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SUGGESTION: Two profiles - public and members views

  1. WebsiteConfetti profile image68
    WebsiteConfettiposted 5 years ago

    I have been pretty busy with life at the moment, that I don’t pop in to Hub Pages as frequently as I used to, so today is the first chance I have really had to look over at the new profile.   I quite like it, it looks very pleasing visually, and I love how Hub Pages, continues to look for ways to improve the site.

    My suggestion would be that we have two profile views. One for readers who aren’t members of the Hub Pages community "general public" and one for fellow hubbers to see "hub pages community"

    I think as online writers, we do try and establish a sense of credibility. Having said that, when we post questions to the forums asking basic questions, or wondering why this happened, or that happened (and links to these posts are easily available on our profile page) we do loose some authority to our readers who aren’t fellow hubbers and I think that for some (well me anyway) it will make me think twice about posting things about traffic and critiques and general queries if this information is easily accessible from my profile. (I thought twice about posting this)

    For example, recently, all my hubs were completely dropped out of Google. (Fortunately, a few weeks later it bounced back to normal). I posted about this on forums, asking why it happened, but I think that If I were reading someone’s articles and read that they were having trouble with ranking, I would seriously doubt their credibility.

    Another example would be if someone posted a request for a hub pages critique. As an online writer, do we really want that critique easily accessible from our profiles ?

    Having said that I am a fan of the new profile page and they way it promotes community interaction, I just wish that certain elements of it were kept for fellow hubbers to see only.

    1. SmartAndFun profile image97
      SmartAndFunposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I think this is a great idea. In addition to the questions I ask, I don't think casual readers need or care to know about my forum activity and comments I leave on others' hubs. I'm assuming no readers care or take the trouble to look at my activity, but I prefer they not have the option to so easily track every comment, question ot forum post I make. It's intrusive and unnecessary.

      1. WebsiteConfetti profile image68
        WebsiteConfettiposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I feel it intrusive too. I dont like my activity across the HP website to be so openly available, which is perhaps why I've stopped commenting anymore on other hubs and barely write on forums

  2. MickiS profile image83
    MickiSposted 5 years ago

    Thanks for the suggestion. The readers who come in from search and are not signed in never view the Forum or QnA tabs on the User Profiles. I have several months worth of data to show that. So, I wouldn't worry about it hurting your credibility.

    If anything, showing that you are an active member of the HubPages Community probably helps your credibility.

    As such, we show this activity because being an open community is one of our core principles, and we want our readers to know that too.

    1. Cardisa profile image92
      Cardisaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I have to agree with Micki, I think readers searching for articles seeing that you are "human" will be more likely to be drawn to your hubs. People who surf the net regularly for answers know what writers go through online and they aren't too concerned about forum posting or queries. I don't mind visitors seeing me activity.

  3. WebsiteConfetti profile image68
    WebsiteConfettiposted 5 years ago

    Thanks for taking the time to answer my suggestion. I understand from a Hub Pages point of view that having an active community is a great way to show how members interacting and it's an active community.

    I love how the new profiles dont show the activity as obviously as the old ones do.

      I understand how Hub Pages cant cater to everyone's suggestions so ill just stick to hub writing and avoid the other stuff .

    Thanks anyhow for responding