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.
It's a hub... and you can destroy them in complete secrecy around here.
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)
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.)
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!
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. 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?
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.
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.
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!
Paul Deeds posted some time ago that the blue thumbs make virtually no difference to scores or anything else.
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!
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.
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)
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.
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
If thumbs-up doesn't do anything, what does it mean when a commenter says, "I voted you up."
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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