Hi all -
We have added a new feature to your profile page - Accolades - that shares many different achievements you can reach on HubPages.
Many of these duplicate the milestones that show up in Hubtivity and the HubFeed (hitting certain Hubs, traffic, fans, Questions asked, Answers posted, and other quantifiable markers), while others celebrate different ways people contribute to the site, including:
* Popular: popular among readers, as measured by feedback to their Hubs.
* Great Discussion Starter: Hubs start great discussions in the comments.
* Great Commenter: leaves many insightful comments on other users' Hubs.
* Great HubPages Citizen: contributes to the community by helping our new users in the Forums, voting and/or flagging inappropriate content for our moderators.
* Engaging Writer: writes particularly engaging Hubs which visitors love to read from start to finish.
(Just hover over each accolade to read a description)
The descriptions are somewhat vague to reflect these accolades' dynamic nature: they will, like HubScore, continue to be tweaked as time goes on.
Also, visitors will be able to leave more granular feedback on your Hubs now (below the thumbs): useful, funny, awesome and beautiful are now enabled. You'll see aggregate numbers of these feedback figures in your profile Accolades, as well. (These are refreshed at least once a day, so give them some time to appear there.)
Go check out your Accolades, and give yourself a little pat on your back.
If you don't want these displayed on your Profile...: Please visit your Profile to show the Accolades and Hub-level Feedback to everyone, just to you, or to completely remove them.
Interesting. This sounds like a cool feature. Thanks.
I just saw this on my profile. This is an excellent feature and gives appreciation to all the hubbers who have done some good work at hubpages. Thanks a lot for starting this.
Awesome addition to a very awesome venue for writers. I have seen some of the accolades on some of favorite hubbers and felt that the accolades were not only well earned, but feel that dedication should be rewarded, in some tangible way. This is particularly important for new and aspiring writers.
Thank you, and keep it coming.
Is there an accolade for hubpages? I want to be the first to congratulate and reward you guys
Face is the index of mind. Same way accolades is the performance of hubber in hubpages.Anybody with me?
Wow!! I LOVE this new feature!! It satisfies the child in me that used to work so hard for gold stars!! FABULOUS job!! Go HubPages!! Blessings always, Earth Angel!!
So if I work hard, I get a badge!
oh that we could wear them with pride as my son does on his scout uniform! I only have one badge but i am working hard towards the second( only thing is not really quite sure what badge i am working for)
it's really good to know about all this, I still consider myself a newbie so it's excellent to have all this information available. (makes it easier to juggle work, good quality family life and hubs)
This is great! Especially for new hubbers like me. Both motivating and encouraging. Thanks. The medals are cool.
I just saw these on someones hub - was this hub funny, awesome etc. Then noticed my profile page. I'm awesome. lol!
Thanks Jason and the team. You listened!
Shout out to Soldier Wesley - hey sargent, you got your medals!
Came back to edit - thumbs ups and awesomes please. I'll be sure to return the hublove
I sure did, you see when you ask you receive.
I laugh every time I see frogdropping's icon. The enthusiasm it shows is hysterical, then I read what the post and it's like a perfect match. Too funny!!!
Incredible! We were just today discussing this very thing on the forums! Another wonderful attribute that sets HubPages apart from other sites, giving us milestone credits and accolades! I mean it. I find this place so much easier to use than other sites, so much more helpful and I've had so much fun here it is truly a big part of my life now. and I'm not just sucking up! Plus I had no idea how wonderful I am! PLUS today I made it to 99 author score! wooohoooo! Thank you staff! accolades to you!
Wow, stepped away for a couple of hours and all kinds of changes have been made. Looks pretty cool! Love the ideal of being able to indicate funny or awesome hubs... Thumbs up HP Staff
How cool! Once again, the HubPages staff have come up with a great idea in response to suggestions in the forums. Love this site!
The Accolades are a great idea, and I love the fact that folks can leave messages on our profiles!
Great job team
where is that feature?
Did you see the share/rate bar is different? ..will a new edweirdo special bar arrive?
When you leave fan mail for someone you are following, you now have the option to label your fan mail with things like "thanks," "you're funny," and so on. Somebody left you a "good writer" piece of fan mail, as you can see on your profile.
Great feature. I've only been around a short while but I've been reading that HubPages is always making improvements, now I've seem it for myself.
I really love this new feature, it kinda makes me feel all warm and gooey inside. I will pat myself on the back, thanks.
Now, can I hug you guys? It's a great improvement!
Thanks for all the work--and digging the new Up/Down banner, too. Much better.
a m a z i n g!!!! I love it. . I think you guys hit a out of the park homerun with this one!
At first I wondered if this was part of an ad that appeared right above it, but moving my mouse across the section revealed its true nature to me. Very cool! I came here to confirm that this is in fact a new feature.
Wow! If I'm ever down in the dumps, I need only go to my accolades and read how great I am. (It also taught me how to spell accolades.) Thanx.
Excellent...Now I'm off to see how great I am!
Cheers for this Hubpages Team!!
Thank you HP Team! you are awesome! and just make us look awesome too, (blush)
hahahahaha, I was just commenting on another forum thinking the accolades had been there for a while and I never noticed.
How wonderful!!!! What a great new feature, kudos to HP , I love it!
I just noticed and wondered why there wasn't a thread on this, then I saw it at the top. Wow! hubpages you have made me feel good, so thanks
I also had fanned someone earlier tonight, and as I was writing the fan mail saw the other feature where just ticking a box would make that other hubber feel good. WTG!!
And I agree with Rochelle. It's good to have a reminder of how to spell 'accolades'.
Very cool feature! I'm actually impressed with my own accolades - who knew?!
I'm off to check out the other changes...
oh yeah, we're like a bunch of kids with new toys! thanks HP!
WAY TO GO STAFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Much better layout. I even found the Hubtivity on the bottom profile and fans proudly showing really good move.
Thank you HubPages Staff!!
Just because your an AWESOME group!
The other great thing about this change is that Hubtivity has been moved down. New visitors are more likely to see the new feature.
I'm liking the Accolades... but I'm curious why near my avatar it says I've been a member for 4 years, but my Accolade says I've been here for 3. It actually will be 4 years in July 2010. Is this discrepancy just a funky thing that's going to exist, or is there a way to more closely align the dates?
The number near your avatar is being rounded to the nearest year, whereas the accolade is strictly whether you have hit the exact 4 year mark. I agree that this inconsistency is awkward, so most likely we'll change it.
Loved it Jason.
Is it possible to integrate this into the widgets we place in blogs and sites (widgets showing latest, hot, best)?
Hey SunSeven, I have a widget from HubPages on my blog and it's already has the options of latest, hot and best available.
Or are you talking about the accolades themselves?? Just curious.
I'm glad that the response is overall positive!
I will ask Fawntia (who coded the Accolades feature) to answer some of your questions in this thread tomorrow. She, of course, is the authority on how things work on the backend.
Love the new feature .. Thank YOU! Is there a way we can see how people rated us .. VOTE UP - VOTE DOWN .. Useful, Funny, Awesome, Beautiful?
It's really fun to see what 'awards' we've been given and then to evaluate our strengths and see areas where we can improve. Thanks HUBPAGES!
The number of thumbs up or thumbs down that your Hubs have received is a secret, but the other things (useful, funny, awesome, beautiful) are displayed publicly near the bottom of each Hub. For example, on the Hub Is it Cheaper to Eat Fast Food or Real Food?, you can see that the Hub has been voted as 'useful' one time (as of right now). If you go to the author's profile page, you can see a cumulative summary of the praise that all of her Hubs have received. It takes some time for votes to be counted, so if you vote a Hub as 'funny' it might take some time for it to appear on the Hubber's profile.
Love the accolades section! Very cool addition. Thanks HP!
I've wondered about the date issue like Relache. I noticed that I switched to 2 yrs at about 19 months. So does that mean I'll click over to 3 years in October when I hit the 2 yr mark beginning my 3rd year? My accolades shows 1 yr and my profile shows 2. It'll be 2 yrs in October.
Very nice, thanks for all the useful improvements and ways to better engage with other writers.
I do have a couple questions.... The accolades are manually added by staff or automatic?
Second, I was just looking a KCC Big Country profile (HI KCC!), and found the accolade for Answer questions??
Is that for writing hubs about questions answered or just answering questions? I am going on the impression it is about writing hubs as answers to questions. But, if I could get a more informative answer, it would be great.
Thank you so much for all that you do. It's wonderful!
It's for answering the questions found on "Answers". I have posed over 300 questions and have answered over 10 myself.
Which I believe is writing a hub in response to the question, not a quickie answer. I hate that we even have the quickie answer as an option.
The accolades are not added by staff; they are automatic.
KCC Big Country is correct that right now, only Hubs that answer a question are being counted. But I'm about to change that so that the shorter responses are also counted (sorry KCC Big Country)!
LOL.....can they be counted separately? I hardly think someone with a two word silly reply deserves the same credit as someone who took the time to write an entire hub on the topic. Just my 2 cents.
I second this. There should be a difference in answering question by just a few lines and answering with a full hub. It would give people more incentive to write hubs from the question instead of just a short answer. That's what the page was initially intended for anyway... Give people ideas to write hubs on, not a Yahoo Answers bunch of crap questions on opinions and short answers. :-/
I went to the profile page before the forums, and thought it was an ad!
The answers were written into Hubs. Yes or No?
As for posting 300 questions my dear friend, I do not think I will reach that. I am more of a person who likes the challenge of answering questions.
This is great.
I initially thought they are new ads. I think I need more ads in that page.
I like the new features very much, it is a nice addition to the profile pages and comments. Thanks for the new look!
Impressive addition. Hubpages just keeps gettin' better an' better! Kudos to all involved in makin' it happen!
These features are so cool. Just checked them out and they are truly fantastic. Thank you Jason and the HubPages Team. You guys keep making these awesome changes
ACCOLADES a great feature and also act as an encouragement tool when things are down be it traffic or earning, you can still turn to your ACCOLADES and see your past success, you need your past success as a source of encouragement to achieve more success in the future
Much added value, quite interesting seeing the new features on my profile this morning. I really commend the HubPages team for this development.
I like this change, and I've already started using the "useful" button.
Like it! How about a top HubScore reached - that would fit nicely with my HubTonners Hall of Fame.
Love this feature, a little boost for my ego lol. It really looks well designed, Thanks Hubteam I am taking a screenshot never recieved so many medals in one go. lol.
I like the look of the new profile page very much indeed! Thanks to the Hub Team for the constant improvements.
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