The Editors of HubPages are Gods
Well, at least of their IT domain. Anyone who has been hubbing for awhile has no doubt faced the censorship of the HubPage Gods with a banned hub. I use to think that all hubs are read once published and if it passes, it stays published. Most people and writers hate being censored yet if happens often on HubPages. The Gods read something that THEY do not like and issue a fatwa banning the hub until corrected. The rejection is almost always subjective. What may be offensive to an editor, most likely is not offensive to the author of the hub, yet, as in the old days of the Soviet Union, or in today's China, it is unpublished.
It is not only the hub content that can trigger anger from some idiot God (which could also be non-human) but it could be comments made by others about the topic of the hub. Your hub could be unpublished years later because of some comment a God did not like.
About two years ago, my hub, Bilingual Discrimination is so real, was well received and many people who agreed and disagreed with commented on it, mostly in intelligent manner. The hub dealt with in many places Spanish is being required as part as the job requirement because business caters to that group.Even if a person has superior skills for a job, yet no Spanish, a person who has less skills but knows Spanish well, will get the job. Many commented that was certainly the case, whether from a clerk job at Kohls or a RN at Kaiser, there seems to be a bias now for those who can speak Spanish. Many comments bordered on anger and injustice, some badmouthed Hispanics, some said the Spanish requirement was just another skill now needed.
None of the comments (and there were many!) I felt warrant any deletion, it is their opinion, right or wrong. Really bad ones I did delete. This hub was just unpublished based upon what one or two comments, of which, I did not personally think were that bad. As I said, it is subjective. Yet, the Gods thought otherwise. The Gods wanted me to read through hundreds of comments to delete the negative ones. Huh, first, too time consuming, but, since it is subjective, I have no clue what the editor gods thought was bad. The two examples they gave feedback on my feeling was, "are you kidding?".
So, the original hub I wrote was copied and pasted to create a new hub on the same topic, different title. The old hub was then unpublished. Having published the new hub, a day a later, this new hub was banned again, the message said it was copied from a previously published hub. Duh! Yes, my own, which was unpublished. This is bullshit. The editors claim not all hubs are read, I suspect their is a flag and the link goes into a queue for Gods to read and approve or censor. I think there is some search crawler crawling though all hubs looking for key words that the Gods deem unfit for their world, flag it, and then review it, how else would they be able to locate a hub published two years ago, hundreds of comments, and then unpublish it based upon a few words in a posted response.
I wonder if the USSR or China has such a sophisticated censor capability?