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  1. Charles James profile image75
    Charles Jamesposted 5 years ago

    The idled hubs issue is still live so far as I am concerned. Some of my good pieces are idled. I am blessed (euphemism) if I am going to twiddle with them in hopes of being de-idled. I am far more likely to move them completely. I am leaving them here at the moment in hopes HP changes its policy.

    In my Dave Digger identity eight of my ten hubs are idled , but one of the idled hubs has had eight hits in the last month. I think people read the two pieces that are not idled and then follow a link to my idled hub.

    In my Charles James identity I watched a TV programme about Fairport Convention (a pop/folk group) only to find mty  hub had neen idled so there was no chance of viewings.

    If I am prescient about future events like say a royal baby or the anniversary of something I am likely to find my hub idled. There needs to be an appeal mechanism!

    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Charles James.

      I appreciate your concern and apologize for any inconvenience. We will not be changing our Featured Hub policies, but I do encourage you to have a go at updating some of your Hubs that may not be Featured, as it can improve their long term traffic prospects (and not just their prospects of being Featured on HubPages). You are, of course, more than welcome to move them to another platform, too- just wanted to say we'd love to see those Hubs get more attention.

      Our appeal mechanism involves editing the Hub and incorporating improvements. When a Hub is changed, it is once again evaluated by the QAP. If the quality ratings were inaccurate the first time, editing a Hub will effectively submit it for another review (and likely more accurate ratings).

      We do not mean to penalize people by not Featuring Hubs; we hope to give them an opportunity to see what is and is not working and what can stand to be improved. We also hope to only showcase the best of the best to improve the site's overall traffic prospects (and therefore the overall traffic prospects of our authors).

      Some tips on how to update a Hub to improve its odds of being Featured are here: … y-of-a-Hub

      I hope that helps to dispel some of your concerns!

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        Motown2Chitownposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Simone, can you answer a question for me also?  I often find that a hub will be featured/idled all on its own and often the status will change when I've not touched it.  It happens very often that my featured/idled hubs change frequently, but if I let it ride, the status may change.  As a result, I haven't found myself panicking too much at the sight of an idled hub because when I look again later, it's been featured again.

        Am I imagining things?

        1. wilderness profile image97
          wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          You are not imagining.  I've got one hub that regularly pops in and out of being featured.  It appears that one factor may be your hubber score - when it goes up near 100 the hub may be featured - when it drops to around 90 the hub goes back to idle.

          Plus all the other factors like traffic, of course.

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            Motown2Chitownposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            Interesting...I actually have experienced a drop in my hubber score recently, and that's when I took note of a featured hub being idled and vice versa.  And now that I'm thinking about it...I wonder if the hubber score matters (if it actually does) because they feature hubs in those categories from hubbers with higher scores than mine at a particular time....sorta rotating the good stuff?

            1. wilderness profile image97
              wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              That suggestion came from another thread but who really knows?  It is certainly possible but I don't have any inside knowledge! smile

      2. Charles James profile image75
        Charles Jamesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        If I put time into upgrading the 50 or so idled hubs, and they are unidled, is that it? Or will HP start idling them again after a few weeks?
        I am so upset by this that I find it very hard to write any new hubs.

        1. wilderness profile image97
          wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          If they don't see any traffic they will probably be idled over time, yes.  They are, I think, very unlikely to be idled again for quality reasons, if that's even what it was this time.

          If it's low traffic causing the problem, though, what real difference does it make if they are idled or featured?  They aren't getting traffic while featured, so there is none to lose anyway.

  2. Charles James profile image75
    Charles Jamesposted 5 years ago

    I have serious reservations about the HP view of "quality".
    I am prepared to swallow these reservations and jump through the HP hoops but I want to know that "quality" (as defined by HP) hubs will not then be idled because not enough people are reading them.
    The difference idling makes is that if people cannot find my hubs they cannot read them.


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