I have been writing about a popular substance called herbal incense, it has been around for years, but just coming publicly known. . . Is there a reason it is coming up as Alcohol, Tobacco, Weapons, Or gambling? I don't see how reviewing something like that is against the rules, i'm not promoting any certain brand or anything...
In many areas, "herbal incense" is subject to the same laws as tobacco. Many of the products are ridiculously dangerous and made by individuals who have no idea what the possible side effects of inhaling some of those "herbs" may cause. (Other than a mild high)
Please take this as constructive, not destructive. In fact, I almost feel the need to apologize for saying this.
I've just reviewed some of your hubs and the reason they come back as needing revision likely has nothing to do with subject matter and everything to do with grammatical errors such as run-on sentences and such. Lately, Hubpages has recognized the need for quality writing and hubs considered poor quality will be flagged.
Do take the time to edit your work before posting. If I can help, do a quick edit for you on one to show what I mean, I'd be happy to do so.
Again, please take this in the spirit it is intended. Lynda
HubPages rules are designed to protect our Adsense accounts, and so they have to prohibit anything which Adsense might view as prohibited. The filter errs on the safe side, because none of us wants to lose our Adsense account.
That sometimes means the rules seem dumb, because frankly Adsense's rules are dumb in many cases.
Adsense uses automated filters to decide what's "illegal" and they can't read context - so all they can do is look for "naughty words". That's why you can't write a serious academic article on sexual health on HubPages: Adsense's filters only see the "rude words" and will penalize it as porn. One Hubber even had a Hub unpublished for using the word "butt" (she was talking about a water barrel...). Pathetic, I know, but that's just the way it is.
So I'm guessing inhaled substances of any kind are counted as Tobacco or Drugs.
Melissa - Yes that is why i have been writing on the side effects, i feel people should know what it is.
Immartin - Yes i have been working on my grammar. Which i know i am horrible with but i am re learning it all and do not frown on my mistakes. I can only improve and try to improving my quality. If no one told me what was wrong i would never know. So thank you a ton
Marisa - Yes this i am beginning to figure you, i sent in a letter asking for a response as to exactly why. Even marijuana i have wrote 6 articles on and do not want to publish them if they are against the rules. Even though i came from California where it is legal. Which is where i learned to grow and everything else i would like to share.
Lynda what a kind reply It is refreshing to feel your kindness in words. Discernment nice. love, skye
"Herbal incense" is used as a ephemism for a range of unregulated psychoactive substances (e.g. artificial marijuana, "spice") tied to a number of adverse reactions shown by teen who bought it over the internet. I can see why Adsense would be blocked on a hub with this subject. It may not be illegal yet but it has chemical properties identical to those of illegal drugs. Hubs may not even promote booze, so this is bound to be prohibited. It is not about legal or illegal, it is about their image.
Freedom of speech i figured you could write about anything
Freedom of speech does not exist in business.
If you want freedom of speech, start your own website - otherwise, if you write on someone else's site, you have to accept their rules.
If you want to use Adsense you have to follow their terms of service, no sex, gambling or drugs.
If you want freedom of speech you can turn ads off.
Do you know if Xomba allows you to write on subjects such as these? Or can i host my own website or something? Or is it about the point of the adsense account?
Very true i am getting my current door in the face right now lol
Now that does not seem like an issue, how can i turn ads off? will hubpages still let me publish it?
If you edit the hub on the right there is a tab called 'settings' with a drop down menu you can set to 'none'. I know that opts you out of adsense for that hub. I haven't tried it myself so I don't know if hubads still has some stuff the don't allow, but it should opt you out of the adsense issue at least.
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