There is no "report" button when viewing answers in the Q&A section.
There are two patterns of behavior I've run into in the answers section that I feel are highly reportable:
2) Duplicate content
A few years back I asked the question, "Did you know that answering questions using content from elsewhere on the Internet is copyright infringement" to see the community's view on the question and to see how pervasive the problem is.
To my disbelief, some hubbers stuck strongly to a platform of "if it's an answer on Yahoo answers, it's public information and thus okay to use on HubPages." Thus the Q&A section on HubPages, as I've found, is rife with duplicate answers from Yahoo Answers as well as content from other websites.
I had one of my hubs stolen by a user on Yahoo answers as an answer. I reported it to Yahoo and Yahoo was fabulous about taking it down. However, they shared my email address (par for the course) with the offending user and I received hate mail because my hub was "public information." I think we owe it, as writers, to not partake in duplicating content. However, there is a reputation that "it's okay" in the answers section.
Duplicate content taken from other sites hurts HubPages. When our hubs are stolen, it hurts US. I think HubPages should be a good model in original content and therefore should not allow content to be stolen by hubbers in order to answer questions (and earn badges.)
What I'm asking is for a report button next to individual answers and better policing of the Q&A section. I know the latter is difficult with the age and the sheer number of questions and answers, but do feel it would do a world of good in better solidifying Hubpages' reputation for original, quality content. It would also be nice to have a PSA specifically in the answers section that duplicated content is not tolerated.
Not only do they earn badges they earn money from the questions and answers section.
I totally agree. I also feel that if someone is so ignorant that he doesn't know enough to be able to produce an original answer to a question or so immoral that he uses someone else's answer, he doesn't belong on this site.
I also noticed an increasing number of 'spam/low quality' questions being asked by new users. This is a tactic that is often used to test the spam filters. It's not always easy to flag these posts, although the facility exists, as the questions appear rather innocuous at times. Nonetheless, they're easy to spot as the user (or bot) typically posts within minutes of joining. It only serves to clog the section with utter garbage.
I thought I read somewhere a while back that staff were thinking of getting rid of the questions and answers section. If anyone wants to ask a question it could easily be answered in the forum section.
Again, I agree. I can't help wondering if the philosophy behind Q&A was to create a platform similar to Yahoo Answers. Nonetheless, I see little benefit for it existing, especially as the forum section has multiple sections where questions can be posed. Abuse is more likely to get flagged here also.
I'd been using the Q&A section to ask questions on topics that I know little about, but have done keyword research on. Thus the question could become popular in search. However, I get some really rude and stupid answers like:
"You ask too many questions"
"Do your own work."
"I don't know."
I think the answers section could be really nice if users were more clear on what the purpose was.
On a related note, I have a separate email I use for spam reports, entering contests and other activities that will probably generate tedious replies. Then I don't have to worry about accidentally hitting a nasty-gram when reading my email from friends and family.
by Melanie Palen 7 years ago
I know this might seem like beating a dead horse, but...A lot of hubbers, even hubbers who have really written fab hubs and contribute a great deal of inspiration in the forums have been copying answers from other answer sites and using them as their own in the answer section in HubPages.I can...
by Andria 10 years ago
Some hubbers are taking the mick with it. It's spamming. It's not allowed in the forums. If you want attention promote yourself according to good manners. Not by over spamming in the questions section.
by Ari Lamstein 8 years ago
We recently added two new features to the Answers section that we hope will improve your experience.The first new feature is a Recommended tab. Many users have given us feedback that it is hard to find new Questions in topics that they are interested in. The Recommended tab is designed...
by Whitney 11 years ago
I have a suggestion. Lately, I've been participating in Yahoo Answers. I try to answer any question I have a thought about, especially those that I have experience with. I have answered several questions that coincidently have hubs about similar topics, and in my answer, I provide the tracking link...
by americababy 7 years ago
There are some sites that have monetized their answer section. It would be interesting if Hubpages tried to do the same thing.I think the way they could do it would be to section off the answers into seperate mini-hubs and then allow hubbers the ability to control all their answers from their...
by Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago
I rarely visit the answers section and spend a lot of time in the forums. Although this may not seem strange to some I have noticed that many of the questions are either months old or even years (average 2 years)Does it make sense to even have this section when most of the activity seems to occur...
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