We are going to be switching latest Hubs out from the sidebar of Hubs and going with Hot Hubs. As always, we are working on several changes that we hope are improvements.
This should be live today or tomorrow.
That sounds like good news, Paul. Better news would be if you went with best hubs so that people could see right up front the very best we have to offer here and hopefully be enticed to enter the site and read more!
And who decides what is "hot?" Is that just a new name for "latest," or is it another level of leaving out a lot of new hubs in favor of some shallow, 'trending' topic?
Hot hubs are usually highest traffic I believe.
Then, that probably answers my question, with the latter option being the case.
I have say that when I see anything labelled as "hot" or "trending", it serves as a message telling me not to bother to look at it.
I like that idea. Some of the Latest Hubs I see have no or few comments. Not much of an incentive to read them!
I am surprised you say that. It is the topic of an article that draws me to read it. I rarely bother to look at any comments that may have been made.
I don't read or not read an article based on how many comments it has. I read it based on whether or not the topic interests me, and if it is well written, I will read it through to the end.
The only time I make a decision based on the comments is if I see many comments, and the author has not had the courtesy to reply even a 'thank you' to the people who took the time to comment. In those cases, I won't bother to comment.
If the article was especially thought-provoking, I will probably read through the comments to see what others' take was, and, based on my prior statement, make a comment of my own.
Agreed - one of my highest trafficked articles didn't get a single comment till it had thousands of views.
As for replying - I try, but I'm a terrible commenter replier. You've been warned!
"As for replying . . . I'm a terrible commenter replier."
And i thought i was the only one!
Now that the home page is no longer the feed page, I don't even know I have comments unless I bother to switch views.
Same! And I also never know when I have fan mail. I just found some on my profile and went through like 4 months worth.
I think comments and fan mail should be somewhere easy to see.
I rarely comment on a hub unless I can add something meaningful to it. I've gotten to a point where I won't comment on my own hub just to say "thank you". If I don't have anything meaningful to add to whatever someone said, I will leave it alone. Of course I am grateful for the comment and support, but I don't like a page full of my comments on it, because I want the reader to see a lot of other opinions too. Most of the articles I read that are not on HubPages aren't littered with the author's comments. Most of the time, the author only replies to one or two comments and that is mostly to answer questions, etc.
I don't read an article based on how many comments it has either.
I like the idea, but I just checked on one of my Hubs and the top sidebar Hot Hub is the same Hub I'm already on, so is advertising a link back to the same page!
Are you making the default tab "hot", and leaving the "latest" tab there, or taking the "latest" tab out altogether?
Paul is talking about the sidebar, not the home page. Although I think this would be a positive change to make with the home page too.
Oh Geesh: I thought he was talking about the main page. Sorry. I got so excited to think he was going to hide the dross that I became overwhelmed with joy.
Thanks Glenn, I read the OP too quickly. That is good news.
I'd like to think the title and subsequent image have more to do with interest than how many comments it has although there are instances where hundreds or thousands of comments might intrigue me even if the topic doesn't.
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