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  1. Mbshine profile image61
    Mbshineposted 9 years ago

    UMMMMM...as a new Hubster let's see if i get this straight...

    Every word, period, and comma is original by me.
    Since I liven things up with dialog, everything I put in "quotes" to be grammatically correct gets flagged as "possibly non original content" stolen from someone else?


    I do some syndicated columns and had a network talk radio show for nine years, so if I use my own original material, or adapt or adopt some of my own ideas for multiple media forums, your Hub referees sort of imply that I am a plagiarist.

    I joined Hub because my with it, hip, techno savvy son felt I needed this type of forum to feed my fans and probably my ego...

    Frankly, if there is so little screening and actually reading of content by your Administrators and Monitors that the innovative, and creative bloggers are accused of stealing other folks stuff with no queries to the writer, or investigation of content, perhaps those of us of the Old School of genres and venues should just live the blogosphere to you young 'uns.


    1. Marisa Wright profile image98
      Marisa Wrightposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      As Jenny said, Mbshine, the "duplicate content" flag does not mean anyone is calling you a plagiarist.  It is simply an indication that the material already exists on the internet - whether published by you, or by someone else.

      For various reasons to do with search engines, duplicate content Hubs will not earn as well as content that makes its first internet appearance here. So HubPages warns you.

  2. pauldeeds profile image
    pauldeedsposted 9 years ago

    The reason we penalize duplicate content is because it is unlikely to get traffic from search engines and if it became prominent or pervasive it would actually hinder the original content on HubPages from getting traffic from search engines.  Search engines are a major source of traffic for our authors.  If you are simply quoting small amounts of "dialog" from other sources, and you feel you've been penalized unfairly you can request a manual review of your hub.

    All that said, we do not actually prevent duplicate content from being published, you just can't have promotional links in "duplicate" hubs, and your scores will be lower.   There is a fairly clear distinction on HubPages between the things we penalize for duplicate content based on our automated detection algorithm, and copyright infringements or plagiarism which is only penalized, all be it severely, if a proper DMCA complaint has been made.  One certainly does not imply the other.

  3. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 9 years ago

    My first hub quoted heavily from a speech by Robert F. Kennedy. It was flagged by HubPages but I asked for a review and they removed the duplicate content flag.

  4. Marian Swift profile image62
    Marian Swiftposted 9 years ago

    Historical Hubs are especially tough that way.  So far I've managed to skate around it by linking to a site with a full quote, or by using smaller snippets than I'd like.  Even then, I know I'm skating -- plus I end up having to count outside links carefully, even though they tend to be educational or nonprofit links -- and in any case it can make for an awkward Hub.

    Could a way be developed to get a Hub pre-tested prior to publishing (maybe via an algorithm rather than a human), to see if it's a potential flag magnet?

    1. relache profile image86
      relacheposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I save all my hubs in unpublished form once I finish them so that I can take a day off and then go back and re-read them and see if I want to change them or add anything.  If any of my content is questionable, I get system messages at that time and it's very easy to fix whatever is off so that the warning is gone by the time the hub is finally published.

  5. Marian Swift profile image62
    Marian Swiftposted 9 years ago

    Aaaaahh ... OK.

    The only warning I've gotten is one saying my Hub might be flagged as substandard (usually 'cause it doesn't have, like, words in it yet).  I never even thought about other warnings possibly showing up as well.

    Thanks, Relache!  One less thing to worry about.

  6. Inspirepub profile image78
    Inspirepubposted 9 years ago

    "Original" on HubPages doesn't mean you wrote it once, somewhere else, and you are the originator of it.

    It means the CONTENT is original, as in, originated here at HubPages. Never before seen anywhere - that's original content.

    If you are the original writer, that is not the same thing as the content itself being original. The CONTENT is what matters - it must appear here for the first time EVER, not be placed here by the person who first wrote it somewhere else.

    The loophole, of course, is that if your Hub is the content's internet debut, the duplicate content checker won't know about any previous offline publication, and it will go through unchallenged.


  7. Mbshine profile image61
    Mbshineposted 9 years ago

    well thanks ya all...I think I've got it....I was asked by a few folks today to update info on a hug I posted in July and I edited it and republished it....but then I decided to actually re-jiggle it with the new material on top as a whole new hub, so I'll see how that worked....

    virtually all the stuff I write appears here first...so we'll see if that solved the problem..