Hubpages is saying my Hub is a duplicate post. It's not! Now what?

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  1. Tall Clovers profile image88
    Tall Cloversposted 3 years ago

    I've rewriiten a HubPages Story after receiving a duplicate post warning. I received another "duplicate post" message. It's not a duplicate post. The new version is almost all new. The only thing I didn't change was the summary and title. What can I do? Is there anyone at Hubpages who can let me know what the problem is??? Help!

    1. psycheskinner profile image83
      psycheskinnerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It is an automated process that is finding significant sections of your hub somewhere.  So I would guess it is not sufficiently revised and you need to rewrite the summary also.  Think of it this way, if someone else used that summary, would it bother you?  If so, it is still duplicate..

    2. Matthew Meyer profile image73
      Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      If you have a specific question about a moderation of a Hub, the best practice is to contact us at

      team at hubpages dot com

      1. Tall Clovers profile image88
        Tall Cloversposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you for responding Matthew. I have been unable to locate any contact information on the site.

        As I mentioned in my query, I have been told my Hub, written about KitchenAid Stand Mixers, was not oublished because it has duplicate content. I have never posted anything anywhere else, and it contains original content.

        Since my question was posted, I revised the title and summary. Please advise what the alleged "duplicate content" is, or if my revisions have resolved this issue, please publish the Hub. 

        Thank you.

        1. psycheskinner profile image83
          psycheskinnerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          team at hubpages dot com

        2. Matthew Meyer profile image73
          Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          The email address is listed above.
          http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2693030

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

      You say "the new version", so does that mean you took an old article of yours and rewrote it?   

      The automated filter doesn't just look for exact matches, it looks for articles that are paraphrases.  So I'd say you've rewritten sentences but haven't changed the structure or information in the article, and that's not enough to avoid the filter.

      The best way to avoid it is not to recycle articles here, but to write original stuff.  Or if you do want to recycle, make sure the original is removed from its old location and has disappeared from Google before you post here.

    4. SmartAndFun profile image97
      SmartAndFunposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Try running it through a plagiarism checker to see if something similar shows up. KitchenAid mixers are a popular topic/item, and it could be that your original article just happens to be similar enough to someone else's already-existing original content, so that HP's plagiarism checker is flagging your article.

  2. Tall Clovers profile image88
    Tall Cloversposted 3 years ago

    Marisa- yes, I revised my own hub after realizing it had never been published. Then I was told, again, it was a duplicate. It's not. It's all original content. I looked for how to contact hubpages to find out what is exactly the problem, but could find NO contact info on the site. At least this post ferreted out that info. Thanks for your feedback.

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image73
      Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      The email address is listed above.
      http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2693030

  3. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image96
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years ago

    Matthew - does the site use a plagiarism checker?  If so, one problem we see in academics is that once a piece of text goes through the checker, if it's resubmitted, it can be flagged again as duplicate, because the checker will store a copy of the original text. This may not be the case with all checkers, but it's been a problem with some.

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image73
      Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      We do not use a a commercially available plagiarism checker, but do use our own system to check to see if the content is online already.
      There are very few false positives for copied content.

      1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image96
        Marcy Goodfleischposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for the reply, Matt - it sounds like a very good program!

  4. LongTimeMother profile image95
    LongTimeMotherposted 3 years ago

    This discussion raises an interesting question ...

    If two hubbers choose the same title for their hubs (purely by accident), they couldn't both become EC hubs - because the link would become the same.

    So could a title be considered a potential 'duplicate' problem?

    1. psycheskinner profile image83
      psycheskinnerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hubpages does not allow you to have the same link, you have to change the title or if it is import from Squidoo a "-2" is added.

  5. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago

    Run hub through Copyscape which is inexpensive,  and there is another one which is pretty good and free  http://smallseotools.com/plagiarism-checker/

    I have copyscape.  I found one mixer hub on your profile page for KA mixer.  I ran it through copyscape and the plagerism checker. Neither showed anything.  Plagerism checker pulled up nothing but your hub.  Copyscape had some other sites but they were retailers, found nothing to indicate duplicate content.

 
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