The Tip Box: Another fun new feature!

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  1. Simone Smith profile image89
    Simone Smithposted 12 years ago

    Hullo everyone!
    A really neato feature just rolled out.  Have you noticed it yet?  SPOILER ALERT: We've added helpful tips to your Hubs!  These show up in the HubTool, right below the Add Capsule box smile

    There are several types of tips:

    General - General HubTool tips that may be useful for Hubbers at your particular level of experience
    Conditional - Tips that show up based on the types of capsules you're using (or not using) and other situational factors
    Announcements  - Updates on important HubPages things!
    Category-specific - Tips based on what sort of category your Hub is in (e.g. recipes, technology, personal finance, etc...)

    Clicking on the question mark by a tip will open a little lightbox with more information.  You can also click the little arrows to the top right of the box to toggle from one tip to the next (if multiple tips pertain to you), or the arrow to the top left of the box to minimize it.


    This new HubTool feature also involves making warnings much more convenient.  For example, if you upload an image that turns out to be pixelated, you'll see a warning on your Hub right under the tip box.  When you click on the question mark, you will get a more detailed explanation of what's up- and you will ALSO see the image that is pixelated.  Which is super awesome. 

    The cool thing about these warnings is that you don't just see them only AFTER you've published a Hub or saved a Hub as unpublished.  This is super convenient!

    And just a note about warnings for those who might find them alarming: Think of them as the red underlines that shows up under misspelled words- they're there to help, not admonish tongue

    Mad Props

    This is a really cool new feature. Really, really cool.  And so we should all thank the folks behind it.  Edward Zhang did most of the building- he has been working on this for quite some time and put a lot of thought and care into it, so when you're appreciating the attention to detail on this feature, you're appreciating the handiwork of the Honorable Mr. Zhang.

    Paul Deeds also directed the project, and added some of the really cool features such as the pixelated image showing up in the lightbox for that warning.  Paul Deeds, you are amazing. But we already knew that.

    More to come!

    We're still adding tips to the tip box, so if you don't see many, rest assured that more are to come (especially for veteran Hubbers, who will probably see fewer tips than newbies).

    If you have any extra tips you'd like to suggest we add, or want to thank Ed or Paul, or wish to point out a bug... well, that's what this thread is for! 

    Otherwise... carry on.

    1. Andrea Nelsworth profile image62
      Andrea Nelsworthposted 12 years agoin reply to this


      Using the new Tip box, I learned that my titles should be less than 65 characters - Google cuts them off after that. I had no idea that two of my titles were a little too long. (They were very specific titles)

      Thanks for the new Tips!

    2. HikeGuy profile image69
      HikeGuyposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Great. Stimulating to see all the evolution going on here. I've come back after time away freelancing full-time, and it's good to see so many tools geared toward creating better hubs. Kudos to everyone at work on all of these improvements.

    3. Just Ask Susan profile image90
      Just Ask Susanposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      This is a great new feature if I could just figure out where to find it. Can you please tell me how to get to this new tip box? I feel really stupid asking this question but I cannot find it. Thanks.

      1. Simone Smith profile image89
        Simone Smithposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        It shows up on its own- and we need to add more tips for advanced Hubbers such as yourself! When we do, you'll see them smile

    4. SimeyC profile image89
      SimeyCposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      On one of my recent short stories, the tip box told me 'don't give up your day job' - now that's what I call a great tool! LOL being serious - looks like a neat addition to the design process - thanks for being pro-active and improving Hubpages.

      1. Simone Smith profile image89
        Simone Smithposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Hahaaa!!!  I am so tempted to add that... just sneak it in... to mess with people... >_<

        1. Michael Willis profile image67
          Michael Willisposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Oh, that would be Awesome!!!  Like Nike says: Just Do It!

    5. fetty profile image67
      fettyposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I have three or four hubs with Dos computer language in the place of a picture or advertisement. At first I saw this on one hub now it is on the first three or four hubs. Also this same mumbo jumbo appears under the comments box. Please help. I don't know where else to place this request. I was looking for the tip box and didn't find any yet but I am getting concerned because more hubs are being affected. Thank you. Also, Simone , I think all of the new changes are for the good of the community. I thank you all for updating the site and trying to keep ahead of some of the more radical changes with Google.

    6. profile image0
      23nigamposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Awesome new features ... Thank you to ed , paul and other members of the team

  2. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 12 years ago

    Is this something we can see in non-edit mode?

    Sounds like a nice addition, especially for those just starting out. 

    Thanks guys and gal. smile

    1. Simone Smith profile image89
      Simone Smithposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Naw, It only shows up in the HubTool.  But we do hope it makes a difference!

  3. DzyMsLizzy profile image86
    DzyMsLizzyposted 12 years ago

    I have not seen this show up.  Is it on a phased-release, like the HP ad program was?

    Or, will it only show up on new hubs, not older ones being tweaked?

    1. Simone Smith profile image89
      Simone Smithposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      It is out now, though for those with many Hubs and lots of experience will see fewer, and they'll appear randomly.  We don't want the feature to be annoying (there has been much discussion of Clippy wink ) so we didn't want to blast the veterans with info.

      1. sid_candid profile image57
        sid_candidposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Hi Simone,
        I have checked 10 of my hubs but couldn't find this new feature. Can you tell where exactly to look for it?

    2. Ms Dee profile image86
      Ms Deeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      This is great and look forward to seeing them!  It is when in Edit mode and appears in the right hand column.

  4. manthy profile image59
    manthyposted 12 years ago

    That is cool - I haven't seen them all yet, I may have to update my browser to get all the new tools.
    Thanks for the info

  5. BlissfulWriter profile image72
    BlissfulWriterposted 12 years ago

    I'm not finding the TipTool box.  Can someone post a screen shot?  That would be helpful.   You can press the "Print screen" button on the keyboard to get a screen capture and paste into graphical editor and crop out any personal information.

    1. Simone Smith profile image89
      Simone Smithposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Here's what it looks like:

      1. darkside profile image67
        darksideposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        WARNING: This warning appears to contain a smelling pistake.

        1. cardelean profile image88
          cardeleanposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          lol lol  That was a good one!  I like the changes, very cool.

        2. travelespresso profile image68
          travelespressoposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          lol lol

          Great additions Hubpages team! Thanks.

  6. sunforged profile image72
    sunforgedposted 12 years ago

    ^lol, stole my comment - made a better joke then I would have come up with anyway.

    May I suggest some sort of jack in the box that shows up on "my account" or "traffic stats" page and pops up and says "Better Luck Next Time" or "Maybe, tomorrow" for the more advanced users? I think it may keep up morale. It would work on me.

    I kid, It looks like a really cool tool, Im going to go try it out now. smile

    1. Simone Smith profile image89
      Simone Smithposted 12 years agoin reply to this


      1. Twilight Lawns profile image73
        Twilight Lawnsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Instead of "clever" innovations, why doesn't somebody at HubPages have the good manners to answer when a message has been sent to them?  I have had one hub removed ("unpublished") because it is maintained that it is a copy... although the "original" was removed... and another still is marked as a copy although it never has been.

        1. Simone Smith profile image89
          Simone Smithposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Hiya Twilight Lawns! I take it you sent the email to the team? We're a bit overloaded right now, but we will get back to you as soon as we can.  Thanks for your patience on this.

          1. Twilight Lawns profile image73
            Twilight Lawnsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            Where did you get the idea I was being patient?  This has been going on for days and you or your "team" members haven't had the good manners to reply.  Would you just prefer it if I were to delete my attempted poet permanently?
            If that is what you require, how about letting me know?

  7. Peggy W profile image94
    Peggy Wposted 12 years ago

    Nice touch!  Do you guys ever sleep?  Haha!

  8. ripplemaker profile image79
    ripplemakerposted 12 years ago

    This is cool!  Hmmmm I still can't find it though...will wait for it to pop out??? LOL

    1. Simone Smith profile image89
      Simone Smithposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      It is pretty sneaky! And we still need to add more tips for pro Hubbers big_smile
      Keep an eye out for it!

  9. K9keystrokes profile image85
    K9keystrokesposted 12 years ago

    Nice work HP team! Thanks for the extra efforts to help make this the best site to write on.

  10. Matt in Jax profile image61
    Matt in Jaxposted 12 years ago

    Good job on the Tips box! Very informative.

  11. profile image52
    sansevenposted 12 years ago

    This is  cool! I like  this work!

  12. RedElf profile image87
    RedElfposted 12 years ago

    Nicely done guys and gals - and, as sunforged suggested, a random Easter Egg might not go amiss big_smilebig_smilebig_smile

  13. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 12 years ago

    now that would bring a smile instead of a hmm  or a mad


  14. Mrs. Menagerie profile image88
    Mrs. Menagerieposted 12 years ago

    Hey, this is really cool!  (Can I still say "cool" or am I dating myself here?)

  15. Just Ask Susan profile image90
    Just Ask Susanposted 12 years ago

    Have finally see the tool tips. This is fantastic and thank you HubPage team! Works great for me as so many times I will forget to do something. This is a great way to remind me to write a summary.

  16. MarloByDesign profile image79
    MarloByDesignposted 12 years ago

    Good to know that this is applied to older/current Hubs as well. Thank you! I hope to be a "Pro-Hubber" someday. One can only dream...

  17. BlueGlobal profile image59
    BlueGlobalposted 12 years ago

    This is going to be a great feature, I look forward to it!

  18. psycheskinner profile image79
    psycheskinnerposted 12 years ago

    From the title alone I was kind of expecting a 'tip box' would be a virtual tip jar for us to get donations....

  19. AliciaC profile image94
    AliciaCposted 12 years ago

    I discovered the tip box when I was editing a hub today. What a great idea! I think this box is going to be very useful.

  20. tlpoague profile image80
    tlpoagueposted 12 years ago

    This is a great feature...thanks!

  21. jponiato profile image87
    jponiatoposted 12 years ago

    Well, darn!  When I read the headline, I thought "Great!  They're giving us a widget where our readers can leave us a tip, like maybe from their Paypal account!"  Oh well, nice addition anyhow. 

    I guess.

  22. SunSeven profile image62
    SunSevenposted 12 years ago

    Just another variation of the gimmicks like suggest tags, title tuner, suggest links, etc., I guess.

    Its tiring.

    Lets roll back to the old HubPages, which was simple and effective.

    Best Regards

  23. leahlefler profile image95
    leahleflerposted 12 years ago

    Since I am a new hubber, I like the tip box. I haven't seen it pop up yet, but I really hope the jack-in-the-box low traffic one gets implemented. That would brighten up a low-traffic day, lol!

    1. workingmomwm profile image80
      workingmomwmposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I like that idea, too, leah, since my traffic has seriously been tanking lately!

  24. Rosie2010 profile image68
    Rosie2010posted 12 years ago

    The tip box is awesome!  I've seen it when I was writing a new hub and when I do some editing.  Very helpful.  Thank you Hubpages team!


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