"Others you might like …"

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  1. Trish_M profile image79
    Trish_Mposted 11 years ago

    Hi smile

    I have just changed to the new profile format and I'm fairly happy with it so far. However, I'm a bit bemused by the 'others you might like …' section.

    I am generally agnostic, and do not believe in Biblical religion. A number of my hubs reflect this. I also write about evolution versus creationism ~ in favour of the former.

    So I really do not think that readers, who enjoy my work, 'might like' any of the Hubbers suggested ~ all staunchly Christian.

    How are these choices made?
    Randomly, I imagine, because they don't make a lot of sense.
    Will things become more logical, as time goes by?

    1. Dale Hyde profile image79
      Dale Hydeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      There is an option to have three people not show up there of your choosing, but only three.

      "Others You Might Like" Blacklist
      You can add up to 3 usernames to a blacklist. Users on the blacklist are not going to be displayed in the Others You May Like Box.

      1. Reality Bytes profile image76
        Reality Bytesposted 11 years agoin reply to this


        Would it not be more beneficial to have the opportunity to choose three hubbers that will show up on your profile instead of blacklisting three?

        1. Dale Hyde profile image79
          Dale Hydeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          I agree, lol. I was just posting what is available now.  It would be great if we could pick who we wanted to show up there.

      2. Trish_M profile image79
        Trish_Mposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Hi smile

        Yes, I know about the blacklist, but these people aren't 'blacklisted' by me; they are just very different from me, so don't seem to 'fit' smile

    2. paradigmsearch profile image60
      paradigmsearchposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      So far, I don't care. The critter changes every time I look at it.

      1. Trish_M profile image79
        Trish_Mposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        As you say, they keep changing, but I'm still not too happy about all of the choices.

  2. WriteAngled profile image72
    WriteAngledposted 11 years ago

    I think it probably works on some very crude keyword analysis.

    I find it disturbing that this feature gives the impression we are endorsing authors, who maybe
    (a) are people about whom we know nothing
    (b) write poor-quality hubs
    (c) support viewpoints that we find offensive.

    There appears to be no vehicle to enable even a minimum level of control over who/what is featured.

    1. kittyjj profile image68
      kittyjjposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I couldn't have said it better, WriteAngled.

    2. cheaptrick profile image73
      cheaptrickposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      lol,I'm a B) and C) guy and we  have our own club Ha!

    3. profile image0
      writeronlineposted 11 years agoin reply to this


  3. brakel2 profile image72
    brakel2posted 11 years ago

    Why does it keep changing?

  4. Trish_M profile image79
    Trish_Mposted 11 years ago

    It's certainly strange sad

  5. Healthy Pursuits profile image80
    Healthy Pursuitsposted 11 years ago

    Could it be that the "others you might like" are based on mutual followers? I noticed that all of the hubbers listed on my profile have at least 3 mutual followers.

    I agree that we should be able to choose which other hubbers are listed on our profiles.

    1. WriteAngled profile image72
      WriteAngledposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      If that is the case, I predict there will be a lot of unfollowing happening over the near future!

    2. relache profile image73
      relacheposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I'm going to say it's not based on that because I'm following almost nobody and frequently you can see three recommended people on my profile who have zero mutual followers.

  6. Drax profile image81
    Draxposted 11 years ago

    Is it not just based on a straightforward syntax analysis of the keywords in your content so it is offering others randomly based on a random analysis, hence the randomness. Obviously one would like to delete the bible thumpers but that level of granular control may come in time as a matter of evolution (of the site)  ;-)

  7. IndikaT profile image74
    IndikaTposted 11 years ago

    I think this list is created based on the number of mutual followers. But it is unfortunate that we can not disable this option at least.

  8. 2uesday profile image64
    2uesdayposted 11 years ago

    It makes the page look more like a social network page. Twitter offers a similar looking feature.

    The appearance of that type of feature on the new profile page may not be an accidental coincidence but an indication.

  9. profile image0
    Arlene V. Pomaposted 11 years ago

    One of the reasons why I have not moved to the new profile.  I find it very strange to have a 3-person blacklist when it looks like the choices for "The Others" are already made for you.  I am taking my sweet time on this one because if you really want to know, I dread seeing what Hubbers are going to be listed on my new profile.

    1. profile image0
      writeronlineposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      It'd be a lot more honest if HP titled that panel, "While you're here, we'd like to hold you as long as possible, make as much as we can from you, so hey, why not see if any of these Hubbers do it for you. Or the ones we'll refer you to after you select one of these. Or the ones after that..We'll make money wherever  you go onsite, just as long as you don't go away" (longform, lol).

      As it stands, there's a clear implication to a visitor that there's a similarity between the Hubber whose page they're on, and the ones being offered. But there's no basis that adds value to the reader experience; not content, not niche, not writing style, not hub standard. It's a crap shoot.

      Worse, I find it unreasonable that HP is so blatant about hustling readers away from my work. I invite people to browse my portfolio in the opening words of my profile, and I'd like HP to leave them to do so, if they wish. That's my revenue you're playing with, HP. And it's little enough as it is.


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