I would love to know the answer to this question. I am eager to see what others have to say.
Rating as in voting it up? Choosing useful or awesome?
I always rate and let a Hubber know that I did. Not rating a Hub has to with taking the time to read, forget about the importance of rating and move on with the daily chores. When someone forgets to rate it seems to be something unconscious.
Inexperience at Hubpages also matters. When I was new to the site I had to read Hubs about the importance of rating to actually understand what the whole purpose would be.
Inexperience was my problem at the beginning too. And, it's easy to miss if there are lots of comments at the end of the hub.
That is why I let a Hubber know: Up, shared and awesome (for instance) To inform and to remember myself as well to actually rate it.
Escobana, that's a great way to remember to do it!
I am afraid i am guilty of this as well. Before they changed the format it was easier to spot so we had to consciously skip over it. Now it is less prominent and when you read the hub, your thoughts are on what you will be writing in the comments section, so i go there first. Then i forget to look for those little rating buttons.
You can rate a hub? I rate hubs when I am hub hopping, but when reading hubs through the normal mode, I usually go for reading the content.
Yes, it's easy to miss though. When you read a hub, it's at the end, right before the similar hubs and comments! Glad you asked. Sharing is great too, and that's on the right, at the top.
Sharing is actually more important than rating and you're right it's easy to miss the buttons. Their color is less dark than it used to be but rating a Hub is useful for the Hubscore I'm sure!
Perhaps some people think that their "rating" and/or how they feel about a Hub is self-explanatory in the "comment field" - after providing a comment or two. Otherwise, they just mosey on along without saying anything, if one stumbles across something they couldn't care less about and/or feel indifferent about, etc.
Basically, in a thumbnail, the rating system is useless and it more or less mocks the whole New Generation "Thumbs Up" vibe, sort of like the LIKE Button on silly social networks. Oh, oh, please vote my answer up... What a joke! LOL!
This is true. I also feel like the thumbs up vibe is getting a little useless becauses it may be used a little too much, but what would we do without any hand signals. You should read my hub on Shel Silverstein. I touched on this topic through it.
I see it sort of like karma - taking the time to constructively give feedback to your peers on Hubpages is good. After all, the hub makes it's "debut" here and the feedback can allow you to tweak the hub if you like.
Well Insane Mundane - I know what you mean. But I guess we are all rookies at one time or another!
Hey, you are the one that mentioned Karma... LOL!
99.99% of the time, I will rate. The rare occasions when I do not reflect a hub that has some serious problems, either with coherent usage of English sentence structure, spelling and the like, or the article is completely uninteresting to read.
Sometimes, if it's really bad, I'll use the "thumbs down" button, but otherwise, I go by my mother's teachings, "If you can't say anything nice, keep quiet." Then I just leave the page.
If there is a problem that can be fixed easily, I'll sometimes e-mail the author privately, so as not to embarrass them in a public comment.
Yes, I agree that it is easy to miss the ratings, although I thought it was more hidden in the older format. If there are lots of comments though, you will never notice the rating. It's too bad they can't put it floating above where the new comment would go as well as just at the end of the article.
Because people are free to do whatever they want with their time. We aren't obligated to rate everything that we read, nor do we have to leave a comment. I think you should be appreciative if someone takes the time out of their life to give your writing a glance, considering all the billions of other webpages they could have read instead.
What difference in the grand scheme of things does rating a hub actually make?
Gross majority of my traffic comes from outside hubpages so it's difficult for me to get excited about someone else's rating for a hub. Quality for me comes from search engine traffic and time on page
If you've done things right there's a likelihood that your viewer with have clicked another of your links or an ad and keep viewing your pages or those you recommend.
Some of my most read hubs (5 figures plus) have very few ratings or comments and I have no issues with that.
Generally, the feedback can help you tweak the hub if you like. I think it means that someone is also more likely to share with their own hub followers, a source of good traffic. You are right though, the organic traffic is also a good judge.
The difference to me woud be the appreciation in seeing my Hub was found awesome as I'm not here to make the money. I interact with my Hubbers and like the community. Rating is about positive feedback and I certainly do things wrong in terms of SEO;)
I admit I use to be addicted to hopping hubs, but quickly stopped the habit when they changed it to require us to rate each hub. I liked to hop to the next one if I came to one I wasn't interested in. I really don't believe I am qualified to judge other's hubs when I am not a teacher or a successful author myself. I look at hubs through another entry way now.
This happens on almost all other sites as well.
I just took a sample of videos on youtube (a small sample, so not very scientific).
They have about 2,500 "likes" or "dislikes" per million views. That's about 1/4th of one percent.
Despite "liking" taking all of one second to do, people simply don't do it. If I had to guess why, I would guess a mild internet version of the bystander effect: people assume other people will do the rating so they don't have to.
I don't know how to rate a hub. I'd be happy to do it if I did. But at this point, I've posted a bunch of hubs and am a "zero." I want to laugh and cry at the same time because I have no idea how to fix that. I made the mistake of writing a bunch of hubs before posting them, thinking I'd be ahead of the game when I started publishing. Apparently this is not a good thing and I don't know why. I comment and ask questions and do all the stuff the recommend but I'm a zero.
Maybe hub ratings would help my score? Or maybe that's how I became a zero in the first place? Lol.
I actually miss the rating when I was new to Hubpages. Now I usually rate them if its good.
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