Though it is the fastest growing portion of, the Answers section on HubPages is overlooked by many Hubbers.  That, my friends, is a terrible shame, because HubPages software engineer Ari Lamstein has been making some major improvements to it!

In the interview above, Ari shares some of these changess, namely spam reduction, improved answering time, and a recommendation system, however Ari has done much more than that!

Below are some other significant changes (in his words) that Ari has brought about:

  • If a question was asked on a Hub (or of a Hubber), we now link to the Hub (or Hubber) in the question.  Previously, without this information, it was difficult to understand many of these questions.  This feature was often requested by the community, for example in this thread.
  • Questions also “stay with” a Hub, like comments do.
  • Users now have the ability to “follow” questions.  So if you see a question that you like, you can “follow” it and get a notification when new answers to the question come in.  Many users like this feature because it allows them to “bookmark” questions so they can answer them at a later date.  One piece of feedback which we got from users who like to use Q&A for Hub ideas is that they would see a good question, but couldn’t “find” it later to answer it.  Many Hubbers like to think for a while before answering a question or writing a Hub.  You can see all the questions that you are following in the My Account page.
  • Lastly, to improve question quality we now have a clear, written set of Q&A rules.  The first time that a user asks a question, or if a user’s last question was moderated, we display the rules and make the user agree to them.

Props to Ari for making HubPages Answers better than ever!  If you’d like to thank him personally, check out his profile, and also have a look at his awesome classical guitar Hubs. 😀

Posted by:HubPages Admin

4 replies on “Answers with Ari

  1. Simone, thanks for bringing another interview! I think it’s great that you put the spotlight on Ari.

    Ari is really passionate about improving Q&A. He’s done a great job bringing new life to it.

  2. Thanks Ari and Simone for letting us know, the video is great. I love that we can follow questions for the very reason you gave. I have looked for certain questions I wanted to answer or hub about, and couldn’t find them. I also like seeing questions on the account page.
    I love the constant improvements. You guys are AAA! Thanks!

  3. I absolutely LOVE the Q and A section! So thank you, Ari!!!

    Simone, you are SMOKING hot, my Lady! I want MORE!

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