Sunday, July 5, 2015

This Week's HubPages Hypocrisies

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"People tend to make rules for others and exceptions for themselves." 

~ Anonymous 

1) Profanity used in the title (and URL) of some content on HubPages is okay. But if you object to having such an article show up on your page (in the "related Hubs" section), you will be punished.

2) A stellar Hub (or one edited by HubPro) can be 255 words now. Oh but not if you write it, only if the crack HubPro team has "edited" it.

3) Watermarked images are okay now. But not for you, the mere Hubber, only for the HubPro team of "editors" and "photographers." And if you keep asking in the HubPages forum, you will be ignored by Robin Edmondson.

The HubPages Rules and Recommendations (For Hubbers ONLY):

"To protect our community of writers, your Hubs must also comply with the Google AdSense Program Policy on Adult Content." Adult can mean: 
Inappropriate language . . . or profanity in the Hub title."

"Watermarked (or pixelated) images and videos on a Hub take away an author's credibility."
"...images (or videos) that contain watermarks are also prohibited. This rule applies even if they are your own photos..."

And on the Hub Content Rules and Guidelines, it clearly lists 
Watermarked or Pixelated as a "flag."

Finally, on the HubPages Wikipedia page it states: 
"The site encourages members to cover a specific subject creating what they call a "hub" with a recommended length of 1150 words or more."
In the HubPages Learning Center, the Elements of a Stellar Hub it recommends "a minimum of 1150 words of truly informative, well-written, useful content." Further along, this mantra is repeated in a heading which reminds Hubbers to write At Least 1150 Words with more blather about it.

Is it any wonder why I don't trust HubPages?

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