This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
jump to last post 1-4 of 4 discussions (11 posts)

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

  1. EricDockett profile image98
    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 image98
        EricDockettposted 2 years agoin reply to this

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

    2. Venkatachari M profile image41
      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 image89
      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 image92
      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.

  2. profile image0
    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 image98
      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 image100
      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 image100
    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
    81
    ezhangposted 2 years ago

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

 
working