I would appreciate some thoughts on a conundrum I (am likely to) have re an existing Hub.
I am being deliberately vague but I learned today that I have a Hub on a place which may very soon no longer exist due to that all too familiar story - the financial crisis. I know that to leave my Hub in place as is would be unethical (unless a magician pulls a rabbit from a hat very quickly!) and there is no way I will do that if it happens but the way I see it, I have three options and I'd be grateful for any opinions regarding what I should do.
1) Leave the Hub published but amend it to very prominently include what has happened
2) Unpublish the Hub for now and hope that longer term something will be sorted out
3) Delete the Hub and reluctantly accept it as a fact of life
The information I have been given is that the end of March is the big D-day.
Thanks for any opinion and help you can offer.
Well I think I'd update it with details about the demise, what it means to you and why you feel you should keep the article active as a memorial to the 'place'.
Of course without knowing the exact details it's hard to say if this is appropriate or not though!
Thanks - the only reason I'm being vague is the "no self-promotion in forums" rule. I tend to observe it to the paranoia stage!
It's a three hundred year old place that I stay at on many of my fishing trips. I was thinking of your suggestion as my best option.
Out of interest - is it actually a pretty popular place? If so there may be an opportunity here - update your hub with information about the pending close, and then list and explain the reasons why this place is an important part of heritage - talk and interview some of the people you meet there and then campaign! Send it to your local TV - you may just get a TV interview and plenty of press....and even better, you may find that someone out there may come up with the funding required to save it!
Hi, Simey C
Great ideas! I am going to bear your suggestions in mind when I hopefully go up there next month. Problem above all else is that they probably don't know I'm aware of their difficulties... (Local told me as a long time visitor...)
I obviously need to be careful but thanks for the tips and great suggestions.
It sounds to me like the most ethical and honest thing would be to handle it via option one. You might even turn the impending doomsday thing into part of the hub's content thrust. For example, if you're writing about a great restaurant, you can use the economy as a lead-in to discuss the struggles businesses have, and the loss of favorite hangouts that many communities have faced. Then use your subject matter as an example of a potential loss.
I'm not sure I addressed the type of thing you're referring to (you did a good job of being vague!), but the above suggestion is what came to mind. Let us know what you decide to do.
Hi, Marcy and thanks
Yes, you're spot on. I was maybe a little bit more vague than I meant to be!
I'll certainly update with the ultimate outcome and my decision.
For what it's worth, I've still got traffic to stale articles from 2007 where I've put a disclaimer in the introduction saying this article was posted on such-and-such a date, and circumstances have changed, but I'm leaving them up as an archive. (I think I worded them better than that)
So I'd say just update the pages so that it's clear they're referring to the past, not the present, or rewrite them to reflect the present. What's the worst-case scenario? Only that the page may stop getting traffic.
Remember that publishing and writing got along very well for many centuries even though books and journal articles become outdated.
1) Leave the Hub published but amend it to very prominently include what has happened.
And what SimeyC said.
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