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Our team periodically reviews the relevance of HubPages features that have been used throughout the years, and all of our decisions are made to benefit the community and maintain the health of our sites. After careful consideration, our team has decided to retire the Q&A feature on 6/10. No new questions will be accepted at this time, but all current Q&A content will remain. While it might be difficult to say goodbye to this feature that authors have grown accustomed to, there is a lot to look forward to in the upcoming weeks. Please continue to check back in on our forums as we announce these exciting new changes.
Yay! I won't miss the Q&A feature. People were using it to get information quickly without having to actually read my articles. Or they didn't bother reading questions that had already been asked and asked the same questions. It's been a lot of time and effort that I would rather put into editing old hubs and writing new ones. Thank you for retiring the Q&A.
I never really had a chance to use the Q&A much.
I answered some questions, but the questions started to become repetitive. Also, some questions were very low effort. I got the impression people did not bother to read anything and just felt like skipping everything by asking things.
By the time I would get done editing and writing answers, it felt like I was writing the questions for my benefit. Not for random people who might not even come back and see the answer.
I can't say how much benefit I got from it. I suppose a few of the pages generated a tiny amount of ad impressions for me? It is not noteworthy for sure.
I am very curious to see what new features plan on being added.
Thanks, Samantha. I always felt a little guilty for not using the Q&A option. I always suspected, generally speaking, human behavior prefers a shortcut (ask the author as opposed to reading the article), and now I know my suspicions were valid. Great news.
Lately, I understand the. Q & A helps to increase traffic. Now, it is being withdraw when I want to implement it. How terrific!
I am thrilled to see the Q&A go. Everyone asked questions which were answered in the articles. Also, they ask and type like they do to their friends on their phones. I was sick of correcting the questions into correct English.
Saddened by the sudden withdrawal of the Q&A feature. Nonetheless, thanks for the update.
I agree with Old Roses. Whenever I received a notification that there was a new Question on one of my Hubs, I would cringe.
Will we still be able to edit or hide an old question or answer as we can do now? This might be necessary if we discover new information or if researchers discover new facts that make an answer incorrect.
I doubt I’ll miss the Q&A because readers can always leave questions in the comments. One thing that would be a great feature, going forward, is the ability to edit comments—at least once before we approve them. I liked that we could do that with Q&A, and I always wished we had the same control with comments.
Some readers have very poor grammar. I leave them as a courtesy just a week or so, with my answer. But then I delete them for SEO reasons. Editing comments would solve that problem.
I also have the same question as Alicia, will we continue to have access to editing functions on exiting Q&A?
I'm guessing the edit a comment option will never be a thing because you can edit someone else's message whereas questions were anonymous. It would be nice to at least have the HP edit bot work on the comments to fix spellings, if not grammar. Editing the comments would be ideal though. At least if the users are not registered.
Fine by me. I'm looking forward to the new developments.
Looking forward to what's planned. I'm glad to see the QnA feature go. It was something I wanted gone from the day it was introduced due to the negative effects in terms of SEO (Each question was a page on its own back in the day) which was only outweighed by the fact that most questions were from lazy folk who did not even bother to read the introduction to the article.
Great news! I'm happy to see an end to the "thin content" and found that many of the questions I received were just mildly abusive rants from angry people instead of actual questions. This is a good move!
Happy to see Q&A go.
I will now wait in fear for whatever new changes HP has in mind.
Every platform goes through a metamorphosis. It is good to periodically look for leaks and go for improvements. It would be better if we find alternatives for Q & A since that's where engagement happens.
I will dearly miss the Q&A. I got used to it especially answering relationship and literature questions.
Ain't I sad?
It's true some never bothered to read the article instead diving into asking a question. In my case, 99.9% of questions were related to the articles but not discussed in the article.
Well, goodbye Q&A.
The thing I'll miss about the Q&A is its option to edit questions, very useful for correcting grammar of otherwise-helpful questions, especially with young readers prone to slang.
Good. I was actually relieved when I received the Hub-Weekly that announced this. Although I initially liked answering legitimate questions from readers, it became tedious and, at times, a little sticky. Sometimes the questions were so involved, I ended up providing what felt like supportive online counseling for free! Since the pandemic, I get paid for that doing telehealth. Glad I don't have to be conflicted anymore about wanting to help but needing to set limits. I also think liability issues were always looming in the background with the types of articles I write. Thanks, HP Staff for making this wise decision.
I enjoyed it when I answered a question and my answer got a lot of "up-doots." I guess other than that, it was annoying.
I would get questions like, "How could you be so stupid as to think...." Heh.
Glad to see it go. In most cases I felt my questions were from a student using my work for an English assignment and wanted me to answer all the assignment questions for them.
That is a good news. Sometimes people just asked questions wherein the answers were already in the article itself. I have noticed that they didn´t read the article. Thanks for sharing the information.
Glad the Q&A is officially dead. I had put it to sleep already long time ago.
Samatha, when will HP release the replacement for the Q&A? That is my current mindset. Many thanks.
We are not planning on replacing Q&A with any specific feature, just pivoting our attention to making the site better in different ways. Stay tuned.
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