I just checked the tag 'writingcontest' and people are already publishing hubs! The contest starts March 31, 2011 - you're way too early. More than 200 hubs have already been published.. am I missing something? Stop folks, you need to wait
I agree the contest page is very clear. It's up to 250 hubs now with the tag. And we wonder why the hubteam has a problem cleaning up the site. At least by scanning the titles I know the topic I picked hasn't been done, lol.
It is not because the start date is only mentioned in the legal text, not clearly at the start. A temporary message that it's in April would have prevented this.
Furthermore, 250 hubs have been posted by now for a contest that hasn't started yet. Many have understood it, but quite a few also haven't. If 250 (!) hubs have been mistakenly posted then something was not clear enough.
By the way, is this proof by assertion or so? What is happening now shows that is wasn't clear enough.
I think the sudden appearance of a contest link may have to do with this: people think a contest is going on and they start contributing. So next time, put the start date also in the human text, not just the legal document at the end.
I disagree. The rules are clear for the majority of the people but if you open the contest page, where does it mention the start date of the contest? It's totally at the end and 'April 2011' is in the page title. How many people do you think really pay attention to the legal document at the end?
The contest page is good but as a company you can't fully blame 250 mistakenly published hubs on the stupidity of your users. If the number was far less then okay but not with 250 hubs, then there's a communication error somewhere.
Contest begins at 12:01 P.M. (PT) on March 31st, 2011, and ends at 12:00 noon (PT) on April 29th, 2011 (the “Promotion Period). Cash prizes (the “Prizes”) will be awarded (the “Awarding”) to the eligible entrants with the winning entries in accordance with these Official Rules.
It says to read the instructions! Hubpages cannot be blamed for people who fail to read through the end. It's common sense to read something before committing to it. If people can't do that for themselves...how is anyone suppose to feel bad for them? AND the fact that is says APRIL 2011...I mean really....they should at least be able to know what month it is currently.
Well, the facts show that 250 hubs are published. You could claim that your contest page is perfect and blame it on others but if I worked at HubPages, I would write this down and learn from it for the next contest.
It's important for a company to get its communication right.
It is not the company's responsibility to hold every individual hubber's hand to make sure they fully understand everything. While we would all like a good bed time story and to be tucked in every night, eventually we have to learn to fall asleep on our own.
Everyone on Hubpages is an adult and should be responsible enough to be accountable for their actions. If this means they miss out on submitting their articles for the contest...that's not the fault of the Hubpage staff. Sure, sometimes people overlook the fine print..it happens but it certainly isn't the fault of the company that wrote it in the first place. Things happen and perhaps these hubbers will simply learn from their mistake and just write more contest articles when the time is right.
even though it says clearly, Here is a brief summary of the rules, but please read the full Official Rules at the bottom of this page before starting, since you are bound by their terms by participating:
What do you mean, the human text? It is clearly stated at the top of the official rules when the contest begins.
Actually Simeon is right. It doesn't state until you get to the terms of the contest when the contest runs. No mention of the date is given until then and we all know that we are guilty of skimming and not reading the full thing if we get excited and want to jump in to the contest.
However, the full post should be read if you are interested in writing hubs for the contest. I just hope hubpages brings out a clarification on it.
I totally agree! To even be rolling out a contest with all that is going on with the Google slap, fixing the site, moderating all the hubs that have been flagged during the Google slap, how can anyone say it is their fault that a hubber didn't read the fine print.
It is out there for everyone. Not only on the contest page but on the blog about the contest too. So, it isn't the hubteams fault it is the fault of the user. Could it have been mentioned earlier in the contest page? Yes, but it is not the fault of the hubteam. They should be commended for even wanting to have a contest during these stressful times when they already have enough stressors to contend with. Cheer them on for wanting to add to the site by having a contest where you can show off your skills as a writer on any topic you choose.
The ones that are at fault are the writers who are already submitting hubs for the contest and posting on facebook to have people come here and vote for them. They have no clue.
I agree! They are offering some outstanding prizes too. They have to be very overwhelmed with the whole Google thing too but this is a contest that will help bring spirits up and I love that we can write about what we want this time.
Look, I see room for improvement here and if you don't agree that's fine. I'm not critizing HubPages for doing a bad job. Organizing a contest is a major effort and this is, in comparison, only minor. I'm just pointing this out and if HubPages reads this then they can decide what to do with the next contest.
I'm glad you pointed it out, as a nice clearer entry start date needs to be clearly visible right at the top of the contest info for those who skim the details!
But having said that it's a minor detail that has probably been overshadowed by everything else like dealing with hubpage violations and the ad program and everything else on top of that...so let us hold hands and start writing great hubpages and praise Jesus! (Ok maybe not praise Jesus! lol!)
Does anyone remember the exact date the contest was published? I think it was maybe about 10 days ago, but some of the hubs in the contest feed were published 3 weeks or more ago. One was published 5 months ago! So it's not just the contest start date they missed.
The blog entry is from the 17th of March and the contest page popped up a couple days before that. There was a thread about it here a bit before that because someone posted on a forum other than hubpages about it~~if memory serves and it doesn't most of the time now I believe it was tweeted. At the time of that entry the contest page still showed information on the last contest that went on.
That is what I would guess Izzy. So, yeah they missed the point entirely that these had to be new hubs or did another contest happen with the same tag and that is what we are seeing and not truly hubs that were created for this contest?
I believe I saw somewhere yesterday in the forum that the writing contest logo pic had to be in the hub as well as tagging it. I haven't looked at any of the hubs that that link brought up so now I'm wondering? Of course the ones posted just within the last two weeks would be for the new contest, I guess, but could the older ones relate to a former contest?
I don't think they used those tags before else we'd be seeing a lot more real contest hubs in the feed. I think its a new tag each time. So it's just more folk (numpties) that don't understand the rules even though they are printed there in black and white for all to see.
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