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HubPages has changed...

  1. figment profile image78
    figmentposted 6 years ago

    And it's getting worse.  I've been on HubPages for almost a year, and it was a lot more fun in the forums a year ago, people use to leave more comments, and some people are just plain rude.

    1. Misha profile image74
      Mishaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Well, I think it's a size problem. Even just a year ago HP was a much smaller community, let alone the family like thingy it was three years ago. I tend to think that organizations and companies become less humane and more formal with growth, looks like it is valid for communities, too...

      1. Jewels profile image81
        Jewelsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        True.  But I just read another hub by Shades.  Was like the old days when you read really good content and had a laugh.

        1. Misha profile image74
          Mishaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          About taco? Masterpiece! big_smile

          1. Jewels profile image81
            Jewelsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            That's the one, brilliant as usual. lol

      2. ImChemist profile image59
        ImChemistposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Im here on HP for very long time more than you ... 9 hrs  haha

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      logic,commonsenseposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      True Dat!
      Where is BP when we need her? smile
      Where is Beth 100 when we need her? smile

    3. vox vocis profile image90
      vox vocisposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Well, I usually stay out of the forum section - why, you may ask? For example, religious threads are really "killing me with kindness" and these threads are nuuuumerous!

  2. paradigmsearch profile image85
    paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago

    This did indeed used to be a more kinder, gentler place…

  3. Mighty Mom profile image90
    Mighty Momposted 6 years ago

    There definitely is a partisan spirit (or dis-spirit) permeating the forums. Especially the political and religious forums.
    But then there are still quite a few "just for fun" forum threads at any given time and postings there are not rude...

  4. thisisoli profile image54
    thisisoliposted 6 years ago

    Hubpages is cyclical, things will get really fun, communities will form, then a few people will have a disagreement, people will get upset, and leave, or attempt to get other users banned from the forums. Others will stalk the leavers and continue to abuse. Eventually the forum becomes a drab desolate place. Only the faint whisper of a newbie asking why their pasted adsense code is not working on their page, and someone talking about prayer remain for several months until people slowly pick up the pieces and begin talking again.

    Plus we have just passed the Christmas period, my forum activity pretty much ceases on the run up to the busiest shopping season of the year!

    I noticed that a lot of the other serious writers on here slowly have less posting time and gradually disappear from October through till just after January.

    1. Merlin Fraser profile image79
      Merlin Fraserposted 6 years ago in reply to this

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      1. figment profile image78
        figmentposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        kudos

  5. Merlin Fraser profile image79
    Merlin Fraserposted 6 years ago

    Seems to have got a lot worse since the Bible Belt evangelical fanatics turned up.

    I know we shouldn't encourage them or even give them the time of day but they come out with the most preposterous rubbish one just has to stand up as a voice of reason and common sense.

    Trouble is now they’re here they won’t go away, just like other wonderful Internet places they arrive like an infestation and are nigh on impossible to eradicate.  Fortunately they tend to stick to the Forum area and are easily spotted and one can, with practice, ignore them.  Without an audience they are pretty much preaching to themselves and we should leave them to it.

    As the Russians say; “Why kick a sleeping snake...?”

    1. thisisoli profile image54
      thisisoliposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Because it's easier than kicking a snake while it's awake :p

      In this case though the snake is not exactly sleeping.  I would suggest downloading edweido's forum filter, then you can safely have all the religious nonsense blocked from view. 

      Hopefully when they realise nobody is listening to them preach apart from Mark Knowles they will simply give up and go away.

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        Sophia Angeliqueposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Where do you get edweido's forum filter?

        1. rebekahELLE profile image87
          rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Sophia, I posted a link in my comment above. I had forgotten to post the link! http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/64113

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            Sophia Angeliqueposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks. smile I truly can't stand the constant relgiious rubbish.

            Yesterday, I was approached by someone to ghostwrite a book This book was going to be very special as it was going to rewrite the bible and make Christians accept gays. And this person had a great 'caling from God' through a 'near death experience' that was going to waken the entire world population. Bloody crazy.

            No, I won't be writing the book!

    2. Julie2 profile image59
      Julie2posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mr. Fraser, you have hit the nail right on the head! It just becomes so tedious. I had one fanatic follow me (stalk) through different forums. Any forum I posted something on that person would make sure to reply something nasty to me, mind you I have only been here 2 months!

    3. Misha profile image74
      Mishaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Sorry, Russians don't say this. smile

      1. Merlin Fraser profile image79
        Merlin Fraserposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        When I worked in Moscow they did !

        Or at least that was the version I was given when I tried to explain my use of "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie...!"

        However, Russia is a big place... I only went to the Oily Bits !

    4. Right On Time profile image61
      Right On Timeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      @Merlin Fraser - you've got some cool opinions that I heartily agree with smile

  6. Merlin Fraser profile image79
    Merlin Fraserposted 6 years ago

    Doubt it Oli.... I think Mark and Randy are on a mission !

    1. Midnight Oil profile image89
      Midnight Oilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      They make me laugh no end, and while it's best to ignore them, they do bring a big smile to my face with their 'preposterous rubbish'....

      Although, eventually if it gets too bad you might have to release the lions ! wink

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        Sophia Angeliqueposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I don't think it's funny. I think it's incredibly dangerous to the fabric of a civilized society are so ignorant and superstitious. In additionl, they all gang up on one if one dares to point out the flaws in their logic.

        1. Merlin Fraser profile image79
          Merlin Fraserposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          If they do gang up on you... or anyone else Help is always at hand,  Seek me out or Mark Knowles or Randy Godwin  we will ride to your rescue... We just love loud mouthed bullies.

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            Sophia Angeliqueposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Will do! smile

  7. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago

    I think the new forum filter has helped immensely. I only see the forums I choose, I haven't seen politics or religion on HP for over a week. I don't have to see any more rude rants and it has changed the forum experience drastically. much more peaceful.

    here's the forum thread talking about it. with the filter you don't even see the thread titles.
    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/64113

  8. KristenGrace profile image60
    KristenGraceposted 6 years ago

    I just avoid the threads that I disagree with or don't wish to participate it.

    I know quite a few hubbers who I think are kind and sincere, and I try to be myself... Others, I just let do or say what they need to, but I won't engage in discussions such as ones referenced to with your post here.

    1. Julie2 profile image59
      Julie2posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I guess thats the best thing for us to do KristenGrace, stay away from the ones we really dont care for.

      1. KristenGrace profile image60
        KristenGraceposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Glad you agree, Julie!

  9. Midnight Oil profile image89
    Midnight Oilposted 6 years ago

    Start a separate religious only Hub pages website and forum, so they can go bang their drum or tambourine there to their hearts content...

    1. Julie2 profile image59
      Julie2posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      LMAO! That would be just lovely Midnight Oil. lol

    2. Merlin Fraser profile image79
      Merlin Fraserposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Not a bad suggestion however they don't want to talk to each other their mission is to spread their warped take on religion.

      We all know they are an ignorant self appointed loud mouthed minority and I think we all know we should ignore them with extreme prejudice but they’re like an itch you know you shouldn’t scratch but just can’t resist.....

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    Sophia Angeliqueposted 6 years ago

    Hey, the download says that my computer can't read it. I've got firefox beta 4... Does that mean I have to change to Firefox 3?

    1. lrohner profile image86
      lrohnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      If you're talking about Edweirdo's add-on, just send him a message from the download page.

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        Sophia Angeliqueposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Okay...smile Thanks.

    2. Edweirdo profile image93
      Edweirdoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Sophia, the Forum Filter add-on is not yet supported for Firefox 4 (because it is still in Beta and I do not have the beat installed yet!). It works with Firefox versions up to 3.6.*

      I plan on getting to a FF 4 version soon.

      In the meantime, there is also a Chrome version if you use that browser - you can find a link on my profile...

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        Sophia Angeliqueposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Okay, thanks. I'll use Chrome. smile

  11. relache profile image85
    relacheposted 6 years ago

    I miss the days when HubPages didn't have a forum...

    But the new forum filter helps.

  12. CYBERSUPE profile image60
    CYBERSUPEposted 6 years ago

    Forums are great as long as you pick and choose.

    1. KristenGrace profile image60
      KristenGraceposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Agree.

  13. Randy Godwin profile image92
    Randy Godwinposted 6 years ago

    That's right, blame it on the snake...hey that sounds familiar somehow!  smile  I'm sorry I mess up your forums playing with the Christians. 

    I'm doing research for a hub about why they believe like they do.  But I think I've gotten more than enough so I will cease and desist so you guys can carry on with whatever you haven't been able do.

    Look for my future hub on "Complaining." lol

    1. Merlin Fraser profile image79
      Merlin Fraserposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Don't you dare quit on ME !!!

      I just made you an honouree member of the Dragon Slayers, required to ride to the rescue of Damsels in distress at the hands of these Morons.....

        We need the voices of reason around here or  THEY WIN !

      1. Randy Godwin profile image92
        Randy Godwinposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        You know those little itches can't be completely ignored, Merlin.  Otherwise they start popping up in other, more private,  places. lol

  14. Bill Manning profile image70
    Bill Manningposted 6 years ago

    Nothing stays the same, everything changes, on the net even more so and twice as fast!

    I belong to and have belonged to dozens of forums covering everything from farming to full size rubber dolls (don't ask). smile

    They come, they get popular, they get old, they slow down, they close. Which is why you don't want to get too attached to any forum.

    Or anyone on a forum. I've met some great folks here and done good biz with a few others. Hope to do some biz with others here. But I know this place can be gone tomorrow. That's life on the net! smile

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      Sophia Angeliqueposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You're right. The very first forum I joined in 1995 was gone within a few years. It broke my heart.   I still wonder what happened to some of those people. And that's been the story ever since. smile

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    ryankettposted 6 years ago

    I don't think that Hubpages should be judged solely on the forum, it is only one small (generally unimportant) aspect of a great platform.

    1. Merlin Fraser profile image79
      Merlin Fraserposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      You are correct it is a great place and full of great people and great contributors.

      Not sure we are judging HubPages merely voicing our concern about a small rouge evangelical minority who trawl around the Internet spreading their brand of religious rubbish.

      We're just having a small rant about it which HubPages allows us to do...

  16. QudsiaP1 profile image60
    QudsiaP1posted 6 years ago

    I do not know about before because I joined recently but I absolutely love love love hubpages.

    I think I have to go and thank the guy who suggested this place to me. I find myself to be a lot more encouraged and motivated, now that I have actual readers.

    Though I wish people would refrain from being negative or from creating negativity in the forums.

  17. Right On Time profile image61
    Right On Timeposted 6 years ago

    Hubpages seems nice enough, just sometimes the site seems a bit slower is my only minor quibble

  18. EmpressFelicity profile image79
    EmpressFelicityposted 6 years ago

    Am I the only person who thinks the forums have actually improved compared to a year ago?

    A year ago, it seemed that every hubber and his/her (usually her) dog was leaving HP in a huff, taking their hubs with them.  Or threatening to do so, presumably in the hope that people would beg "Oh, no pleaaaaase don't go - we love you!"

    And Edweirdo's forum filter has greatly enhanced things (Edweirdo, if you're reading this thread please reinstate/insert a Contribute button on your download page - I couldn't find it when I looked!)

    1. Edweirdo profile image93
      Edweirdoposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mozilla recently upgraded the interface for their developers, and the "Contribute" button on my add-on's page vanished! I'm looking into the problem and will post a link for people to contibute directly via PayPal in the meantime...

  19. Kangaroo_Jase profile image81
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 6 years ago

    Like most pastimes and being similar to a relationship, its part of an attitude of depositing and withdrawing from a bank. You need to first deposit, increase with interest, and withdraw less than you deposit, like in relationships.

    I guess I should have just said you get out of it, what you put in, lol.

  20. sofs profile image84
    sofsposted 6 years ago

    Change is the only constant so why expect anything different?
    I find HubPages much better than some others... but we can do a lot to make it better..   smile

  21. Mark Ewbie profile image84
    Mark Ewbieposted 6 years ago

    I realise this is all my fault for being new, and being a bit lax on the bowing and scraping.  I am prepared to mend my ways in exchange for a decent bit of hub love.  Let's say 40 hits per page by midnight.  And if one of you old time successful tight wads could like actually purchase something (you must have made a tidy sum by now).. that would be grand.

    1. brandonhart100 profile image82
      brandonhart100posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I agree Mark, both of our faults. wink 

      I think you all are great, maybe the answer is some additional rules in the forums.

  22. itech profile image56
    itechposted 6 years ago

    I miss Activeness of whitney09 in forum... She was very kind at that time.... but Now turned into a full professional... tongue smile

  23. figment profile image78
    figmentposted 6 years ago

    smile

 
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