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.
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.
i agree with you both, but it might prove unpopular with HP and perhaps difficult to monitor ( computer illiterate)
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.
Just download Edweirdo's addon to not show political/religious forums.
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.
Want to chat on this or other (or none)?
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Should we cap the number of forum posts depending on published hubs?"
No, fellow dingbat, no!
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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