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FIXED: Haunted by Ghost Hubs! An odd bug in groups.

  1. EricDockett profile image99
    EricDockettposted 2 years ago

    When checking one of my Hubs this morning I found it mysteriously linked to one of my old, deleted Hubs in the "More in this Series" section that is created by groups. I had removed this other Hub from this account years ago, yet its ghostly form lingers.

    When I went to Groups, I could see a couple of dead, deleted Hubs in there. I removed them from the specific group and they vanished. (They did not appear as Orphan Hubs).

    The urls for these phantom Hubs were like our new urls, not the old subdomain structure. They also contained a bunch of numbers and the word "PURGED". Following the link led to a 410 message.

    For Hubbers experiencing this problem these ghost Hubs are easily exorcised by removing them from groups and sprinkling holy water on your keyboard. But if it is widespread certainly it is something HubPages will want to look into. I'd guess.

    1. Barbara Kay profile image91
      Barbara Kayposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      It sounds like something Google could count us down for.

      1. EricDockett profile image99
        EricDockettposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Certainly if it is widespread it is not a good thing.

    2. Venkatachari M profile image42
      Venkatachari Mposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Eric, I wonder you believe in sprinkling holy water! That's what we people do here to purify something. You say they get removed permanently when deleted/ removed from the groups?

    3. moonlake profile image90
      moonlakeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for the help. I found one of the ghost hubs last night. I had no idea how to remove it.

    4. paradigmsearch profile image90
      paradigmsearchposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      That worked, thanx. big_smile

      Yep, I had several; some of them literally having been deleted years ago.

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    calculus-geometryposted 2 years ago

    Could you see them while logged out?

    I have never seen these ghost hubs you describe, but I have seen my unpublished draft hubs in groups while logged in.  The unpublished draft hubs are invisible in groups to a logged out reader.

    1. EricDockett profile image99
      EricDockettposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I don't know, I didn't think to try that. They shouldn't be there at all. They're not in draft status. They have been completely deleted from my account for a long time. They are Hubs that I moved around, though. I don't know if that could have triggered it somehow.

    2. Glenn Stok profile image98
      Glenn Stokposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Good point. I'm glad to discover that these ghost hubs only show up when logged in. So it's not a problem for outsiders. But it's still a bug that should be fixed.

      Unpublished hubs showing in the group when logged in is normal. It's those old hubs that were deleted a long time ago that's weird.

  3. Glenn Stok profile image98
    Glenn Stokposted 2 years ago

    I just noticed the same thing. This needs to be fixed quick because it's causing dead links to appear in the "more in this series" below our hubs.  Old hubs that I had deleted a long long time ago are reappearing. But when clicked on, it gets an error because it's not found.

    When I go to my group page and remove these ghost hubs to the orphan list, save, and return, they are gone from the orphan list. But if I don't clean up this way, they appear in the hubs as dead links.

  4. ezhang profile image
    ezhangposted 2 years ago

    This issue should be fixed now. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!