Blue Up and Down Thumbs

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  1. Nancy Hardin profile image60
    Nancy Hardinposted 4 years ago

    I have a question about the blue thumbs on Hubs. If I click on the thumbs up, I also can click on the reasons i.e.; interesting, funny, beautifu, awesome, etc. What happens if I read a lens and feel it should be reported for some sort of abuse? Do I give it a thumbs down, and if so, does the writer know I've done that? A little clarification on this please, thanks.

    1. Sed-me profile image83
      Sed-meposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It's a hub... and you can destroy them in complete secrecy around here. smile

      1. Nancy Hardin profile image60
        Nancy Hardinposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          hahaha! Not what I had in mind. But does it show anywhere, even when I give a thumbs up? I've never given a thumbs down yet and may never, but I was just curious about how that works. You're funny! (smile)

        1. Sed-me profile image83
          Sed-meposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Well, the thumbs up will show, but who is responsible for it will not. Critique away! (But not mine... Ive only got a score of 77... I can't take anymore pain.)

          1. Nancy Hardin profile image60
            Nancy Hardinposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Sed-me, I sure DO understand that! I went through a couple days of sheer hell, until I figured out it wasn't changing anything, so I shut up, and made the transfer! I think I only have a low 70 score too, but time will tell if I can raise it. It's a challenge!

            1. Sed-me profile image83
              Sed-meposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              Yes, you should keep trying. You have a lot of potential. I, on the other hand, have chosen the route of giving up and grumbling to anyone who will listen. It makes me feel like a semi-powerful insurgent.

        2. Pam Irie profile image81
          Pam Irieposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Truthfully, I kind of cringed when I saw the thumbs up and thumbs down, though I like the other ratings.....useful, funny, interesting, etc. I think the thumbs up/down just sets the system up for all kinds of abuse it seems. sad  Nancy, do you remember wasn't it on eHow where if an article was questionable with regards to TOS, a user could flag the article and admin would take a look at it. I think it was done anonymously too.
          Still gave the writer the benefit of the doubt, "innocent until proven guilty." right? smile
          I'm happy to be at Hubs and hopeful it will prove a great venue. This site has a real opportunity to change things around for online content writers.

    2. Writer Fox profile image47
      Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Actually, Paul D. has stated that the thumbs up/thumbs down has little effect on a Hub now.  Those used to be more important, a long time ago on the site.  It's all anonymous, so no one but the staff knows how you are voting or if you are deliberately targeting someone. 

      You can click on more than one reason for voting thumbs up, funny and awesome for example.

      If you see a Hub which violates HP policies, report it on the link at the top right of a Hub. It's important to do this because the QAP and auto filters do NOT catch everything and bad content on the site can hurt the sites rankings on search engines.

      1. GiftsByDiana profile image43
        GiftsByDianaposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Good to know - thanks to all of you !

      2. Nancy Hardin profile image60
        Nancy Hardinposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Writer Fox, I appreciate your reply to this. My question should probably have been worded a bit differently...I just didn't know if the writer sees it when you give them a thumbs up OR a thumbs down. I thank you for the information about the way to report a Hub violating TOS. I felt sure there was a way, and you gave it to me. Now, to set the record straight, I have not come across any Hub like that, nor am I looking for them, but it was another thing to learn about HubPages for me. Thanks again!

    3. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Paul Deeds posted some time ago that the blue thumbs make virtually no difference to scores or anything else.

    4. Christy Kirwan profile image97
      Christy Kirwanposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Nancy,

      If you think the Hub is breaking the rules, please use the "report" button just above and to the right of the Hub's title. When you report a Hub, the Staff Moderators will will review it and possibly unpublish it if they determine that it is in violation. Thanks!

      1. Nancy Hardin profile image60
        Nancy Hardinposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you Christy. It's not that I've come across anything like that yet, but I just needed to know how the functions of the blue thumbs worked. I wanted to make sure it was even worth the time to let the writer know if I really liked it with the thumbs up, or if they even got to see it. I'd been noticing so many comments saying "Voted up straight through," and stuff like that. I'm glad to know, however, that should I come across something that violates TOS, there's a method in place for reporting it. Thanks again.

        1. Sed-me profile image83
          Sed-meposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Don't report my salad Nancy. I meant no harm.

          1. Nancy Hardin profile image60
            Nancy Hardinposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            Sed-me, you are a riot! You're funny, and I love your wit. Glad we're following each other, and your salad certainly would NOT qualify for any reporting, except to say "WOW! That sounds delicious!" Tonight I will know for sure, and can then report, "Best thing I ever ate!" (smile)

            1. Sed-me profile image83
              Sed-meposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              lol. Im nervous now. Please remember my name if you don't like it: Paul Edmonson.

  2. Shorebirdie profile image77
    Shorebirdieposted 4 years ago

    What I understand about it is that a thumbs up and down just lets the staff know if you think this is a quality hub or not.  I don't think the creator of the hub knows if you rated them up or down.

  3. profile image0
    julieannbradyposted 4 years ago

    Nancy, thankfully it's not any of my hubs as they haven't imported yet. But, I do hear you. Personally, I don't like thumbs down -- I grew up with my grandmother telling me, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything." Or something like that. So, HP won't be employing me as the content police anytime soon. LOL

  4. profile image0
    BarbaraCaseyposted 4 years ago

    If thumbs-up doesn't do anything, what does it mean when a commenter says, "I voted you up."

    1. Sed-me profile image83
      Sed-meposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      They're just showing you support... telling you they liked your work. And when others see the thumbs up, they see that it has been voted a positive hub.

      1. profile image0
        BarbaraCaseyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks, Sed-me. I thumbs-up something I like but I haven't used the thumbs-down button. If I really like a hub, I'll comment and click one of the "interesting-useful-awesome" buttons. Thanks, Writer Fox, for clarifying that we can click more than one of the descriptive buttons.

    2. Writer Fox profile image47
      Writer Foxposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It means that they voted your Hub with the 'thumbs up' button. It's a nice thing to do, even if it has little value in the HP algorithm, it has value to Hubbers to know that others liked their work.

  5. Cari Kay 11 profile image92
    Cari Kay 11posted 4 years ago

    Could somebody clue me in on the thumbs up/thumbs down and how it really affects my hub?  I ask because I have a page that just transferred from Squidoo about the hCG diet.  I had a very BAD experience with the diet and the people selling the diet and I shared it.  Since sharing, so many people have left messages on the page sharing their own terrible experiences with it but, because it was sold to me by an MLM distributor, I also get a lot of distributors who visit the page and try to answer polls to make it seem like it is a 'normal' diet and not dangerous and not illegal (though it is).  I can really see a bunch of distributors pressing the down arrow on this.  What will that do to my page?  Thank you so much!

    1. Marisa Wright profile image97
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It will do nothing.  As Writer Fox says, the thumbs are a hangover from earlier days, and management has said they have little or no impact on our scores or rankings.

      1. Cari Kay 11 profile image92
        Cari Kay 11posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Very good.  Thank you.  As you can imagine, when an MLM is involved, they try to really keep people from sharing their bad experiences.  I get a lot of their distributors visiting my page and trying to leave comments and down-voting polls.  I could only imagine how they would love a working thumbs down button.  Fortunately, far more of my visitors are ones who are concerned by these products or who have been hurt so the page definitely helps.

  6. profile image0
    debW07posted 4 years ago

    I hadn't even noticed the "thumbs up/down" until a couple of days ago. I felt guilty for not using it on the prior Hubs I'd read and commented on, but now that I know they don't mean much I don't feel as guilty.

 
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