Found message when editing a hub.
HubPages will be entering a scheduled maintenance window in about 13 minutes. Once it begins, the maintenance is expected to require 10 minutes to complete. During this time the site may be completely unavailable.
We strongly encourage you to complete all of your Hub edits and exit the HubTool before maintenance begins
Thanks. HP does it's best to get this notice posted before they start any of the maintenance. I hate when it happens when I'm on a roll writing a new hub, but I save it without publishing and go back to it later.
I write everything in MS Word, so I never get stuck with this problem. When I'm done, after running a spell check, then I start a new hub and copy and paste everything into capsules. You can be more creative when working offline.
Well that's fantabulous. WHILE you're on the offline part of writing. I never write an article online. It's while I'm trying to PUT it online that this can be a problem.
No disrespect meant, but MOST of us are smart enough to write offline then bring it online. I don't think that's what was being addressed.
Ive never written offline first. There are several layers that make up the lasagna that is HPs. There's the bubbly cheese layer who make a living from their writing efforts. There's the noodle layer, which are the folks with great writing skills who add to the solidity of our incredible recipe, then there's my peeps. We are the stuff you can only get off the pan with an s.o.s pad, and even then, only after soaking the dish with boiling hot water.
Everyone has their own way of doing things.
I long ago learned that any time I was trying to post on ANY site, there was a huge chance that my computer/browser might crash and burn.
Some sites/programs might hold and keep that info, most don't.
Old school tech says commit it to a safe source/program that you know will save then post.
Your results may vary.
I don't think that most of us need the basic suggestion "start your article offline in a Word/type program." I tend to hope that we're all at least that smart. The question asked was regarding challenges with the site itself crashing during input and editing.
I don't know why but I don't get messages from Hubpages -I have to rely on Facebook groups for information. Is there a setting I should activate somewhere?
This came up in the editing tool, the warning? I don't think I have ever run across that before, but if so, itis a great thing to those who have the tool open!
I missed that because I was having server problems all morning and then I was out-to-lunch when they were busy here.
This MIGHT explain why I got broken pages today. Mostly they suggested the server was down, can't recall the exact message.
IF the case is that HP is down for server repair issues and such then I HIGHLY suggest they create a message that resembles that. Yes we could be losing views meanwhile and at least giving a visitor a clue why and how soon it might be fixed is helpful.
Seriously! This kind of message is basic webmaster 101.
It also occurs to me that since we have a menu tab for notifications, it might be polite to include server/site status notifications in that. Maybe?
Might this explain why the site has been pretty buggy of late (not loading images, slow to edit, etc)?
I always have mine in Word first, and most of the time, products are already selected, then I save the ASIN which is all I need.
But lately, even with doing the above first, it has taken me as long as 3 hours to get one hub done because of the bugs. This does not count towards the time I have had to replace photo images, Amazon products.
I like finding out that something with a possible negative outcome happened and it affected me in no way whatsoever.
I guess I am not one of 'most of us' or 'smart enough'.
Nice to know.
Once again the question isn't how to save our basic info. It's about how maintenance/server issues are affecting us.
For me the site has been bouncy and buggy all day. Maybe that's just my connection, maybe not.
Personally I'm more interested in whether or not there is a site maintenance issue.
If so (and if they're even capable of getting the message out) I'd be happy with a simple "hang in there, we're having site issues" message.
My response is; HubPages also has to do "housework" and what a "fun task" it is to go through and complete.
I agree with Glenn and others. Save work in word processor for moments like this when a site is being buggy. Funny thing is that the current MS Word where you have a key and then download the entire program is pretty buggy itself. The Internet sites are buggier so I will stick with word processor. Then you can even save your work to a flash drive or external hard drive if you don't trust word processor. It's funny but realistic.
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