Good question, Katinka. I've been wondering how we are going to differentiate between pages from Squidoo that we have worked on and that meet HubPages standards and those that we still need to edit.
@ Solaras, Thanks for that advice, I didn't know we could do that, it will be very helpful in getting hubs sorted out after the transfer.
Ellen, I think she meant on the profile page. Sorting doesn't change that, does it?
Please blog it GreekGeek! I will need to reference it often in the days to come!
Uh Oh! I inadvertantly created a site years 10 years ago that was actually at Trademark /Copyrighted name to another company. Thankfully I was sent an email to let me know this. I ended up shutting the thing down anyway.
It can get especially expensive when the Trademark violation presents consumer confusion, because the violator is using it for the same product, i.e., art:
http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1 … 4577810367
I find it interesting that they were able to trademark an idiom commonly used in our language. It most likely would not hold up in court due to genericity.
Making a Mark is used by a variety of organizations, including, more humorously, the World Intellectual Property Organization; it is the title of their publication on creating trademarks.
The name would have to be used millions of times for it to be genericized. Did you know that 'aspirin' and 'heroin' used to be registered Trademarks?
Also, it is possible for one person to register a trademark on the World Intellectual Property Organization registry and another person to register the identical trademark in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, with this caveat: one owner cannot use the trademark in the geographical area where it is not registered by them.
It is used millions of times, given that it is an idiom commonly used in print. If I Google "Making a Mark" over 8 million sites have matches for it. They have forfeited their right to sue, given that she has not received a cease and desist in the course of 8 years.
However, if someone popped up collecting for a charity under the name of Making A Mark, they would probably get busy on those folks.
I knew about aspirin, but not heroin.
Thank you Soloras for the point you made.
However can I ask that people stop this discussion about my username NOW.
I regard it as harassment of me as an author in this site. See Terms of Service.
I have had many hubs transferred over. What happened to the 4 month grace period for all hubs. Many of mine are unpublished and won't be published until fixed. This is NOT what I thought was supposed to occur...Thoughts?
If there's an error in how they were transferred, you can request help in the Squidoo Community Forum here on HubPages. Here's the link:
I hope this helps...
Not knowing what your subject matter is the only thing I can think of is those unpublished lenses are in the group of unallowed subjects they said would be unpublished? If not...then I would write a comment in the forum under the problems with transfers section.
Sorry...but that's all I've got, as I don't know any more than what I've read.
It's much more likely to be a glitch. There's bound to be some teething troubles with the first few accounts.
How accurate is your "check for violations" function? I mean, if I run that today and it shows no violations found...what are the chances of that hub getting taken down anyway tomorrow or next week? One huge complaint/issue I had with Squidoo was that content would be approved 100% by their filters and show me no issues, warnings or red flags... then a few days later the very same article was taken down for violations that their algorithms supposedly should have addressed while I was editing/publishing the content (such as "low content quality" or "over promotional"). This is what prevented me from taking Squidoo seriously or writing much of any content there. Why waste my time if the supposedly valid content will just be taken down randomly.
WowFace, HubPages filters do work and are not random. Unless an humain points violations on your content after the filter didn't find any kind of "no-no", but here again you can always ask for help to the team. They're efficient and humans you know
By the way, the filterS on the other site didn't work properly, there must have been too many different filters that would interfere on each others' job. Their "low content quality" prompt was already a mistake
Fixing the problems with warnings is part of the process, but then your Hub has to pass the QAP process. After it is published, if your Hub fails to generate traffic from search engines, it will become unfeatured eventually.
The filters work BUT they can only do so much. HubPages also relies on human moderators and vigilant Hubbers.
Hubbers are encouraged to report a Hub if they feel it's breaking the TOS in some way. That doesn't affect the Hub, it simply puts it in a queue to be looked at by a moderator. If the moderator decides there's no problem, nothing happens. If they decide there is a problem, the Hub will be unpublished.
So yes, it is possible for a Hub to be approved and appear to be OK, sometimes for months or even years, and then suddenly be unpublished because a real human noticed a problem.
The key is to make sure you understand HubPages' rules before you write - and if you're uncertain whether something is against the TOS, ask on the forums or send an email to the team.
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