Do you feel bad while flagging or marking a hub "down"?

Jump to Last Post 1-13 of 13 discussions (13 posts)
  1. Vishaaa profile image74
    Vishaaaposted 7 years ago

    Do you feel bad while flagging or marking a hub "down"?

    When you surf through hubs, you might find some hubs which is not up to the quality or with bad grammar or boring ones. But do you pause for a moment before hitting the "flag" or marking it "down"? What do you feel about it?

  2. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image95
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 7 years ago

    I feel like it is the responsibility of all of us to keep this website as a respected and respectable source of information.

  3. PMS9 profile image71
    PMS9posted 7 years ago

    If the article contains wrong information and lots of spamming then I do. But, not always, I close down the pages instead of wasting time on searching vote down n flagging.

  4. simeonvisser profile image80
    simeonvisserposted 7 years ago

    No, it needs to be done. We need to keep the quality of up and therefore crappy content needs to go. It's better for all of us.

  5. workingmomwm profile image85
    workingmomwmposted 7 years ago

    I don't flag or vote down hubs that use grammar incorrectly or have a lot of misspellings. I don't even flag hubs that are boring. Sometimes I will vote them down, though. It just depends on my mood. Boring is relative, I think, so I don't want to arbitrarily vote down something that is boring to me. It might not be boring to someone else.

    I WILL flag hubs that are more than 50% copied from some other web site or that contain only a few lines to one paragraph of text (unless they're poetry or short fiction). And I don't feel a bit bad about flagging those. I try to write quality hubs, so I don't see why others shouldn't be able to do the same.

  6. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 7 years ago

    not at all. unless the grammar is horrible i wouldn't vote a hub down but if i completely disagree with the person , then it is my right and responsibility to vote it down. what i don't like is when people don't vote at all.

  7. Jeannieinabottle profile image91
    Jeannieinabottleposted 7 years ago

    I don't feel bad voting down hubs.  I vote down hubs that are really short (if it doesn't look like the writer put much effort into it) or if they are only try to promote their site or product.  I also vote down hubs if there are a lot of spelling errors.  I do not typically flag hubs though.  I feel like a flag should only be used if it is obvious that someone is violating a rule, like copying and pasting someone else's work or posting something pornographic (which I have not seen, by the way).  I don't vote down anyone who has a blog that is "boring" or does not interest me.  Just because it is not a subject I care about does not mean there aren't others who will find it interesting.

  8. poorconservative1 profile image60
    poorconservative1posted 7 years ago

    I agree with Jeannieinabottle on this one. Although I've never voted a Hub down.

  9. relache profile image85
    relacheposted 7 years ago

    If I read a Hub that fits any of the following criteria, I don't hesitate for a second to flag it for admin.

    Adult - Contains nudity, lewd or provocative images, excessive profanity, sexually explicit content, or contains links to adult or pornographic sites
    Spam - Designed primarily to promote other sites, especially hubs containing unrelated links, links on duplicated content, or more than two links to a single site
    Abuse - Has been promoted using spam, including email, comment, blog, wiki or other types of bulk unsolicted messages
    Low Quality - Is very short, contains a large number of broken links or videos, or consists of unoriginal, nonsensical, difficult to read, or purely personal content
    Miscategorized - Incorrectly categorized, has a misleading title, or has unrelated or excessive tags
    Not written in English - Primarily written in a language other than English
    Gambling - Promotes gambling or links to sites that promote or offer gambling for money
    Other - Violates our Terms of Use in a way other than those listed above, including violations of the Google AdSense Content Policy

    Sadly a lot of people in this thread have said they just vote Hubs down for several of these infractions, which only winds up hurting HubPages in the long run.

  10. wingedcentaur profile image83
    wingedcentaurposted 7 years ago

    Good Day Vishaaa!

    Personally, I have to say that if I like a hub I will leave a complimentary remark and also vote it up. If I do not like a hub I will simply not leave a comment; I certainly would NOT actually go the "extra mile" of voting it down. To my way of thinking this is anathema.

    Frankly, I think the sanctioning of hubs for poor quality is best left to HubPages staff. They are the owners and managers of the site. Certainly we should help them out by flagging inappropriate questions (nonsensical, filthy, etc) and hubs that meet the tight, narrow, technical definition of what HP views as "spam" (overly promtional, and the like).

    Beyond that it seems to me, that to actually act on our subjective opinion about the "quality" of this or that hub is a bit of an overreach.

    Take it easy.

  11. xboxps3wow profile image42
    xboxps3wowposted 7 years ago

    It depends.. English is not my native language, so it could be difficult to write a perfect Hub with no mistakes.
    I think it would be much better for your to give the hubber some advice in the comments or something of that nature.

  12. LennyP profile image82
    LennyPposted 7 years ago

    I don't feel bad at all voting a hub down. The author is the one who she feel bad for wasting my time.

    @nightwork4:I would have to disagree with you for voting down a hubber that you disagree with. If the author's argument was well written, why should they deserve a vote down simply for holding a different opinion than you? The world would be a very boring place if everyone agreed all of the time. Being exposed to a difference of opinion can help you understand the subject even better than you did before.

  13. Jarn profile image79
    Jarnposted 7 years ago

    I think people tend to misuse the voting system by mistaking quality for agreeability, if that's a word. Yes, I have no compunction with marking down hubs that are thinly-veiled advertisements or are a grammatical nightmare. But I will never vote down a hub simply because I don't agree with its message. That is a subjective issue and one other people will probably not experience, so why should I try to impress my sense of morals and preferences on others? So, in essence, I would only feel bad marking down a hub if I allowed my own opinions to influence the decision. For example, I may be reading a hub about immigration issues. While I may disagree with the author to such a vehement degree that I would punch him in person if I could, I would try to recognize it for being a well-written and researched article and vote it up if the quality of writing and the argument presented meritted it. The difference is content versus presentation. Voting is meant for presentation, content is meant for discussion in the comment section.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, 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:

Show Details
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 or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
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)
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.
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)