Do you think Hubpages gets too conservative on questions they decide not to publish?
I've had some questions not allowed that contained no swearing, nothing offensive, nothing explicit at all. Simply, controversial and not sugar-coated. Is this a no-no?
Some of the conspiracy theories might not be good here, because it could be spreading false information.
Yes, I think so. A question I asked was disallowed, it was about Brad Paisley's new controversial song. I won't mention the name of it because I think that's what triggered the filter.
I know what triggered the filter on one of mine - but it wasn't like I hadn't thought about where it was put. Nor was it necessarily about the words I had used - they were part of the explanation as to why I was asking the question.
I had put it in the Gender and Relationships - LGBT section as that was where it was needed to be put - BUT I wasn't asking about S***** Practices, I merely wished to understand what the fixation of people was on the topic when it came to gay people (eg - why they are fixated on the S** lifes of people they don't even know, to deny rights).
Perhaps I worded it wrong, but I do think that we are all adults here - I'm pretty sure there is an age limit on joining due to money-making ability of the hubs.....we are fully capable of deciding what to read and what not to.
Would be nice to be treated as adults though!
Since we do not see what questions are not published, it is impossible to determine if Hub Pages is being too conservative. Since the internet can be viewed by anyone, Hub Pages, like any website has to be concerned about youthful viewers.
Next, and I do not know this to be a fact, Google may have imposed some rules, even though Google's own safety check are designed to prevent minors from viewing adult material.
Thirdly, as one person stated, it might just be the manner in which the question is worded. If a slang term, even one commonly used, is used in place of an actual term, it might trigger the pull alarm. However, as i stated at the beginning, since most of us never see those questions, we do not know if Hub Pages is being too conservative in their decision to pull some questions.
Hub Pages and I have had our disagreements over the past year and i usually abide by their demands. They own the site. We are all basically guests, since we pay no membership fee.
IDONO, I dunno. But will toss in my 2 cents worth anyway.
Your main question asks if the reader thinks HP gets too conservative....
I haven't run into this. From what I have seen of your participation, I felt you have some good points and insights. I enjoy diverse viewpoints anyway, so long as people don't have the opinion that theirs is the best or only way to see things.
As Larry wrote, we are guests on HP and pretty much in a position to take it as it is. If HP is 'too conservative', it would just be for our tastes. Perhaps it is that some moderators are a little over-zealous and let their personal beliefs take over? It makes sense that there would be some grey areas, where a conservative or fearful moderator would strike something down when it would not necessarily be the choice of management.
Recently I started a blog on Wordpress, where there is more freedom for expression in writing.
I am guessing here, but I would say they are probably using a program to filter out certain keywords. As for some subjects, Hubpages is read by anyone on the net and they have to look after their reputation. So I do not begrudge them the right to choose what is associated with their name.
Have you tried rephrasing your question ?
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