Boot Camp: A Five Featured Hub Barrier to Fight Spam

Heads up! This week, we are implementing a new quality-related policy change.

Until you have published five simultaneously-Featured Hubs, new Hubs that do not pass the Quality Assessment Process (QAP) will be unpublished rather than simply being not Featured.

The period before one has published five Featured Hubs will be known as Boot Camp, as Hubbers who have yet to reach the five Featured Hub milestone have to engage in some training and hard work before passing.

While this policy is designed primarily to help us deal more efficiently with spam, we hope it will provide new Hubbers with a gentle notice of HubPages’ high quality standards and to help them produce the sort content that is likely to succeed.

More on the Five Featured Hub Minimum to Fight Spam

Until you have published five Featured Hubs and passed Boot Camp, Hubs that would not otherwise be Featured will be moved back to an unpublished state after going through the QAP.

Additional details on how this works:

  • Before you have met the five Featured Hub minimum, Hubs you publish that pass our Quality Assessment Process will still be published and Featured on the site. Only Hubs that do not pass the QAP will be transitioned back to draft mode.
  • Once you have five Featured Hubs and have passed Boot Camp, Hubs you publish that do not pass the Quality Assessment Process will no longer be blocked from publication (though until you improve their quality, they will not be made available to search engines or be shown on related Hubs and Topic Pages).
  • Hubs that were unpublished because of quality reasons before you met the five Featured Hub threshold will remain unpublished until you change them and re-publish them (we recommend making significant improvements or else they’ll just not be Featured, which is somewhat of a waste).
  • Should you reach a point at which you have five Featured Hubs but then dip down to a point at which you only have four Featured Hubs, you will still be able to publish Hubs that aren’t Featured (in other words, you only have to prove yourself once).

This new policy will keep spammers from progressing on HubPages by preventing their work (which very rarely passes the minimum quality threshold required to be Featured) from being published.

A New Accolade for High Quality Hubbers

In addition to using Boot Camp to hinder spammers, we are using it to reward awesome content creators on HubPages who really do want to improve their skills and make a name for themselves online. We are doing this via the introduction of a new Accolade that highlights the number of Featured Hubs you have.

Our Featured Hub Accolade, shaped like a bullhorn (because we like to amplify Featured Hubs by making them available to search engines and featuring them throughout our site) is HubPages’ newest badge indicating a Hubber’s ability to create useful, valuable, and high quality content.

You will first earn the Accolade as soon as you reach the five Featured Hub minimum. The Accolade’s number will continue to climb as you create and publish more Featured Hubs. As we care ten times as much about the great articles people write, we’re far more interested in seeing how many Featured Hubs authors have versus their total number of Hubs. For this reason we find the Featured Hub Accolade to be a helpful reference point (not to mention a good motivator). We hope you find it to be rewarding, informative, and motivating, too!

The Great Commenter Accolade

Earlier this week, we updated one of the HubPages Accolades – perhaps you have noticed!

The Great Commenter Accolade now has levels. Shown in Roman numerals, these levels, ranging from one to eight, will help you see just how great a commenter a Hubber is.

The key to leveling up is to leave insightful comments on others’ Hubs and to reply to comments left on your own work.

If you’re curious about the actual factors that contribute to the generation of your personal Great Commenter level (which is based on points accumulated), here they are:

  • The number of comments you leave on others’ Hubs (and your own)
  • The length of your comments (more points are given for longer comments, while you may get negative points for a consistent pattern of repetitive, very short comments)
  • The consistency of your commenting (regular commenters get a boost)

There is also a penalty for comments that are marked as spam or denied.

Major props to Edward Zhang and Paul Deeds for executing the change – it is far more fun to see just how great a commenter one is rather than just seeing that they leave the occasional comment.

If you did not know about the new Accolade feature, visit your profile to view your Accolades (so long as you have them set to be displayed) and see if you have it, and if so what level you’re at.  And don’t forget to leave helpful, meaningful comments on others’ work. 😀

Accolades: Gotta Catch ’em All!

HubPages AccoladesYou have seen them before- those little badges lined up under Hubbers’ profiles boasting their superior involvement in the community, number of Hubs published, followers, etc…

Accolades are a great way to strut your stuff on HubPages, and the only way to collect them is to be an active member of the community and to continue to publish your amazing, original work!

Are you aware of all the different types of Accolades you can collect on HubPages.com?  We recently posted them all on our FAQ page so that you can see the entire breakdown.  How many do you already have?

One fun and new aspect of Accolades is that you will get a friendly email notifying you whenever you get a new Accolade or a new level of an existing Accolade (e.g. when you publish your 300th Hub or reach your 5th year milestone of being a HubPages member).

Each email is accompanied with a unique, fun fact, so you’ll get a pat on the back and learn something, too!