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Yes, I flagged your hub!

Updated on September 29, 2012
Appreciate the fact Hub Pages allows us to choose new version or classic version.
Appreciate the fact Hub Pages allows us to choose new version or classic version.

Hopping, Commenting & Flagging

Do you hop Hubs? Do you comment on Hubs? Do you realize that flagging hubs actually helps your own hubs because removing low quality hubs benefits everyone who writes quality hubs? Of course this assumes you ARE writing quality hubs.

My personal goal is to "Hop & Comment" on at least 10 hubs a day. I admit when they recently changed to the new Hub Hopper I stopped because it was too time consuming, you had to vote on the Hub in order to move on and the slide feature is a pain. They would of been better off with a scale of one to ten rating system.

Now that they allow access to the Classic Hub Hopper I am back to trying to reach my personal goal of 10 a day. While 10 hubs may not seem like much to some Hubbers, let me clarify, I try to read AND comment on 10 Hubs. Translation: I probably have to hop about 30 to 50 hubs in order to find ten hubs that I actually want to read AND want to comment on. This is no small task.

Hopping Hubs Helps Hubbers!

Have you hopped a hub today?
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How I Hub hop, step by step.

The reasons why are explained below. It is a step by step description of how I Hub hop.

  1. Click on the Hub Hopper button.
  2. Click on the Classic Hub Hopper link.
  3. Read the title of first hub, Hmmm, political hub, not my cup of tea.
  4. Click on "Hop" hub. (Notice I did not vote it down or flag it because the subject is of no interest to me.) I couldn't ever tell you if it was well written or not, had misspelled words or lousy grammar.
  5. Read next title "Crochet Stitches, Detailed Instructions With Videos to Help You Follow Any Pattern or Create One of Your Own"
  6. Wow, great picture. It's colorful and makes me want to read more.
  7. Read, read, read. Ooh the Hubber covers all kinds of crochet stitches and includes step by step video just like the title says.
  8. Vote up & more. Leave heartfelt comment thanking the Hubber for the time she obviously invested in creating this hub.
  9. Go to Hubbers profile. See that she has many well written hubs on various topics. "Follow Hubber" go back to Hub hopping.
  10. Click on Hub Hopper button.
  11. Read next title about some far away exotic land that I have no interest in and no wish to learn more about.
  12. Click on Hub Hopper button. (Again, notice I did not vote it down or flag it because the subject is of no interest to me.)
  13. Read next title, quickly skim Hub which consists of four or five paragraphs, no headings, all in bold letters, ranting about Hurricane Isac. (Yes, this is how Isaac was spelled by Hubber) This hub is in no way informative, it is "purely personal" and sounds more like it belongs on a blog.
  14. Flag for low quality.
  15. Click on Hub Hopper button.
  16. Read next title, quickly scan the one paragraph "opinion" piece typed entirely in lower case letters.
  17. Flag for low quality.
  18. Click on Hub Hopper button.
  19. Read next title, see image of a woman with one breast exposed. Scan article and see several misspellings and grammatical errors.
  20. Flag for Adult/Mature TOS Violation.
  21. Click on Hub Hopper button
  22. Read next title, Dog Food 101: The difference between high and low quality. I have a dog. He was recently sick for a month due to recalled dog food, high quality dog food. Curious as to what the Hubber has to say.
  23. Nice picture of a dog. The Hub looks well written, I start reading, the Hub is interesting, I keep reading. The Hubber addresses three myths about dog food ingredients. Then gives the pros and cons of supermarket food, holistic food and premium brand food.
  24. Vote up & more. Leave comment for Hubber and share the story of my dog getting sick on premium food due and how I now buy a brand that only uses human grade ingredients.
  25. Click on Hubbers profile, he's new like me, read one or two other posts, he's a good writer and funny. "Follow Hubber" go back to Hub hopping.
  26. Click on Hub Hopper button.

Repeat above steps numerous times until I find 10 hubs, give or take, that are interesting, use good formatting and at first glance seems to be mostly spelling and grammar error free so I can read and leave a helpful comment on them.

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Top 5 reasons to hop hubs.

  1. Learn something new.
  2. The more you read, the better you write.
  3. Discover Hubbers who write what you like to read.
  4. Leave comments to encourage other Hubbers.
  5. Flag inferior, low quality Hubs that reflect on Hubbers as a whole.

Warning: Lousy Hub Ahead.
Warning: Lousy Hub Ahead.

Top 5 reasons I have flagged Hubs.

Number one being the most flagged reason.

  1. Low quality/poorly written.
  2. Too many spelling and grammatical errors.
  3. Purely personal.
  4. Inappropriate content.
  5. Misleading title.

HubPages own "Guidelines for Flagging Hubs."

The following is an exact copy from HubPages own "Guidelines for Flagging Hubs."

  • Overly Promotional: Includes more than two links to any one domain; links to the same domain in the body of the text and in an RSS feed; has short "teasers" with links to "read more" at another site; links to sites/pages/Hubs that are unrelated to the Hub's topic; includes links to a page that contains largely the same content as the Hub.
  • Overmarketed/Poor Links: Promotional links that are difficult for users to navigate, e.g., sites that contain pop-ups or pop-unders; affiliate links in subject areas with low quality content (weight loss, acai berry, forex); and links to eBook sales and lead capture forms.
  • Adult/Mature: Nudity, sexually explicit content or links to adult or pornography sites
  • Gambling/Alcohol, Drug, Weapon Sales: Promotes gambling, alcohol/drug/weapon sales or links to sites that promote or offer these items.
  • Low Quality: Hubs that are empty or nearly empty; purely personal; awkward or difficult to read formatting; broken links, images, or videos; watermarked or pixelated images; excessive Amazon or eBay capsules; comprised of text that already appears elsewhere on the web; contributes nothing new to an already heavily saturated topic; links to sites that are difficult to navigate; or promotes dubious products or offers (watch TV on your PC).
  • Spun: Hubs that have been reworded by using an article spinner or automated translation tool; are nonsensical and difficult to read
  • Deceptively Tagged, Titled, or Categorized: Contains misleading title or tags that don’t match the Hub’s content; includes irrelevant, or excessive tagging, and keyword stuffing; or is improperly categorized.
  • Not Written In English: Primarily written in a language other than English
  • Duplicate: You believe the text content of this Hub was copied from another Hub or source.
  • Personal Attacks or Hate Speech: A Hub that attacks individuals or groups in a Hub or in the Comments Section of the Hub.
  • Other: Violates the HubPages Terms of Use in a way other than those listed above

To flag or not to flag, that is the question.

If you have never flagged a Hub or if you feel bad about doing it I hope this Hub encourages you to do it in the future. Poor quality Hubs and Hubs that violate the terms of service of HubPages affects all of us.

It's important to know that by flagging a hub all you are doing is bringing it to the Moderators attention. No alarm will go off telling the original poster who flagged them. Moderators can not read every hub published so they rely on other Hubbers to flag hubs for them. The moderators then review the flagged hub and make the decision to unpublish the hub or not.

If you have a hub that has been moderated and subsequently unpublished, I hope this Hub helps you understand why your Hub may have been flagged and that you take the time to make the appropriate changes to improve your Hub so that you can republish it.

If spelling and grammar are not your strong points then use MS Word to check your spelling and grammar before you publish your hub. You can't expect someone to take the time to read your Hub if you can't take the time to proofread it and check spelling and grammar before publishing.

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    • jpcmc profile image

      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I used to hub hop a lot until the new hub hopping was introduced. If it weren't for your hub, I would have never known that we can use the older version. Thanks.

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      Debbie Carey 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      Cute hub with great information! Love the steps and the links to the hubs you enjoyed! Voted up, useful and interesting. I hop hubs in the same manner. Good luck!

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      TeachableMoments 4 years ago from California

      Interesting hub. I hop hubs, but honestly, I have never flagged one. After reading your hub I realize it's okay to flag a hub, it actually helps the entire site. Great idea for a hub.

    • Christine Miranda profile image
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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      @JPCMC: They must have had a huge drop in hopping after implementing the new version. They should have announced the ability to use the old one. I discovered completely on accident. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      @Prektjr: I think Hubbers that get flagged feel as though it is done maliciously or because we don't agree with their opinion. I felt it was important to show the steps or "thinking" involved when flagging a hub. Thank you for reading, I appreciate your taking the time to comment.

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      @Teachable: Sometimes I feel like I flag too many and worry HubPages admin might "flag" me. LOL. Then I remind myself that I didn't write the questionable hub, all I am doing is bringing it to admins attention for them to deal with. There are so many great Hubbers on here and flagging low quality ones keeps good Hubbers motivated to write more. Thanks for your comments.

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      Casimiro 4 years ago

      Being new here (2 weeks) I have been hopping hubs, but never looked at the Classic Hopper until I started reading your hub here. I see why you'd like the old one, it's pretty quick. On the other hand I think I will stick with the new one as I don't like it that I only have Up/Down/Great as choices in Classic. A hub might be pretty fair but have a problem or two that I could impart (in a gross manner of course) with the 3 sliders. Thanks for pushing me toward Classic though, just too lazy to check it out on my own I guess.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you for writing this! I stopped hopping when the new hopper came out and haven't been back since. I'm so happy to know you can hop the old way as well now. Voted up and useful!

    • Christine Miranda profile image
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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      @Casimiro: I am new as well. Learned how to use original Hub Hopper and then one day poof, they changed it. They need a "skip" button on the newer version. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      @Kim. You're welcome. I find the "Classic" Hub hopper much easier to use. Thank you for posting a comment.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      You've certainly roused interest here! I agree with you that flagging is as important as voting up. If you tell people you write on hubpages, you don't want them to come across a really poor hub when they investigate what's on offer. The admin team makes the decision on how to handle a hub that's been flagged. I've flagged a few with really bad spelling or extra-foul language. You wrote this in an interesting way, thank you.

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      Thank you Innerspin. I totally agree with you. I often send prospective clients links to my hubs as samples. Imagine if, while reading one of my hubs, they see an interesting Hub title (from another Hubber) and click on it? Only to find totally crap writing that most writers would be embarrassed by. How does that help us? Thank you for leaving a comment.

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      Casimiro 4 years ago

      I agree about the need for a Skip button Christine. Actually, your article has left me dissatisfied with either method, lol! Nice work. ;^)

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      Baaahhhaaaa!

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      Mom Kat 4 years ago from USA

      Useful, Awesome, & voted up my dear ~ well done, well done indeed. You are an inspiration to us all :)

      I would give you a standing ovation if you could see or hear me :)

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      Thank you Kat! I am honored you stopped by and grateful you took the time to comment.

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      Marisa Wright 4 years ago from Sydney

      Just a suggestion, it avoids bad feeling if everyone can be clear about the difference between flagging and moderating.

      If a Hubber flags a Hub, all that does is alert the moderation team that the Hub needs checking for some reason. It does nothing to the Hub, and the Hub owner will never know that the Hub has been flagged.

      If the moderation team decides the flag is justified, they will advise the Hub owner that their Hub has been moderated (and possibly unpublished).

      I say this because every now and then, we get Hubbers upset because "some nasty person has flagged my Hub" - when in fact, they can't know whether they were flagged or not. It's just as likely that the moderators came across the Hub all by themselves.

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      Good point. I will edit my hub to make that clearer. The moderation team can not read every hub. When we flag a hub we are just giving the moderators a heads up that there is a potential issue. They decide if it should be unpublished. Thank you for taking the time to comment Marisa.

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      Ann-Christin 4 years ago from UK

      This is an excellent hub,I love hub hopping but I've never flagged a bad hub yet although there are a few I probably should have. In future I will definitely flag the poor hubs because as you say it reflects badly on the rest of us. Voted up and sharing.

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      Peter V 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Great hub, glad to know I'm not the only one flagging hubs! I don't usually use the hub hopper (but I might give it another try now). I usually go and look at the hubs that have been published recently and pick interesting ones from that list. I am amazed that for every well written and informative hub there are sometimes 2-3 that I flag. If a hub is on the line, I try to give the author the benefit of the doubt, but this is not usually the case. Great job spreading the word about this, and helping hubpages be a higher quality website.

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      Sue Pratt 4 years ago from New Orleans

      I thank you for this. I had no idea I could use the other hopper and will go back to hopping now! I used to love it, but the slide thingy irritates me and the whole process is boring.

      Thanks!

      marsei

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      @ Christin53. It does reflect badly on HubPages as a community. If you google "Panda and HubPages" there are a lot of negative things said because of the low quality of writing. I imagine it will also have an effect on the number of advertisers willing to advertise which hits all our pockets. Thank your for taking the time to comment.

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      @ Marsei I actually just posted a new hub on how to access the Classic Hub Hopper. Title is below, didn't want to put actual link here in case I get spanked! lol I will update this hub with the link though. Thank you for reading and commenting.

      Hate the new Hub Hopper? Did you know you could still access Classic Hub Hopper?

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      InternPete said "I usually go and look at the hubs that have been published recently and pick interesting ones from that list. I am amazed that for every well written and informative hub there are sometimes 2-3 that I flag."

      @ InternPete: Oh we are indeed kindred souls. If I find myself flagging more than not I go to the recently published list or go to categories I like and pick ones to read. It think you are being extremely generous saying there are 2-3 bad ones for every good one. I find its more like 10 to 1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Interesting, informative hub! Thank you for all the tips! this hub is more than just teaching how to hub hop, it also teaches what kinds of things hub hoppers (and your audience) are looking for. Well done! Up and useful!

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      Thank you so much btrbell. I appreciate your kind comments and your taking the time to leave them.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Christine Miranda,

      I must say you are bold, standing tall and saying you do flag hubs, many would shy away. I do flag hubs too when i hub hop, am not one of the greatest writers but you don't have to be a great writer to see "then" used instead of "than" and "alot" instead of "a lot." Great work you did on this hub, voted up and useful.

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      @Dwachira. Hmm, bold. My husband says I lack tact....lol. I am totally guilty of the 'alot' instead of 'a lot' and I know it which is why I proof read. I have also caught myself typing 'right' when it should be 'write'.

      I really wanted people to understand 'flagging' is not done maliciously. I don't hub hop looking for bad hubs...I just land on them while trying to learn more. Sometimes I do get irritated when I see a sloppy, short, slapped together hub because I make every effort to write a quality hub and kind of take offense when others don't. Especially when I just spent a few days on one, making sure the stats and details are accurate. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Leese Wright 4 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Great hub! I never noticed the option to switch to the classic HubHopper, but I'm so happy you pointed it out! I never actually thought about flagging hubs for the reasons you pointed out, either. Usually, if I came across a sub-standard hub I'd just skip over it. No more! Thank you for the encouragement.

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      @Sidewinder: Skipping just leaves it for someone else to deal with. I am glad you have decided to flag hubs, less I'll have to do. :) Just kidding! Thank you for taking the time to read and leave a comment.

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      Rhonda Humphreys 4 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub!! Being newer I haven't ever flagged someone's hub before. I have hopped quite a few hubs but I did that on my own (not using the hub hopper option). Luckily for me they have all been quality hubs. I think its great that you try to hop at least 10 hubs a day. I might have to start that myself-and I will flag if I find hubs that aren't quality hubs. thanks for the great information. Voted up and useful. :)

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      Thank you Rhonda. It would be great if all new Hubbers had to have their first few hubs moderated before they could go live. If that was done most of the the crap would never hit HubPages. At minimum the first one should be moderated to make sure the person understands what HubPages is, the formatting options, can spell and use proper grammar, etc.. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      Rhonda Humphreys 4 years ago from Michigan

      Funny thing is I thought they were. Haha Oh and btw, I started hub hopping and flagged my firsthub. :)

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      That's great that you started hopping. You will learn so many interesting things and meet some great Hubbers you may not have otherwise met. It can get addicting if you love learning about all kinds of things.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I enjoy HubHopping (the old classic method). I don't hesitate to flag a Hub if I feel like I should.

      Informative Hub, thanks.

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      Thank you Mary. I had stopped hopping for a few weeks because the classic one had some glitch and I was seeing the same ones over and over again. Tried it again a few days ago and it seems to be fixed. Love hopping and reading new ones. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      I too flag hubs if they are of seriously low quality. My standards are very low - probably much lower than HP. I wish they provided some examples of the best low quality hubs, so I can properly decide where the line is drawn.

      If it is really low quality, I will flag it. If I am not sure, and it seems more between the low and mediocre line, I will give them the benefit of the doubt and vote it down. Mediocre hubs don't get any votes, and of course the good hubs get voted up and commented on. I am voting this one up!

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      Thank you Millionaire! I think if HP had to review the first 5-10 hubs a person writes when they join there would be much less confusion and it would reflect better on all hubbers. I appreciate your taking the time to read, vote and comment.

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      Jack 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great Hub. I use the Hub Hopper when I have nothing else to do, the "new" version I HATE (yes, that being implied strongly) and the classic version, is, well, perfect.

      Though on the classic version I have noticed my own Hubs appear a few times, obviously skipped them as that I guess would be gaming the system.

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