I hop hubs when I can, and find so many that are of poor quality. They have little to no content, or just one long text block. Don't get me started about the spelling or grammar. Should HP take more of a harder stance against these hubs, and just pull them or not even post them without going through some sort of spelling or grammar check? I am sure it would be easy to tell if just one module is used just for works, and to tell if it's just one 1,000 word paragraph.
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Correct spelling and grammar is daunting for anyone with an 8th grade level of reading and writing. The HuffingtonPost.com says the average high school student reads at 5.3 level. More here http://www.nald.ca/library/research/readab/readab....
chef-de-jour, why associate poorly-written content with people who aren't native English speakers? English is my 3rd language. I'm not perfect as a writer but pretty good compared to some native speakers as far as both grammar and spelling.
Good idea. While Textbroker is a pay per project site, they have each writer submit a sample and each new article/project is also "graded" enabling Textbroker to make sure standards are met. I see no reason this can't work here in some form.
Without knowing the relationship between the quality of writing (not counting SEO) and the marketability and revenue-generating potential of HP, I think such a step would be a stab in the dark. Many money-makers here don't have the best grammar.
I totally agree with this. That seems like a fair and swift way to weed out writers who have not attained the standard needed to have a featured Hub.
I do not believe that any of us would "report" someone who had poor grammar, but I'm sure most of us would love to see the people who plagiarize, out of here. No matter how well I believe I have written an article, I will always find errors.
Is this what the "featured" system for?
TimeTraveler2, I think you're making an assumption that a grammar checker would bring in more money. Do you have any link to support that? Seems logical, but the web is a wily creature that doesn't always do what we expect or want it to.
In my opinion the featured system is exactly what it's all about. Imagine all the people here who don't have English as their first language but still do their best :) It seems fair enough that their hubs don't get featured, but pulling them...
Perhaps so. I know some who write on here that don't have English as their first language, and while I want them to have a chance, it can drag the site down as a whole.
Just curious by saying dragging down which market place are you referring too. The UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, India, South Africa, or elsewhere. I am not aware of the market statistics of HP. Maybe the growth is elsewhere.
Oh believe me, you have everything here. To begin with, I'm an Estonian writing to you from Paris. Oui-oui.
I am a newbie, and don't think my Hubs are poorly written. That does not make very much sense, as everyone has to start at some time. This is just a matter of poor writing.
Talking of poor content...
Low traffic hubs and poorly written hubs are two different things. I think having hubs be automatically deleted for low traffic sounds pretty harsh. I think the unfeaturing they already do is adequate.
Hard to imagine a poorly written hub with a high 6-month traffic!!! By definition, if a hub has high traffic, it is not a poorly written hub. Maybe Sherry Hewins can show us some examples of poorly written hubs with a high 6-month traffic.
I agree about the apprentice program and I have commented in other venues about having a graduated apprentice program. This way, newbie writers can and should learn how to properly write online. This would also take the stress off of Hub Hopping.
The rating also takes into account the quality of the actual content. Grammar isn't everything.
No one is going to read a wall of text.
then no one will read and the person will quit writing. problem solved or people like you could give a few helpful hint and the writer becomes a good writer...problem solved
Are you kidding??? It is not the reader's job to teach the writer how to write. Either write well and be read, or write poorly and be ignored.
Someone voted this down? We need a content site moderated by English teachers: perhaps that will make these people happy.
I don't believe this question is about creative writing but about factual technical writing like how-tos. There are objective standards for good and bad writing in this genre.
Really? That sounds good. How did you find out?
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