Introducing a (Pet) Helpful New Feature

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  1. samanthacubbison profile imageSTAFF
    samanthacubbisonposted 16 months ago

    On PetHelpful, “Your Money Your Life” (YMYL) content impacts the current and future well-being of people, as well as the animals they care for or interact with. This is why we are excited to introduce this nifty disclaimer to the HubTool belt. This feature will only be visible to signed-in users before October 31st, 2018, and can be individually disabled in the HubTool. We realize not every article will need such a feature, and editors will turn them off accordingly over time. Authors may also choose to disable the disclaimer on non-YMYL articles before it goes public on October 31st, 2018. If you are a writer for a different network site, do not fret! PetHelpful is just the first site to have this feature, and other sites will likely follow.

    We encourage the use of this tool in lieu of author-created, in-text disclaimers across our Network Site to promote cohesive and intelligible content across all articles. We hope to create a sense of security for our community’s authors, readers and visitors.

    Feel free to send any questions to the team@hubpages.com inbox, or drop me a line in the comments below!

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  2. Natalie Frank profile image95
    Natalie Frankposted 16 months ago

    I'm just curious if there's a reason you began this feature with PetHelpful and not for example, with Healdove?

  3. samanthacubbison profile imageSTAFF
    samanthacubbisonposted 16 months ago

    Hi Natalie! The majority of content on PetHelpful is considered YMYL, so we saw a useful and immediate need for it based on the frequency of author-introduced disclaimers. (Plus, the primary editor for PetHelpful is the driving force behind disclaimers, so it made sense on our end.)

  4. Glimmer Twin Fan profile image97
    Glimmer Twin Fanposted 16 months ago

    Hi Samantha - How do we disable this feature.  The only articles I have on PetHelpful are lists of names so the disclaimer doesn't really fit.  Thanks very much for your help.

    1. samanthacubbison profile imageSTAFF
      samanthacubbisonposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Hi! If you set the Disclaimer from "Veterinary" to "None" or "No Disclaimer," it will not appear on your page. smile

  5. Titia profile image93
    Titiaposted 16 months ago

    Thanks to the editor, wise decission.

  6. Will Apse profile image92
    Will Apseposted 16 months ago

    That disclaimer is a bit scary. It could be taken as "we know our articles are full of holes and we are scared to death your cat/dog/self might die as a consequence and you will sue us into oblivion".

    How about : "our pages are designed to improve the lives of pets and their humans but no online advice can ever substitute for the opinion of a qualified vet. If you believe your pet is in danger or distress please get professional advice."

    1. Susana S profile image95
      Susana Sposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      This is much better wording than the original.

    2. lobobrandon profile image88
      lobobrandonposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Definitely a lot better.

    3. Titia profile image93
      Titiaposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      I do aprove such a disclaimer, but yes, iWill's version sounds a lot better and a lot less scary.

    4. weezyschannel profile image88
      weezyschannelposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Now that, is awesome

  7. EricDockett profile image98
    EricDockettposted 16 months ago

    I really like this idea, though I agree maybe it could be worded a little better.

    My only criticism is the little circle with a slash icon that appears next to the message. To me, it has a negative connotation. Like it indicates "error" or "warning" or something.

    Maybe something a little more positive like a check mark or a little picture would be more reassuring for readers.

  8. DrMark1961 profile image97
    DrMark1961posted 16 months ago

    "This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge but may contain omissions, errors, or inaccuracies"
    This sentence is inaccurate. In any medical textbook written in any time there are going to be omissions, errors, and inaccuracies. No veterinary textbook would write something so ridiculous in one of their books.
    Hp is telling their readers that what they have read is wrong.
    Do you think that is okay?

    1. lobobrandon profile image88
      lobobrandonposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Will's write up is a lot better.

      1. DrMark1961 profile image97
        DrMark1961posted 16 months agoin reply to this

        I agree. I usually use that QandA feature, with all of its faults, to tell people to see their closest vet. A disclaimer telling them that the info they are getting is not helpful is not helpful.

        1. lobobrandon profile image88
          lobobrandonposted 16 months agoin reply to this

          Definitely.

  9. samanthacubbison profile imageSTAFF
    samanthacubbisonposted 16 months ago

    We appreciate feedback from the community and certainly consider it as we continue to adapt and improve this feature! Because our site content is reviewed, edited, and constantly evolving at the hands of authors and editors alike, the language of this disclaimer is meant to remind readers of the seriousness of some topics. Our aim is to help authors focus on providing engaging, thought-provoking content while feeling assured that their audience is informed and consumes site content responsibly.

  10. Will Apse profile image92
    Will Apseposted 16 months ago

    I suppose it depends on what you are trying to acheive with the disclaimer. If you want a watertight legal disclaimer, that is one thing. If you want something that shows respect for the YMYL aspect of the subject matter that is something else.

    I would certainly try to avoid running the articles down.

  11. samanthacubbison profile imageSTAFF
    samanthacubbisonposted 16 months ago

    Thanks everyone for your participation and input! We were happy to run with your suggestions, and have revised the language to better meet your needs while preserving editorially sound YMYL language.

    1. Will Apse profile image92
      Will Apseposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      For those who have not seen it:

      This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

      Much better, I reckon.

      1. samanthacubbison profile imageSTAFF
        samanthacubbisonposted 16 months agoin reply to this

        Thanks for sharing, and glad to hear it! smile

      2. stuff4kids profile image94
        stuff4kidsposted 16 months agoin reply to this

        Ah, that's much better! smile

      3. weezyschannel profile image88
        weezyschannelposted 16 months agoin reply to this

        Yes! So much better, thank you

  12. Natalie Frank profile image95
    Natalie Frankposted 16 months ago

    Yes, it sounds much better.  Thanks to the staff for listening to our suggestions and a special thanks to Samantha for acting as liaison and getting the info to us smile

    1. samanthacubbison profile imageSTAFF
      samanthacubbisonposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      cool

  13. Kenna McHugh profile image91
    Kenna McHughposted 16 months ago

    Yes. Sounds and reads better.

 
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