Just had an idea to add to this one suggested by R.S. Hutchinson. What if we could get private links that we could use to share a hub that is currently unpublished. Basically a way to show other specific people what we can see as it's being written without exposing it to search caching, the front page or ad placement.
I think this would be helpful for those looking to get some constructive criticism prior to publishing, or others who would just like to fill in another person on the exact status of a hub WIP.
I figure the best option would be a button that could turn this feature on and off for a specific hub on the editing screen, where it makes a copy of the in progress hub with a separate html link that can't be guessed easily and won't be indexed. Then if a writer so chooses, they can hit the same button to delete the copy, turning the feature off for said hub.
I thought this was a clever idea. There have often been times when people have asked for help with a specific unpublished Hub. But of course, the Hub in question was not available for anyone else to view.
I don't know whether your idea is practical at this time. But it did give me an idea that might work for the meantime, until some better solution is implemented.
That is, the Hubber of the unpublished Hub could take screenshots of the unpublished Hub (thus showing photos and spacing, as well as the text) and then make them available in some sort of document-sharing form such as Google Docs. Those can be given passwords, so the Hubber would have control over who would be able to see it/them.
It's not a great long-term solution, but maybe an acceptable temporary one until something better comes along?
I like this idea as well... to put it into another context, I have been asked to critique a few person's writings. I do my critques on actual paper, took a picture of the piece of paper and then relaized that I had no way to send it to them! (except via email which I prefer not to do) Grrrr!!! So if we could have the upload a picture button available in this that would be great.
It would enable for online creative workshops which is kind of what I have been trying to do with my "How To" series of hubs. The workshops could be started by a moderator (whoever wants to start it) and then people could sign up/sign out as they choose. And then documents, pictures and private hubs could be shared and critiqued accordingly wheather it's just two people, or ten.
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