My pattern is not a duplicate of another! WHy did they take it off hubpages?
I posted one of my crochet patterns on hubpages and now it is saying it is a duplicate. It's not it is my own pattern, that I took hours to write what can I do?
Have you posted it on another site also? That will bring up a duplicate warning. If not, let Hubpages know what is going on.
Make it into a .jpeg or .gif file. Post it as an image.
it may have looked like something else out there somewhere. I had a hub taken down one time because someone stole my post and posted it somewhere else like within hours of me posting it on hubpages. I was really upset and went back and forth with hubpages on email for a while trying to figure it out. They told me where it was and I had to go find it and tell the people with the website to take it down because the person had stolen it from me! After I raised a fuss, hubpages looked into it and they put my hub back on. it happens. Just ask them what was wrong, they will tell you and then maybe you can get it fixed.
There are 3 possibilities I can think of. One is that, although your crochet pattern is your own, you may also have it up elsewhere on the web (yes, even if it's under your name). If so, you will either need to remove it from Hubpages or from the other site, as Hubpages does not allow 2 copies of the same work anywhere.
The other possibility is that Hubpages *thinks* your pattern is a duplicate of another, even though it isn't. Remember it's an automated computer program that scans hubs for duplicates on the web - and in the case of a knitting or crochet pattern, instructions can look like random jargon (e.g. ch3 incr1 , etc) - so it might be ignoring the jargon and finding that the rest of it is remarkably similar to something already there - or maybe a few lines of your pattern jargon will be similar to existing patterns. This will especially get picked up on if you don't have much other introductory text. If this is the case, try adding an introductory paragraph or two to see if that helps (however, be aware it may not always help).
The third possibility is that someone else has plagiarized your pattern elsewhere on the web. Try doing a Google search for some of the exact phrases in your pattern - either in the introductory wording (if you have an intro), or from the pattern itself. Try a few different phrases of several words each. Remember to surround the phrase by quotation marks when googling it, to ensure you are searching for the exact phrase. If it turns out someone has plagiarized it, don't get over-stressed - there is a way to deal with it: you need to bring it to the attention of Hubpages (not sure who, a moderator I guess?). Then you will have to get the plagiarized copy taken down. Try to enlist help of HP moderator in doing that if possible. It is usually pretty easy to prove whose was there first by using the Wayback machine. http://www.archive.org/web/web.php Above all, it's best NOT to unpublish a hub of yours that someone else has plagiarized (because your hub may then not show up on the Wayback machine at the critical time in question).
If none of these apply, contact HP and explain what is going on.
It is always upsetting when you receive a message that seems incorrect, but just follow through on the possibilities I listed and hopefully you will get it resolved soon. Don't give up, and best wishes!
Thanks guys. I am just waiting to hear back from them. I also didn't even thing I could put it as an image that would have made it a lot easier to post. Maybe I'll do that next time.
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