Should there be 'levels' of Hubs?
It is obvious that many Hubbers write and ask questions at different 'levels' of ability, experience, and education. Wouldn't it improve the entire site if individual Hubbers could earn specialized ratings of say 'expert' if they met certain qualifications to do so?
That's a very interesting concept - it would probably take a monumental effort to implement it, but I can see that it would be a way to let readers know the credentials of the writer.
But how would you define those "expert" ratings? Someone can be an expert at fixing volkswagen engines, but not an expert about fixing cars, or about the history of the volkswagen company, or even about driving. (I'm currently reading about the history of the volkswagen.)
Hubscores exist to tell writers what is considered good and what is less good. I'm willing to put more stock in an hub with a hubscore of 93, than an hub with a hubscore of 73.
I look at the amount of "useful" votes a hub has, if I'm looking for information.
When I'm answering questions on the site I look at the hubber's score, and then their profile, and then the amount time on the site, the amount of hubs published, and the amount of followers they have.
If all of these are high numbers I'm willing to put more stock in their opinions than someone who has been on the site for two weeks and only published 1 hub and has three followers.
I am not a published author, but many on hubpages are. I like the level playing field and the ability to prove my worth.
Hubscore isn't determined by what is good and what's not good. Hubs with more traffic have a higher hub score. Of course the better quality the hub the higher its traffic. But, some hubs that aren't that good receive great traffic.
But good traffic doesn't translate to higher hub score.
Yes it does, its clearly given in the Learning center more than 1k view a month or so have a score of upto 90 above 80. I don't have time to search for it got my finals in a few days.
Who would decide? You can be an expert in different ways - which aspect would weigh more? This can't be done as it would lead to more problems than solutions. The individual hub scores are misleading and the new formats are taking them away (I'm glad of this fact). Because anything lower than a 100 may give an outside visitor an impression that the hub isn't written well enough.
I think there should be levels of hubbers. I am new here and I have never written anything before. There are professional writers here and I often wonder how they feel about us pretenders. I am fully qualified in my trade of mechanics and spent many years as an apprentice learning my craft.
I believe it is necessary and respectful for those who are new to anything to earn their place. Therefore I feel New Hubbers should be rated somehow better than the existing hubs and hubber scores which from what I've seen don't accurately rate either the hub or hubber.
Before I published my first hub I spent 3 days reading every entry in the learning centre to ensure I was doing as expected and not tredding on toes.
I have seen in my opinion too many hubs already that do not meet the learning centres critera for a quality hub, yet retain a high hub score.
While I feel this is the way things should be and we non writers should give respect to the professionals, as after all this is their trade and thank them for letting us participate, I have to agree with Marcy and say implementation would be monumental and probably impossible to police,
Well, there can be levels, but the problem is who would be monitoring those levels? Certainly everyone has a different style of writing and may be at variance with others. The sheer diversity of writing styles can create problems when it comes to framing an idealistic level ground.
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