Readers are not stupid. We can see when someone knows what they are writing about and when they are just rewriting material from the web.
I was looking for (I leave this out, I think, don't want to attack specific people) I first googled it, read a few reviews, then checked some products on Amazon and then searched on Hubpages. Many of the hubs were just repeats of what I have read before and they were the ones on the first page. Only one hub had extra information which made searching on Hubpages worthwhile.
I know people want to make money, but picking a random object with a good price and then rewriting other sites is not the way to inspire confidence in Hubpages as a whole. I want someone's personal experience of a product or some professional knowledge or at least have the impression that the writer is clever enough to do lots of homework before trying to get me to click on something.
You completely misunderstood, because I was talking about HubPages being held accountable for the actions of Hubbers, who sell products/goods or services, and those people(U.S. based). I said that the U.S. Government if wanted to.....could extend it's reach or use loopholes in the Law(s) to attack HubPages because of the actions of it's users.
And, you think the U.S. Government of all people think that the rules HubPages outlines is going to make a difference? You keep dreaming. The U.S. Government has gone after and won against much stronger opponents. But, you keep thinking that.
hmm...i have always loved big construction equipment, you know, like those Caterpillar machines...also cranes. i have been wanting to write a hub about them for a while now. mostly from a standpoint of how much they fascinate me. having never used them, could i still write about them? i would have to do some Google-ing, obviously, to add some technical info about them.
I think his point is that if you didn't review the item you must state in your review that your information is not from personal experience and is based on information gathered from other sources, also the fact that hubpages is a US company anything they allow to be posted is their responsibility no matter where the posting comes from because they are liable for the content placed on their site. This is best seen in AdSense, Google dictates strict guidelines and hubpages moderates hubs based on these guidelines because Google does not only hold the hub author responsible but holds hubpages responsible if they do not deal with it properly.
you know whats worse than a reviewer reviewing things for the sake of a hub/traffic without knowing the product?
I am sick of hubbers who have like 100 hubs on the same subject but with minimal tweaking. This is a random and very fake example but hubs that sound like how to use a mouse, how to use a mouse attached to a laptop, how to use a mouse with your right hand, how to use a pink mouse, how to use a pink mouse with a mousepad on and on and on and on
I totally agree with you, i have stopped following people for that very reason. Read the the first hub and thought great, well written, informative. Then read others and thought "hey this sounds familiar" same stuff just moved around changed words, but basically the same. I just stop following and don't bother reading anything they produce, and some I have to say are highly rated hubbers...
Cags, some people will just never get it...lol It really is simple, it is like a newspaper or news channel, if they report something they are told by me and my information is wrong, not only am I responsible but the one who published it is also responsible.
The US laws would over ride any TOS I assure you. If the FTC deemed a hub violated something and hubpages did not act to correct or prevent the issue they would be held responsible right along with the person who wrote it.
because the reason hubpages reserves the right to remove or unpublish a hub is to protect them from the very law we are discussig. Hubpages staff and owners know that they can be held liable if they do nothing to prevent or correct a hub which violates a US law.
I know enough to know that the initial point in this post is true, that false reviews in attempt to sell a product are against US law and that hubpages could be held liable if the FTC found reason to go after a hubber who was writing false information to promote or sell a product
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