Is HP still a writers’ community or a graphic artists’ gallery?
Recently I got several e-mails from firstname.lastname@example.org alerting me about pixilated images on my hubs that makes them substandard according to HP rules. With good intentions at heart, HP wants to improve my earning experience”. I have never signed up for Adsense or any other “money making machine”; NONE of my hubs are commercial and my settings indicates that clearly, so my earning potential on HP is zero – just the way I want it to be.
I am not a computer graphic artist, nor do I want to become one. The only reason I use some pictures is to illustrate a point and reinforce the main idea of my hubs and it takes me for ever to find and insert pictures.
I have seen extremely low quality content hubs with great pictures (mainly beautiful and half necked women) and I wonder about the real standards of HP writing community. Are we here to write or to decorate?
Thank you Rochelle I am totally handicapped when it comes to technical adjustments and I would not know how to make them half size, but I will try and see what happens. As for listening to HP well intentioned moderators I would think they should concentrat on content (which may bring them more money than pictures), but then again, who knows what their priorities are
Seems like to me that HP has lost their "customer service appeal" and "individualized, personal service", when you present your case in this manner. Have you taken up this issue with the staff? Have they blown you off, like they seem to do to so many around here?
They just ignored me, which I find unprofessinal and offensive. I guess I should count more on the help of great fellow hubers and less on the HP "customer service". Simmone (member of the HP staff) has a post on the forum explaining the Panda changes and she talks about some new (and I suppose not so expereansed moderators). Let's hope they learn fast...
I doubt if they 'ignored you', as you put it. They are snowed under just now. And everything you needed to know was in the learning centre, or all you had to do was ask on the forums. Don't really understand the rant.
Pixelated images look like as if they were of poor quality, so if you are going to use images then they should of good quality. Whether your interest is monetarily driven or not, and I take my hat to you for clearly stating your motive, low quality images, like low quality Hubs have a detrimental effect on the entire site.
I gues HP unpublished my poem (which by the way is part of 2 anthologies of contemporary poets published in English?!) because of a technicality I do not know how to fix. HP may chose to unpublish some more of my hubs, OR I may chose to delate them all. Up to the team!
Petra... sorry that you have had 2 sets of 'Helpful' Information that is about as helpful as a left ear on your elbow!
Michael knows and you should try what he is saying. Failing that Downsize your Large pics down to roughly Postcard size BEFORE you upload them to this site. You can do that by opening the picture and changing it's size with 'Paint' if you are on Microsoft.
I am Absolutely SURE That you do not need anyone who doesn't know your work, commenting on how to improve it!
Good Luck is right Pearldiver! I may try, but my frustration grows by the minute and I find it absurd that the team has nothing better to do, but to police the picture size and quality. Some of the best writers I met on HP have already left the site, some are publishing only occasionaly and I wonder if this type of harasement has anything to do with it. SAD!
Pearldiver is right and it is a simple fix. Take the original image file and open it in paint, Then on the image menu select resize. In the pop up window enter a revised percentage of the picture size and a new picture will be created in that size.
For example if you picture file is 500 X 800 pixels, enter 50% in the resizing boxes horizontal and vertical. Click okay and the new image will be 250 x 400 but it will also be sharper and cleaner.
How are you sizing your pictures? Some pictures are small and look better when sized in the "quarter size" within the photo capsule. I have a few pics that I have to use this way to keep from having the pixelated appearance.
My picftures are exactly how I find them at "photosearch" or "get images", my only sources. I know nothing about half size as opposed to full size and until a few days ago I had no idea what pixelated means
OK, when you are in edit mode on your hub, inside the photo capsule after your upload a picture, there is a drop-down box that you see as full size. Click the box and you see full size, half-size and quarter size. Click on quarter size and see the difference.
ok. I want to say this nicely - please don't misunderstand me - I'm not being contrary. However, I just want to say that everyone's complaints about HP's newest improvements (changes - whatever) leave me cold. I mean, if you want to use this site to showcase your writing (whether you make $ or not isn't the point) wouldn't you want to use all of its great features and learn how to use them? The instructions seem clear to me about how to make changes, how to design a hub in the first place so you won't run into troubles, and if you aren't technically proficient when you start here, I am sure you will learn fast. I hate to say it, but even though I've been here almost 2 years now (I think) I still have a lot to learn. You don't have to be a graphic artist to be able to make your hub interesting and appealing and use the images the way they show up best. Ok. I said it. I'm trying to be encouraging, not critical, believe it or not. I encourage you to go back and look at the very fine instruction pages HP has made for us - I did and I realize I missed some things before. Now I will go sit down and shut up again!
They are a little bit busy at present. I notice Jason seemed to be working all through the weekend, unless he logs on to wind people up just for fun in his free time.
That's meant to be a joke by the way. What I fail to understand is why they haven't pulled any of my hubs yet - a veritable treasure trove of miscategorised incomprehensible trash. I guess I don't have pixellated pictures.
Sorry for being flippant. We're all suffering here post Panda.
once again, the HP team has already answered those questions, all you need to do is a search for "pixelated image" or whatever other changes you need to make - and you can always email them, or maybe you already did that?
I did not know Micael and the rest were part of the team. When I wrote directly to the HP Team they did not respond to my e-mail so I guess we have to make the problem public for the team to show up. At least I know now what it takes to get an answer. Thank you team!
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