You could potentially miss out on referrals. For example, if you create one that's and put a link on some website... and then delete it within your HubPages account, then anyone who signs up with that tracker, in the future, wouldn't be credited to your account.
Sure, but what if I have a referral tracker I gave the wrong name, or I don't use, or it never brings in even views? I really don't understand why it can't be under the author's control? If I delete a referral that later brings in someone, it's my fault, my responsibility. If there is some valid reason why I shouldn't have that option, let's hear it. Right now it looks like an oversight and we're being treated as if we are children.
You can always create another one.
On the other side of the issue, HubPages might hear something like, "I accidentally deleted my tracker and I can't get it back because it says someone else is using it now" and since you can make multiple trackers, there isn't a huge point to allowing users to delete them... other than having it tidy (or because you ran out... which in the years I've been on HP, I haven't had the chance to run out, but I suppose this might happen to users who are more apt to refer.)
I'm in your boat, though, I have a few trackers I don't use and I DO like tidiness, but I can understand why HP has it the way they do.
Nope, still can't understand why they do it this way.
If I delete a tracker, it doesn't break the link, if any. It just doesn't give me, personally, credit, which is an obvious thing to the user. If I deleted the tracker then of course I don't expect referrals from that tracker. If there is a reason that it causes a problem in HP's side of things, I haven't heard that yet.
It's not just a tidiness issue in the tracker page, I get "dead" trackers in the pull-down menu when I go to "link to this page" That's going to be a real pain if someone has a gazillion trackers.
Oh well, I'm sure they have bigger fish to fry, but I just wonder why they only went halfway in this interface.
Hey Casimiro -- I agree with you 100%! If a hubber creates a hub, she can delete it! If a hubber creates a tracker, she should also be able to delete it. If a hubber makes a typo mistake in creating a hubber, she should be able to edit it -- or delete it.
I see no reason why HP won't allow deletions.
If you deleted a tracker and someone else then started to use that same exact word, there could be issues.
Since trackers have to singularly unique, that's probably the reason deletions aren't possible.
First, I know what you mean about unique referral IDs, that is odd in itself since I don't see how you could use a tracker outside your sub-domain, but maybe you can'.
I think the main issue is as melbel put it: you would have the possibility of dead links out there, but it seems you could just redirect them to a catch-all. I'm sure the HP team will get around to this issue eventually.
by Cat 5 years ago
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by Anita Hasch 20 months ago
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