I am not positive that this is the proper place to ask my question. If not, would someone from the HP team please move it to its proper "slot"?
When I signed in this morning, I took a few moments to look at some of the hubs that showed up in my feed. I rarely do that, but thought it might prove interesting.
I would imagine that the hubs are featured, or I would not be able to see them. A couple of them were awful. They were empty of any informative content, lacked any elements other than one photo and a few paragraphs, used inappropriate language, and were very poorly written.
After reporting them, I decided to ask the HP Community why those hubs were published at all?
If articles have to pass through a quality assessment, how could the ones that I am referring to, have made it?
So many excellent writers here strive to provide exceptional content, and agonize over getting featured - yet - the hubs I viewed this morning would not have passed a 4th grader's quality assessment. I do not understand.
You should just skim past the ones that you aren't interested in. It's just like a magazine or newspaper, some articles are "interesting" to an individual and others aren't. It is personal taste. Just because you find some Hubs sub-par does not mean that everyone else does too.
frantisek78, This was not an issue of whether it interested me or not. It was a matter of quality and content. I would not criticize an article simply because I was not interested, or because it was not written as I might have written it.
The ones I referred to, were atrocious. I do not believe any of the seasoned writers here would disagree. I am not a "seasoned writer" here on HP, but have been online writing for many years. I often use pseudonyms in the online arena, too, for privacy. Frequently, I serve as an editor for others. Hence, I am really not concerned about whether the hubs in the feed were "interesting"; my concern was purely about the existence of them here on HP.
Wow, this morning I just had several very bad articles come up in my newsfeed, though from the same user; spun or badly translated for sure. In a way, I think it's good because it gave me a chance to report it so we can keep the bad stuff off the site.
The feed includes all hubs that have been published by Hubbers you are following and about topics you are following. They haven't gone through the QAP yet. I routinely find hubs on my feed that I report to the moderators for a closer look, and most of them do get unpublished.
I'm not sure, but I seem to remember that they also add hubs in the feed about topics that they think you might be interested in, say if you read a hub about a particular topic a certain number of times (maybe even once), they may give you more on that topic.
The 'share button' is a likely culprit. Some (very sweet) members on this site share many, many hubs each week. I've started unfollowing people who spam my feed with three or more 'shares' every day. I know there's some sort of friendship reciprocity going on, but my guess is that this helps lowers HP's stock with Google.
Sharing hubs creates incestuous traffic, and it's not the type of traffic that will improve rankings in Google searches.
Question - how many of those you report get unpublished? I log onto the 'latest' feed sometimes, and based on the weekly reports we get, I don't think that many of the ones I report are deleted. They definitely violate TOS or quality standards.
I think it depends on what types of hubs that are reported. I only report hubs that clearly violate the terms, i.e. over-promotional, spun, wrong language, etc.. Others may report more hubs that are suspect. According to my weekly report, most, if not all, of them have been unpublished, for example, I have reported 10 hubs and 9 have been unpublished.
The percentage number, however, hovers around 47-50%. I believe this is an error, since the very first report started at that low number, and my stats should go up much more since most of the reported hubs are unpublished.
I see lots of bad hubs on my feed, too. Most of the notices on my feed are irrelevant, so I don't go to that page much, unless I feel like hub hopping, which is what I mainly use the feed for (I don't use the actual hub hopper). My advice for those who see poor quality hubs in their feed is to report them and keep calm with the knowledge that hubs hit the feed immediately after the writer hits the "publish" button. They have not yet been assessed for quality.
I find that by default I am subscribed to lots of topics I am not that interested in. For example, I love dogs, but in order to get notices on that topic, I am apparently subscribed to the general topic "animals." I get tons of emails enthusiastically telling me "a new hub has been published on the topic European Birds!" Apparently there is a hubber here who publishes an article on that topic just about every day. (Nothing against this writer -- in fact more power to them.) I tried to unsubscribe from "European Birds" as well as snakes, farm animals, etc., but as far as I could see, I had to unsubscribe from all animal-related topics, so I just left it as-is. No big deal. It takes less than one second to delete an email.
The other day, I had to laugh when I got an email that said "A new forum thread has just been started in the topic Male Genital Issues!" I guess I am subscribed to the general topic "health?" That exclamation point always makes me laugh, and I found it especially funny in this case.
Sorry this is so wordy; I've had lots of coffee this morning
I am surprised people critique people's writing skills so hard. We all have different writing skills and last time I checked there are not many Danielle Steele authors within hubpages. If so they would not be writing here.
Obviously some hubs are just horrendous but within my outlook on writers this is rare because others that may seem horrible are actually not horrible. It just lacks the school way of grammar, punction etc but it does not mean the meaning/research behind the article has no substance.
Sometimes the article may need a second or third look and you will find it might be one of the best pieces you ever read. Or you can do what I do when I find something uninteresting... just ignore it.
"... there are not many Danielle Steele authors within hubpages. If so they would not be writing here." This is nothing more than an excuse to publish exactly that which is bringing the site down - substandard hubs.
And for as long as there is a report button, I will report every substandard hub I encounter.
Moviesreviews, I don't think the OP is saying she reports hubs that are uninteresting to her. I think she is tired seeing just plain terrible writing in her feed, and is wondering why those articles are there in the first place, because the articles are on subjects that she is not following, and by authors she is not following. I think she is wondering why those hubs are turning up in her feed to begin with.
The "punction" spelling was from the preceding post. You're right, it should be "needs".
The point I am making is not that we should be reporting everything that isn't perfect. Humans will make errors. But if a hub is rife with errors to a point that it makes it hard to understand the substance of the hub, then it needs to be reported.
Why do you say they must speak clearly? Why not just ignore it all together. Why say" they must use correct grammar, or they must do this, or it must be like that?" Why not just ignore the bad grammar posts.
You can do something to help the situation by chosing the option to rate the new Hubs. I know it's not much but it is something positive. Keep in mind for many of the Hub authors English isn't their primary language. Other than that keep in mind there is alot out there and many of them are very good.
I posted this masterpiece as what would have to be the worst hub on the planet. It was an SEO and google auto-complete experiment from way back. Amazingly, my current website version of this gem actually made it to page 4 of Google. Probably on the list when I decide to do my next round of website page deletions.
Yeah, because if Mark Twain ever listened to people who decided that anyone who dared write without the greatest grammar ever, WE wouldn't have Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn, NOR would we have TAWT WE SAW A PUDDY TAT either... Face it, a writer is whatever THEY choose to write... not what YOU choose for them to write.
In my schooling, I was taught to always try my best. What I was asking for was not even the best, but simply a good effort. But apparently, you would prefer to make this a war. YOU WIN. You can write your hubs as you wish.
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