How do you feel about a hubber making reference to their hubs in answers to ques

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  1. windygreen profile image60
    windygreenposted 8 years ago

    How do you feel about a hubber making reference to their hubs in answers to questions?

    Everyone wants people to read their hubs,  but is there a point that you think this can be excessive?

  2. Spongy0llama profile image87
    Spongy0llamaposted 8 years ago

    I think it is ok if someone answers the question and also makes reference to one of his or her hubs that goes into deeper detail on the matter, but it is not ok to just link to a hub as the answer itself.

    1. windygreen profile image60
      windygreenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for your answer.. What if they only answer questions for which they can advertise their hubs?

    2. TheHoleStory profile image76
      TheHoleStoryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I completely agree with you here Spongy0llama.

    3. Spongy0llama profile image87
      Spongy0llamaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      In that case, windygreen, I would agree that that is just plain bad taste. If someone only answers questions where there is an opportunity to promote him or herself, then that is a sign of more interest in personal gain than in the hubpages community

    4. windygreen profile image60
      windygreenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I agree spongy .. I think thats at least misuse of the Q n A forum.  Thank you for answer

  3. profile image53
    graceinusposted 8 years ago

    I just did within the past two hours or so. I never knew it was an issue to do it. So please correct me if I'm wrong.

    1. windygreen profile image60
      windygreenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think it is an issue if its not excessive, but I wondered what others thought smile .

    2. profile image53
      graceinusposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It was my intent to help the person. And I hope she got something out of it. And if it did help her then I don't care what others thought.

  4. Andy McGuire profile image68
    Andy McGuireposted 8 years ago

    I think it's natural to plug one's hubs ("A Brief History of Max, Who Was A Dog") because its something they have created ("The 7 Best Internet Comedy Videos/Series of All Time") and is special to them ("Maddox Bellacole and The Child of Two Worlds: Prologue"). They should be proud of their work ("The Basic Rules of Etiquette for the First Time Karaoke Singer") and have that desire to show it to a wide audience ("Along The Shores Of Your Heart").
    I suppose it can get a bit excessive though.



    ("No Nonsense McGuire" presents: The Infinite Tragedy of the West Memphis 3.")

    wink

    1. windygreen profile image60
      windygreenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      VERY creative answer .. I love your sense of HUMORRR !!!!!

    2. Stina Caxe profile image82
      Stina Caxeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      LOL..... silly!

  5. spartucusjones profile image92
    spartucusjonesposted 8 years ago

    I do think it can get to the point that it becomes spammy. That being said sometimes the best way to answer a question is to leave a link to a hub that as already answers the question. But the hub should legitimately answer the question and I do feel there is a need for discernment.

    1. windygreen profile image60
      windygreenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for your answer .  I agree .. What if you went to the person's main hubpage and found there was nothing there on the suject?

  6. profile image0
    Jayfortposted 8 years ago

    I don't have a problem with it as long as the Hub being referenced relates to the question's topic.

    1. windygreen profile image60
      windygreenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Ty for your answer!

  7. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 8 years ago

    I have to admit that it bothers me. I did it once and felt like a complete self-promotional a$$.  So I try to stay away from that but you do see it a lot here.

    1. windygreen profile image60
      windygreenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I have thought of doing so, but Im here to write and read, to be a part of a community of those who enjoy the same.  Not to sellsellsell.

  8. Stina Caxe profile image82
    Stina Caxeposted 8 years ago

    I have answered over a hundred questions and i can honestly say I have only done this twice.  Each time the questions directly related to a hub I had written and I only mentioned in my response that I had actually written a hub on the topic.  I didn't bother linking it because I felt that if the questioner liked my initial response and wanted to read about my thoughts and experience in detail they could go to my page and find it themselves. 

    I would never just link to one of my hubs as an answer to someones question though, I like to give my answers some thought and I think each question deserves an original response.

  9. janshares profile image96
    jansharesposted 8 years ago

    I think it's appropriate if the mention of or referral to one's hub is directly related or germane to the disccussion. As long as it's not done frequently or with a link.  If a fellow hubber is intrigued by the mention or really wants to read your hub, he knows how to find your profile without the link.

    1. spartucusjones profile image92
      spartucusjonesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      If you provide a link and it has to do with the subject, there is a good chance I will click on it. I am a lot less likely to go to your profile and try to find the hub. It may border on self promotion, but if the link is relevant, it is helpful.

    2. profile image53
      graceinusposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks you janshares

    3. janshares profile image96
      jansharesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Point well-made, spartucusjones.

  10. Paul Maplesden profile image79
    Paul Maplesdenposted 8 years ago

    It comes down to relevance. If what is in their hub answers or expands on your question, I think it's fine to share. If there isn't a link or the link is tenuous, then that's spam.

  11. JimTxMiller profile image78
    JimTxMillerposted 8 years ago

    Anything may be overdone. Too much water can kill. No, I don't mind a hub plug if the hub being referenced is pertinent to the question.

  12. Howard S. profile image91
    Howard S.posted 8 years ago

    I note that you asked this in regard to Q&A rather than forum questions. Some might feel differently about the two.

    Since Q&A permits "make a hub about it" as one way to answer a Q, it can't be completely wrong. If you've already got a hub about it, however, there's no way to connect it to that button. A direct link saves time that might otherwise be spent trying to figure out which of his hubs he intends--especially if he is somewhat expert in that area and has several similar hubs. But it's spammy to post the link without reference to which part of the hub is relevant, or in what way.

    As for your follow-up Q about those who only answer Q where they can advertise their hubs: It's a subtle line. I notice procedural Q more than opinion Q and only want As from those who are subject matter experts. I hate As from people who clutter it with speculative "Good Q", "Google it", etc.

  13. chef-de-jour profile image97
    chef-de-jourposted 8 years ago

    I answer many questions in Q&A because I enjoy reading the different responses and sometimes ask questions to get a broad spectrum of hubbers' opinions, occasionally using this as source material for a hub.
    Sometimes I see a link yes, but this doesn't put me off IF IT'S RELEVANT TO THE QUESTION. What's really annoying is some nerd linking to their unrelated hub without any thought for those answering genuinely. This is spammy. But it is rare in my experience.
    If I answer a question knowing I have a hub on the topic I sometimes mention this as I know it will help, but I don't link it, I leave it up to the questioner to seek it out.

 
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