Is it okay to create a HubPage using a post I made to another forum? It is my own material, and I have rewritten it to be more of a story than what I posted on the other forum, but I wasn't sure if I could use it here.
According to the HubPages TOS (Terms of Service) your hubs (articles) here must be your own original content. If you are re-posting an article here, make sure it has been thoroughly rewritten, or it will likely be flagged as a copied article. Welcome to HubPages!
It is my own original content. I'm just not sure what 'thoroughly rewritten' means. :-(
Tina, just to clarify - duplicate content is not allowed on HubPages, whether you're duplicating work that is your own, or work that belongs to someone else.
Possibly the reason you had trouble finding that information is that people aren't usually turning a forum post into a Hub. A forum post would usually be too flimsy to be a Hub!
I'm sure you understand the difference between the HubPages forum (which we're posting on now) and individual Hubs (which are long, informative, magazine-style articles).
If you delete your forum post then you will be able to republish an unedited version of your forum post as a hubpage without tripping the duplicate content filter.
If you want to keep the forum post live then I suggest simply re-writing it to avoid tripping the filter.
But ultimately, yes. It is your work, you can do what you want with it. Avoid duplicate content penalties though.
Asking a moderator to remove the forum post for this purpose is not unprecedented. However, this does not benefit the forum discussion.
I should have been clearer. It was a forum post on the guinea fowl message board, not here at HubPages.
Also, if I had a question about this there might be others who wonder what the rules are. I did try a search but couldn't find specifics that would help me decide whether I could post similar content on this web site as a hub and also on another forum platform as a thread discussion.
In that case, it is an issue of duplicate content as described in the FAQs.
I had no problem with you asking the question here. What I meant is that asking a moderator to remove a forum post to turn it into a hub, as sometimes happens, ruins the forum thread in question.
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