Okay...what gives??? WHO LET THE BOTS OUT?
I just spent most of the last two weeks editing hubs that had the NEW hub pro and the added red exclamation point edit marks...and all seemed fine.
Now, all of a sudden, this evening, my account listing seems flooded with the old-style editbot icons!!
and many of them are hubs I just finished going through on the first round!
The edits seem to be in the comments, which the prior (new) bot already addressed, and what is ironic, is that the "corrections" seem to have neglected to leave a space between the corrected word and the word following...thus creating its own error!
I'm feeling quite frustrated and testy!
(And NO, this was NOT addressed in the FAQs, or at least not in a search-friendly fashion!)
I feel as dismayed as you do. I have a sea of grey symbols which have turned up overnight and when I click on them I get directed to the relevant page but I cannot for the life of me get it to disappear! Help!
I'm ignoring the bots. I don't have time for this nonsense. Sometimes it seems like HP is just sadistic.
I am getting tired of seeing a lot of changes here and it makes me headaches. I am already busy of updating unfeatured hubs to make them featured again. They were all featured before. I don't even have time to write a new one. Just keep on updating.
Yes I know, it appears the bots are running around creating havoc right now especially for the hubs that are transferred to niche sights right away. I am beginning to hate both the color red and exclamation points as the signal a bot taking something perfectly functional according to American grammar and changing it to make the sentence of title mean something I didn't intend.
It is irritating that they've done this - BUT if all the corrections are in the comments, why worry?
Yes, the editbot makes mistakes - but 9 times out of 10, it gets it right.
Before editbot, we had NO power to correct ANY mistakes in our comments and we didn't get our knickers in a knot about it. Now, editbot is fixing MOST of the errors in our comments and you're all in a flap??
Don't have a problem with editbot except to say that there is no way to remove the icon at the moment which means that we don't know which ones we have already checked.
Clicking on the icon to view the changes will get rid of the red exclamation point, and the icons themselves will go away within a couple weeks.
I don't have a red exclamation point this time, they are all grey.
Ah, you're right. We were discussing reverting the icons to the original EditBot symbol to make things clearer, but I wasn't sure if that change had been made yet. You can click on the bots to see the corrections and they'll disappear on their own eventually.
I have done that, they don't disappear this time either.
Sorry, I was unclear. Previously, the icons were editing pencils with a little red exclamation point. Viewing the changes would get rid of the exclamation point, but not the pencil. The pencils have been changed to the EditBot symbol in order to make it 100% clear that the corrections are EditBot corrections and not changes made by HP Editors. The EditBot symbols will not disappear after viewing the changes, but they will disappear from your articles on their own (whether or not you have viewed the corrections) within the next few weeks.
See sallybea's post, right below yours; THAT is what the problem is!! Inability to distinguish between new alerts, an finished ones, since it seems (according to Christy) that it may take weeks for them to "eventually" disappear.
But the point is, MsLizzy, that even if you go and look at these alerts, there is nothing you can do about them. So there is no point in even looking.
Why they are even there boggles the mind. Christy says the decision was taken when she wasn't there. I think she's just too polite to say she thinks it's stupid.
I seem to remember that the last time we were blessed with the editbot the problem was highlighted. This time it's almost impossible to know what the editbot is for.
It sure would be nice to be able to be able to get back to our HubPages account page from a niche page when editing a niche article.
I think they just replaced the green icon with a red mark on it with the robot icon. If so, I approve, because I couldn't tell which hubs of mine had been edited by a human and which only by the bot.
I don't get it. These are the very same corrections that Editbot pointed out last time there was a go round. So I would think they would be corrected by now. It's as if they reverted to old versions, and put back in the old incorrect items.
I think they are the very same edits, but that changing the icon back to something that wouldn't be confused with the HubPro human editing icon put all the notices you'd cleared by looking at them back on your dashboard.
They are the same edits, the icon just indicates that the changes have been made permanent. The icons will disappear within the next few weeks. They were intended as a temporary notification.
My I humbly suggest that using a symbol that has one meaning (new changes made, please review), with no context or explanation, to have a completely opposite meaning (old changes made permanent, no further input required)... isn't likely to work very well?
It's like sticking out orange road cones to indicate you've finished fixing the road and no caution is required.
Thanks, Christy! I wonder if you can tell me whether the edibot counts as a visitor on the analytics page, please?
If it is not a glitch then new editbot has been changed to make our preferences less important and harder or impossible to apply to our own hubs. Not a good change.
And I care about edits in comments because people may assuming *I* am editing their comments for some reason, like to introduce errors and make them look dumb.
I am seriously considering turning comments off on all my hubs as I just don't agree with editing other people's comments for any reason. I think respecting their control over their own words is more important than SEO.
I just spoke with one of our engineers, and we are working on a way to have the icon disappear after you view the edit. I hope that helps!
The edit bot symbol will now disappear after you view the edit.
Thank you, Robin. I see that mine have disappeared on their own with no help from me:)
Yay!! Thank you so much for this! That will be so much less confusing! :-)
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