No longer have permission to answer questions?

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  1. Austinstar profile image84
    Austinstarposted 3 years ago

    To date, I have been denied permission to ask and/or answer questions because of revenge? mark downs by disgruntled hubbers. I get blocked for a while, then un-blocked, then blocked again. Also some of my Q&As are deleted by HP staff without notice or a chance to defend my position. The Q&A section is rife with low-quality questions and comments and answers. Why can't we get a fair and impartial moderator for this section of HP?

    1. Kylyssa profile image95
      Kylyssaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I kept seeing your questions in my feed and in my daily HP email and by the time I clicked on them they were gone.

      I didn't see anything wrong with them myself. From the questions allowed to stay up and the questions of yours I saw taken down, I assume either the moderator is a conservative religious person of some sort or a religious group has ganged up to click report on all your questions. I once had such a group gang up on me on StumbleUpon where they reported every single post of mine as mis-categorized and filled in the category as porn or adult on the reports.

      As an atheist and a woman, you can't expect to write online without being harassed if you are a realist. I stopped keeping up with my atheist blog because the death threats and detailed and frequent threats of torture and sexual assault coming in got me too agitated. It was literally affecting my health and I hate dealing with the FBI. Even the much, much more frequent contacts by people just swearing at me and telling me they hope I burn in Hell soon on my atheist and homelessness pages and posts were stressful.

      Since hubs are fairly insulated from harassment, the Q&A is the only place people can do any real damage by falsely reporting. They could probably falsely report your hubs all day and night and not really get anywhere with it.

      I'm sorry your ability to use the Q&A has been taken away. Maybe you could contact the HubPages team?

      1. Austinstar profile image84
        Austinstarposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I agree, Kylyssa - I've also noticed that GMWilliams is no longer asking questions or may be blocked. She was so prolific and asked questions about family life and how to raise children, so, it's not just the theist/atheist debates that are being taken down.
        Plus, I got an email that I was eligible for special editorial review on one or more of my hubs, but strange things started happening right after that. Some things were good - my earning had a huge jump, and some things just didn't make sense. No explanations forthcoming either. Makes me wonder WTH is going on?

        1. profile image0
          TheBizWhizposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          She actually said she would be out for 2 weeks to recoup from an illness

          1. Austinstar profile image84
            Austinstarposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            Oh no! Sorry to hear about that.

        2. gmwilliams profile image84
          gmwilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          No I am not blocked from the question/answer section.  I am taking a long hiatus from HubPages for a while.  I am resting for my cold and back pain.  I will be back in full gear soon.  I am also thinking about branching out as a writer.

    2. profile image0
      TheBizWhizposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I recently had the same problem. They told me it was because my question did not ask for facts, so I guess we cannot ask for someone's opinion anymore. My problem is the line is gray because if I ask "What is your favorite food?" it can be construed as a fact or opinion.

      1. Matthew Meyer profile image74
        Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this
      2. Austinstar profile image84
        Austinstarposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Ok, I'll bite. What's your favorite food? (Mine is Texas Barbeque!)

    3. Matthew Meyer profile image74
      Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It is important to understand how moderation works for QA.
      We do not actively review each post. Such is the case for forums as well (outside of the official ones).

      Authors report content and a moderator reviews each of these reports.

      In general there seems to be some confusion as to the purpose of QA.

      A question in QA should ask for a short factual response that can be used to make a Hub.
      Any question about opinions or that require any sort of discussion belong in the forums.

      This Learning Center Hub has more information.
      http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/Topi … d_22576958

      1. Austinstar profile image84
        Austinstarposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        In that case, need to delete about 75% of the Q&A section then. And stop hubbers from taking punitive action on the people that ask probing questions that some people just 'dislike'. If I don't like someone's question, I just ignore it. But other people actively seek out certain hubbers and dislike their Q&As for spite.

        1. gmwilliams profile image84
          gmwilliamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          +1,000,000,000,000,000,000!

          1. Austinstar profile image84
            Austinstarposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            When will it all end? LOL!

            1. gmwilliams profile image84
              gmwilliamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

              It seems that there are no uniform rules regardomg this. The rules are very capricious in nature, don't you think?  Most of the questions garner some type of discussion in one way or another. 

              According to the Learning Center, the purpose and intent of questions is supposed to be short, factual actions.  It further maintained that answers should not be ........OPINIONS, hmmmm.......!

              1. brakel2 profile image77
                brakel2posted 2 years agoin reply to this

                Most answers are opinions and any additional knowledge a hubber may have from background or research. I think by saying "not opinions" means not a purely personal opinion that may lead to a heated discussion. Certain questions can be amenable to heated discussions such as religion or politics.

                1. gmwilliams profile image84
                  gmwilliamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

                  Oh yes, questions of a religious nature can be the most contentious of all questions.  That explains why moderators regularly remove such questions because they believe that such questions will cause argumentation of a very emotional and partial nature instead of impartial and logical response.  You are right!  Political questions can be worse in scope.  There can be such heated argumentation regarding such questions.   Religion and politics are the most contentious topics of discussion in the forum & question/answer section.   Well, it was nice engaging in a discussion with you.  I am off to rest now, have a lovely weekend.   While we are talking, I am looking at warlords on youtube.  The program deals with Roosevelt, Churchill, Hitler, and Stalin.   The first part is Hitler vs. Stalin.

                  1. brakel2 profile image77
                    brakel2posted 2 years agoin reply to this

                    Hope you feel better soon. Quick like a bunny.

      2. paradigm search profile image60
        paradigm searchposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Ya know... I think HP should change that. Anything that could favorably attract Google's attention should be allowed. After all, the more ad clicks, the better. smile

        1. Austinstar profile image84
          Austinstarposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Controversial questions, forums, and hubs do seem to attract more attention! Like flies on dog poop :-)

        2. gmwilliams profile image84
          gmwilliamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          +1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!!!

  2. Rochelle Frank profile image94
    Rochelle Frankposted 3 years ago

    Q and A is one of least important features of HubPages.  Don't waste your talent; move on and concentrate on bigger and better things.

    1. Austinstar profile image84
      Austinstarposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      The Q&A section has repeatedly made money for me, brought me new followers, and introduced me to hubbers of like-minded individuals. I find it much more interactive than the forums and until lately, it was a fun place to "hang out".

      1. lisavollrath profile image94
        lisavollrathposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        +1

      2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 years agoin reply to this

        I didn't realize people could make money from the Q and A section.  I occasionally post there, but not often.  How in the world do you earn and get views off of something like that...that is, when you stuff is allowed to stay online?

        1. profile image0
          TheBizWhizposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          It can attract readers to your Hubs.

        2. Austinstar profile image84
          Austinstarposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Ads are shown on the questions you ask and you are paid for views and clicks same as for hubs. The forums do not do this for us.

          1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
            TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 years agoin reply to this

            I didn't think they were that valuable and since hubbers can't click on ads, I don't quite get how you earn from them. Good to know, though.

            1. Austinstar profile image84
              Austinstarposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              Some of the questions really do inspire hubs! I've written more than a few hubs in response to questions on the Q&A section.

            2. brakel2 profile image77
              brakel2posted 2 years agoin reply to this

              The questions go on the Internet, and  traffic goes to the question which either earns from clicks or page views.

  3. Oztinato profile image81
    Oztinatoposted 3 years ago

    I think you are barking up the wrong tree. Other than in existential philosophy the moderators are fine. Their are some unmentionable hubbers who don't seem to know how thoroughly abrasive they can at times be. They need to be roped in not slackened off.

  4. tsmog profile image82
    tsmogposted 3 years ago

    Just a quick note is you can track questions at Google Analytics for views. Peek at Behavior → Content Drill Down → /Question/ and then click that for each question posted. It will show an ID number for the question. When you click that you get question and the analytics detail. Sometimes you get readers for hubs too from a question via the profile.

  5. Joseph Straham profile image61
    Joseph Strahamposted 3 years ago

    same thing happened to me guys!

    1. Austinstar profile image84
      Austinstarposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Joseph, I'm with you. Either HP should moderate ALL of the Q&A, or NONE of it and just let the owners of the questions moderate it themselves like we do our own hubs.

  6. Picatree profile image66
    Picatreeposted 3 years ago

    Why would someone get burn for friend of expression?

  7. paradigm search profile image60
    paradigm searchposted 2 years ago

    I just did a ytd on AdSense for my questions directory. Earned $6 from it I did. I haven't asked a single question this year; me thinks I'm going to start that up again. Hopefully, the powers-that-be will leave me alone. big_smile

    1. paradigm search profile image60
      paradigm searchposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Holy cr@p. I just submitted a question and got this, "This question is awaiting review by the HubPages Moderations Team." Tough town the internet, oh well.

      1. paradigm search profile image60
        paradigm searchposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        How long has this been going on? Or am I special? big_smile

        1. gmwilliams profile image84
          gmwilliamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          They have been doing this to questions deemed to be either of a controversial or contentious nature.  They have to placate the Google gods.

          1. paradigm search profile image60
            paradigm searchposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            It was an SEO question geared to elicit Google traffic. That's what I'm trying to do. @AttentionHP.

  8. paradigm search profile image60
    paradigm searchposted 2 years ago

    Still waiting for moderator approval... http://paradigm-search.hubpages.com/que … ne-seo-tip

    1. Austinstar profile image84
      Austinstarposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I hope you are not holding your breath! I don't know who is supposed to be moderating the Q&A section, but they are doing it wrong.

      1. gmwilliams profile image84
        gmwilliamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        +1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!

  9. ketage profile image83
    ketageposted 2 years ago

    I haven't been that active on HP, only just came back after a long hiatus, is this one of the new changes?

    I used to be able to ask question with impunity yikes

 
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