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Yes, I miss them too. I wish it was near the "share" stuff. Then you could easily do it all at once.
Generally, the feedback can help you tweak the hub if you like. I think it means that someone is also more likely to share with their own hub followers, a source of good traffic. You are right though, the organic traffic is also a good judge.
The difference to me woud be the appreciation in seeing my Hub was found awesome as I'm not here to make the money. I interact with my Hubbers and like the community. Rating is about positive feedback and I certainly do things wrong in terms of SEO;)
I agree! I think most people try to write well and people tend to learn more from pointing out the good things in their writing, and perhaps a helpful suggestion about something to improve.
Inexperience was my problem at the beginning too. And, it's easy to miss if there are lots of comments at the end of the hub.
That is why I let a Hubber know: Up, shared and awesome (for instance) To inform and to remember myself as well to actually rate it.
Escobana, that's a great way to remember to do it!
I do the same. Although I understand their desire to help other Hubbers and to get people into the habit of rating.
Yes, it's easy to miss though. When you read a hub, it's at the end, right before the similar hubs and comments! Glad you asked. Sharing is great too, and that's on the right, at the top.
Sharing is actually more important than rating and you're right it's easy to miss the buttons. Their color is less dark than it used to be but rating a Hub is useful for the Hubscore I'm sure!
The hub ratings are just after the hub text and the list of hubs with similar themes. Just before the first comment. I have few people that comment on my hubs. Not sure how I feel about that. Some people have over 1000!
This is true. I also feel like the thumbs up vibe is getting a little useless becauses it may be used a little too much, but what would we do without any hand signals. You should read my hub on Shel Silverstein. I touched on this topic through it.
I see it sort of like karma - taking the time to constructively give feedback to your peers on Hubpages is good. After all, the hub makes it's "debut" here and the feedback can allow you to tweak the hub if you like.
Only if you're a rookie!
Well Insane Mundane - I know what you mean. But I guess we are all rookies at one time or another!
Hey, you are the one that mentioned Karma... LOL!
It seems it's become important if you want HubPages to keep it featured longer.
Certainly! Just because I like to give people feedback about what I liked in a hub doesn't obligate anyone else to. Writing class teaches us the importance of feedback to the process. I just know a click doesn't mean anyone even read the hub.