I know this is a minor nitpick, but every time i lose a follower, a part of me wonders why they stopped following me. Granted, I know some of the reasons might involve they either left the site, or got banned or whatever. But I know some of the people that have stopped following are still on hubpages.
Don't get me wrong, I know everyone here has the right to follow and unfollow a person as often as they wish. However, it does make me wonder what I might've done wrong.
Therefore, I was thinking that maybe whenever you unfollow a person, then a pop screen can show up asking the person asking if that person wants to leave feedback either anonymously or not to let the person know what they can do to improve, and why they're unfollowing them. Plus, you can make it optional to where if the user decides not to type in that feedback, then they can just click on a "no comment" button or something.
heck to take it further, you can even have an option box inside the feedback pop up screen. on the bottom right you can have it say, "If you don't want to be asked this again, then please click this box", and then boom. The user won't have to worry about a feedback popup if they decide to unfollow someone else in the future. But for those that don't click that box, then they can do so in the future via anonymously or not.
Anyways, I doubt hubpages will go for it, and i doubt ill get a lot of support from hubbers about this, but i would be in favor of it, so I can know how to improve in the future to where i won't lose followers. what do you guys think?
I know every time this is addressed people say... "oh there is a multitude of reasons... don't worry about it. Yes, I too wonder sometimes why someone would go out of their way to "choose" to stop following you. Certainly, you can simply just not read their hubs for a while, until they peak your interest again, but when they blatantly unfollow you wonder if you offended them or something? Just yesterday, I lost a follower and I had an idea why but wanted to confirm my suspicions. How abou this?: I went into my email... typed in "Is now following you" into my email search bar... while on another tab, I had my HP profile open, clicked on "Followers" loaded all of them.. pressed control F on that page, and started inputting one by one from my email to verify these people were still there. The obvious people, I didn't need to do, but come to find out... someone had started following me 2 weeks ago... they had been here a couple of months at the time and the email said they were following over 1000 people. When I found who it was I went over to her profile and saw she had knocked her followers down to about 300, which was a little relief because I realized it wasn't such a personal thing... however, my earlier suspicions were wrong...LONG STORY SHORT... I agree
I don't want to put people on the spot by making them explain why they've stopped following, but I would like a notification that "so and so" is no longer following me... just the same way they let me know when someone starts following me... at least then I might be able to understand how or why.
There was a thread about this just recently. Here's HubPages response:
http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/112202? … ost2390918
I'm not sure what it would achieve anyway. I'm not sure that people would leave feedback sufficiently detailed for you to take action on. Besides, I doubt it's got anything to do with quality most of the time. If I stop following someone, it's because they've started writing about topics that don't interest me - but that's no reason to take action, because what doesn't interest me, will interest someone else.
Besides, as you know, you don't make money by having followers. They're just nice for your ego.
I know that, but I like to always strive to get better at things, but you do bring up a good point though. anyways, thanks for the link, as ill definitely check it out. i had no idea anyone else had opened up a thread about this already.
Thanks for sharing that, Marisa Wright!
Stevennix2001, I really admire your interest in improving your work in that it goes to far as to want to know why people stop following you. From that perspective, I like the idea, though having just discussed this in one of our community meetings, I know that the feature is very unlikely to be implemented as we do not see much value coming from it.
That said, I do assure you that we're working on better feedback mechanisms- specifically a 'suggest an edit' tool that enables people to leave targeted feedback on Hubs they're reading.
No guarantee on when that might come out (it is contingent on many things that are up in the air), but rest assured we want to give you the very best resources for improving your work.
I don't receive email updates on what people I follow write; I don't look at updates in the newsfeed from them either. For me it's more like a pat on the shoulder to say I respect your work and you're a good writer, even though I may never read your work again.
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