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Guidelines for Reporting Hubs

Updated on December 30, 2016

How You Can Help HubPages

We have have been working really hard to make sure that HubPages continues to be the best place to publish online.

In order to maintain a high standard, we have to moderate Hubs that do not adhere to our publishing standards and terms of use. Although we have a team of people working on this, some Hubs pass through our filters. This is where you come in!

If you're reading a Hub and notice any of the issues discussed below, please report it and our moderation team will review the Hub. We greatly appreciate all the help from fellow Hubbers that report Hubs that are against our Terms of Service!

More Ways to Help

By Hopping and rating Hubs, you can help us do a better job at determining what should be Featured on our site. Though some mediocre Hubs aren't bad enough to be moderated, they are bad enough to not be featured due to low quality ratings given to them through the Hub Hopper.

When to Report Hubs

No one likes to see spammy, offensive, and inappropriate content on HubPages and we need your help in keeping the quality of Hubs as high as possible. All you need to do to help is click the "report this Hub" link, as shown below, on any Hub that you feel should be removed from HubPages for any of the following reasons:

  • Overly Promotional: Includes more than two links to any one domain; links to the same domain in the body of the text and in an RSS feed; has short "teasers" with links to "read more" at another site; links to sites/pages/Hubs that are unrelated to the Hub's topic; includes links to a page that contains largely the same content as the Hub.
  • Overmarketed/Poor Links: Promotional links that are difficult for users to navigate, e.g., sites that contain pop-ups or pop-unders; affiliate links in subject areas with low quality content (weight loss, acai berry, forex); and links to eBook sales and lead capture forms.
  • Adult/Mature: Nudity, sexually explicit content or links to adult or pornography sites
  • Gambling/Alcohol, Drug, Weapon Sales: Promotes gambling, alcohol, drug, or weapon sales or links to sites that promote or offer these items.

When NOT to Report Hubs

  • When images lack attribution information (this is not a violation)
  • When an image has been used in violation of copyright (we cannot typically verify this, so it is up to each Hubber to ensure he or she is using images properly and to accept the legal ramifications of violating others' copyright)
  • When you don't like the opinion shared in the Hub
  • When you think this Hub is just not a very good article (though it is not bad enough to be considered Overly Promotional or Poorly Structured)
  • When the Hub is unattractive (e.g. all bold or all underlined), but its unattractive does not technically interfere with readability
  • When a Hub is potentially duplicate but more than a week old. We can rarely act on duplicate reports on Hubs more than a week or so old unless the content copied from a given external site has a clear date stamp (We can't be confident about whether the Hub was copied or copied from without it).

  • Low Quality: Hubs that are empty or nearly empty; purely personal; awkward or difficult to read formatting; broken links, images, or videos; watermarked or pixelated images (see examples to the right); excessive Amazon Capsules; comprised of text that already appears elsewhere on the web; contributes nothing new to an already heavily saturated topic; links to sites that are difficult to navigate; or promotes dubious products or offers.
  • Spun: Hubs that have been reworded by using an article spinner or automated translation tool; are nonsensical and difficult to read
  • Deceptively Tagged, Titled, or Categorized: Contains misleading title or tags that don’t match the Hub’s content; includes irrelevant, or excessive tagging, and keyword stuffing; or is improperly categorized.
  • Not Written In English: Primarily written in a language other than English
  • Duplicate: You believe the text content of this Hub was copied from another Hub or source.
  • Personal Attacks or Hate Speech: A Hub that attacks individuals or groups in a Hub or in the Comments Section of the Hub.
  • Other: Violates the HubPages Terms of Use in a way other than those listed above

What *is* a Pixelated / Watermarked Image, Anyway?

A pixelated image is a smaller image made to display at a size that is too large. It appears grainy.
A pixelated image is a smaller image made to display at a size that is too large. It appears grainy. | Source
A watermarked image has text over some portion of the image; typically the watermark is of a brand or website.
A watermarked image has text over some portion of the image; typically the watermark is of a brand or website. | Source

How to Report Hubs

Click the "Report" link at the top right of Hubs and fill out the appropriate information in the overlay that appears.
Click the "Report" link at the top right of Hubs and fill out the appropriate information in the overlay that appears.
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