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Rules for quantity of content are important, but not always

  1. rainmakerrain profile image71
    rainmakerrainposted 9 years ago

    I just received the following automatic message about my latest hub:

    "Your hub may not be in compliance with our publishing guidelines. Please review the message below, and correct the problem if possible. WARNING: This hub is in danger of being flagged Substandard"

    I hope a person, not a computer will decide whether it's a spam or normal hub. Quality should always come before quantity when judging any piece of art or writing. At the heart of the hub, for example, is an editorial cartoon, which I created to honor the last presidential debate and posted for the first time at hubpages. The written part of the hub is less important because the cartoon is supposed to speak for itself, and thus it's just a short paragraphs describing the cartoon.

    Or should I post 100 pictures of sweaty chicks below my cartoon to make a point about quality?  lol

    1. Hope Alexander profile image84
      Hope Alexanderposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Like my grandma used to say - when in doubt, ALWAYS post 100 pictures of sweaty chicks.

      1. rainmakerrain profile image71
        rainmakerrainposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        And your grandma might be right--sexuality is usually a more popular theme than politics. It could be a good idea to combine  both themes -- to make the average Joe more involved in politics and to get him to the voting booth.

        1. Hope Alexander profile image84
          Hope Alexanderposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Sarah Palin, anyone?

    2. pauldeeds profile image
      pauldeedsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Those warnings are automatically generated and they have no effect on the score of your hub or anything else.  They are there to try and guide authors in the right direction so that they can avoid getting smacked down by Maddie.  No action will be taken against your hub without a person looking at it -- you can just ignore the warning if you are confident that your hub will meet with Maddie's approval.

      That particular warning is being show based on the word count and the amount of other content on the page, and the fact that has outbound links.  You're right at the cusp in our current system, a few more words would probably remove the warning.  However it does point to some deficiencies in our current algorithm.  There are some small adjustments that I'll make at some point soon that will eliminate the warning on hubs like yours -- since objectively it probably should not appear (there is some content in your hub that we aren't counting properly).

  2. Lissie profile image79
    Lissieposted 9 years ago

    No the extra images won't help: because hubpages is complaining about the lack of words not images. Its not rally hubpages unfortunately Google is too stupid to parse an image and know what its about.  At the bottom below the comment I'd suggest you add a news feed about the candidates and maybe an eBay capsule or an RSS fee from a policitcal blog.  The cartoon is great BTW! The issues is  even being reported in Australia!
    Hubpages will probably over-ride the automatic flag if you email them and ask but adding more words will make google find your hub and it deserves to be seen!

    1. rainmakerrain profile image71
      rainmakerrainposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks - I added a news feed from NY times. Maybe I should think about adding some more original writing.

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    terrygposted 9 years ago

    Its been my observation that separate rules apply.

    One rule is that its quite ok to put up a hub on beautiful wives with no content or written word.

    The second, is that to the point hubs get flagged sub standard.

    Now based upon this supposition the question therein lies in the definition of what is substandard. Obviously beautiful wives of a particular country is standard and to the point hubs are substandard.

    Perhaps, and this is only my view, those looking at beautiful wives provide a greater market to generate revenue rather than those of us who would appreciate a satirical viewpoint.

    I believe we know what is substandard but from a business viewpoint, substandard is not what we believe.

    1. Misha profile image73
      Mishaposted 9 years agoin reply to this


      I believe hot chicks hubs receive the same warning - their authors just don't come to forums to complain about that smile


      As Lissie mentioned, the rule is here for a reason - if you want people to find your hub in search engines, you should provide search engines with enough information to decide what your hub is about. And search engines can't watch a cartoon smile