Report: Content Filter may need Tweaking.

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  1. Michael Willis profile image78
    Michael Willisposted 7 years ago

    A suggestion for the HP Staff.

    I read Paul Deeds post completely. I noticed the part about the filter and about the warning of a hub being associated with content not allowed.
    1. If your hub is not in violation, you can ignore it.
    2. If in violation...receive e-mail.
    3. Not fixed, kaputz...its gone.

    Great. I can understand all of that.

    The issue is when the warning is so off based that it raises concerns and tempers with Hubbers.
    From the warning I just saw on a hub I believe you should take a close look at your filtering settings.
    EX: My Super Bowl Prediction hub has a warning that my hub was about "Abdominal Exercise Programs." in the world could the hub be about that??? Really?

    See if you can find it, because it just isn't there. lol

    If there ever is anything on my page, it would have to be in an Ad by either Adsense or HP Ads. Not my issue then.
    False warnings will only add to stress, not just for hubbers, but to HP staff from the posting threads and e-mails because of this.

    So if there is a way for you to "adjust" or fix the filter it would be beneficial to all.

    Thanks for reading. This post is to show you an issue I found with the filter and a suggestion.


    1. Simone Smith profile image92
      Simone Smithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the feedback, Michael Willis!  The filters are actively refined and updated, so hopefully there won't be much inaccuracy as time progresses, but there are certainly going to be plenty of false positives. 

      The warnings may seem alarming now since they're new, but I think that as we all get used to them, they'll be more like general warnings that, if not relevant to our Hubs, we can simply ignore big_smile

      As an amendment to that statement, you should not actually ignore the warnings - if a warning indicates that you're Hub is in a restricted area and contains affiliate links, it will be unpublished in two weeks.  If you have questions about the matter, do email

      The one time it is OK to ignore these warnings is when your Hub is not in a restricted area and when the description in the warning does not match your Hub, which is what happened in this case wink

      ... Though it does help to let us know that the filters seem a bit off, so thanks again for pointing this out, Michael!

      1. Michael Willis profile image78
        Michael Willisposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for responding Simone. I figured a heads-up on possible glitches, even with the filter would help you all fine-tune the settings.

        It is just weird the filter would automate such a warning when it is not even close to the suggested violation.

        Now...if it mentioned puppies and water...I would have just e-mailed you!! big_smile

        1. amalloy profile image78
          amalloyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          For what it's worth, the content filters were "alarmed" by how often "6" and "packers" occurred nearby each other - it's worried you might be talking about "six-pack" abs, get it?

          Wrong, obviously, but a funny insight into the way computers think. I've gone ahead and told it that Packers are nothing to do with six-packs, so your hub no longer has a warning.

          1. Michael Willis profile image78
            Michael Willisposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            LOL, you're right. That is funny. Thanks for that.  It is strange how a computer can associate words, since it is not human and has no understanding as to what is really being said.

            Thanks...Especially for explaining the "Why" behind the warning.

          2. wilderness profile image98
            wildernessposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            lol  That one made me laugh out loud - thanks for the explanation.

            It not only gives a hint of insight what you guys and gals are fighting when designing filters and such, but also gives a little indication just why some of these automated messages should be ignored.

            A question, though - am I right in that a filter will "flag" a hub, leaving a message to the hubber, but that unpublishing it will require a human to check?

            1. Michael Willis profile image78
              Michael Willisposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              I laughed after I saw the warning and thought about it first! 
              Remember the old internet filter software...nanny something? I think it was way back in late 90's. It would block you from typing words that even had consecutive letters that could be related to bad language. couldn't just delete the software either!!!

              1. wilderness profile image98
                wildernessposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                I never ran across that.  Probably a good thing as I don't have much patience for that sort of thing.  After the explanation, though, I just find your warning funny as heck - it's the kind of unforeseen thing that happens and all you can do is shake your head and move on.

      2. Michael Willis profile image78
        Michael Willisposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for the Amendment Simone. That is important. LOL, I am too old to think about 6-pack abs anyways. The only 6-pack I would even consider is of the liquid kind. wink

  2. profile image0
    Multimanposted 7 years ago

    I hope we can ignore, but the filter is working even when all you have put in is the title to the Hub and have not yet in its unpulished state added any text capsules.  One I got said an affilaite warning the title was all there was about being allergic to dog food, later I put text in I dont see the warning today, so I guess I can ignore since there are no affiliate links and its about allergies, the other had wanred I was into adult material becuse the title had the word Human Body in it.  For us 2 and 3 month old hubbers these warning are alarming and stress full.  Especially the affilate warning ones when you havent even wrtoe anything yet.


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