottery, it was in no way encouraging anyone reading the article to do anything other than make an informed decision that would be guided as well by their own sensibilities on the subject. But what about the link to the Powerball Multi-State Lottery official website? Why was that link not listed in the alert?
In another hub that was unpublished, "Made in the USA: After the Great Recession Pt.2," the link that was noted was a link I posted to the Boston Beer Company, which was referenced because it happens to be the only truly large beer company left in America today since Anheuser-Bush and Miller Brewing were both taken over by foreign companies.
I have a hub entitled, "Lost Wages, Nevada," which is about gambling which has not been unpublished, and which contains links to casinos. I have two hubs that are reviews of pubs which contain links to some of the beer company websites for the beers they serve there that have gone unscathed as well.
Who triggered the alerts? What triggered the alerts? And why just those hubs? Why just those links? It simply baffles me—though I'll readily admit I can become easily confused.
So I wrote to the HubPages team in response to my unpublished hubs. Like I said before, saying goodbye is tough. I enjoy writing here. It's worth a shot to at least put my thoughts before the team and see what they may have to say on the matter. I pointed out the questions I've posed here. Why those links? Why just those links?
The reponse I got back was cold. I am inclined to believe a person didn't bother to look at my questions. I don't think they bothered to read my letter. For that matter I don't think they've bothered to read the hub they've seen fit to take down.
This is what they told me:
Their response leaves me with no further words at the moment.