I am not advocating major filtering, but rather some very basic filters to address the most egregious hubs.
How about length? I don't know what the right number of words would be, but I suspect 6 words is too few:
How about percentage of words misspelled? This would hopefully ID foreign language hubs:
It would also ID the poor spinners who can't get the spacing of their words right.
I would aim for 30% or 40% misspellings against the english dictionary.
I hope that these suggestions will help HP stop the spam that is still quickly coming into the site.
BTW - both of these hubs were published today.
I couldn't agree more with you, Mutiny92, in theory - and I am sure a huge majority of Hubbers will feel the same. I have thought of this myself, on many occasions, but sadly a reality check has always kicked in. I know and acknowledge that you suggest only limited auto measures and I promise I am not being negative but there are some points we have to consider:
- An extensive software system would have to be developed and implemented to automatically filter out the potential Hubs that are deemed to be substandard. I am no software engineer but I imagine this would be a time consuming and costly business.
- I know from forum posts that Hub Pages have taken on two extra staff who have the sole (or at least major) remit of identifying and addressing issues with substandard Hubs. How many more would be required to perform a task of the magnitude we are considering, as surely certain Hubs picked up by the auto filter would merit at least manual review and within a reasonable timescale?
- I may be wildly off the mark with this last one and may very well have got it from a dream one night (seriously!) but there is something deep in the back of my mind, niggling away, that tells me sites like Hub Pages, Squidoo, Helium, etc have to be open publishing platforms in order to retain a certain status and comply with certain regulations online. Like I say, this may be one hundred percent inaccurate and I wish I could remember where I got this idea from. Maybe someone can enlighten me as to the facts??
Great point and post. Very valid and thought provoking.
PS - I did not click on the links - I didn't want to grant them page views!
How about a filter that picks up when a hub has no words at all? I've seen plenty of those...last I heard this was a writers' site, not Flickr.
Gordon, I suspect they have the ability already as they count words for the 50/1 rule and filter for words in prohibited topics.
Of course, the 50/1 rule is not working 100%. I hope it is just a software glitch in the system.
by Carolee Samuda 5 years ago
I was hub hopping and had to flag a few hubs for being substandard (word count). One hub had exactly 10 words and 2 photos. There should be a way the system prevents you from publishing a hub like that except if it's in the poetry section.
by Dan Harmon 7 years ago
Along with the Google effect lately I've seen a lot of forum posts about spam, and every time I hub hop it is obvious that there is a lot submitted here of both spam and simply substandard hubs.I would suggest that the following rules apply to the first 5 (or 10 or 20?) hubs by any new...
by Lena Kovadlo 5 years ago
One of my friends who is a poet had created a Hub Pages account in hopes to share her poetry with others. She published a number of poetry hubs that included her poetry and appropriate images but they became unpublished with warning messages. I don't remember what they were exactly but I do...
by Audrey Selig 6 years ago
Is there a way to exclude hubbers who do not have idled hubs from the 24 hour review for new articles? This may be the wrong place to enter this request, and maybe it is an impossibility. It would be nice if staff could facilitate the process of newly written material.
by Kenneth Fronda Antolin 6 years ago
My four hubs were marked as substandard. Why?? I have published it couple of months ago.Please help me to fixed it.
by anish92 7 years ago
Though I don't write too many Hubs, hardly a day goes when I don't spend a quarter of an hour on my HP account, because I think it is the coolest publishing platform ever.So I get very annoyed and hot when I find totally worthless hubs with content which has obviously been spun with an automatic...
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