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NEW: Icon for possible violations in My Account available

  1. Jason Menayan profile image60
    Jason Menayanposted 6 years ago

    Hi all,

    Edward just built a new feature that will help you identify Hubs that might have violations of our Terms of Use with one quick scan of your My Account page. Several of you have asked for this feature, so thank you for the suggestions!

    The feature works this way:
    - go to the bottom of your list of Hubs on your My Account page


    - look for the Check for violations now button

    - the bracketed message to the right will give you an approximate time it will take for the system to identify Hubs with violations. Two things to note here:
    1. The time will NOT count down (even if you refresh the page)
    2. The ETA is only approximate. If it's off by more than a half-hour, there might be something wrong; otherwise, please exercise patience.

    - when it's ready, please refresh the page in your browser. You'll know that it's done when the button reverts back from Processing... and the "ETA" changes to "Last checked" with a date after you refresh the page.

    - Hubs with possible violations will show a little red skull next to them.
    For more details on the possible violation, view the Hub, and read the notification that appears in the black box at the top. Click on the warning for additional information to help you figure out what needs fixing.


    Please note that checking your Hubs this way will NOT share that data with the moderation team, so you do not incur any additional risk of being moderated by running this check. The appearance of a skull means we've detected a violation that our automated violation detector has noticed; we check and unpublish Hubs that have these sorts of violations regularly.

    Please also keep in mind that this is simply reporting what our automated violation identifiers are reporting; there is the possibility of a false positive (or false negative) since it does not involve a manual review. If you do see a violation warning but are certain that your Hub is not, in fact, violating our rules, please contact our moderation team so they can have a look and dismiss the warning if that's the case.

    This will help you identify possible violations before the moderation team does identify and moderate your Hubs, though, so we do recommend running this every now and then to make sure your Hubs comply with our rules.

    1. Ms Dee profile image87
      Ms Deeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      This is neat! Thanks for developing this tool. It will help me learn the HP guidelines better, I'm thinking smile.

  2. prektjr.dc profile image86
    prektjr.dcposted 6 years ago

    It only took a few minutes to run!  Very cool!  I would prefer to find any violations first and I can see this really being helpful!  Thanks!

  3. Glenn Stok profile image98
    Glenn Stokposted 6 years ago

    Wow, this is cool!  No little red skulls! Nice to know. Thanks Jason and Edward. I am sure this tool will help everyone set their minds at ease.

  4. WoodsmensPost profile image70
    WoodsmensPostposted 6 years ago

    Checked using my iPhone ( ETA: 3 minutes ) no red skulls to report

  5. sid_candid profile image61
    sid_candidposted 6 years ago

    Its not working for me. It shows ETA:6 minutes. I left it for like 25 minutes twice but still shows ETA:6 minutes.

    1. ezhang profile image
      ezhangposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Hi sid_candid,

      Did you try refreshing the page? Currently this feature does not update itself automatically, so you'll need to refresh the page manually to see updated information. I hope this fixes the problem for you.

      1. sid_candid profile image61
        sid_candidposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks ezhang, refreshing the page worked. Thanks for the great tool.

  6. Pcunix profile image92
    Pcunixposted 6 years ago

    I am surprised that worked so quickly.. No violations (not that I was expecting any).

  7. Len Cannon profile image89
    Len Cannonposted 6 years ago

    Haha, how intimidating. VIOLATIONS? THEN DEATH!

  8. FloraBreenRobison profile image59
    FloraBreenRobisonposted 6 years ago

    I wish I had read this before I tested my hubs and wondered why it was taking so long-refreshing. yes I should have done that right away. No violations on my hubs, I'm glad to say. That little red skull looks deadly

  9. Lisa HW profile image72
    Lisa HWposted 6 years ago

    I thought the little skull was kind of cute, but I was imagining - like - a zillion of them showing up.  I only got one (so, whew!), but now I have a question about "affiliate links" (I'll start a new thread, though).

  10. Marisa Wright profile image98
    Marisa Wrightposted 6 years ago

    Great feature!

  11. Rafini profile image90
    Rafiniposted 6 years ago

    Nice!  cool

  12. SimeyC profile image96
    SimeyCposted 6 years ago

    Nice tool - don't suppose we can have an option to sort by 'icon' can we - that would save me a lot of time scrolling through my hub list!!!

    1. Howard S. profile image87
      Howard S.posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      @SimeyC: You can accomplish nearly the same thing this way: From your Hub Statistics page, navigate to the fourth item at left (Hub Violations). That will list the culprits, but without the red skulls.

  13. Kangaroo_Jase profile image82
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 6 years ago

    Very easy to run and works on an iPhone.

  14. Denise Handlon profile image88
    Denise Handlonposted 6 years ago

    I'm always so amazed at the technical geniuses behind the changes here-updating and improving to make our lives easier.  Thanks.

  15. RedElf profile image88
    RedElfposted 6 years ago

    What a cool tool! Just checked mine (clear - phew!) and it was speedy and painless. Thanks HubPages! big_smile

    1. waynet profile image76
      waynetposted 6 years ago

      Cheers now! just tested it and found a couple that slipped through my butter fingers!

    2. sabrebIade profile image46
      sabrebIadeposted 6 years ago

      No violations!
      I have to say that this is one of the best apps you have come up with.

    3. Known4Hubs profile image61
      Known4Hubsposted 6 years ago

      Nice addition and hopefully will be useful after I post a hub!

    4. psycheskinner profile image82
      psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago

      It would be nice if the 'link to a forbidden site' warning came with the link highlighted (as with the 'broken link' warning).  I have one of these and have deleted several links without, as far as I can tell, finding the culprit. Alternatively, the system must be based on a list of forbidden sites, could that be made public?

      1. Jason Menayan profile image60
        Jason Menayanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        In the black box of the Hub, there should be a warning line in yellow. If you click that line, then some more explanatory text will come up, including a link that is triggering the warning.

        If you have questions on why it's prohibited or would like to appeal it, please send an email to team@ and they'll have a look.

    5. psycheskinner profile image82
      psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago

      Oh, I see. I had no idea that line was "clickable". I see my issue was with http://www.trendhunter.com which does kind of surprise me, but no bigee.

    6. shampa sadhya profile image82
      shampa sadhyaposted 6 years ago

      I tried to check the violation and I am sorry to say that after an hour also it shows processing ETA: 1 minute. I am highly disappointed. How long should one show patience? Various feed backs are quite satisfying but it did not work for me. What should I do?

      1. pauldeeds profile image
        pauldeedsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Currently, the processing status is not updated automatically in the page.  If you refresh the page you will see the update (once processing is complete).  This will be changed in the next site update, as it is a bit confusing.

        1. Andrew0208 profile image57
          Andrew0208posted 6 years agoin reply to this


    7. shampa sadhya profile image82
      shampa sadhyaposted 6 years ago

      Four days ago I was disappointed as I felt this icon is time consuming so I wrote against this icon. Well, now it worked for me in a very little time.
      Thanks for this nice feature.

    8. ezhang profile image
      ezhangposted 6 years ago

      Also, we now have a learning center entry for this feature:


    9. Ania L profile image84
      Ania Lposted 6 years ago

      Very useful feature, as someone mentioned - it's better to know if we violate anything before others smile
      I started to use it from the very first moment I joined.

    10. tirelesstraveler profile image79
      tirelesstravelerposted 6 years ago

      Tech team you are amazing. It took 1 minute to check my hubs.  Pointing out this new icon and explaining how to work it peaked my interest about other icons. While fiddling I found the summary icon and figured out how to write the summary.  HubPages is so user friendly.