Little confused with the category placements

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  1. Trihorus profile image88
    Trihorusposted 18 months ago

    Hello Hubbers,
    I don't ever remember placing one of my serious articles in 'Satire and Parody' and under 'humour writing.' Has HP automatically changed the category or something's wrong?

    1. Shesabutterfly profile image95
      Shesabutterflyposted 18 months agoin reply to this

      Was it accepted for a niche site? As far as I know that's the only time HP has changed a category to any of my articles. Although I honestly can say I don't usually pay attention to that (I really should). If it's not on a niche site simply change it back to what you believe it should be. If it's been moved write to team @ and ask that they reconsider the categorization.

      I've had niche site articles that I've had to ask them to look at again. Mistakes happen, and they will generally look at the article again.

      1. Trihorus profile image88
        Trihorusposted 18 months agoin reply to this

        I have had it being considered for one for a very long time, maybe a year or so. Recently, I had edited it a little and also had received an email saying it was snipped and would be featured soon. And how do I reach out to HubPages regarding the issue?
        Well, the article was about how time travelling back in time was impossible, and I consider it serious, but they placed it in humour writing, parody and satire. It kind of feels bad.

        1. Shesabutterfly profile image95
          Shesabutterflyposted 18 months agoin reply to this

          You can either try to contact the editor of whatever niche site is going to feature your article. I find this only helpful if you've already been in conversation with them during edits though.

          Otherwise team@hubpagesdotcom is where I would send a request that they look into recategorizing it. Maybe explain what you meant by the article and see if they will change it.

          1. Trihorus profile image88
            Trihorusposted 18 months agoin reply to this

            thank you, I'll definitely email them regarding the issue. big_smile

        2. Glenn Stok profile image97
          Glenn Stokposted 18 months agoin reply to this

          I know exactly what you’re going through. I had the same experience with a hub about Why Intelligent Life in the Universe Is Beyond Our Reach. An editor felt it was about paranormal and wanted to place it in a niche site based on that, even though I wrote it with a scientific viewpoint.

          After some back and forth emails, and some changes they requested I make, I convinced them to place it in Owlcation where the educational hubs belong.

          So in your case, I’m sure you can do the same thing. Just start by reading your own hub back to yourself with an open mind and make sure you have no references to anything that might make it seem humorous. Then after making further changes, let the team know what you did and why you feel it belongs in an educational niche.

          It’s interesting that you wrote about traveling back in time is impossible, because I wrote a similar one about time travel only being possible going forward. Two ways to explain the same thing. I guess you and I think alike. I look forward to reading your hub.

          1. Trihorus profile image88
            Trihorusposted 18 months agoin reply to this

            Hello Glenn! You have read my hub smile
            I did also read yours. It was good! And regarding making changes to my hub, that'll really be a challenge for me, since I do write what I love and I have a hard time trying to find errors. I'll see how to tackle this issue and if you can help me with that, then I'd really appreciate it. I'll leave the link below.

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            1. Glenn Stok profile image97
              Glenn Stokposted 18 months agoin reply to this

              Yeah, ha ha. I just came back from the past. As I was reading your hub I felt like I read it before, then I saw my comment from three months ago. But you changed it. It's somewhat satirical now. You lost the scientific angle. What happened? I can see why the editors told you it belongs in Satire.

              The best way to fix it is to do what I mentioned earlier. Read it with an open mind. Read it out loud. That helps too — tremendously! If you want it to be considered a science/educational hub, add references to quality sources that verify the statements you make. See how I did it. That will also show Google that you did your research on the subject. I’m sure HP prefers that too. Maven definitely does.

    2. Christy Kirwan profile image93
      Christy Kirwanposted 18 months agoin reply to this

      Hi Trihorus,

      As Shesabutterfly says, we don't typically change categories, except when we are accepting articles to network sites, where editors choose the best placement. However, categories are auto-suggested when you create an article. If you do not change it, the one selected by the algorithm remains.

      You are free to change it at any time (while the article is still on HubPages) by editing your article and choosing a different category at the top.

      1. Trihorus profile image88
        Trihorusposted 18 months agoin reply to this

        Hello Christy,
        Thanks for your reply. I had put my article in a custom category. For a very long time it stayed there until recently, I noticed that It was into 'satire and humour writing.' I have presented that article in a very logical manner and just thought that putting it into earlier stated category didn't fit well. Also, that article is being considered for one of the network sites since maybe almost a year now. Initially, I wondered if my account was hacked and someone changed my articles.


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