Is Hub Classification the Way to Go?

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  1. Cris A profile image58
    Cris Aposted 14 years ago

    There's been quite a number of hubs being pulled out and the hubbers who wrote them were asked to re-edit. I know there are rules about "content" and they are quite clear, but still, some hubbers are screaming censorship. I think that a classification (more like a warning actually) should address the issue. Like a hubber should be given the opportunity to classify his hub, as in "warning: what you are about to read is for mature readers only due to the explicit sexual content" or something like that. Heck, color codes could even do the trick. Like a "blue" dot somewhere on a hub page could signify adult content, "green" for general readership or red for picture hubs with no text. Besides we know trash (flaggable) from a good read, don't we? What do you think? cool

    1. profile image0
      C. C. Riterposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I can see your point Cris, but there has to be a line somewhere. I know how you feel. Pest made perfectly clear in his Tilte what the subject was. It took only a few who were drawn to it so they could protest it and get that one pulled. Where will it end thoguh is anybody's guess. I don't have any answers and we do have rules. I understand that and try to comply, try.

      1. Cris A profile image58
        Cris Aposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks C and i get your point, too for I'm more or less coming from your side of the fence. What I floated here is just an idea for a compromise that hopefully other hubbers would pick up and think about and they may even come up with a better and workable "solution".  cool

    2. relache profile image73
      relacheposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, but Cris, adult content is against the HubPages TOS.  It's not supposed to be on the site at all.

      Have you tried Squidoo?  They've got both R and X options, so you might want to give that a go if you're dead set on creating adult content.

      1. Cris A profile image58
        Cris Aposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Yes I know that but I just thought there might be a way to go around it and still stay safe wiithin the bounds of the TOS. cool

        And no, I haven't written an adult-oriented hub nor I plan to do so - i'm just no good with the topic. I just started this thread on behalf of the hubbers who feel they have been "censored" and I just thought I'd float my idea for a compromise. And it's nice to hear what other hubbers think cool

    3. relache profile image73
      relacheposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      If you are violating a website's TOS, which you had to agree to before you could use the site or create any content, 

      and then you violate those rules and yell "censorship," it's sort of pointless as you yourself declared that you would abide by those rules when you accepted the user agreement. 

      Of course, if you want to argue with HubPages about the precise definitions and interpretations of all those terms in relation to your Hub content, then you should hire a lawyer who's specialty is that sort of thing.

      1. Cris A profile image58
        Cris Aposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        What a solid point, Relache. But I'd still argue for context. LOL Anyways, thanks for sharing your views on the subject as it should help put things in perspective cool

      2. goldentoad profile image60
        goldentoadposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        they display images of wet t-shirts with silver dollars nipples poking through and this is acceptable, why should we hire a lawyer and why you do you have to be so snippity about an open conversation, this is the multiple thread I have seen where you take an honest question and try to slam someone

        1. sunforged profile image72
          sunforgedposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          its a hall monitor TOS. find link here...end transmission.

          I had a hub that was previously published at a respected writers site that featured adsense (it was live there for 2-3 years) I put it up on hubs and within a week the robots, hall monitors and fools that unfortunately are given power of the flag button (there should be a mandatory reading comprehension test) had it pulled. The tasteful reference to sex within the 4000 word writing couldnt have taken up more than 20 words

          There should be a very clear delineated description of what exactly "adult" is.

  2. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 14 years ago

    There are *not-so-nice* people out there ...we know that ... mixing XXX stuff with quality makes for a bad image and that's not what some Hubbers want nor HP for that matter. That is why the environment attempts to steer clear of that stuff tongue if that last part made any sense, lol

    1. Cris A profile image58
      Cris Aposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I get your point Dame but we can add an XXX classification for hubbers like Pest and me! LOL

  3. Tom Cornett profile image82
    Tom Cornettposted 14 years ago

    Great idea Cris!  I want a blue dot!

    1. Cris A profile image58
      Cris Aposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      LOL I know you would Tom! cool

  4. Sugarissweeter profile image59
    Sugarissweeterposted 14 years ago

    I think its pretty self explanatory when you go to publish a hub that "explicit sexual content" is not allowed.  You can publish that kind of content over at other writing sites freely as you wish. Hubpages used to allow it. They don't now and haven't for some time. Their rules, and it would be a dumb business move to allow it.

    It doesn't have a place here.. adapt, or move on.

    1. goldentoad profile image60
      goldentoadposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      why don't you and your one fan move on

    2. Cris A profile image58
      Cris Aposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry I missed responding to your comment earlier. Yeah I guess it's just not allowed. But what's your take on copied content? I think it's even worse than naughty hubs that might be humorous afterall if you only read through

      1. Marisa Wright profile image89
        Marisa Wrightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        There's really no point in comparing.  Adsense doesn't consider whether a Hub is truly pornographic or is using the "naughty" words in a humorous or even academic manner. It just looks at the words.  So there's no point in trying to make the distinction.

  5. Marisa Wright profile image89
    Marisa Wrightposted 14 years ago

    Let's all remember that it's not really HubPages' choice anyway.   Adsense won't allow adult content so HubPages has to toe the line.  If we want to earn money, we just have to accept it.

    1. Cris A profile image58
      Cris Aposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Oh yeah and that too! Oh well.... cool

      1. Cris A profile image58
        Cris Aposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        I've been thinking about this and I realized that there are hubbers who do not actually write for the money. If they did, they might as well post "pornography" somewhere where they won't get flagged. What I mean to say is that, some hubbers who write about adult content do not really write about adult content per se as much as they write about what humors or entertains the reader. Everything should be put in their proper context.


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