Set a minimum word count for hubs

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  1. saleheensblog profile image61
    saleheensblogposted 13 years ago

    If the minimum words for a hub is set 200 HP will get rid of a thousands of sub-standard contents automatically. No hub should be allowed to publish until it has at least 200 words. If possible 300 words. Poems can be the only exception.

    1. lorlie6 profile image73
      lorlie6posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I agree that it's rare to find a writer who can say something profound with only a few words.

      1. Abbasangel profile image63
        Abbasangelposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Poets do... some poetry is really cool and its not that many words (granted alot of themdo exeed 200 words just...)

    2. rwelton profile image60
      rweltonposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I agree.  I just ran across two obvious posts that was just a link to someone's website.  No article at all.  Each of them can be flagged, but an improved standard would be appreciated.

    3. relache profile image69
      relacheposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      There's already a filter that checks for a minimum word count, because people post about tripping it fairly regularly and not being able to publish due to not enough content.

      BTW, how do you propose that poetry and other content be differentiated by an automatic filter?

      1. lrohner profile image68
        lrohnerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        My thoughts exactly. I would even take it one step further -- why should there be a different standard?

      2. darkside profile image59
        darksideposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        It would be good if they filtered all the current content just to be sure, and not just unpublish but delete hubs which have been sub-standard. (and many others that I've discovered while looking up available hub names for content) has been up for a long time.

        1. xixi12 profile image68
          xixi12posted 13 years agoin reply to this

          just checked the archery hub, its so funny because the writer also commented on the hub 'he' wrote and used the comment as a link to his proper site. The extents people go to for backlinks. lol

      3. saleheensblog profile image61
        saleheensblogposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        make much sense. So, my suggestion would be 200 words at least for anything. The current filter lets hubs of only a couple of sentences [less than 50 words] be published that is nothing worth.

      4. Haunty profile image73
        Hauntyposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I would make it so that the minimum word count restriction doesn't apply to hubs under the poetry categories.

        Or there could be a checkbox, which when checked warns of the artistic features of a hub.

    4. Glemoh101 profile image54
      Glemoh101posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Its better to make it 500 words , 200 words still little!

  2. xixi12 profile image68
    xixi12posted 13 years ago

    I absolutely agree, i have done some hub hopping and found just some personal pictures that you click to go to other websites and so I had to flag them. I think HP should be done such that if it does not hit 200 words it cant be published. Just my thoughts

  3. Mark Ewbie profile image81
    Mark Ewbieposted 13 years ago

    I think it's a good idea but maybe long words can count double?  And maybe clever words get three points?

    So a sentence like..

    I was quaking with fear

    ..would be worth 7 points because quaking is long and quite a clever word.

    1. John Holden profile image59
      John Holdenposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      But would quacking with fear rate extra points for being clever and unusual description or minus points for being a mis-spelling?

      1. Pcunix profile image93
        Pcunixposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I'd give it extra points, because it does remind me of that sometimes heard question "I thought I heard a duck?" when someone does something slightly impolite involving the release of gases..

        So, "quacking with fear" actually coud make sense?

        But, yeah, over all I agree: leave the poetry alone (or ditch it entirely for all I care) but put even a 400 word minimum on hubs.

      2. Mark Ewbie profile image81
        Mark Ewbieposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Quacking with fear is excellent.  That's worth a Hub on its own.

        Plus maybe an armageddon scenario involving an Earthquack maybe. 


        Seriously, I agree with the too short thing.

        But for recipes and poems its a bit more tricky.

        1. profile image0
          EmpressFelicityposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          I don't think so - you can easily write at least 200 words' worth of blurb to go with your list of ingredients (in fact, it's necessary otherwise people won't know what to do with those ingredients!)

          As for poetry, it wouldn't kill people to write a short intro about the poem - how they came to write it, what it's about, why they've given it the title it's got.  They could use the intro to try and work in some decent keywords if they were bothered about that kind of thing.  Sorted.

          1. saleheensblog profile image61
            saleheensblogposted 13 years agoin reply to this


          2. Pcunix profile image93
            Pcunixposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            Yes - and that would make the poetry a lot mote interesting for those of us who are not naturally attuned to such efforts.

          3. simeonvisser profile image68
            simeonvisserposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            I'm not sure. In a way I agree but I don't think artists or poets will agree. They want their work of art to be enjoyed without needing further explanation. Anything that they say might influence your experience of it and they don't want that.

            1. Pcunix profile image93
              Pcunixposted 13 years agoin reply to this

              HP could fix that by allowing adding a capsule that hides its content until the reader clicks to see it. That's dead simple HTML CSS, by the way.

              The poet could add this normally unseen content and invite people to expand it when they have experienced the raw poem by itself.

        2. Pcunix profile image93
          Pcunixposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Feel free to take the concept with my compliments smile

  4. saleheensblog profile image61
    saleheensblogposted 13 years ago

    give your suggestions to improve HP here

  5. profile image0
    TopUniverseposted 13 years ago

    It is a good idea and saves lot of time for the staff and importantly it stops those short hubs which primarily aiming for outbound link juice to their domains.

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      There's a thought, too: disallow outbound links in anything under X characters.

      1. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        That could be the easiest and most fair solution.  I doubt that people writing short, substandard hubs that are NOT looking for outbound links are doing it intentionally - they may view HP as a blog site, but if so will soon discover their error as no one will follow and scores will not rise.

  6. Moonmaiden profile image68
    Moonmaidenposted 13 years ago

    Quantity does not equal quality...just sayin'.

  7. Moonmaiden profile image68
    Moonmaidenposted 13 years ago

    I love archery. I read that archery Hub.  What the heck? All it says it 'this is your archery hub.'  Sure isn't my archery hub buddy.  What a waste of a great title.

  8. Midnight Oil profile image81
    Midnight Oilposted 13 years ago

    I cannot even get warmed up in 200 to 300 words wink

    Sounds a good idea to set a minimum word count.  Perhaps there should be a separate page / login just to load poetry up on to the site too.

  9. melbel profile image94
    melbelposted 13 years ago

    I don't write poetry so I'm not sure about this, but do poems go in like a poetry category? If so, maybe that category could be exempt from the 200 word rule.

    I agree with the rule, though. There have been so many HubPages urls I could use because there is already a hub about it. When this warning shows up, I usually go to the hub to see if my hub will be better than there's (I mean, why write a hub if Princessa said the same thing that I'm going to say, but she's said it a million times better than I ever could?!) Sadly, many of the hubs that have used these prime real estate urls contain few words and are ranked like 47 or something... obviously NOT written by Princessa. tongue

  10. sam24354 profile image60
    sam24354posted 13 years ago

    What is really sad is when a hub with no words at all gets a high hubscore.  Or when a hub is obviously poorly written and receives a high score

  11. profile image0
    Toby Hansenposted 13 years ago

    Yes, a minimum word count would clean up HP amd get rid of a lot of spam.
    As a writer of flash or micro fiction (50 - 800ish) words, I would want each -200 word Hub manually checked by The Team to ensure that those who write legit material in under 200 words would not be disadvantaged.

  12. jobister profile image60
    jobisterposted 13 years ago

    I think the settings that are currently in place are plenty. There will always be spammers trying to outsmart the system regardless. It is our community what we can do is flag the hubs that we find to be not reflective of our community. I'm sure hubpages appreciates all the hubs we've flagged.

  13. lrohner profile image68
    lrohnerposted 13 years ago

    I don't write poetry, so I have no vested interest here. But I do have an interest in HubPages. Here's my take...

    HP is in business to make money. They do that by ensuring that we write articles designed to bring search engine traffic that will (hopefully) click on ads or purchase products. Hence the minimum word count.

    I don't know this firsthand, but from what I've read in the forums, poetry brings more internal traffic and does not make money. So I'm really not sure why HP should go out of their way to make accommodations for poetry that's different than from other types of writing.

    Just my two cents, for whatever it's worth.

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It keeps the inmates happy, contented and productive? big_smile

      While I'm not a poetry fan, the same could be said of the forums; while some (makeover for instance) are teaching tools, others (religion) certainly aren't, but are provided anyway.  They help keep the inmates happy, contented and productive.

      Unless we are willing to assume that poets and poetry readers do nothing else but write and read poetry, that they never produce monetarily valuable hubs, then they are of value and need to be kept happy, contented and productive.

      Or perhaps I'm just disillusioned with the business world.

      1. lrohner profile image68
        lrohnerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        lol lol lol

        Good point!

  14. Sue Adams profile image92
    Sue Adamsposted 13 years ago

    I think the minimum number of words for a hub should be even more than 200 words. 500/600 words would be better and perhaps there should also be a top limit, like no more trhan 2000 words. And I think that HubPages staff should do a major cleansing job and delete all the crap rubbish on this site or it'll damage HubPages reputation and hurt us all. If I was in charge I wouldn't allow stuff like the archery hub to exist. That's just plain piss taking.
    Just my opinion smile

    1. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 13 years agoin reply to this


      So why is it there?  Certainly that qualifies as "low quality" and certainly SOMEBODY must have flagged it as such.

  15. thisisoli profile image75
    thisisoliposted 13 years ago

    While I think that it is important to keep substandard hubs out, I have seen some beautiful poetry hubs, and fantastic photographic hubs, many of which had less than 200 words.

    It might be interesting to see what the backlash would be if Hubpages started removing large numbers of substandard hubs, considering how much of the backlash there was for the disabling of ads on hubs which 'gray-area' broke the Google Adsense TOS.

  16. Howard S. profile image89
    Howard S.posted 13 years ago

    Disclaimers: 1) I am one of the newest hubbers--unpublished--but reading for 5 months, and 2) as a professional publicity writer, cutting words to be concise is my craft--an unpopular goal for SEO on HP.

    My personal minimum will be 300, but it is entirely possible to say something of value in fewer words with careful editing.

    Yes, what about an upper limit? There's a hub of 21,000+ and no other capsules from a hubber with huscore 1. The sad thing is that it isn't as verbose as many repetitive hubs in the 2,000 range; it could easily be divided into 20-30 hubs with a capstone.


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