What Bothers You About HubPages?
Is it the censors? Is the automated mechanism that scans your article, which is original or near that and then tells you it is too similar to another one and you need to edit it? Is it a photo that the Hubpage Gods declare as indecent or too explicit? Is it not knowing why the scores fluctuate wildly at times by 10 or more points? Is it because there is no real way to know how you earn the money you do, and why it cannot be more? Is it because many of the "Hub of the Day" seem totally meaningless? Is it because you wonder how much the owners of Hubpages earn from your writings? Wouldn't it be interesting to find out the inside details?
As a writer for Hubpages for over two years, all of these questions have crossed my mind. Of course, the owners of Hubpages may tell you some details but certainly not what they earn from the website and writings of thousands or millions. How many are actually writing on Hubpages?
Being censored for a photo most would consider not offensive is irritating, it makes you wonder just how conservative the censors are, much like China. The same goes for writing an article that is 90% original and published it. Then, days later, despite many responding to it, the automated message arrives telling you need to edit it to republish it. Wouldn't it be nice for Hubpages to provide details about what triggers their censors to call an article that was copied from another site? Is it a secret? Is this something they do not want its writers to know? Why? But it is odd that none of the photos on Hubpages go through the process of copyright infringement. They seem to be overly concerned about the written material than images. Almost every image on Hubpages is probably not the original. No doubt, many are copyrighted.
I am sure their automated program scans for links or data residue of some sort, if material was copied. But, it is not 100% correct. Writing historical related articles is difficult-one can only spin the history and facts in so many ways and sometimes, it will seem to be similar to something already in print. This is where the problem is for Hubpages automated detection. But what happens if you publish on Hubpages first and then copy and paste into Wizzle or Bukisa? Will the Hubpages detection software detect it and then send you a message that you have copied your own article from another site? Why should that be an issue anyway? It is your original. If so, it is stupid. Why shouldn't an original article be on multiple sites?
Of course, the good about it is that it is easy to use. Other similar websites like wizzle or bukisa have their own censors also, but their systems are much less known and often cumbersome in some manner. Bukisa seems to be more lenient with material. WordPress is lenient. So, I guess the question is, if so many similar websites are not worried about copyright infringement, why is Hubpages so paranoid?
I guess, lawsuit.