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The Mysteries of HubPages

Updated on January 9, 2015

Little mysteries add spice to life, but some are frustrating.

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A few mysteries remain unsolved....

With less than 33,000 views in the roughly 16 months I have written on HubPages, my experience is still lacking as to how, and perhaps why, everything works as it does.

Members write about the "mysteries" of how scores are calculated, what the score beside their photo represents, and why poems get scored at the bottom of the heap instead of being scored against other poems. Etc.

My most frustrating mystery is surely based on my pride being hurt by the scoring mystery.

I have had as many as 19 of 513 of my items scored with scores of 80 or more at one time. Today at 10:00 AM I had only one, leading me to suspect that on some future day (perhaps soon!) I may find none of those 19 once upon a time "winners" I was so proud of remain on the list of pieces while retaining a score of 80 or more.

As I didn't alter those 19 pieces of writing in any way that would have been likely to have dropped their worth, how and why did they slip from their exalted pinnacles and fall into mediocrity, while some pieces of writing retained the ongoing level of their under 80 scores?

Surely one of the incentives I find for writing and publishing on HubPages is my personal pursuit of excellence.

If I make the recognized effort to write well, how does that recognition of quality diminish simply with the passing of time?

I will venture a guess, and let other Hubbers speculate along with me.

If I write an article about the November 2012 national election, part of that article's score is likely based on timeliness and how many ads Google and the HubPages Team can associate with that article. As time passes and the election hype is over, the value of my article to HubPages decreases, and the "score" for the article presumably drops as the interest lags.

An article on what it was like to live on a Maine farm in the early 1930s is not likely to have suffered a lowered score on the basis of timeliness, but it has also dropped below its higher scores.

The "score" mystery remains.

As for the number beside my photo, I have had an article which scored 100 (briefly) but my photo-accompanying number this morning was apparently 88, though it is usually in the 90's. So a good guess about that number is that it is not a reflection of my highest scored Hub.

As to what the number actually represents: that mystery remains as well.

I have discovered that when I average writing "a Hub a day" (as I have frequently done, even for a month at a time) I get more views, apparently by virtue of my work regularly appearing before other Hubbers. When I take a break, even with over 500 Hubs, the viewings drop way off, in part because it appears my primary audience so far is those active Hubbers.

"Out of sight, out of mind." That saying seems to apply to why the daily viewings drop to the low double digits at such times.

These are the tantalizing "mysteries" I wrestle with. I am sure there are others equally baffling to other Hubbers, some of whom may well have resolved these that I ponder about.

If so, clue me in with a comment below. Okay?


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    • Anna Haven profile image

      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Your right it is a complete enigma. I know poetry usually drops both scores but then again some poetry stays at a high hub score ongoing. So who knows

      Interesting article throwing a fair highlight on the quagmire that is HP scoring system.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Don't feel bad. This question had an "unmoderated comment" from a fellow Hubber that I just denied because HP said it was entered "45 years ago"! It was the only way I could get rid of it after waiting two days so I could see you folks presumably "moderated" comments.

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Kind of like our Commenter Level Ratings. I went to sleep one night and I was a Level 8, but when I woke up the next morning I was a Level 6. I guess I must have spelled a word incorrectly or made someone angry in one of my comments. Oh well, life goes on even at Level 6.

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      allamazingstuff 3 years ago

      it's really a mystery...

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Good question! The answer? Not a clue! Good luck to all here on hubpages!

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      kathryn1000 5 years ago from London

      It's advertising too

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I remain clueless and I also have no idea at this moment what to do with my dormant so to say hubs. They are just there. The only thing that I try to do which I'm not even sure keeps me on top of things is that I don't let more than two days pass without posting a hub and if I can I put in a new hub each day. My writer score now hovers between 93 and 94. Clueless in Riga....

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Like everyone else, I too would like to know the answers to your questions! Why do we have to have all these scores anyway?

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      kathryn1000 5 years ago from London

      Even odder...hubs which I have unpublished can rise or fall by quite a bit.But one thing I am sure of is it is connected to how much you visit and publish.But I am not going to visit purely to raise those silly figures.I know which are my best pieces.

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      Supposedly they are hidden so nobody can figure out how to cheat the system. It is like a moving target is much harder to hit.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      There are answers. I'm just unclear on why they need to be hidden mysteries.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      All good points and questions. I have long given up in trying to understand or give any meaningful value to the point system; mine runs from 86 to 94; and I still don't know how this is calculated. If I am not on Hubpages for a couple weeks, it can run up to 96; at other times, drop to 86. Who knows?

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Case in point: yesterday only one of all my 500+ articles and poems had a score of 80 or above on my stats sheet. This morning, a day after posting this article about the mystery of how scores are awarded and changed, my stats sheet shows eight are scored 80 or above! What really changed overnight....except for my question about this mystery?

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      ...and the mysteries remain! I once hit a hubber score of 99 for a day and never happened again. My guest is if you are active and constantly on HP your score is likely to soar. I noticed my score would drop if I don't log on for a day or more. But then again, I also have a life outside HP. So, much as I would like to hit a perfect 100, guess it would only happen if I sleep on HP . (:

      So far, I never go down below 90 not that I care so much about it but I'll admit I 'd love to see it ascending instead of descending. Don't we all?

      Good thoughts, good read. Thanks.

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      For once, my own ignorance is comforting to me. From the very beginning I could not understand how any of this works, so I never paid any attention to the numbers. I see writers complaining about numbers that I have never even been able to find.

      I don't write much anymore because I couldn't keep up with the ever changing rules of Hub Pages. Hubs published for well over a year were suddenly flagged for duplicate content?

      There are way too many rules in this world anyway, so why bother learning yet another set of rules?

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      Gail Meyers 5 years ago from Kansas City - United States

      I have also wondered about this as I watch my hub scores bounce up and down. Thankfully, my writer score usually stays about 95. However, I did recently find several hubs cut and pasted in their entirety on various blogs. So I watch the traffic more than the hub score. That is unless the hub score drops too much and stays there, but it usually rises again. I would also be interested in an informed response. Voted up and interesting.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Wow.. I think about this everyday and scores keep changing hourly. My writer score goes from 93-97...And the hub scores keep changing. Not sure about anything here..but maybe your hub will stir up some information. Thanks for writing this...It will be interesting to see what comes. I am voting up and also sharing..