Should we cap the number of forum posts depending on published hubs?

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  1. simeonvisser profile image71
    simeonvisserposted 11 years ago

    I see various people here who are just posting their political and religious opinions without really publishing on HubPages. They have thousands of posts but less than ten hubs.

    How about the following rule: with the exception of the first 100 posts, you can 'earn' 100 forum posts for every published hub. You cannot post anymore if you have not written a hub again.

    This stimulates people to publish without constantly using HubPages as a opinion platform. Although they could, of course, write (elobate) hubs with their opinion but HubPages might benefit from that.

    1. lady_love158 profile image60
      lady_love158posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Why do you care?

      1. Randy Godwin profile image60
        Randy Godwinposted 11 years agoin reply to this


        1. simeonvisser profile image71
          simeonvisserposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Because I'm still seeing the political and religious threads without Edweirdo's plugin (see above post for the reason).

      2. Quilligrapher profile image77
        Quilligrapherposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I fully support your objective, simeonvissor, but I wonder if your solution is workable. The trolls will simply use their post allotments, register with new IDs, and continue their quests. Or, even worse, publish hubs not worth the bytes to store them.  Alas, the trolls we will always have with us.  Besides, researching a good response to a troll occasionally leads me to a new hub.

    2. Pcunix profile image93
      Pcunixposted 11 years ago

      Fine with me, but I doubt HP would ever consider it.

    3. CASE1WORKER profile image63
      CASE1WORKERposted 11 years ago

      i agree with you both, but it might prove unpopular with HP and perhaps difficult to monitor ( computer illiterate)

    4. profile image0
      Neville Walkposted 11 years ago

      No, I think that would be unfair.  People are entitled to use this site in the way they see fit, as long as they do not break any rules and are not offensive.  Some people are better at writing hubs than others, but this should not mean they should have the right to deny those who are less inspired than themselves the right to express their opinions.

    5. WryLilt profile image90
      WryLiltposted 11 years ago

      Just download Edweirdo's addon to not show political/religious forums.

      1. simeonvisser profile image71
        simeonvisserposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I will do that once it works for Firefox 4 smile

    6. paradigmsearch profile image59
      paradigmsearchposted 11 years ago

      Oh, to comment.... smile

    7. relache profile image73
      relacheposted 11 years ago

      So someone who cranks out hundreds of crap Hubs can post in the forums unreservedly and a quality Hub crafter who only has a handful of Hubs will be limited?

      I don't believe your proposed solution is viable or appropriate.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image59
        paradigmsearchposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Hello, relache.

        Want to chat on this or other (or none)?


        1. darkside profile image73
          darksideposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          What Relache said.

          For the most part those who express their religious and political opinions will tend to post in those sub-forums. Where they can be contained and even ignored.

        2. Stevennix2001 profile image85
          Stevennix2001posted 11 years agoin reply to this

          I have to agree with Relache also.  I don't see how it would be fair to a hubber who only writes quality hubs, to be more limited in forum posts, versus a person that will write over a 100 or more crappy hubs. 

          Plus, what if a new hubber had some questions on how to get started?  going by your theory simeon, they wouldn't be able to post a forum question asking other hubbers for help without first publishing a hub.  This would also severely limit the growth of new hubbers too, as the hubpages staff wouldn't have enough time to answer each and every new hubbers questions.  hell, they barely have enough time to do that now as it is with the current system.  therefore, i don't know if i can agree with that assessment.  it's an interesting idea, as it probably would eliminate a lot of spammers for sure along with sock puppets.  however, the negatives just seem to outweigh the positives though.

          1. simeonvisser profile image71
            simeonvisserposted 11 years agoin reply to this

            I had thought of that, that's why I said 'with the exception of the first 100 posts'.

            However the consensus seems to be that this idea is not good. While I think the idea of Edweirdo's plugin is okay, I think it's up to HubPages to solve the problem at its core. It is not feasible to develop plugins for every browser and to keep updating them whenever a new browser version is released. The problem needs to be solved where it originates.

        3. profile image0
          Neville Walkposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          That does seem to be the form on this site.  I have read some hubs, by writers, who have a beautifully crafted talent.  The quality of their writing is outstanding, and by rights they should be published authors.  Yet, often such hubs receive few, if any comments, and can remain unnoticed for months.  Conversely, I have noticed other hubs, which are of inferior quality, filled as they are with obvious spelling  mistakes and the wrong use of tenses.  Sometimes, they are so poor, that I just cannot understand what they are trying to say.  Yet, these hubs, often receive hundreds of positive comments.  Such a response, would not be at all encouraging for the hubbers, who have put so much effort into creating beautiful pieces of work, and so consequently, they will have few published hubs, whilst the writers of poor quality hubs will have hundreds.

      2. paradigmsearch profile image59
        paradigmsearchposted 11 years ago

        Oh, and generally agreed.

      3. paradigmsearch profile image59
        paradigmsearchposted 11 years ago

        "Should we cap the number of forum posts depending on published hubs?"

        No, fellow dingbat, no!

      4. sofs profile image76
        sofsposted 11 years ago

        Who puts a cap... On what basis .. is it workable.. wouldn't it be much better if people just did their work and used the forums to help each other or share knowledge, or just communicate with each other... I am seeing other sites with no political or religious threads on their forums work well.


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