I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I wrote a hub about Mormons being Christians from an inside perspective. A few days after it was published it got moderated for duplication. However, the only hubs I can find on the subject have the exact OPPOSITE thesis as my hub did. They are all from former members or people or don't believe Mormons are Christians. Can anyone find one that is from a mormon? Or explains how, in fact, Mormons ARE Christians? Any reccomendations on what I should do to get my hub re-published?
If you copied and posted a long quote from another source, that might have been what got you pulled up. It is done automatically by software, so it happens even when the source you pulled it from is not copyrighted.
That would seem to be the most likely explanation. You copied a sections from, say, a holy book, to use to back up your argument, but the software interpreted it as copying.
I can only speculate without seeing the actual article you wrote. The software that decides copying doesn't understand the actual content/meaning of a piece, by the way, it's pretty crude.
Here is where HubPages explains duplicate content. Historically, quoting the Bible seems to mess people up the most because they put too many quotes in the content and not enough original content. (If your quotes are only a tiny % of the content, the filters don't get tripped.)
http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/publ … d_22732309
Thanks for the link. I understand wanting to prevent plagarism, but it seems really dumb that we can't use substantial quotes to back up our points!
You can use substantial quotes to back up your points....as long as your original writing composes the other 95% of the text content.
It's a ratio.
Some people who get a duplicate content warning on a quote Hub will trim their quotes. Some will opt to write more original content.
Why is it dumb? HubPages has to do a cost/benefit analysis for every feature. An automated robot can't tell the difference between content that's been stolen and content that's being quoted - the only measure it can use is how much has been copied. So to allow long quotes, HP would have to employ human moderators to check a Hub every time there's a big chunk of copied content. People have to be paid - so that's not financially viable. Sure, it's a bit inconvenient for people who want to use large quotes, but they are a minority of Hubbers.
It wouldn't be that hard for an automated program to note the use of quotation marks or have the program flag potentially duplicate hubs for a human to double check though.
If you had a filter that required human involvement, you've still got to pay that human - so that wouldn't work.
If a filter just allowed duplication through based on whether it had quotation marks, plagiarists would soon cotton on to that trick and use quotation marks on everything.
If the quotes are from public domain sources you can probably get this cleared with manual moderation. If they are not then the quotes might be getting a tad long to fly under fair use.
It appears you've got your problem figured out, but because of the way you worded your original post, I just want to add that duplicate content refers to any content on the web -- not just on HubPages. HP wants all content to be original and not found anywhere else on the world-wide web, so if you have posted the article on your blog, church website or elsewhere, it is considered duplicate content.
One solution for quotes (which I have not used personally but have seen others write about) is making the quote a photo rather than type -- for example, typing the quote into an MS Paint document, saving it as a jpeg, and putting the jpeg in your article as a photo. This way, bots do not read it as type and filters do not pick it up. Depending upon how long the passage is, this may or may not work for you.
That is a good solution. You can copy and paste the quote into a Paint text box, with a nice coloured background and a catchy Title. Now it becomes a Pinterest image which, when pinned, provides a useful back-link to your hub. Must make sure the type is easily readable though.
I did this with the anonymous quote printed here. It appears full width on one f my hubs. Please enlarge (Ctr.+) to read.
For National Poetry Day last year, I wrote a Hub about that, and I quoted a poem from a favorite author. I had the same problem with duplication.
The thing that amazes me is I see Hubs with complete lyrics from songs! I stay away from any quotes now.
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