I am trying to write a hub about a forums misconduct. Here is the problem I am having
1. If I cut and paste in areas that demonstrate my point they are flagged as duplicate content.
2 If I provide a link to the content instead of pasting it up I am now being told I can only have two links.
So how is one supposed to write a hub highlighting misconduct on another forum without providing examples of what I am talking about? If I do this I will just feed back from people asking me why I have not provided said examples.
Or is Hubpages just a site for posting up articles about flower arranging? Seriously I would like to know.
HubPages is best compared to an online magazine, offering articles of interest on a wide range of subjects.
Ask yourself, what magazine editor would be interested in publishing that article? What are the chances of any reader being interested in your rant about someone's bad behaviour on this forum, let alone some other forum we're not involved in?
The place to complain about forum misconduct is to the moderator for that forum, not to people who have nothing to do with the situation.
Maybe they are trying to write about forum misconduct. For that, you would need examples.
Bullying is a hot topic in the media today. I would personally be interested in reading an article about forum misconduct. It's a topic that interests me, as I have participated in online forums for over a decade now.
Keep writing, GreyMoon.
I agree with you, KATHLEENKAT. Bullying is a hot topic, and I think much can be written about it here.
However, you can't use words verbatim from forums, nor can you link to one outside site more than twice. Those are the rules here.
GreyMoon, use your language skills to describe what you are seeing, so that you can give the reader your sense of what is happening. Use quotes from the forums you mention judiciously, in the spirit of fair use (look up "fair use" on the net if you're not sure what that means). Tell your readers what you think, in your own words. You have plenty of words at hand...you don't have to make your case, nor should you, by basing your hub on the exact words of others.
Sorry, your response was too logical.
Please amend your answer to include suggestions such as hiring a professional voice over actor to read the offending forum posts, then making a video of the reading to embed in the hub.
Take screenshots and crop what you want to show. Cite the source of the screenshots.
The HP "full sized" images are plenty big, IMO. You may need to insert multiple images to cover a long-stringed thread, however, I would reconsider that if it's going to be more images of text than your actual text content.
If I cite the source of the screenshots hubpages only allows three for one site. Therefore if everything i want to display when talking about a site comes from the site I am stonewalled into only being able to show three examples.
Don't know what to tell you. You could try contacting Hubpages and ask for an exception. Or you could find examples from other sites (which, believe me, with your topic there are).
Or you could let what happens in forums, stay in forums.
Hubs dedicated to calling people out rarely end well IMHO.
I take it this comment is not directed at me? Please include the username when you want to direct a comment to them.
The way I interpret psycheskinner's statement, it's a general truth which could well apply to the OP. She did quote your post and responded to it, I'd have thought that was sufficient.
It's optional to cite photographs in the photo capsule. The rule is that you must cite images - it says nothing about where.
The ability to put the source in the photo capsule itself is a fairly new feature of HubPages. Most of my Hubs have the citation in the text of the Hub, because that's the way it used to be done, and it is still acceptable.
All you need to do is leave the source blank in the capsule, and make a statement in the Hub saying "all images are from ....." (making the name of the site a hyperlink).
If you do not have the permission of the people who wrote the posts, you are infringing copyright by re-posting what they wrote. Copyright applies to forums, letters, emails, pretty much any written content.
Could be wrong, and I'm too lazy to look it up, but from reading this junk 2 years ago I believe the forum posts belong to HP, not the writer.
Or maybe they just have an unlimited license to publish it, I'm not real sure now.
I have already been bullied at HubPages and I feel you have a good article idea. PS - I fight bullies where possible, but I will avoid the places where they hang out, not worth my time.
Here is a URL to an article about copyright infringement. Scroll about half-way down for exceptions. They are obvious, without fair use exceptions no one could ever review or reference someone else's works. Without fair use, you could not have written that "fun" high school theme paper. LOL
Fair use is only reliably defined in court. And I am not aware of good precedents relating to copying one or more entire forums posts for a profit-making website.
I would not call it bullying. Although I recently wanted to write a hub about a documentary in production. The documentaries subject was Electronic Cigarettes. My hub was a commentary on the documentary not the use of Electronic Cigarettes. But because you can not write a hub about something without actually using those terms it does make it rather difficult. Using metaphors for Electronic cigarettes would A not drive traffic and B make it only enjoyable as a read to those people that love cryptic reading matter. Egyptologist for example. Is Egyptologist not a really word? Spell check hates it. lol.
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