Twice today, while editing my hubs, I saw a message at the top that said something like - this hub has previously been published by another account, or something. Forgive the vagueness, I had to help customers in our business, and did not get a screenshot.
Update: After I wrote this, it happened again. This time, it said a hub previously was published with the same title.
If you have specifics including the full message as well the the title and/or URL for the specific Hub, please share them via email with team at hubpages dot com.
Thank you, Matthew. I will do so. Right now, I will be away from the computer for hours, but will get to it as soon as I am able to.
Matthew, it eventually happened on several of my hubs. I just saw one of the messages, the short one. Here is a screenshot, and I will send it along with the URL to the team.
I see. We recently added that notification to the HubTool.
It is simply letting you know that the title has already been used in a Hub that was already published.
You can simply edit the title and save the changes.
Thank you, Matthew, however I am certain that I saw it on some of mine yesterday that had no other matching title anywhere on Hubpages. I am going to check the one I just sent to the team. To my knowledge, there was not another like it anywhere.
Also, the first time I noticed it, was on a hub of mine that had the most view as a lens on Squidoo, and no one had published an article on HP or Squidoo or elsewhere with that title.
It seemed to me to be a glitch, as the only hub with that title, is mine. (Unless I simply cannot find another one.)
Update: I just checked. My titles are not duplicated on HP.
The message is not stating that you have used the title before, but that another author has.
Please select a different title.
Matthew, I have checked and checked. I cannot find another hub with the titles I have been told about.
That is because the system is not functioning correctly.
The last few days I have been editing my hubs and adding alt tabs to all of my photos. EVERY time I edit a hub, that message appears, even for those written several years ago that have names that no one has ever used before.
As far as I know, you do not need to select a different title. I hit the button when I am finished editing and it is still working correctly, even with this message.
I'm not exactly sure if it is also not allowing titles used in Hubs not currently published.
I'm doing some additional research to determine the specifics.
BTW, what is the title you are trying to use when you see the message?
Matthew, it is now happening every time I edit any hub. I was just changing the alt tags in the caption area of a hub that no one has anything about, here on HP. I got the same message.
I know we are to stay "on topic", but another glitch has arisen accompanying the one about the titles.
Every time I open a photo capsule to edit it, the capsule subtitle does not show up in edit mode, nor most of the photos. Once I click "Save", the capsule subtitle shows, and the photo.
All of this, is in the last few days, and I only changed one title. The others are as they came in, from Squidoo. Forgive me for not answering your last question, because it is now happening every time I edit a hub.
I would first suggest clearing your browser cache and restarting your computer.
That may resolve the photo capsule, but it not please share the title of the Hub.
Please also be aware that there are some formatting issues related to Squidoo transferred content.
You stated that this title used message was showing on all of your Hubs.
I just checked two of them and did not see the message in the HubTool
Can you share the URL and/or title for Hubs on which you are seeing the message?
Cleared browser. It did not make a difference.
I saw it today, here, for starters:
and moments ago:
I'm seeing it on the Angel Orchids Hub.
Changing the title does not seem to have any effect on the message.
Thanks for letting us know.
I have forwarded the details to our engineering team.
Thanks for your continued patience!
The same thing is happening to me every time I do just a simple edit. These are not the titles of other's hubs but mine!
I saw the same message and just blew by it, assuming it was another Hub Pages glitch.
This has been partially fixed.
The warning in error should no longer show, but it will still not automatically clear when you change it in the HubTool.
We deployed a fix for both parts of this issue.
Thanks for your patience.
Is it something different from the warning one sees when a hub of the same title already exists? I had that pop up on a few of mine. I just took it to mean that some other hub out there has the exact same title as mine.
Yes I had the same message on some of mine.
I changed the title and saved, it when away.
What I can't understand about this that those Hubs (where lens) when I updated them in the last 6 weeks that message never came up, so why is it happening now?
I've had that too and they put some numbers at the end of my url. Very possible that some of our former lenses have the same titles as long term hubbers have used.
I saw the same thing on some of my hubs when I was editing. I did not get same message when I created title.
I have noticed that "things" are coming up slowly. I know my rating changes, but not on a daily basis. I have also noticed that new things seam to pop up a little at a time. The first one I noticed was everything was brought over but then after a while the contains violations showed up. Then about a week later the broken links came in mass.
I am thinking that the hub pages are still catching up with the mass migration of the Squids.
Finally I have not seen this as of yet, but I will keep my eyes open.
Matthew: One of the issues is that the message comes up if you are creating a hub, which is a warning that another hub with that title already exists, which in a way creates a duplicate URL whereas title is concerned. That is understood.
However, the message does not come up when a title is entered, the hub is written and published, but comes up if you go into edit mode later on. I have never seen this happen once the hub is published without any warning of this URL has already been used, etc, until the past few days.
Just to clarify.
You are creating a new Hub and not seeing a message related to the Hub title or URL being in use.
You then edit that same Hub in the HubTool and then do see the warning about the title without having changed the title?
I changed a few of my titles. Message was there when I hit edit before the change. I played with them a few minutes ago to see if msg would appear again, but nothing happened. I will have to keep my open and then post them when I come across them again.
The last article I wrote, I got the same error that the title already existed. I search Google every way I could think of and I couldn't find an article here with the title I wanted to use. I changed the title a few times and finally got one to work.
May be the title is being used by another hub, where as it is not indexed by google. Then it will not be shown in google.
But if the hub is edited and title is not changed, it should not show the message.
That happened to me a couple of days ago. The title just disappeared and it said that it had been taken. I checked my list of hubs and it was not there. After a few minutes away from the desk, I went back and started again on a slightly different title. It accepted that.
Within half an hour or so, the original title appeared as a new hub on my account. I then had to open it up and delete it.
To Matthew Meyer:
Simply an update. It happened at least twice to me again this morning. I know the engineers are working on it - just stopping in to say I am still getting the notification, and there are no duplicates of my titles to be found.
I found more this morning with message:
A Hub with an earlier publication date already used this title.
It happened to me too several times. I thought it strange. I tried making minor changes to the titles, like changing first letters of words to caps, and that seemed to help, as when I save it and re-opened it I didn't see the message. There are some of my titles that I really don't want to change, however, so I just ignored the warning on them. I hope it will be o.k.
I have had the same problem when I was editing one of my (previously published) hubs. I know that nobody else used that title because I looked it up.
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