As an educator, I'm experienced at providing constructive criticism for my students. However, I'm having a difficult time giving feedback here on the hubs. I know my students expect me to find issues and help them improve, but I'm so worried about upsetting someone who has worked hard on their hub that I can't seem to complete an evaluation. Does anyone else have problems evaluating other hubs? If so, how do you handle that?
Hi Dr Rebecca,
I have both given and received criticism here on HubPages. As long as your criticism is fair and constructive I am sure it will be well received. We are all striving to produce the best content we can and sometimes it takes someone who is detached from the process to notice mistakes or places where we can improve. The criticism I received I must admit I didn't initially agree with, but after consideration I agreed with the poster and incorporated their criticism into my work.
You can always point people to an appropriate Learning Centre article if you want to cushion the blow if the criticism is negative. Happy Hubbing
Thanks, Robbie - I didn't get far enough I guess to see where you could actually leave a response. Does the system allow you to do that if you're hub-hopping?
Hi Dr Rebecca,
Hub hopping does not allow you to make comments while you are hub-hopping. The rankings you give are quite specific though and it is a good system which helps HubPages maintain its quality which is great.
Don't feel under any obligation to provide feedback or critique. It's not an essential part of being a Hubber. As you say, there are some Hubbers who will appreciate constructive comments from an expert, but there are also many who think they are great writers and will be insulted by any suggestion they're not!
If you're here to earn an income on HubPages, be aware that the social aspects of HubPages have very little to do with the income-generating aspects of the site.
Not everybody is looking for criticism for their hubs. If you want to critique hubs, there are several options for you. 1. You can join Mechanical Turk and rate hubs. You can get paid for doing the ratings. 2. Go into the section of the forums where people are requesting critiques. Since they are asking for the critique, they will be more receptive to feedback.
I would recommend that when you are providing information about how to improve, that you also include a large section about what is being done well. This helps the writer focus on their strengths in order to maximize them, and also not feel like s/he is being attacked.
Personally, I welcome any feedback.
DrRebeccaSanders- Sometimes a lack of Praise is a Criticism. This is often the case on HP. You might get a "Read",but the "time" there will be short and there will be no Votes UP, or Clicks on the other categories.
And, of course, for obviously bad articles, there are the options when you "Flag" a Hub.
After all of this, you will often find that the actual readers comments are used to discuss rather than criticize.
I hope this helps in some way.
Criticism is important to writers it makes them learn more about how they write and I am open to criticism. Feedback is important. I comment on other hubs honestly
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