Time for an Intervention

Jump to Last Post 1-5 of 5 discussions (6 posts)
  1. Bill Yovino profile image88
    Bill Yovinoposted 6 years ago

    Dear Hubpages,

    It has become evident to everyone who knows and loves you that you have a problem. We've stood by you through your growing pains but the sudden outbursts of extemporaneous changes that have diminished the hard work of dedicated Hubbers has to stop. I think the problem may be drug-related and a 12-step program might be indicated.

    Step 1: Stop taking whatever drug it is that you're taking and build a test environment that is completely separate from your production environment. You may have one, but evidently it isn't being used properly.

    Step 2: Run extensive tests of changes on the test system to determine feasibility and to churn up any unintended consequences of all new features.

    Step 3: Follow industry standard best-practices. For example, auto-play videos have been deprecated and should be avoided.

    Step 4: Remember that your business is built on the content provided by Hubbers. Listening to them and addressing their needs is critical to Hubpages' success. Without Hubbers you have no business.

    Step 5: After exhaustive testing, invite Hubbers to opt-in for beta-testing on the production system. Hubpages staff and Beta-testers should have panel discussions as needed. Something like Skype could be used.

    Step 6: Listen to the beta testers and address their concerns and suggestions, before putting the changes into full production. Fully communicate any issues that may impact existing hubs to all hubbers.

    Step 7-12: Use common sense.

    Remember, we love you and want you to succeed. Just say "No"!

  2. relache profile image85
    relacheposted 6 years ago

    Given the length of time I have been a part of this site and all the beta tests I've taken part in, I second everything that Bill is saying.

  3. Marisa Wright profile image96
    Marisa Wrightposted 6 years ago

    I third it.

  4. Angie Jardine profile image77
    Angie Jardineposted 6 years ago

    I would fourth it but that would be just being silly.

    Having said that it just might be that Bill's suggestions would answer my recent thoughts that HP is breaking down in some way. No earnings/multiple bugs in the posting system and falling traffic ... is this the end of HP as we know it?

    1. Bill Yovino profile image88
      Bill Yovinoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      After going through numerous threads on the HP forums, I've come to the conclusion that these changes are knee-jerk reactions to the sudden downward trend of hits from Google. I have a feeling that Hubpages staff are pulling out all stops to try and stem the bleeding. The problem with that approach is that it leads to unintended consequences, many of which can exacerbate the problem.

      I know that many of the recent changes have greatly reduced the usefulness of some of my hubs. For example, I have hubs that display screen shots containing critical technical data. The users can no longer enlarge these images and so can't benefit from the information that I provided.

      Hubpages needs to chill out, reverse the layout changes, and take a hard look at what needs to be done in order to get back into Google's good grace.

  5. melbel profile image95
    melbelposted 6 years ago

    I'd like to see more strict moderation, personally. Of Google wants quality, we should show it to them. In the meantime, each hubber can do something to improve the overall site by fixing up their own hubs. I've got some hubs that need a little work that I am going to work on. smile

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)