My Esoteric, this has been in the works for weeks and no one is happy about it. Here are the links to forums that discuss this topic:
https://hubpages.com/community/forum/34 … olidation-
And the most recent:
https://hubpages.com/community/forum/35 … er-is-live
For what it's worth, here's a link to an article I wrote after the first announcement, before discover.hubpages was brought to our attention. It garnered 314 comments before it got moved to Discover (why they chose to move it to a monetized site is beyond me!):
https://discover.hubpages.com/community … -Community
I can sometimes make comments on my feed. I can't always find the article right away on it, however.
It looks like Hubpages changed their format and I cannot figure out how to leave comments anymore. Is there a trick to it now?
No, there's no trick, I'm afraid. If an article is on a niche site or the discover site, we can't leave a comment. You'd have to catch the article just after it has been published and before it's been switched to another site in order to comment on it.
All new articles that pass QAP automatically get moved to Discover. There is no wait or submission process to get articles moved.
Thank all of you for your postings. It has been very informative as well as very disappointing to see that Maven has gone down this rabbit hole.
I was just told that if I do manage to leave a comment before it goes to discover.hubpages.com or a niche site that it will not help toward your earnings.
Earnings only count on the other sites...not Hubpages.
So as much as I like to leave you all comments, I suppose you would like me to read your work while it will actually benefit you.
But that's not why most of us are here, Brenda. I've been here for nine years. The friendships I've made far exceed the pennies I've earned. I feel as if I've been ostracized from my family and it hurts. Without communication what do we have?
I totally agree. I have about 160 articles over 10 niche sites, but don’t care about the earnings. I just want to still be able to exchange comments. Friendships are more important.
I agree, for some of us comments are more important than earnings. I get more work/requests than I can even accept freelancing so I am here just to share my work and read that of others and interact with my friends.
Please know that I am grieving over the loss of the comment option. I miss my friends. Let's still support each other by reading and keep on bugging HP to bring back the comments.
I agree. I will still read and comment when I can. I find myself checking my computer more often to see if there is a new post. I only write about once a week, so the money is almost nothing, but the freiendships are a treasure.
I wonder if it is affecting Hubpages membership?
Hey, I just wanted to say it's good to know we could leave and receive comments on our feeds. Although it's not ideal for reasons already posted, it felt good to comment on my fellow writers' work and receive comments on mine and reply. It was like old times, connecting with HP friends I hadn't talked to in a while. It makes me want to get back in the swing of writing more. We just have to keep an eye on our feeds for new stuff and continue to interact with each other. Thanks for all the comments today!
Yep, it's a work-around Jan. Although, I'm finding that not all articles written by writers I follow show up in my feed. Don't know why. Bummer. We just have to be patient.
Sometimes I can't find an article in my feed, which is frustrating.
Also, I don't like the Hubpages video at the top of each article as it won't move as you try to read the article.
I don't either, Pamela, but I don't think there's a darn thing we can do about it.
It seems as if the concerns of Hubbers do not count right now as the focus is making money I guess.
Does anyone know if there is a "Good" alternative to Hubpages? I would happily move.
There was an entire forum thread about that a few months ago. Many people also write on Medium, but still post on HP as well.
I joined Medium and have written a few articles there, but it just doesn’t do it for me. There is no feeling of community interaction. How HubPages/Maven think those obtrusive video is a good Idea is beyond me.
That's why I was wondering, why so much active and appreciating member is out of sight
John, I could not agree with you more. I really don't like the obtrusive videos, and they are a newer addition. I have written on other sites where I mad much more money, but I like the community interaction here. I hope Hubpages is considering making some changes for their writers as the money is not reason to stay.
Misbah, I am still here. I have just been so busy with my paid writing.freelancing I haven’t had much time here lately though I am in the middle of writing a hub at the moment. I have read a few of your articles but have been too late to comment.
I joined as well and found their text formatting to be subpar, for example, no way to make superscripts. For a math article, that can be a bit frustrating.
It is sad that so many friends and long time hubbers are considering leaving because of the difficulty commenting. They can’t be reinstated soon enough. Have tried to be patient but it is hard.
I don't like those overpowering videos either, nor the annoying ads. I hope it's not turning away readers. I agree with you both of you but we'll have to make due until we see what happens next.
Right now, they're working on reinstating the ability to comment directly on the articles. It took a bunch of flack from us writers by way of the forums and writing emotional articles about the loss of comments to finally get HP to work on redesigning the software to allow for them. That's a blessing that we all look forward to. As far as ads and videos, that's how they (and we) earn our pennies. I don't see that going away ever. Yes, it's annoying and I'm sure it increases our bounce rates, but it is what it is.
I am glad they are working on it. What I don't like is when you scrowl down the video blocks the top of the screen. I try to watch and comment as soon as I can on those people I follow, then it is all good!
I hear you, Pamela! Unfortunately, I don't always get there before the article(s) go to Discover or the niche sites. I do most of my HP reading while at work, so most of my attention must be on what I'm being paid for.
This is not true. Reinstating comments have been a priority since we figured out that we couldn't transfer them to the new platform. It just took time to get to it. And yes, the videos are actually performing quite well, so they won't be going away any time soon!
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