TP.....Surely, HP has the power. They make the rules, they rank our hubs and whether it's HP or google or both.....they determine what is Featured....Not Featured.....blocked from revenue, and on and on and blah, blah, blah.
I know how frustrating and/or disappointing it can be. Be kind to yourself and learn to go with the flow......If you find these things matter to you a whole lot.....jump in with both feet and figure out the way to make it all work for you, while you work hard for "IT." I realize that it is especially important to those hubbers who depend on writing here......for their main source of income.
I am retired. Two years ago, I joined based simply on my pure LOVE of writing. I'm still here for this reason, and now, of course, because I love the community, the education, entertainment & outlet..............However, NONE of this defines my life nor who I am.
You are doing so well. Relax. Take a deep breath......Good luck.