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Is there a built-in way to deal with misinformation in hubs?

  1. DeenaM profile image53
    DeenaMposted 9 years ago

    I just joined, and while I've read many good hubs, there are a bunch with glaring misinformation. Even though people can leave their comments & post their objections to them, it seems too little too late. If there were a rating system, or better yet, a way to get the darn things removed, I'd be much more enthusiastic at this point.
    Has this been discussed already? I haven't found any through searching.

    1. relache profile image88
      relacheposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      At the top of each hub is a link that reads "rate or flag this page."  Give it a click.

      You can give a hub a thumbs up or thumbs down, or flag it for administrative review (you have a variety of options to pick from to help tell them what you think is wrong).

    2. darkside profile image80
      darksideposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      My only suggestion is you publish your own misinformed hubs.

  2. Misha profile image76
    Mishaposted 9 years ago

    One man's misinformation is another man's sacred truth smile

    Flag them, that's all what you can do - but don't expect them to go away smile

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I feel that the community here does a good job with the comments in helping correct mistaken beliefs and mis-information. Generally hubbers likes to give people a fair go to learn a bit first before being critical. We all need a starting place I guess, and this is a good one. If you watch hubbers over time you will see how much people learn here from each other. In time most edit their old work to bring it up to scratch.
      I hope you enjoy hubpages.

  3. Lissie profile image80
    Lissieposted 9 years ago

    Missinformation - or a balanced review - you decide -Site Build It Review

    but you have to read the comments.

    Note some of the comments are abit not family friendly if you get my drift. Its been a huge learning curve and I didn't plan on having that number of comments, but I got angry and published every comment. Yes there can be mis-information on the web - my initial post included some - but the response says much more about the original company I blogged about than my post did. The internet does provide power to the little people and it really has changed the whole "business" of "reputation management" for ever!

  4. Eric Graudins profile image60
    Eric Graudinsposted 9 years ago

    Yes, this is a problem.
    Here's a prime example on which I left a comment a couple of days ago.

    Of course, comments can be deleted if the hub writer does not like them.
    (In fact I'm surprised that mine is still there)

    So your only recourse is to flag the hub thumbs down, or reports it, giving an explanation of why you think it should be removed.

    (Please don't report or flag the hub in my link - or it will probably disappear, and then this comment will become meaningless)
    Cheers, Eric G.

    1. Abhishek87 profile image61
      Abhishek87posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Looks like someone already flagged it Eric smile The hub's gone.. here's what it says :

      "Sorry, this page is no longer published"

  5. Lisa HW profile image73
    Lisa HWposted 9 years ago

    Although writers can always choose not to show comments, I like the comment approach to questioning material in a Hub.  Unless someone's comment is off color, I always put the negative comments in.  If someone questions something I've said I'm more than willing to further explain/elaborate in a response to the comment.   The "critical" comment and my response gives readers a chance to see all sides and maybe join in. 

    So far, I have not had anyone question facts/numbers/dates, etc.   What I've gotten (particularly in one very unpopular Hub) is people thinking I've presented ideas as facts, when I thought I made it very clear that I was presenting my own ideas or "some people believe" type of points (without stating that anything is a fact).   Then I've gotten the string of really nasty comments that said how I hadn't thought out the thing, what my personal situation "must be", and how (essentially) crazy my Hub was.  People on this one Hub thought I "meant" things I didn't, and made up stuff they thought I was "really saying".  etc.   etc.   

    I responded to some and approved every last critical (and sometimes mean) comment.  A few days ago, finally, some kind soul made a comment that pointed out the "attitudes" of all the commenters and pointed out (essentially) how they didn't "get it".  She mentioned her own experience that backed up what I said in the Hub - so the whole thing has kind of come full circle.

    The picture that readers of that Hub will get when they see it is a far more complete one with the critical comments that questioned the correctness of what I said.  On top of that, all those comments ended up kind of showing that what I said in the Hub was actually quite accurate. 

    As a Hubber, I am absolutely fine with the idea of being expected to back up anything I say (whether that's HubPages who expects it, or any reader).  If I ever write something factually wrong I'd rather correct it than leave it.  I do think it's better for everyone to take a "we work together" approach, rather than a behind-the-back, "let's try to get rid of this, this, and that" approach.

  6. profile image0
    terrygposted 9 years ago

    I actually thought that hubpages was a friendly community.

    Now some of you might need to consider that to have a friend you shut one eye and to keep a friend you shut both.

    Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. (Newspaper editors mantra)

    1. Lisa HW profile image73
      Lisa HWposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      The people in the Hub I mentioned are not Hubbers.  They're "from the outside world".  smile  I don't want my post to create the impression all those nasty comments came from Hubbers.

    2. LondonGirl profile image86
      LondonGirlposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. Winston Churchill

      1. profile image0
        terrygposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Guilty as charged, your Honour..

  7. Dame Scribe profile image59
    Dame Scribeposted 9 years ago

    No Hubs yet Deena? smile I always get excited bout new Hubbers.

  8. Hope Alexander profile image83
    Hope Alexanderposted 9 years ago

    This is Hub Pages, a free and open publishing platform. It is not the Encyclopaedia Brittanica. Managing one's expectations will aid greatly in enjoying one's time here.

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I agree. No need to worry so much about others work until you get some hubs up.