Why do I say that? Because I'm guessing something happened that motivated HP to include this in the HubPages Weekly:
What Are the HubPages Forums for? Are There Any Rules?
The Forums allow the community to complement each individual Hubber’s talents and interests. We hope they provide a living and growing repository for shared wisdom, mutual support and inspiration. The guidelines outlined below exist to promote this sharing community and give everyone the space to voice their opinions and ask questions.
Stick to the Topic: Please stay on the thread’s topic when replying to an existing thread. If you don’t see an open thread about something you’d like to discuss, please open a new thread.
Respect: Please maintain respect for other Hubbers, even if you don’t necessarily agree with them. Keep your language clean and don’t make personal attacks. By choosing to be civil, you make the discussion better for everyone involved.
(italicizing was done by me, not HP)
Spread the Word: Encourage Hubbers seeking help to visit the Forum to discuss.
Meanwhile... Dear HP, I promise to be good. -paradigmsearch
Who else promises to be good?
And a side note. When I start seeing eyeballs rolling across the floor in a particular thread, I simply depart.
And another side note, regarding HP's second paragraph: for my threads, I don't care where they wander; that's half the fun.
Some people have been naughty! The threads are fun. My experience with the forums has been mostly positive. The worst thing you can really do is rise to someone being rude.
It's not a bad idea to remind ourselves that if we want to be treated like experts, then we need to act like experts. People with authority often follow a code of conduct. Being civil to one another shows self-discipline and strength of character. I know it is hard to overcome personal bias, but it's quite healthy I assure you. I don't need to know the gosip, or why they decided to remind us. Instead, I will focus on being the expert I want others to see.
This is my 3rd account. My first does well in the home and garden niche. I am a CDC volunteer, and and ex radiographer (I took x-rays). I have been on Hubpages for more than 6 years to. For the CDC I have assisted in different types of pest control research, and served on the committee for nuclear terrorism and disaster. My second account is in the gaming niche, which is nice if you like having lots of fans, but doesn't produce as well. This account was an experiment, but I ended up writing an article that does really well. Now I am trying to break into the family/kids niche.
I used to post to the forums on my main account. However, for some odd reason someone has a personal bias against me on that account. When I post from it, this person always makes sure to say something nasty to me. When I am on this account, the person is very polite to me.
There was likely one or two bad apples that triggered the reminder, but it doesn't hurt for the rest of us to double check ourselves and make sure we are not being rude to each other.
We need to follow EAT in all arenas, including the forum.
The HubPages weekly is meant to inform and educate both new and veteran Hubbers alike. So, for the "Pro Tips" section, we choose the most common topics and concerns from the FAQ. This week, it just so happened to be about forums. I promise that nobody did anything so horrible, and it was not warranted by the Illuminati, a banana tree or aliens. ;-)
Could it be because of tinfoil hats then?
Actually, the tinfoil hats are the only things protecting us at this point.
Between my hat and my Faraday cage, all is well. ≡
I knew it! We have official confirmation.
Speaking of official confirmation, I noticed Sunday earnings have been reported. The HP Ad Program continues to blow AdSense out of the water. If only Maven/HubPages would develop an HP Ad Program widget we could put on our websites. A win-win. Wait a minute. I think they already do that. Darn that 25K requirement. Maybe someday...
Quiet, kids! CNN is talking about Russia.
Darn, I was really hoping it was aliens this time, as I'm quite bored with the illuminati (although I don't think that's what they call themselves).
The best recipe for chocolate chip cookies can be found at our alternative web site. Thanks for watching and drive safely.
I think it was the tinfoil hats, microwaves, and aliens in the Hubbies Award thread that triggered the second paragraph.
Those tinfoil hats work you know! I read about it on the internet.
I'm pretty sure I know what triggered the third paragraph. Apparently there was some sort of detonation in the Topics Forums last week. At least one Hubber got forum banned and another Hubber's profile just flat out disappeared.
I think I know which hubbers profile flat out disappeared. If it's the same person, he deserved to get kicked out. He had my vote for most likely to get banned.
If HP wants peace, they should get rid of the political forums. There are several right wing people here who can't be reasonable. I can defend myself and ideas, but have been more than insulted, basically attacked, quite a few times for liberal views. I get told I have to practically footnote what is essentially an opinion, while certain men seem to think we are living in the 1950s and women can't have views of their own. I've been treated in a very dismissive way, as have others, and there were several forums going about it a few months ago. You know who should have been kicked off a long time ago, and so should a few others. And it should be for a long time, not the three days it used to be (not sure what they do now). I've reported obnoxious comments and the administration does nothing.
But I don't insult or resort to name calling when I disagree, as some conservatives do and get away with it. The administration knows it's the same handful of people, so it's not fair to blame the whole HP community, a nice one for the most part. I always believed they had favorites.
I don't think AHB was much worse than my mother, lol, who happens to be English and in her eighties. You simply need to let the old folks have their say, however annoying they might be.
I don't know which thread was the detonation thread. I just happened to come across a conversation about it.
My neighbor the banana tree told me that the forums belonged to the illuminati.
At the risk of hijacking this thread, I can say that banana trees make fine upstanding neighbours but are not necessarily all that clever.
I heard the Russians influenced the Hubbie votes!
If you mean who owns the pages, DrMark is right.
Anyway, that's my contribution for a while. Got to go eat.
Bottom line: hijacking important HP business threads can be annoying but not sure "The Hubbies" qualifies as serious.
I always saw him as the moderate, acceptable face of the American right. Whatever you neighsayers might say.
The forums are tame compared to the past. It was like jumping into a lion's den! Staff kept well out of them haha
+1 Simone would jump in sometimes to quell the atmosphere. I remember dropping a line and exiting fast. Those were the days, though.
Apparently, we need to think of the historical record these days. The cosmic auditors should always be in our minds.
"Those who don't learn from history..."
You mean like watching the history channel? (They may not teach you how to behave on the forums, but they do have great programs on how the ancients built tinfoil hats to ward off the aliens that were here to build the pyramids.)
If you're talking about the series: To them, we pray, but keep them at bay. You need to watch season 2. They prove that it was not tin foil hats, but hats made of burnt plastic residue on banana leaves.
Those ancient aliens really knew their stuff. I bet they could have built an amazing forum instead of wasting their time on the Egyptian pyramids.
They helped build the Roman forum, I've been there and it's amazing. Not been to any of the many pyramids yet. I want to check out the ones China has covered.
Many of us who remember when the Hub and Topics forums were comingled are not so relaxed about light moderation, I would not still be here if that had continued.
Hub rules are basically not to verbal attack people in personal, prejudiced or obscene ways. Not to harass people to sell things. And to stick to the subject for the area. Pretty much like in any well managed public park.
I remember playing in the mud as a kid. I came home and got in trouble for tracking dirt in the house. It didn't stop me from playing in the mud the next day.
I disagreed once with an opinion and someone thought I was attacking, but I actually felt they attacked. They would not let up. I have not been here since. I think it was a young man by his posted articles. Just guessing on that. The Hub email prompt me to look again at the forum. Maybe I will wet my feet again and join the conversation.
All in all, a very few like to squabble, historically speaking. For the most part, we all get along.
Short rant. Both my phone and internet DSL service keep going down in flames when it rains. First year in several where this has happened. Phone company has already confirmed residence wiring/etc is fine and the problem is in their outside 40-year-old copper wiring or network. They informed me they can't diagnose and fix it because of the problem being intermittent. I've got to get them coordinated enough to time a service call on an unknown future day where it has rained the previous day and the wiring/connection/substation is still sopping wet and the service is still crashed. Fat chance of me accomplishing that. And if I did accomplish that and it turns out that it's the 40-year-old buried copper wiring somewhere, they're not going to dig it all up and replace it just for me; they'll simply blow me off and wish me luck. Other phone/internet service options appear unavailable. Give Me Internet or Give Me Death! Rant concluded.
Have you looked into satellite providers? In a lucrative market like California they surely must exist. Mine costs a little more than the super slow service I used to have but it is well worth it as it functions almost all of the time.
try www (dot) hughesnet (dot) com
Everyone knows those satellite providers are just covers for aliens! There have been a bunch of suspicious disappearances of people right after they signed up with those companies.
That explains the crop circles out in my soybean field. I think I need help. I wonder if those experts from History Channel do consults?
A sincere compliment and congrats to Netflix; they've been able to ram thru the static over 50% of the time. All other websites are less than 10%.
As for the phone/ISP company, am reaching the point of doing a scathing review. And not to brag, but with what I've learned concerning SEO; I guarantee that critter will get traffic.
Ooh. We had this problem once and they dug it up just for us. You got a bad provider. It's sad that you got no other options out there.
It's not over yet. The rains stopped, so my phone should be usable when things have dried out enough. When it is, I'll propose the open-date trouble ticket idea. Maybe they'll go for it and maybe the problem will be something they'll be willing to fix. I'm still giving them the benefit of the doubt, which is why I haven't mentioned their name. Time will tell.
Meanwhile, any new detonations in the Topics Forum yet?
I generally stay away from the forums. I can struggle to be "constructive with my feedback". Though, as others have said, the forums used to be a bear pit in the old days. Most of the worst antagonists from yesteryear are now banned. I can't say I miss any of them.
History Channel avoids consults but I can get you a screener link to their next series.
Did said Hubber's name rhyme with "Fred Swisher" by any chance?
Awww, gee, that's a shame. I'll miss his constant stream of random, almost-English political gibberish, and his crimes against punctuation.
that appears to be what all the chatter is about. Horsey boy is gone but, unfortunately not forgotten.
Excellent advice.... more should follow it.... but once when I was attacked by some obviously racist comments...the response in my favor was overwhelming... Good sometimes stands up to Evil and Unjust ways of a few
Hmm... I think I will write a hub about glass houses. Or, maybe one about Judgement Day.
Wait, maybe one about aristocratic noses too - I could combine them into a trilogy and call it The Chronicles of the Purebloods.
Something should be done. It ain't right that HP forces some folks to enter those Topical Forums.
Talking about big butts makes me uncomfortable, yet everytime I try to scroll past those topic threads - HP auto-clicks me right through the door.
And what's worse is that HP uses some kind of stealth code that disables my "back arrow" so that I can't leave until my feelings are hurt.
It's like torture you know!
Thank goodness for the Hubpages Community Forums. At least I know I have a safe space to protect me from mean people.
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