Do you believe it's fair when your hub gets voted down based on personal beliefs?
I personally believe that if the article is well written and properly researched that personal beliefs dont matter. What do you think?
Of course that's how it should be. In almost all cases if I can't vote something up because I hate the content I just skip it. I caught myself recently voting down an article for the wrong reasons. I then vowed not to do that anymore. I also think people are voting down articles as a competitive tactic. The way to protect yourself is to somehow get traffic from outside of the site. They should regulate the vote downs a little better.
It would be good to know who is voting your stuff down.
I completely agree. Any form of writing should be judged based on the merits of the content and the authors dedication to it being informative and factual, not the personal beliefs of the reader.
It's my view that any hub that is well-researched and written, regardless of subject material, will receive an honest response by a respectful reader and those are the readers you want in your viewing audience. If someone votes something down based solely on a personal emotional reflection with no regard for the well-written and obviously researched product, first, you won't know with great certainty if that is the cause without a comment. I say, keep writing and writing. We aren't here for votes, we're here for a variety of reasons, but chiefly because of the passion to write and to keep at it until it shines with practice.
Google doesn't care about votes on a Hub. Like HubScores they are only internal and don't mean anything when it truly comes to getting an audience from the search engines.
If I disagree strongly with the belief, I usually don't read it anyway and therefore would not vote on it. For example, when I was hub hopping earlier, someone had a hub title that basically trashed the political party I am for. I just skipped over it, chalked it up to different opinions and moved on to the next hub. I don't think it is right to vote down simply based on personal opinion. In fact, I rarely vote down a hub. Most have some value and I don't believe warrant a vote down. However, I only vote up when I really like the hub and feel it was useful, well-researched and well-written.
Don't worry about it, nobody said life had to be fair, even on hub pages.
I'd assume it's fair (not necessarily right), in that its not just a single person's hubs that are being downvoted based on content -- it probably happens to everyone who writes hubs that express opinion. And to admit that this is unfair would also be to admit that it's unfair to *up-vote* a hub because you agree with its expressed opinions.
This being said, I can imagine it is quite discouraging to work hard on a somewhat controversial subject, only to have it down-voted because of your beliefs.
Personal beliefs and opinions are what drives the internet. That is why the credibility of what is read on the internet is always questionable and should be researched.
In regards to comments that are voted down because of personal beliefs; if one puts controversial information out there, then it is logical to expect to get voted down.
But the upside of getting voted down is that most likely the topic conjures different and diverse responses and comments making for a lively interchange of ideas.
I agree with you. I hate to see hubs or "answers" for that matter voted down because they don't like our opinions. I look for something well-written and if I don't agree with their opinions, I am free to stop reading.
Nope. I think people who let their personal beliefs control themselves are foolish and weak. They are not considering the facts and figures nor the possibilties or imaginative qualities. However, it is a part of their personality. Even so, our personalities can sometimes be controlled. Especially our beliefs.
I agree that articles shouldn't be voted down because of personal beliefs but the reality is, no matter how well written it is, most people aren't mature enough to put their personal beliefs aside.
Down votes don't matter. No one knows how many they get. If you are going on score that is a fallacy.
No I was going off of what I almost did. I didn't do it afterall, but I thought if I was going to than im sure other people must do it.
'Vote up' and 'vote down' are the mechanism for people to signify whether their beliefs jibe with those in the article or story. It's a drag when you get more down than up - especially where you think you may have kindred soul readers. Nonetheless, where the real interesting discourse lies, I think, is in the comments and conversations you create. It's an interesting question though. Facebook let's you 'Like' something, but not the opposite - there's a reason for that. They don't want to expose the negative... Should an 'opinion piece' be published with Up/Down buttons? Of course. Should a memoir or short story or poem? Maybe not a 'down' option. But when you wade into publishing your personal 'beliefs' you should expect a certain portion of your readers to disagree. Especially if your beliefs are about negating other people's rights - to communicate freely for instance, or to be treated equally by all.
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