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Unfollowing inactive hubbers

  1. SmartAndFun profile image96
    SmartAndFunposted 5 years ago

    How many months of inactivity does it take for you to consider a hubber inactive? I have seen some say 4 months. What is it for you? 3 months? 9 months? A year or more? Just curious.

    1. Shadesbreath profile image86
      Shadesbreathposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I don't unfollow anyone unless they irritate me, which I think has been like twice. But then, I also turned off the emails that notify when everyone publishes a hub because I followed to many people in my first year here anyway. So, I guess my opinion is mostly meaningless here lol.

      I write comedy mainly, and it sometimes takes me 3 or 4 months to get an idea (rarely, but sometimes). If people jumped ship that soon, I'd be whistling in the wind. I guess if someone hasn't put anything up in a a year or so, that's probably an indication that they are done, or that they don't plan on writing frequently enough to be considered a regular source of entertainment for you though.

      Although, they still might write something, even two years later, and if it was brilliant, you wouldn't know because you unfollowed them, so, you'd have missed the very thing that made you follow that person in the first place. They could cure cancer and you wouldn't know because, for whatever reason, it bugged you to have them on the list. ??  lol. Just a thought.

    2. IzzyM profile image90
      IzzyMposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It is a good idea to go through who you follow periodically and remove the really low scorers that are inactive.

      Like a score of less than 35 or something, and no hubs for ages.

      There are plenty of people who have been inactive for the longest time, yet still have high scores so I would keep following them, but get rid of the 1s and 2s.

  2. PaulGoodman67 profile image97
    PaulGoodman67posted 5 years ago

    I don't think it matters a great deal.  But a link is a link is a link.  So I would be tempted to just keep inactive hubbers, as there is no advantage in getting rid of them generally.  Having said that, if their score is very low, I do get rid of them sometimes.  I really don't like spinners, spammers and plagiarists though.

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    Arlene V. Pomaposted 5 years ago

    You aren't obligated to follow anyone, and there are no "rules" on how you keep your list of followers.  I follow very few Hubbers.  I follow enough Hubbers to fill one computer page, and I think nothing of deleting and hacking my list when the mood strikes.  I made the mistake of following everyone when I first started HubPages last year, but now I know better.  I don't care about my Hubscore or theirs, and how active they've been on the site.  Or how, by keeping them, can help my stats.  I care about my sanity, so I'm not spending my time herding my followers like sheep.  It's not that you're going out to frequently have lunch with these people to discuss the business of writing.  Once you walk away from your computer or slam that laptop shut, that's it.  And that's online for you.  Which is why I keep my followers to a handful of writers and only read what I feel like reading.  But only if I have time.

  4. Deborah Brooks profile image81
    Deborah Brooksposted 5 years ago

    I will follow until you do something to me.. there has only been a few that I have unfollowed.. I like to give people chances..
    Most everyone are very nice in here..

  5. SmartAndFun profile image96
    SmartAndFunposted 5 years ago

    Yes, I agree, this is for the most part a very nice community. Some of the things people have gotten banned for have surprised me, because on another forum I used to visit, so any people were completely nasty. What the banned people have done here is nothing compared to what forum members were doing at the other site.

    As far as unfollowing inactive hubbers, It's nice to hear many hubbers don't feel the need. I kept reading about it in the forums and thought it might somehow help me. But, I know that I have started at HP and then stopped for almost a year - twice - and when I came back I was glad most of my followers were still there waiting for me. So I will give the inactive hubbers I follow the same coutesty and chance to reappear.