What the Heck???

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  1. Titia profile image93
    Titiaposted 8 months ago

    This is what it shows under recommended on all my hubs, whether they are on HP or on the niche sites. I've contacted staff already. Something is very wrong I guess.

    https://hubstatic.com/14252118.jpg

  2. EricDockett profile image97
    EricDockettposted 8 months ago

    I am seeing equally vile nonsense in the related sections of my hubs. They are not related nor are they anything that appears appopriate for HP.

    What is happening here, HubPages? Please fix this fast!

  3. DrMark1961 profile image98
    DrMark1961posted 8 months ago

    I am not sure how many page views HP is losing but these are not on any of the HP sites. What is up with these tacky articles being advertised here, anyway? It makes HP look like a cheap version of Buzzkill (or Buzzfeed, whatever).

    1. Titia profile image93
      Titiaposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      First I thought they were articles on HP which I thought was strange according to their titles, so I clicked on one and it brought me to a website called MTO.com filled with all kinds of garbage articles about celebrities

  4. Bede le Venerable profile image97
    Bede le Venerableposted 8 months ago

    If you check your articles without signing in, it should be normal. It’s not clear why it’s happening, regardless. Does it have something to do with Halloween?

  5. Melissa Meadow profile image83
    Melissa Meadowposted 8 months ago

    I've noticed these/this as well when I'm reading articles here on HubPages. The vulgar "Recommended" articles, if that's what they are, are unsettling to see here and I do hope that children cannot see these inappropriate suggestions!

    I've also noticed that some profile pictures here on HubPages are of nude people. Yes, actual naked individuals in/as the profile picture. Disgusting and disturbing.

  6. Shesabutterfly profile image94
    Shesabutterflyposted 8 months ago

    I just noticed these on some of mine too! On my HP articles there is usually one hp recommend article squished in the middle (still unrelated to my article), but on the niche sites nothing in the recommended section is from the niche sites, just those nasty photos/articles. Only the popular article below the ad and that article is not even related either.

    Hp articles are also linking to unrelated niche sites. I thought they were not doing that because it discredits the niche sites? Is that only the case for niche site to the HP domain?

    Why do these tacky articles look like HP/niche site articles? Is the side bar suppose to look like that no matter what the content is or where it came from? Having "Staff" as part of the author name makes it look really bad for us. Hope HP can figure this out and fix it fast!

  7. Titia profile image93
    Titiaposted 8 months ago

    I thought it might only be me, so I closed HP, ran my Superantispyware Professional, deleted all the spy and malware it found. Then logged in HP again and it seems these filthy articles have disappeared. Now I get the 'normal' recommended HP hubs again. Don't know what happened, but aparently I'm not the only one who has been seeing weird stuff on their hubs. Here's another printscreen I took from Letterpile.
    https://hubstatic.com/14252164.jpg

  8. Kenna McHugh profile image89
    Kenna McHughposted 8 months ago

    I noticed these filthy ads today as well. This is not a good sign and we are reading the handwriting on the wall. I can be pollyannish and say it's an honest mistake, but really?  I don't remember seeing this filth before Maven. With that, there are some issues we've been posting here without hearing from your new rep - Samantha. What with that?

  9. lobobrandon profile image88
    lobobrandonposted 8 months ago

    I don't have these on caoriebee and dengarden.  I just have Related and Popular hubs. I even went incognito to disable the ad blocker and I wasn't signed in there.

    1. Titia profile image93
      Titiaposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Today, when I click one of my hubs on Dengarden then it shows not Related, but Recommended hubs that are not on the niche site but on HP.  See printscreen. Also the Popular hubs don't come from the same niche site but from HP. The same goes for all of my niche site articles.

      https://hubstatic.com/14252550.jpg

      1. lobobrandon profile image88
        lobobrandonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        I'm going to clear history and check some of mine, will get back to you.

        1. lobobrandon profile image88
          lobobrandonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          I just deleted cache and went incognigto (not signed in) and I see this. I tested 2 hubs on Dengarden. I then went to the normal (not incognito), signed in and still see similar related and popular hubs (from the niche site).

          Whatever this issue is, many of you seem to have it, but it's not happening across the board? What you are seeing is a lot better than what someone else saw: https://hubpages.com/community/forum/34 … ended-hubs Not saying it's not a problem, just saying some of them are horrendous.

          https://hubstatic.com/14252754.png

          1. Titia profile image93
            Titiaposted 8 months agoin reply to this

            I don't know what you think is bad or not bad, but I thought this was very bad on the hub about my mom and dad.

            https://hubstatic.com/14253193.jpg

            1. lobobrandon profile image88
              lobobrandonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

              I termed bad as not child safe. I didn't say the stuff you have is good or acceptable. I thought I made that clear.

              1. Titia profile image93
                Titiaposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                LOL Brandon so you think titles like She F*CKED Everybody!! (screenshots) is child safe smile

                1. lobobrandon profile image88
                  lobobrandonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

                  If you go back and see the one I responded to, you will notice that I responded to the image below, that you posted.

                  https://hubstatic.com/14253234.jpg

      2. Shesabutterfly profile image94
        Shesabutterflyposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Mine is also showing recommended, but they are staying on hp or the niche sites. I had cross over from hp to niche sites last night, but I am not seeing that today. Nor am I seeing the filthy articles today as far as I can see anyway.

        Just went to my unpublished and unfeatured articles and I can see them there. Wonder why they are still on those types of articles when they are not on my other published & featured articles. I can't find them on any of my hp featured articles or on any of the niche sites. I would assume if they were gone from the featured articles they would have been gone from the entire network of HP.

        Can anyone explain why HP and niche sites articles are being linked together? Is this some kind of glitch? I do not see it on all my articles, and there seems to be no rhyme or reason. I thought this was bad practice since HP is considered a poor quality site and would drag our niche sites down?

        1. lobobrandon profile image88
          lobobrandonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

          You are right in all that you said. Let's see if someone from the team addresses this and the other posts.

  10. ziyena profile image92
    ziyenaposted 8 months ago

    I've seen a few of these questionable articles as well ... I thought we had rules against this type of writing ... well, at least at one time?

    1. Titia profile image93
      Titiaposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      They're not hubs, they're articles from other websites.

      1. ziyena profile image92
        ziyenaposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        Thanks for clarifying.

  11. Titia profile image93
    Titiaposted 8 months ago

    I just clicked a few of my hubs that are not even published and there too I find these filthy articles from MTO.com

  12. EricDockett profile image97
    EricDockettposted 8 months ago

    I am no longer seeing what I saw last night. Whatever happened appears to have been fixed, at least for now. Phew!

    I understand if Maven is desperate to maximize their revenue through HubPages traffic any way they can, and I don't blame them. Done correctly it benefits all of us. But it really seems like they are willing to take some wild chances here as of late, and ignore many of the lessons HP learned that made the niche sites successful in the first place.

    Kind of frustrating for those of us who have seen this show before.

    1. DrMark1961 profile image98
      DrMark1961posted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Mine are gone this morning too. That does not mean that they will not come back this evening or tomorrow.

      1. lobobrandon profile image88
        lobobrandonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        lol

    2. lobobrandon profile image88
      lobobrandonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, this is what frustrates me with this whole thing, in particular: the QnA and the related links. Related links should point only to the domain they are placed on. An article on Dengarden should technically not have a related link from Owlcation even if it is more relevant than others on dengarden. If pieces of content are really related, then work with in-content links.

      I believe saying related and linking to another website is cheating the readers as most people would assume the related links are for pages on the same site. When it comes to in content links, most are aware that those links can take them to any page on the internet.

      1. Titia profile image93
        Titiaposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        All my hubs (on niche sites or HP) link to Recommended (it still doesn't say Related) Hp hubs, not one niche hub links to a niche site. They all show hubs on HP and sometimes they're related, sometimes totally not.

  13. Glimmer Twin Fan profile image98
    Glimmer Twin Fanposted 8 months ago

    I just checked some my articles on and it seems like, as for now, it's only happening on my hubs that are on HubPages, not the ones on the niche sites.

  14. Kenna McHugh profile image89
    Kenna McHughposted 8 months ago

    I wish HP would speak up and say what is happening and fix this problem. How can they justify this type of filthy advertising? Samantha, are you reading this thread?

  15. janshares profile image95
    jansharesposted 8 months ago

    I checked, too, seems to be on only a handful of HP articles (2 or 3) in the relationships category.

  16. Kenna McHugh profile image89
    Kenna McHughposted 8 months ago

    I am surprised we have not heard from Sam.  This is not good. What does it take to post and say she is looking into it?

    1. Titia profile image93
      Titiaposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      I haven't gotten an answer on my email either. Well at least the most filthy ones seem to be gone now.

  17. Kenna McHugh profile image89
    Kenna McHughposted 8 months ago

    Sam posted something about a new feature but nothing about this filth.  I am deeply concerned. I have spent a lot of time writing and building my HP articles. This is totally against my working ethic.

    1. Shesabutterfly profile image94
      Shesabutterflyposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      She has wrote about it. Apparently the excessive amount of filth being shown was a bug. However, that's not very comforting considering that filth (MTO) is an aquired Maven website.

 
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