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The demise of HUBPAGES! What will cause it?

Updated on September 18, 2011

Will the current rules and regs. kill a good thing?

Without the writers on this site, where will Hubpages be?

I would like to start by saying I enjoy Hubbing and reading the work that many of my peers on Hubpages! This is not an article that is meant to insult anyone, in any way! I have been hubbing for over a year, I was nominated "Best new Hubber of 2010", am ranked 90 at this point, and I plan on continuing hubber for years to come. That is why I am expressing my concerns. Not to knock, but to help.

If Hub pages were to disappear someday, what would be the cause? Did you ever wonder? I didn't until they started deleting many of my hubs! I received a copied and pasted email stated that stated I had broken the rules and one of my hubs was deleted. When I wrote back and asked what rules I had broken, there was no answer. Then several more were deleted, and as much as I tried to fix them, they would never be re-approved.

Also, unlike every social network out there, when a "hubber" wants to be a bully or be abusive, there is no way to block that person. The staff does not appear to get concerned by such behavior as well. Some outstanding writers have left Hubpages because of this!

I in no way want to upset anyone, but instead issue a helpful warning. If these and other apparent flaws are not addressed, then Hubpages may lose some very good writers.

If the staff feel that my claims are unfair, they can leave a comment, and I will allow it to be shown.

UPDATE: When i wrote this my hubber score was 90. Though I average between 250-300 views a day on my hubs, my score sank to 78! Also, more of my hubs are getting pulled for no reason. What do they hope to accomplish?

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    • Wonder Referrals profile image

      Wonder Referrals 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Once again for the third time another hub

      is in jeopardy of being deleted.

      The hub is not in violation of anyone's

      privacy or broken links or inappropriate language.

      I had to stop adding my personal web site URL

      as a link.

      Now, I am fighting to have my hub restored.

      What's happening to freedom of speech, press

      and the right to write for relaxation and

      enjoyment.

    • American View profile image

      American View 

      7 years ago from Plano, Texas

      mike,

      There is no doubt in my mind that HP censors. I had 2 hubs removed and I kept re-posting because they would not respond to me. I move one to my web site. the answered me on another. It was removed because there were 2 words that were a duplicate on another site, here is the best part, it was one of my other hubs!!. They eventually made it irrevicoble I am looking for another site and I am looking for mideas. I have not found one that does the same things like forums and questions like this one does. I am tired of hubbers making stupid comments, attackingno matter what is written. Today they will attack a right point of view, tomorrow they will attack a left point of view. They insult make stuff up. And they never get suspended even though they blattenly violate the TOS. But they will come after me because they did not agree with what I wrote. And the same thing happened to me on my numbers, they took a nose dive. So if anyone finds a better site, pass it on

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR

      MikeSyrSutton 

      7 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Since I wrote this piece my hubber score went from 90 to 83 and my average hub score dropped by 2. Now they are saying that all of my hubs are missing a summary! What?

    • Dardia profile image

      Darlene Yager 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      I haven't had any of my hubs deleted but have had warnings that there were hubs that would be deleted if I didn't fix a particular thing, such as a broken link, too many tags.

      I am not really trying to make money here but thought I might stay and learn a bit but if this is going on I'm not sure I want to.

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR

      MikeSyrSutton 

      7 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      I agree! So many of us that would never plagiarize, slander, or use profanity, have had our work deleted! This has to stop, or Hubpages and some of its writers will suffer for it.

    • Wonder Referrals profile image

      Wonder Referrals 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      I have had two of my hubs deleted .

      I really think that this practice is totally a

      violation of freedom of speech and press.

      A moderator has the right to set rules

      and regulations on hub pages.

      Sure profanity , copied material and inappropriate

      language doesn't belong here !

      Micro -management surely doesn't belong among

      it's management team.

    • The Frog Prince profile image

      The Frog Prince 

      7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      I have expressed my concerns before, both in Hubs and in correspondence to the staff, and have basically been ignored. That will be the demise of any forum. Yes, they run the forum and it is their right to make the rules. But when the rules you make allow for other users to abuse other users and their writing efforts then they should be addressed.

      If they aren't, eventually any forum will become irrelevant. The vote down button without requiring a user to justify its use is a prime example. Not having the ability to block an abusive user is another. The inability to reject a follower is another.

      In order to be dynamic a forum needs to remain dynamic. The old "well, we've always done it that way" reminds me of the attitude we see in politics right now.

      Listen to your users Hub Pages management. We are why you exist. I have written on other forums and left because the management let abuse happen and in some cases seemed to condone it because what was happening fit their ideology. A writing forum isn't any place for a management team to let its own ideology creep into the decision making process.

      The Frog

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR

      MikeSyrSutton 

      7 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Yes! They delete a lot of hubs not because the pic. is inappropriate. No, they delete the whole hub if the photo is watermarked or pixilated. That is unfair in my book.

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      oniger76 

      7 years ago

      I am sorry, it not the RSS. It is the front page prompting the feature hubbers and the articles. Please delete my post. Pardon me please.

    • oniger76 profile image

      oniger76 

      7 years ago

      I just wonder why I keep seeing the same page over and over again everytime I log in to my account. Is this a related proof of the incompetence of the employee? The RSS should be changing as there are new articles being posted, unfortunately, the RSS does not changes at all.

      Correct me if am wrong on this matter.

    • MartieCoetser profile image

      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Fortunately I have not yet experienced a personal attack, but this is the umpteenth hub that makes me realize that those who were appointed by The Team to perform managerial tasks have absolutely no skills in human relations. I am really disappointed in their attitude and manner of operating. To give no explanations of their devastating actions, no friendly customer service and no support and assistance, is simply unacceptable. Violated rules should be pointed out to the trespassers: there should not even be a need to request this fair procedure. Perhaps we should demand some explanation from the Big Boss. Maybe he is totally unaware of the incompetence of his employees?

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      There are a lot of frustrated people that have left for other sites. Mostly my problem was with pictures which seems ridiculous to me.

    • BobbiRant profile image

      BobbiRant 

      7 years ago from New York

      I hear ya, there has been a rash of this crap going on and I had a lot of hubs, which I pulled myself and have put them on another blog site. Yes, HP is driving away most 'good' writers and the quality has been sinking here. I've had one pulled for'duplicate' content which probably was stolen and someone else is taking credit for it,stealing material is something HP does not address either. If HP was as concerned about keeping good writers as they are about those dumb contests, this would be a good site once more.

    • Sinea Pies profile image

      Sinea Pies 

      7 years ago from Northeastern United States

      HubPages has been such a blessing to me that I hope they last forever. The Google Panda report took me by surprise but I am so glad I didn't bail out. The new URL's they've given us seem to be making a difference for me with Adsense revenue, for which I am grateful and very encouraged. I hope it helps us all. Good writers shouldn't give up but we all would be smart to diversify, just like big corporations often do.

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR

      MikeSyrSutton 

      7 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Great comment! Thank you, and please do not quit.

    • Stump Parrish profile image

      Stump Parrish 

      7 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

      I am looking for a new site for this very reason. I dont have clue as to what my ranking is but out of 70 some hubs written I have 63 published and have had to fight to get 7 of them republished. The rules are generalizations and the individual problem isn't given when one is unpublished. I am simply getting tired of wasting all this time writing for nothing. Some hubs take 10 to 12 hours to complete with research and rewrites and then to have it pulled with out a specific reason has gotten old. I am not on here to make money yet, I am simply trying to improve my writing skills as I run my mouth for now. I have tried the block stories by this author feature and have had limited success with it. Great hub and I hope someone takes notice.

      BTW, I believe I have my next site selected and am simply waiting a week or two to get finish my first year.

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