Says my hub is a duplicate.. but its not.

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  1. wisewomenrock profile image54
    wisewomenrockposted 13 years ago

    Can you please tell me why i cannot publish my hub, it is not a duplicate because I am the creator of it and no one else could have written this on hubpages.

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image71
      Maddie Ruudposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Your Hub is not duplicated on HubPages, it's duplicated from your own site.  Content that is not unique to HubPages is no longer permitted here.

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

        I hadn't hear that, Maddie!  Good to hear, though - I'm glad to see it!

      2. snakebaby profile image65
        snakebabyposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Maddie: I've had 4 duplicates of my own writing published shortly after I joined knowing almost nothing about hubpages. Should I take them down myself? Will you remove all existing duplicate hubs?

  2. TerryGl profile image57
    TerryGlposted 13 years ago

    A good way to find if your hub is duplicate is to copy the text and put it through This will return any duplicate entries and the words or phrases that are triggering the filter.

    Find the words and change them. That should do it.

  3. SimeyC profile image87
    SimeyCposted 13 years ago

    It seems to take a while to update! I have four duplicate hubs - I have deleted the original copy from epinions, but it still is 'searchable' on Google even though the content doesn't exist - so I would guess that once Google's spiders are updated then it will remove the duplicate flag from my Hub!

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image71
      Maddie Ruudposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      SimeyC, you can email us if the dupe warning doesn't disappear after 24 hours and we'll run a manual recheck.

  4. Pcunix profile image90
    Pcunixposted 13 years ago

    This is a good move - I assume it will take a while for dupes to actually get taken down.

    However, I wonder about this: I have had HubDefender alert me to stolen content that your checker never found. Has yours been improved?

    Secondly, will this be instant? If someone copies me again, do I get any grace to get them to take down their copy or do I get taken down? Taking me down could make it hard for me to prove they stole from me, could it not?

    Or will you not take down in those cases but only when you spot existing content being newly published here?

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

      Good questions, PC.  I wouldn't mind too much if a hub was taken down for a day or two to help the problem. 

      The question I would have is, if it is taken down and later re-published, what happens to our history with Google?  Do we lose our "seniority"?  Or do we keep it based on when we first chose and reserved a title?

    2. relache profile image65
      relacheposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      You seem to be misunderstand the difference between duplicate content and a copied Hub as HubPages defines them.

      If content you publish here was published somewhere else first, then it's duplicate content and you'll have that Hub moderated.

      If someone copies content you published here first, then you get alerted, but you don't get disciplinary action taken against your Hub.

    3. Maddie Ruud profile image71
      Maddie Ruudposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      PCUnix, we are constantly working to improve our duplicate checker.  We do have measures in place to protect you when your content is copied.  Your Hubs should not be moderated for duplicate content if they are ripped off.  Of course, oversights may occasionally happen, but we plan to be very careful around such issues.  If your Hub were to be accidentally moderated, I am confident we could quickly sort it out via email.

      wilderness, considering that Google does not crawl every single page on the web every day, I doubt that one day of downtime would affect your Hub in their eyes.

      1. Pcunix profile image90
        Pcunixposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks - I'm happy to see this.

        If your checker gets good enough, it could save me $8.00 a month smile


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