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Q&A To Be Retired

  1. Christy Kirwan profile image
    Christy Kirwanposted 3 weeks ago

    Please stop by the HubPages Blog to check out today's announcement and let me know in this thread if you have any questions.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image93
      paradigmsearchposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      I don't think I've gotten an AdSense click in a year from Q&A. Thanks for the advance notice, but I think a mass slaughter is imminent as for mine. big_smile

      1. paradigmsearch profile image93
        paradigmsearchposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this


        Well, I've already given three of them the ax. One visitor in 30 days just doesn't hack it. As for the others, they're not that much better. I don't see a reprieve for them either, but gonna let the subconscious mull things over for a day or two. More than likely, the whole lot will be gone by Friday.

    2. chef-de-jour profile image98
      chef-de-jourposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      There have been some great debates and fascinations on Q&A over the years but these were the exception so overall I think this decision to gently retire it is the correct one.

    3. paradigmsearch profile image93
      paradigmsearchposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      So far, you seem to have pretty much of a unanimous consensus here. Is this what HP expected or is staff kind of nonplussed? big_smile

      The way this thread is going and if in everyone's best interest, it's beginning to look to me that you can accelerate the takedown timeline. Google would no doubt be thrilled.

    4. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image100
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      Glad to see it go.  I did little with it over the years, and frankly some of the things I saw there were a real turnoff.  Good riddance.

    5. snakeslane profile image81
      snakeslaneposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      Wondering, would I still be able to link back to the answers I contributed over the years, or should I retrieve them immediately? Will read the blog, thanks.

      1. snakeslane profile image81
        snakeslaneposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

        Ah, I see now, converting the Q&A to forum posts. So will still be on the record. Fine with me.

    6. Ashish Dadgaa profile image65
      Ashish Dadgaaposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      @Christy Kirwan,

      This is good and productive move by team HubPages.
      We appreciate that.

    7. CatherineGiordano profile image100
      CatherineGiordanoposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      So glad to see it gone. It always seemed like a waste of time to me. I'd rather spend my time participating in the forum (Where I can help others and get help from others), answering comments on my hubs, reading and commenting on other hubs, and writing and updating my hubs. I almost never participated in Q&A.

    8. Jessie L Watson profile image94
      Jessie L Watsonposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      Well shucks, I just got here a month ago. Although I never did find anything of particular relevance on the Q&A. Duly noted. Thanks!

    9. TessSchlesinger profile image96
      TessSchlesingerposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      I think that's great news. I didn't think it added anything to  Hubpages, and I think it actually negated some areas.

    10. Dean Traylor profile image95
      Dean Traylorposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      It's a great move. Lately, it's been bland and had very little to offer. Also, this may finally chase off a small group of individuals who barely write articles but use Q and A to whine and complain about how unfairly they've been treated by HP management due to their political beliefs.

  2. Rock_nj profile image87
    Rock_njposted 3 weeks ago

    The Q&A is one of the fun and random things on this site, but it has been too heavily political at times, so all in all, I won't miss it.  I use the forums to find truly relevant information to my writing here.

  3. paradigmsearch profile image93
    paradigmsearchposted 3 weeks ago

    Well, now... This thread is certainly going to be a free for all. big_smile

  4. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image98
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 3 weeks ago

    My countenance is as dark thunderous clouds. sad sad sad But I do understand. No sense in subsidizing via time something which refuses to bear fruit.

  5. FatFreddysCat profile image100
    FatFreddysCatposted 3 weeks ago

    Well, dang. I never thought I'd see the day!

    I have to admit I'm conflicted by this news. On one hand, this move is WAY overdue, as the Q&A section has become a cesspool of advertisements, almost-English gibberish, and selfies... but on the other hand, one of my favorite pastimes here is trolling the spammers and clueless numb-nuts who post such nonsense.

    (shrugs) Sooooo.. good riddance, I guess.

  6. paradigmsearch profile image93
    paradigmsearchposted 3 weeks ago

    I was having vague thoughts about messing with Q&A one more time. Sort of a last resort, since nary a hub nor website article idea was coming to mind. However, me thinks HP probably just saved me what would have been wasted time and effort. Even FB would probably be more productive long term.

  7. Sue Adams profile image96
    Sue Adamsposted 3 weeks ago

    Good move

    1. DrMark1961 profile image99
      DrMark1961posted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      Agreed.  It should help the site look more professional.

  8. Chriswillman90 profile image98
    Chriswillman90posted 3 weeks ago

    Great move, I've only used it a few times. Most of the stuff on there is junk and felt very unprofessional.

    There are far better ways to use those extra resources than over there.

    I think an easier way to file copyright claims would be a good idea, I know how big of a problem it has gotten.

  9. Rochelle Frank profile image95
    Rochelle Frankposted 3 weeks ago

    Many hubbers, especially new ones, have thought this was the place to ask any question they have about anything. 
    If it was intended to encourage others to write hubs, I think that it didn't work too well. I can remember writing a hub in response to one question, but that was years ago.
    May there could be a new forum topic on : "I would like to see someone write a hub about ....."

  10. eugbug profile image99
    eugbugposted 3 weeks ago

    Could Q&As be moved to relevant niche sites so that readers could benefit from the existing content and post new questions related to the content of the site? I know a new Q&A feature has been added to hubs, but it would be helpful if everyone could chip in and answer the question if they have knowledge and experience.

  11. janshares profile image99
    jansharesposted 3 weeks ago

    Woooowww! That's major news. But it's time. Many good times in Q&A. Farewell to the coins, too.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image93
      paradigmsearchposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      Yeah, good times and coins here, too. I had one Q&A that made me money for years. Critter finally died though. When I checked Google to see what had killed it, I instantly knew that particular party was permanently over. No way I could combat what had since replaced it. Oh, well.

  12. lobobrandon profile image92
    lobobrandonposted 3 weeks ago

    Finally. This is good news.

  13. Marisa Wright profile image99
    Marisa Wrightposted 3 weeks ago

    Hallelujah!  Finally.  I'm surprised HP took so long.

  14. EricFarmer8x profile image93
    EricFarmer8xposted 3 weeks ago

    I honestly forgot about the Q&A feature and never really used it much.

  15. clivewilliams profile image83
    clivewilliamsposted 3 weeks ago

    here nor there

  16. Venkatachari M profile image77
    Venkatachari Mposted 3 weeks ago

    Doesn't matter. But let Forum threads remain. Don't axe them as well.

  17. incomeguru profile image96
    incomeguruposted 3 weeks ago

    Good move from the HP team. Spend the extra resources on something productive.

  18. Sue Adams profile image96
    Sue Adamsposted 3 weeks ago

    Chriswillman90posted 13 hours ago

    I think an easier way to file copyright claims would be a good idea, I know how big of a problem it has gotten.

    HP management filing copyright claims on our behalf would be great!
    Could someone start a new thread on this?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image99
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      There's already one in existence, here:

      https://hubpages.com/community/forum/14 … -our-dmcas

      Also Sue, have you seen the new Expert Review feature?  You need to be aware of it.

      https://hubpages.com/community/forum/14 … rt-reviews

  19. Coffeequeeen profile image85
    Coffeequeeenposted 3 weeks ago

    Well I never really took much part in the Q & A section, so I won't miss it.

  20. MomsTreasureChest profile image90
    MomsTreasureChestposted 3 weeks ago

    Oh well, sorry to see it go...

  21. paradigmsearch profile image93
    paradigmsearchposted 3 weeks ago

    Well, deleted my remaining Q&A and called it a day. If Google still maintains opinions about our profile pages, I've probably done myself a favor.

  22. Titia profile image94
    Titiaposted 3 weeks ago

    I won't miss it at all. Don't even remember when I've been there.

  23. makingamark profile image60
    makingamarkposted 3 weeks ago

    A move which IMO is way overdue in terms of keeping Google sweet!

    I could never ever see the point of it apart from being yet another way of generating traffic. It certainly added no authority or quality to the site

  24. Glenn Stok profile image100
    Glenn Stokposted 3 weeks ago

    I’m surprised it took so long to decide to get ride of the Q&A. A few months ago I actually went through all my Q&A questions and analyzed the results. The performance was so poor that I deleted all my questions. I felt there was no point leaving them around, especially since I wasn’t making any money from Q&A anyway.

    As for Answers, it’s going to be interesting to see how all of this gets converted to forums. I have a bunch of posts that were selected as “best answer” and I wonder if the forum version will have some kind of highlighting to indicate best answers. (Nothing important though—just curious).

  25. UnnamedHarald profile image99
    UnnamedHaraldposted 3 weeks ago

    No problem. Rarely bothered with Q/A and it won't be missed. I check the forums every now and then. If I have a question I just go there. Seems smart to cut the effort and expense of Q/A.

  26. paradigmsearch profile image93
    paradigmsearchposted 3 weeks ago

    I feel a meme coming on. Can't help it. Surprised I desisted this long. big_smile

  27. paradigmsearch profile image93
    paradigmsearchposted 3 weeks ago

    No meme.

  28. paradigmsearch profile image93
    paradigmsearchposted 3 weeks ago
  29. profile image71
    S Mareeposted 3 weeks ago

    Haven't been with HubPages long.  Didn't even know I could go back & remove things.

    Joined Hub to learn, not blog.  Prefer thoughtful articles that make me think.  Then, if I can share meaningfully, I try to make my answers interesting, but not angst-producing.

    Yes, the forum doesn't seem to fit the Hub mission.

  30. Kathleen Cochran profile image83
    Kathleen Cochranposted 2 weeks ago

    Thank a merciful God. After six years, I was in the process of leaving HP for good. This action will send the trolls who never produce any contributions to this writing - not venting - site scurrying somewhere else. Wise move HP!

  31. tony55 profile image87
    tony55posted 2 weeks ago


  32. TeriSilver profile image98
    TeriSilverposted 2 weeks ago

    Q & A?  Revenue-producing?  Who knew?

  33. FatFreddysCat profile image100
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 days ago

    Has it been 30 days yet? Even if it isn't, just pull the plug on Q&A and put it out of its misery already!

    1. Chriswillman90 profile image98
      Chriswillman90posted 5 days agoin reply to this

      I just dropped in there and completely agree. Please just let it die now.

      1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image98
        Wesman Todd Shawposted 4 days agoin reply to this

        It really is that bad. I'm nearly sure something could have been done to stop the moronic things from being published there.

        There's been a plague of three word questions. 'What's my name?' "How are you?' 'What is Hubpages?'

        So forth and so on. There's also been a plague of four word questions. The addition of a word didn't improve the depth much.

        And then the questions which are not in English. Seems like years ago there was some sort of filter which wouldn't let a thing be published without some sort of standard. Well, that's sure gone.

  34. Coffeequeeen profile image85
    Coffeequeeenposted 5 days ago

    Lol Freddy, you do make me laugh.

  35. jellygator profile image93
    jellygatorposted 4 days ago

    I always thought it was not a worthwhile section, so I'm happy to see it go.