They are childish and stupid. There did I say it strong enough. I got 1400 word hubs with every addition. Photos, Videos and polls. And they are not featured. The obvious conclusion is that two editors have their own agenda on content. I have glorious comments and thumbs up on hubs, from those folk with "a" Next to their name and the hub is not featured. I have reworked and republished hubs with suggestions and they still rate below feature. All that is bullshit! There are little girls in cubicles saying no to good stuff that is over their heads. HP needs to be more professional.
Based on the text in this post,you probably just need to improve your use of English. You can have high quality content, but if there are lots of spelling and grammar mistakes it will get a low QAP score.
Is a doctorate and a BS in philosophy and 30 years of writing good enough for you? Electronician you drink koolaid. There is not one person on this staff who has my knowledge, credentials or experience. And I fully doubt that you do ---- is that harsh enough for you. Your score makes me think that you do not write for others but for money making.
Most likely English was not the medium of communication for your BS and PhD. You make spelling and grammatical mistakes that are below your claimed level of learning. When I did English as a foreign language , two spelling mistakes or three grammatical errors were the cut-off for a pass/fail.
Writing, as in creative writing, does not require a BS let alone a PhD. I enjoyed your writing actually. There is something about someone who cannot figure whether he should use they, there or their, that makes me like them.
I wasn't going to chime in on this, but have decided to scratch the itch. There are many rules a writer can break so that they develop a style and voice of their own. However, grammar and spelling aren't two of them. If you want people to take you seriously as a writer and pass yourself off as a highly intellectual person, then obey those rules. You claim the hubs aren't featured because of "idiots" working for HP. Ask yourself this, would ANY reputable editor at a major magazine or technical journal publish your articles as they're currently written? The answer would be a resounding NO. Is that because those editors are also idiots? Of course Hp isn't a major magazine, but their standards are being raised so that the site can be compared to that. All I can say is that if you don't like playing by the rules, perhaps you should move your writing to another site where there aren't as many rules and regulations.
As a writer I deeply appreciate and respect your thoughtful, wise and indeed, very true points.
I spent no less than six months looking for a site that insisted on high submission standards. Hub thank God, does. Do I make grammatical and spelling mistakes from time to time? Sure. Who doesn't? I kick myself and ask people to please email me if they find errors.
I can attest that you DO lose cred and second chances. I wrote a rather, I won't say scathing but I will say critical point in an article about a feminist author- pundit regarding feminist-mother issues. In a nutshell I said Gloria Steinem's niece wrote that GS was more sympathetic to the mothers at home, not working, than so and so. I made a couple possessive mistakes in my piece. Ouch. Instead of addressing my CONTENT the so and so woman called me out on the mistakes and slammed me as a writer or "whatever you call yourself." Mind you, she that doth protest too much, but she served me notice that grammatical and spelling mistakes stop the reader in their tracks and the flow, cred is lost. I will say the rest of the piece was error free, I think, so she clearly wanted to discredit me more than she wanted to engage in useful debate which I think is small-minded.
All of mine "were" featured at one time but on the average of 7 to 10 days, one of my hubs goes unfeatured. This is all good as it gives me food for my blog. I have half the content here that I had a year ago. That is how many of my hubs became unfeatured.
Since I have not published anything new here since all this started happening, I may well have missed some new things that are going on and any new hub I publish may not be featured. However at this point I will never find out as I have no intent on placing new material here, lol.
Just to clarify, are you sure these Hubs are unFeatured for low quality? Or are they unFeatured for lack of engagement (the half moon symbol)?
Lack of engagement just means lack of traffic and is assessed by an algorithm, not human intervention.
You have a unique writing style which would fail a lot of the measures used by the Quality Assessment Process. That doesn't mean it's bad, it's just that your "voice" falls outside the norms. Unless you decide to start spell checking and grammar checking, that's not going to change - so it's a question of whether you feel that compromises you. If it does, then you'd be much better off writing somewhere that doesn't assess spelling and grammar.
Eric you're on a roll on this forum, hats off to you! Here I was, thinking that we ought to be never using bad language, in both senses of that sentence, that everything ought to be done as properly as possible, and, as conscientious humans in this world, we ought to try and raise the bar all the time...
but what the hell! We're humans...We're not complete if we don't acknowledge all parts of our humanity! That means not being perfect, not having the burden of always trying to be perfect, as well.
Yeah, bit of a problem though when point the finger at the people who you believe are at fault and conclude that they may must be girls. Also a bit of a problem if you are unprepared to look at what you have written, objectively, and consider that it might be flawed.
Bit peed off at myself now, had previously decided that I would not engage in this forum because it was only about the OP's ego!
It also shows a hubber who assumes he is without fault but does not in fact even know how QAP is performed (that is, not by some mythical ignorant female 'editor' in some cubical somewhere, but by his peers and other mturk workers). So maybe his understanding of the QAP standards need s a little work too--and that is why the hub failed.
I believe there are lots of problems with QAP, namely that it is not really about quality at all, but I don't believe that the MTurkers are responsible for their brief, they simply follow it. And I don't blame them for that either,
But there you go, some semi-literate fool with an ego the size of the Empire State Building who has received lots of thumbs up from his mutual admiration society, shows his true colours. "Their job", which of course must belong to women if they do not appreciate his incomplete sentences and dull, ego filled bullshit, is to validate his existence.
Oh, that makes me feel much better. I don't have access to the British version. I knew there had to be another definition. I have you far too high on a pedestal to have left room in my imagination that you might actually dip into the American version of slang.
Im not sure I want to ask what the British version of SMB is...
OMGosh ! Talk about 'poo-poo', you, sir, take the cake. Eric, if your ego is hurting because of hubs not featured, PLEASE, allow me to bestow upon you an award for the MOST EGOISTICAL ON THE FORUMS. Congratulations on your hard-earned and well deserved award.
So my stats are lying??? You did not click on my page long enough to read it. Len, these things called metrics are hard to manipulate. Maybe you are a master. But otherwise you are lying. My pages do not show your visit. What does that mean?
I'm loathe to explain a system he doesn't like to a know-it-all, but HubPage stats do not update immediately. If you are using Google Analytics, you are not using them properly because it measures even page views of 1 second or shorter. Since you are a professional, a doctor, and a writer for a living I trust you to analyze the situation and come to the correct conclusion.
Also I noticed a shocking amount of profanity and the fact that you failed to mention you weren't a medical doctor until about half way through a supposedly professional article which promises a doctor's advice in the title which is a major ethical as well as stylistic no-no for someone who write professionally!
Maybe instead of ranting about Miley Cyrus and the women (not girls, by the way) who've wronged you, you could learn how HubPages works before spewing hot garbage on the forums.
It could be not featured due to a time delay, check it again in a few days. Or it could be due to lack of engagement, a lack of views, try promoting it a bit more, other places you write, Fackbook/twitter etc.
And yet here you are, writing for them and with us. I'd think a BS and 30 years experience would amount to more than massacring the English language all over a content site that requires no more credentials than a valid e-mail account.
If you despise this site, it's editors, and it's member so much, I'm sure someone with so very much to contribute would have no trouble acquiring a more lucrative venue to write in.
So long as you're not the one being critiqued, I assume. A user politely suggests that your grammar may be an issue, and you respond with a personal attack.
If drinking Koolaid is a personal attack, that is. I really don't know. I don't see what's so bad about Koolaid. Its cheap, kids love it, doesn't taste bad at all. Perhaps it was a racist remark? I really have no idea.
A doctorate and a BS in philosophy? That is not an easy task, although wouldn't you have to have a BS or BA in philosophy in order to get a PhD in Philosophy. Few career areas require a doctorate degree. Areas where state licensing is required may require the doctorate degree for the highest paid positions and for positions in government facilities but what kind of position does a doctorate in philosophy qualify one for? What college did you get your BS and PhD from - was it the same for both? I have children in college and am just curious about potential futures for them.
Ericdierker, I've got hubs with WAY less words and images, yet they are still featured. I checked out a few of your hubs. No offense, man...but your grammar is atrocious. You always write in fragments, you never write in complete sentences, you capitalize the wrong words, and your writing just seems unprofessional. You have to work on your writing skills if you want your hubs to be featured. Just try to improve a few of your hubs to see if it makes a difference. I guarantee it will.
I meant him. I think I would find it a bit embarrassing to have my efforts pulled apart. Melissa is a professional. There are reasons I don't often ask her and a few other pros to critique my work. lol
I find it incredibly offensive that you are assuming the editors are girls, and that they are interested in Miley Cyrus and hip hop. If you are feeling that your writing is under appreciated, then maybe this is simply not the network for you to be writing for. The fact that they are not featuring them does not mean you are not a quality writer with quality ideas. It just may not be the type if thoughts/expression that the editors approve of, or like others have said, simply approve your grammar and sentence structure. Make it more readable so your ideas are better presented. That does not give you the right to insult others. Also, your writing should speak for itself without you qualifying it with your degrees.
As it goes. You asked for advice, but yet you fight all efforts for help. I do not get that. You may have experience, and the works. That still does not mean that you know everything about everything. There is nothing wrong with getting critiqued.
Even though, you have a lot of words, and pictures. That doesn't mean its featured material. I have had plenty that I have had to fix, even though they meet the criteria. Substance gets you more than jabbering. This I have learned.
The simple answer test would be to cut and past the content of all your Hubs into Word and let the program decide whether there are any spelling or grammatical errors in the text. I love short sentences. I don't have a problem with that - I just wish you guys and girls would just be kind to each other!!!.
RATS! I fell for it. In total curiosity, I visited Dr. Whats-his-bucket's profile. I even clicked on an article with "poo" in the title. Shame, shame on me for falling for this provocateur's tactics at gaining clicks.
Otherwise, Dr. Whatever, I do hope your posts and articles are satire. Methinks I'd prefer dining on roasted baby to heeding the majority of your "advice."
I don't think so. Most people who have been here more than a few months could not care less about traffic from other hubbers. It's one of those things you pick up pretty quickly. Most of us wouldn't bother typing a sentence in the forum for the sake of traffic.
That is part of the problem, you conveniently deny knowing what is and what isn't a personal insult, yet you complain vehemently when others criticize your religious beliefs, calling others bullies, and to one extent, you called me a cyber bully.
I don't usually get involved in forums but I seen this. To call people names is not a constructive, structured argument to rectify 'wronged' hubs in any universe. To refuse to accept that we are all have our off days and we can't always get it right is blinkered. Sadly to assume that the decision making was by stupid little females is alienating and insulting to half our world. Gender has no impact on individual capability or indeed our ability to accept constructive criticism and grow from it.
Hi Beth That's nice. I think I'm Scottish though ..... It wasn't the question of quality that pulled me into this one. I have no comments to make on anyone's spelling or grammar; it takes me enough time to sort out my own! It was the wording of the posting, the name calling and the sweeping generalisation that the flaws would naturally be of female origin.
In my family, there was always a certain amount of teasing. It wasn't ferocious but it was there. The little verbal booby traps. The asides that could trip up the unwary. The outright untruths and misdirection (fetch a left handed hammer, etc).
Whoever lost their temper, lost the game.
I think it will always be difficult for you in a forum, ATM because you cannot step over or around any perceived slight to get to the greater prize of winning an argument. Also you are terribly short of Christian forgiveness.
Please be aware of the little barb at the end of what I just said. Can you rise above it?
There will always be a little rough and tumble on a public forum. This is one of the most sedate and restrained forums I have ever encountered. If you cannot keep cool here you will never keep cool anywhere.
I know that forums can suck you in and can be very upsetting but it is worth trying to work towards a point that you cannot be needled and cannot be worked by others.
I am not even trying to upset you here but you are upset anyway. Try to ask yourself why it happens. Or take a break from the forums for a while. Or participate without engaging with anyone who has upset you in the past.
Just try some kind of change for the sake of your peace of mind.
I am happy that like me some writers have stopped posting a new article here. I did not unpublish my unfeatured hubs yet but actually it is ridiculous when HP unfeatures a hub because of traffic. It is not in the hands of the writers to bring in traffic. Quality should relate to the accuracy of the language and the subject on which a writer must write should not be decided by the readers. Well, the writers know that less traffic means less money but does it mean that we are supposed to write on all the common subjects. The whole judging procedure has become a farce. Hope HP will give it a thought.
Is there nothing left in the world that can be reasonably discussed without that discussion degenerating into a festival of absurdity and childish, petty bickering? It isn't even amusing anymore; it's just sad.
You can share my Mark-stalker tree on Sat. and Sun. but stay away from Will... He's my main crush, although his wife is probably one of those clingy types that would, most likely, in a distinguished manner, disembowel me with her bare hands.
What an interesting and active participation. I just loved it all. This makes HP a vibrant community. Still I must say some hubbers use harsh language. Dears, please spread the message of love and knowledge here. Knowledge is power. But love is the most powerful expression!
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