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Why are there so many bad hubbers?
The Sad Truth
Recently, I've come across a large number of poor quality, poorly written and poorly structured hubs.
These aren't even by new hubbers (which would have been perfectly acceptable), no, these are people with hundreds of hubs who have been writing for years!
Am I the only one that votes these hubs down and comments on their lack of grammar, structure, or spelling?
Am I the only one that finds it wrong that clearly terrible hubs are being given "100" HubScores when I can see that there are many hubs (that aren't mine) that deserve better!?
I understand that there is a fine line between being constructive and being rude, but it's become ever so clear to me that many hubbers are scuttling away from the danger of appearing foul mouthed and/or offensive when they see mistakes or room for improvement. Those same hubbers are the fastest to make positive comments however, there is no problem there, after all, everyone loves positive feedback, right?
Wrong. When I see that someone is praising a hub exceedingly I immediately unfollow them. Those people are not the sort of people that I want to associate with. They are not likely to be honest or constructive which is what every good writer needs to improve.
Some of us forget that we're in a writing community and quality content is vital. Having poor hubs being voted up to oblivion does nothing but make those of us who produce good hubs look bad.
When people see HubPages, we want them to think that it is where high quality content prospers and low quality content fails.
It is a fantastic idea to let anyone write and publish their own work straight away, but it only works if the community accurately judges the hubs that they see. Being positive is great, it's wonderful... it's... well... positive. But let us not forget that negative feedback will help separate the good from the great. Then, from the great, we'll be able to better learn how to make our hubs great. It benefits everyone to be brutally honest, why? Because when a reader that is not a hubber stumbles upon a poorly written hub, his opinion will also be brutally honest. That same opinion will associate itself with HubPages and then we all look bad. Nobody needs that, nobody wants that.
In short, vote down and comment when you know you should, it helps you and everyone else. Even in my own hubs I find shocking mistakes that no one had commented on.
So the next time you're exploring the hub-topics, just think to yourself "does this hub really deserve to be seen by over 56,000 people (as in the case of Education and Science)? Or should it be something much better? Remember, our best hubs are a representation of HubPages as a whole.
We're supposed to be a community of writers, so let's start acting like one!
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For those in need of teaching
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