New Features To Help Update Hubs

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  1. angela_michelle profile image97
    angela_michelleposted 9 years ago

    I think it would be neat if there was a feature or a page that could be added that would have suggestions to update hubs. For instance here are a few features on this page that would be helpful:

    Hubs that have not been edited in 60 days or Hubs that need Freshened up.

    Hubs that could use more added links.

    Hubs that could use more photos (less than 3 photos)

    Hubs that could use a video (hubs without videos)

    Hubs that could be lengthened (hubs less than 1000 words)

    These are just a few ideas.

    1. Norah Casey profile image69
      Norah Caseyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I like the idea of this one, perhaps with some tweaking we can implement something along this vein. Maybe something like a freshness meter?

      I certainly don't want to encourage ALL users to add more photos. Not all photos are created equal!
      ; )

      1. darkside profile image80
        darksideposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Isn't that pulling in the other direction of the already endorsed view on Evergreen Content?

        And please, no reminders or visual attention grabbers. Like Nelle I have over 1,000 hubs. In fact, over 1,500. And by the end of this year I should be sitting at around the 2,000 mark.

        1. Norah Casey profile image69
          Norah Caseyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Good point.

          It would hardly make sense to make it more difficult for hubbers who have such a huge quantity of hubs to manage. Suggestions are welcome from all types of site users; exploring the possible implementations of ideas should not be taken as a sign that they will be built.

      2. relache profile image81
        relacheposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        If HubPages saw fit to delete the last updated date from the stats dashboard a few years ago, why would it suddenly seem prudent to program a feature to harass authors about the freshness of their content now? 

        I'd much rather just see the simple and obvious "last edited" date come back, and put the engineering invention time and effort towards something much more productive, like limiting the amount of posts that users with Hubscores below 30 can make in the Answer section per day.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image95
          Marisa Wrightposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          I agree, I'd love to see the last updated date return.  And I'd like to see that limit added too!

          1. Lily Rose profile image87
            Lily Roseposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            Me, too!

  2. profile image0
    Nelle Hoxieposted 9 years ago

    I think that this is a horrible idea. I have over 1,000 hubs and I can keep track of them and know what to do with them. That number of reminders X 1,000 would be overwhelming and totally unnecessary for me. 

    There is no perfect length for a hub, some of mine are over 1,000 words some are 350 - and that's the right length for the topic. I don't want some arbitary filter deciding how long my hub should be.

    I use at most one picture and would not want "reminders" to put another 2 in them.

    Don't assume that some of us would put videos on our hubs, regardless of how many reminders we get.

    There's only so much babysitting that others can do for us. The rest we need to be responsible for.

    1. W. Christopher profile image70
      W. Christopherposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I like the idea. Perhaps others would too. Maybe the perfect option would be an "Opt In/Out" button? smile

  3. relache profile image81
    relacheposted 9 years ago

    I have to say I agree with Nellie. 

    If you want to make up a list of criteria you wish to mechanically apply to your own Hubs, you are welcome to go to it.  I'm doing fine managing my own, thanks.

  4. darkside profile image80
    darksideposted 9 years ago

    9 times out of 10 when I publish a hub, that's it, it's done. No need to fret or fuss over it. No need to keep going back time and again to make sure it's okay.

    The only time I go back and change something is because I've learned something new. Or had a had an additional thought. It's not something that requires a feature or a reminder.

    1. Whitney05 profile image84
      Whitney05posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I second this. Although, I sort of like the idea letting us know which hubs haven't been updated in a while, I probably wouldn't use the feature. Like you said, darkside, most of my hubs are done once I hit publish. Comments, RSS feeds, and News capsules update the hubs naturally.

      There are a few hubs that I update with related links to new hubs, but for the most part, I know which ones those are.

      Squidoo has that update notice deal with their lenses, and when I spent more time over there, I never paid attention to it. I think it'd be a  waste of programmer time to make the feature for HubPages.

      Plus, evergreen topics shouldn't need regular updating, and that's what HubPages promotes. :-)

  5. Research Analyst profile image84
    Research Analystposted 9 years ago

    I think Squidoo has this type of feature, when you sign in they tell you that your lens is getting stale. LOL

  6. thranax profile image64
    thranaxposted 9 years ago

    I think its a good idea *ONLY* if it is a *FILTER* option. Under "My Hub Statistics" there is a Status option, these could be given those status to be sorted, but only if the status is applied. (I have some 400 word hubs I never want to expand or add 3 photos too..sorry aint happening!)

    So overall, if it went there and it was Opt-in only, then yes it would be excellent to help people enhance there work.


  7. Spacey Gracey profile image34
    Spacey Graceyposted 9 years ago

    I feel like angela_michelle has been dragged over hot coals just for making a suggestion post in a forum entitled 'suggest a new feature'- maybe that's just the way I'm reading the posts because text can't covey tone.

    angela-michelle - I can see how it would be helpful, especially to someone new (like me). For example, I have started adding RSS feeds to some of my hubs and it would be cool to see from the dashboard which hubs have them and which don't.

    But I can see that for people with tons of hubs that it would be information overload.

    I did think a last edited date would be really useful - and to be honest much more useful than the new information I've got on slide show views - I hadn't realised you used to have this on the dashboard. Does anyone know why it was removed?

    1. relache profile image81
      relacheposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      As best as I can remember, it just changed over one day from showing the last edited to showing the date the Hub was published.  I'm not sure a rationale was ever given.

  8. Spacey Gracey profile image34
    Spacey Graceyposted 9 years ago

    Thanks for replying Relache - Did you all mount a massive protest, bombard HP staff with emails, and have a collective out-pouring of grief, or was it not that big a deal? If it's missed maybe we could ask for it back. If I'm the only one that wants it, then I should probably just keep better records of my hubs myself.

  9. climberjames profile image58
    climberjamesposted 9 years ago

    I like these ideas!

    Surely adding this feature would benefit the whole community and the site as a whole!?

  10. Rafini profile image86
    Rafiniposted 9 years ago

    I like this idea also, but would prefer it to be an option - if that makes sense.  Because maybe I don't want to add videos to my hubs or maybe I added what I felt to be more than enough photos. 

    If the last updated returns, I'd like to see the original publishing date to remain.  (it sounds like the publishing date replaced the updates).

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