We like to note important milestones here on HubPages, like our billionth Hub view and our millionth Hub. Milestones help remind us that we’ve come a long way as a large online writing community. One feature, our Answers section, has paired askers with answerers for the last few years, and we’ve hit an important milestone with respect to it recently: we’ve had 100,000 Questions published.
There are a few things worth noting about HubPages Questions:
- About a year and a half ago, we saw an inflection point which put the number of new Questions on a new trajectory. That new rate has sustained since.
- About 1/6 of Questions get moderated.
- Each Question yields an average of 2.5 Answers and Hubs.
- Lots of great Hubs are inspired by Questions, including Lisa HW’s How to Get Over an Abusive Relationship and Marye Audet’s How to Install Landscape Pavers. Many Hubs written in response to a Question have been, like these, great for traffic for those Hubbers who published them.
We hope 100,000 Questions is just one of many impressive milestones for the Answers section!
Feel inspired to ask a Question or try your hand at answering any of them? Visit our Answers section and have a go!
Have you ever seen a request on HubPages that you wanted to answer, but you didn’t want to write a whole hub on the subject? Now, you don’t have to, because we are introducing a new way to briefly answer a request without building a hub. We hope that this will encourage more people to ask questions and more people to answer them.
Now when you click on the button to answer a request, you will see this interface:
If you want to answer the request without writing a hub, then you can type your answer in the box and submit it by clicking on the “submit answer” button. If you’d rather write a hub response, then click on the “make a hub about it” button. Anything that you have written in the text box will be saved and put into a text capsule in your new hub, so don’t worry about losing what you’ve written.
These new, brief answers will be displayed along with the summaries of the hub answers. In order to decide what order to put the answers in, we are introducing a simple voting system that will allow each HubPages user to vote an answer up or down. The most popular answers (based on voting) will appear at the top of the page. If an answer receives too many down votes compared to the number of up votes, then that answer will be hidden from view. So, if someone has written a spammy answer, please vote it down! Here is what the voting interface looks like:
The number in parentheses (+1) tells you that this answer has received one up vote.
We hope that you like this new feature. As always, please let us know what you think by posting in the forums (or leave a comment).