After an online fiasco at an online forum where I was called out about something, I generally do my best to provide sources and links, or at least an example. If I am taking a quote or a source from a book, I will at least give the title of the book.
I am also working on improving the overall layout of my articles while also trying to improve my grammar. I have read one book, will be reading it again, and will be doing some mental exercises as since some of the issues I do have with grammar comes from this.
I do agree that having poorly constructed hubs and the like can bring other thoughts of content down. It is why I did my hub about Using Magazine Layout principles to create better reading experiences for people. I can spend about 1 hour if not more just working on all the matters of the lay out of my hubs.
As far as overall reputation of hubpages, though I would like that be better, my goal is to work on my own reputation and just have people instead of doing random google searches just be willing to type in my name instead because they enjoyed what they ready previously. When you have an opening writing forum like this, you are going to have good and bad. I realized that my goal is to make myself and my articles have a trademark all their own so that they will separate themselves out from the bad. As a matter of fact, since I setup my new badging for my hubs I have go back and rework many of my hubs. Something I will be doing the rest of this week.