Remove Related Forums Widget Completely from Hubs

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  1. sunforged profile image74
    sunforgedposted 12 years ago

    The title says it all - just do it , the topics are often unprofessional, the discussions are never on topic and as a basically unmoderated area of the site they should not be appearing on our carefully crafted hubs.

    Remove the forum widget from all hubs!!!! also "related questions" should get the axe as well ..

    btw - I said "why arent there ads in the lower sidebar" 2 years ago - ya'll said they dont work - guess where there are ads now?  ( told ya so)

    A vocal segment of the community always said get rid of Kontera! - guess what you are finally getting rid of?

    be proactive - cut that stupid widget right off of all hubs - a good portion of your community actually blocks!!!! much of the topics from appearing for our own viewing - imagine what readers must think.

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      Linda Myshrallposted 12 years agoin reply to this


    2. Cagsil profile image74
      Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Besides, isn't Google frowning upon "automated" content? hmm

      1. Michael Willis profile image68
        Michael Willisposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        lol, good one!
        I am for doing away with the Forum and question widget on the Hubs also.

    3. C.V.Rajan profile image60
      C.V.Rajanposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with your views.

    4. Marisa Wright profile image90
      Marisa Wrightposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, yes, yes.

    5. Peter Hoggan profile image68
      Peter Hogganposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I totally agree and hope HP have their ears on.

    6. Susana S profile image94
      Susana Sposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Definitely agree on this. Those elements add no value to the page.

  2. sunforged profile image74
    sunforgedposted 12 years ago

    I dont think so, Cagsil, I dont think its a technical issue.. Hubs is good at search and technical stuff, but sometimes they are a little slow on the human/marketing factors. Having related, interlinking site navigation will always be a good thing technically and it does increase usability - but a site admin should make a value judgement as to whether EVERYTHING needs to be so visible - the forums do not fit my standard of what visitors should be exposed to and I have a feeling many authors would agree, even those who enjoy the forums for their own private entertainment.

    Here is an example: … s_-_Polish

    a nice "100" Hubs from the Best feed by a staff member

    related forum:

    dead end - spam - and thats in a tame category! - does that deserve to be linked a high value hub - no

    If they cant moderate and control those type of details they should cut it out until they can. It makes their site better an their jobs easier!

    1. Cagsil profile image74
      Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      But Sunforged, I recently removed the RSS feeds and the News feeds from my hubs and the traffic increase isn't from my views but outsiders.

      I don't believe in coincidences. wink

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        Sophia Angeliqueposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        This is interesting Cags. So did I.

  3. camlo profile image85
    camloposted 12 years ago

    I certainly wouldn't miss those widgets. Nor the FB one.

    1. MPG Narratives profile image59
      MPG Narrativesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Ditto, they serve no purpose as far as I'm concerned.

    2. Cagsil profile image74
      Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Actually, the Facebook widget benefits your readers, in more ways than what Sunforged is talking about. So, I disagree.

      1. camlo profile image85
        camloposted 12 years agoin reply to this


        1. Cagsil profile image74
          Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          They get to see all the other material of all the other people the writer is associated with. It's exposure for other people, who don't happen to be friends with the reader but are friends with the writer. wink

          1. camlo profile image85
            camloposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            Are you sure? When I read other Hubber's Hubs or my own, I only see the latest posts by my own freinds and myself.

            1. Cagsil profile image74
              Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              And, that's what YOU are going to see, but not the reader. wink

              Edit: It's based on Facebook and the reader at the time. smile

              1. camlo profile image85
                camloposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                Okay. I pretty much thought the readers would see their own latest posts and those of their friends.
                Is there anywhere I can read about this?

                1. Cagsil profile image74
                  Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                  Either on Facebook somewhere or in the Learning Center(maybe). smile

                  1. camlo profile image85
                    camloposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                    I'll have a look tomorrow - too tired now.
                    How did you find out, btw?

  4. lakeerieartists profile image64
    lakeerieartistsposted 12 years ago

    I have never liked the forums in the sidebar, should only be for logged in members.  Facebook I can live with, but don't love either.

  5. Haunty profile image76
    Hauntyposted 12 years ago

    LOL! Sunforged, you cannot be serious! God, How many times has this been asked and hubpages just won't listen. This is one of those thing I will never ever understand.

  6. lrohner profile image69
    lrohnerposted 12 years ago

    Standing ovation, Sunforged. smile

    1. Pearldiver profile image68
      Pearldiverposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      What an amazing amount of progress technology has made in 2 years! What an amazing amount of wasted space and opportunities have been wasted! What an amazing amount of good advice has been ignored over the same period! - Amazing!

      Dead Right SF... but then isn't the 'Content' 'adjusted' on our pages, depending on whether or not we are logged out and 'able to see' or logged in and blind? hmm

      I for one certainly could have Sold and Filled those slots on my page to advertisers and potential advertisers that I know personally - I would have been quite happy to split that revenue with HP.. Afterall, people in my country don't know HubPages.. Or the Problems that HP are currently having - Unless they read the Sidebars on my hubs... irrespective of whether or not yours is turned off! hmm

  7. Mutiny92 profile image66
    Mutiny92posted 12 years ago

    I'm embarrassed to say that I have never noticed that forum block before...

  8. Karanda profile image79
    Karandaposted 12 years ago

    What about the related hubs? I have one on saving a deposit for first home buyers and the top of the related hubs list is, 'How to knit your own dog'. Que?

    1. camlo profile image85
      camloposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I think that has something to do with tags (I read once, but don't know where). Maybe you could take a look at the tags on that Hub, and see if any are the same as the ones you're using on your Hub.

      1. Karanda profile image79
        Karandaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Easy to follow was in my title and the other hub has 'easy to follow patterns as a tag'. I've taken out the 'to follow' in the hope that it will be gone tomorrow. Thanks Camlo.

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 12 years ago

    I hope HP listens to your pleas more than mine - because I've started numerous topics about the inapporpriate forum topics that end up on hubs. I even send emails to them at 2 am when I see a sexually explicit topic on my kitchen accessories hubs. (They are always good about putting the salacious junk in the sandpit).

    How are these sexually-charged topics appropriate for an adsense driven hub? Seriously there are huge numbers of categories that I won't post hubs in because of the disgusting topics that show up on my hubs, if I do post there.

    I have been lead to believe that an association with FB is a good thing in Google's opinion. So if it is I'll put up with it. But I don't know that for a fact.

    Anyways good luck with your demands - I'm really glad that you brought it up again.

  10. Lisa HW profile image60
    Lisa HWposted 12 years ago

    I'm not a fan of the widget either.  It creates the impression that clicking on it may bring the reader to something worth reading; and then - voila!  Some useless forum  foolishness.  That thing always makes me wonder, "Why, on Earth, are you people sending anyone to the forums?"   hmm  A good number of the forum "categories" barely have anything in them.  The ones that do are  religion and politics (and the HP-related ones).  I just don't see much worth sending people to from Hubs.

  11. prettydarkhorse profile image55
    prettydarkhorseposted 12 years ago


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    EmpressFelicityposted 12 years ago

    Definite thumbs up from me as well.

  13. skyfire profile image82
    skyfireposted 12 years ago


  14. WebbyAvatar profile image58
    WebbyAvatarposted 12 years ago

    I too agree with the OP.

  15. Sufidreamer profile image81
    Sufidreamerposted 12 years ago

    Agreed - they are very unprofessional. I often use my Hubs as portfolio items, and I dread to think what potential clients think of some of the topics and questions. hmm

  16. frogdropping profile image80
    frogdroppingposted 12 years ago

    Agreed SF. I have a forum post 'I hate being knocked up' in the sidebar on my pregnancy hubs. It's been there for ages and I dread to think what that looks like, especially to women that have gone through IVF to become pregnant or want to be but are still waiting.

    On another (related questions) it's a Q about rodents, hardly related to the joys of pregnancy and childbirth hmm

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    ryankettposted 12 years ago

    I agree with this, in fact I would go further, far too many unavoidable page leaks and these in turn devalue our internal linking (part of the issue of course).

    I would remove the ask a question box, and instead place a small text link to 'ask ryan a question' beneath the contact and follow links.

    I would remove related questions. And I would possibly even remove the Facebook widget which is largely irrelevant. Then, I would limit every hubpage on the site to display the last 5 comments, with a 'View all' option.

    Reduce the page leaks, the number of dofollow links, and move that bottom ad unit closer to the content in the process.

  18. SunSeven profile image65
    SunSevenposted 12 years ago

    Bumping it up.


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