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Is the Hub Hopper Corrupting Data?

  1. Lionrhod profile image80
    Lionrhodposted 3 years ago

    This morning I did some hub hopping.

    Several of the hubs I found had such a terrible quality of English that I started this thread:


    These pages made me feel that I was looking at spun content that had been run through a translator and I couldn't even understand the intent of many sentences.

    Just a few hours later I relocated 3 of those hubs to give an example of my concern. But...the articles I saw were NOT the same articles the hub hopper showed me. Either they'd been completely rewritten in the space of just a couple hours OR the hub hopper itself was showing the page with glaring changes that don't exist on the actual pages.

    Most notable are 3 different pages by 2 different authors.

    I wish I'd taken screenshots. In the future if I find similar weirdness I will certainly do so, however I'm wondering if the hopper itself is doing something very strange.

    1. sockii profile image80
      sockiiposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      That is curious! And makes me wonder something based on some of my own experiences with the HubHopper.

      A few times I've hopped upon an article that seemed really well written, but there would be entirely random words inserted here and there throughout that made no sense whatsoever in the context. Otherwise there was nothing wrong with these articles, no reason for me to suspect they'd been spun or copied. I never bothered to check back on them, but now I wonder:

      Perheps HubPages occasionally "tests" us and our ability to fairly and accurately hub hop? That is, by purposefully scrambling or adding some random text in otherwise good hubs sent to the hopper, so see who notices and flags/grades appropriately. Perhaps it gives more or less weight to our hub hopping in general?

      Just an entirely random thought that struck me after reading that other thread and then this post. Hmmm...

      1. Lionrhod profile image80
        Lionrhodposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Somehow I'm doubting this sort of conspiracy theory though you never know...

        But yes, that's what it looked like - A really well done and well organized hub with just WEIRD clusters of phrases that made absolutely zero sense. Darn I wish I could quote some of the phrases.

        It was as if someone had taken perfectly good articles, and thrown them into a blender. Which is why I wondered if they'd been spun and stolen.

        But then I read some other of the author's articles and it seemed like a total disconnect. Some were in pidgin English (the ones I found via hub hop) some looked like the writer had an excellent command of the tongue.   

        And then going back a few hours later the same hubs looked pristine and excellent.

        All three hubs that I went back to and found massive changes in were about 3 years old. As a new hubber, I have no idea how to see if they were edited today after I made my report. Knowing that would be useful.

        1. Elsie Hagley profile image57
          Elsie Hagleyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          interesting, I have done some Hub Hopping while waiting for my lens to be transferred.

          Some of them where terrible, I decided not to do them as I hated picking on other writers hub as someone viewing mine may think the same about mine.lol

        2. rebekahELLE profile image88
          rebekahELLEposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Hubs identify the latest update at the end of the hub on the lower right.

  2. Buildreps profile image92
    Buildrepsposted 3 years ago

    Recently I did some Hub Hopping too. It struck me as well what a terrible quality was presented to me. As I understand now Hubpages doesn't present the Stellar Hubs, but in most cases the trashy Hubs. I stopped Hub Hipping because of the awful quality, where I don't like to spent my time on. Good observation.