Can you report users for spam if they ask thousands of questions a day?

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  1. john.jackson profile image71
    john.jacksonposted 7 years ago

    Can you report users for spam if they ask thousands of questions a day?

    I have noticed that there are some users who spirt out the most random quesstions all the time and clog up the questions pages. They clearly have no interest in the answers and just make them for publicity and attention so that they can possibly recieve more followers and views in an attempt to make money. Would it be right to report them for spam or not?

  2. Dr. Wendy profile image62
    Dr. Wendyposted 7 years ago

    I thought we were only limited to 5 questions a day.  I've noticed some pretty bizarre questions though.  I reported one because it was, in my opinion, obscene.  I've seen several that bordered on it, and some that were just out-right stupid.  I'd like to report them, but I wasn't sure either.

    Update:  I just found this in the Help section:

    The Q&A feature allows you to ask other Hubbers to answer a question for you in the form of a Hub or brief comment. You can request a specific Hubber to field your question. When a Hubber has answered your question, you can receive an email notifying you.

    You can ask almost anything you like, provided it’s not adult, obscene, promotional, or in any other way in contradiction with our Terms of Use. Keep your question short and specific, and use the additional details section to provide more information. Good examples include:

    •When is a good time to visit Vietnam and why?
    •Where’s the best place to buy a used guitar?

    So, I am assuming that if it is promotional that we can report it.

  3. john.jackson profile image71
    john.jacksonposted 7 years ago

    Thanks that was my general feeling too. Much appreciated!

  4. MickS profile image70
    MickSposted 7 years ago

    I've always thought that there should be a membership qualification time before people can put up questions, and a requirement of at least 3 published, satisfactory hubs.  I think that there should also be a limit to the amount of questions, say 3 in a 24 hour period, and at least 2 hours between each question.  That may put an end to the inane questions as well.

  5. TimeToGoBeyond profile image60
    TimeToGoBeyondposted 7 years ago

    How is it spam if they are just asking questions?

  6. wingedcentaur profile image81
    wingedcentaurposted 7 years ago

    Don't report them. The HubPages staff knows all about them. You raise a perennial concern. I've complained about this myself and so have dozens of others. Many theories have been passed back and forth speculating about the motives of these question-spammers.

    But I think I"ve thought of a new one. What is English is a second or even third of fourth language for some of the question-spammers? What if they are, therefore, not that confident in their skills in the English language?

    If this was the case, then maybe we could say that believe they are practicing, in some way, their English by doing this. They do not feel confident enough to participate in the forums, and so they have the Q&A to practice with. There are all kinds of hidden motives for the things people get up to.

  7. Norah Casey profile image68
    Norah Caseyposted 7 years ago

    The questions may not necessarily be spam, but if they are low quality we don't want them cluttering up the site. If someone consistently asks substandard questions, we can put their account on probation and prevent them from posting any questions for a certain amount of time.

  8. melbel profile image95
    melbelposted 24 months ago

    I am one of the people you speak of.

    I do keyword research on each of my questions. Since many questions don't warrant a full hub with an extensive how-to, questions are a great format for getting traffic without writing a hub.

    Oftentimes as the question ages, I'll answer it myself or have my sister answer.

    There are several questions I've asked that I don't care to know the answer to or already DO know the answer, but I ask anyway for the sake of traffic and earnings.

 
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