Did It Feel Staged
to You Too?
Oh those Freudian slips are easy to spot once you've studied human nature in-depth.
"You may remove Your Hub Content from the Service at your discretion. You may not remove your Author Content from the Service. HubPages may preserve and store Hub Content (including, for a commercially reasonable time, Hub Content you have removed from the Service) or Author Content..."
Just a Reminder
Squidoo's original Terms of Service stated:
Well, somehow HubPages acquired my email address from Squidoo without my permission - what about you?
Oh and did you notice this next oversight?
In a heated discussion on HubPages forum, Marisa Wright's last sentences in a post to Paul Edmondson state:
"You are in danger of losing all the best Squidoo content that you paid for, and being left with the dross..."
Paul Edmondson slips here and forgets to deny paying for "the best Squidoo content."
Remember, the content belongs to the writers. It's against state law in California to purchase stolen property (content).
Hmm, Paul didn't deny paying for content
Content that he and Seth never owned (that's illegal)
And Marisa Wright also states it elsewhere
When I found another article linked to Want to Leave HubPages? How to Get All of Your Earnings, I found her vehemently denying that I had any rights or control over my content (and yours). Part of her rant included this statement:
"She's one of the small group of writers who totally misunderstood their status at Squidoo and will never accept that Squidoo had the legal right to sell their business to HubPages, which included their articles."
Squidoo had a legal right?
To sell to HubPages "which included their articles"
Oops, another Freudian slip
"After paying money for the Squidoo lenses"
This person is also "Intheknow" on InfoBarrel and left me a shill or troll-sounding comment on my article Want to Leave HubPages? How to Get All of Your Earnings.
Squidoo and HubPages had/have identical
I covered this in Can Squidoo-HubPages Do This? NO (Includes How To File an IC3) as well.
Squidoo's TOS stated:
The content: who owns it?As a Lensmaster (writer), you will be able to incorporate various forms of Content into your Lenses (articles). Squidoo does not claim ownership of the Content you place on your Lens (article). The Content will be owned by you or a third party from whom you got permission to post the content.
HubPages does not claim ownership of Your Hub Content or Author Content. Such content will be owned by You or a third party from whom You got permission to post the content.
HubPages will not file DMCA takedowns
even when huge portions of the site are plagiarized?
This baffled me at first.
As others can confirm, "Squidoo used to get involved if and when there is a mass takeover of a site's content."
Why wouldn't HubPages do the same?
Possibly because they are also in on this scam.
I find it interesting that Marisa Wright stated: "Many spammers don't even know it's illegal. There are companies selling software to scrape HubPages to gullible website owners."
And what about those Hubber/Hub scores?
As I detailed in my Facts and Myths article, here is what I know to be true:
1) It is not related to writing or editing articles.
2) It has nothing to do with participating or commenting on HubPages.
3) Promoting your work doesn't affect it - nor does deleting links to your work elsewhere online.
Marisa Wright seems to know something about them though. In response to a forum thread, she stated:
"Since Hubber Score doesn't affect your Hubs in any way, you can't really call it a punishment. A big part of Hubber Score seems to be activity - commenting, forum posting etc. I haven't written a single Hub in months, but I'm on the forums all the time - and I guess that's the reason for my high score."
Hmm, not writing on HubPages yet knows
Google can't remove a page from any website
So, WHO are those Hubber Scores for?
I'm wondering why none of my work has become unfeatured and my Hubber Score is 91. Could it be that those who have bought software to scrape my work know?
Do these numbers change once people file DMCA take down notices? I've seen it written numerous times that HubPages content get plagiarized a lot. When I read that BritFlorida's work was unfeatured, I had to wonder. She stated:
"I've also noticed that there is much more plagiarism from HubPages. I spent the best part of a day filing DMCAs recently."
And what about those articles that somehow became published? Are those for some "buyer" out there? Kylyssa stated:
"How do I actually unpublish a hub and what does the 'not published' red designation mean if it actually leaves the hub published?"
The deal is sealed. Your (our) author content, identity, email, user information and articles that are on HubPages have yet again been sold to some third party - and of course we would never know about it.
To completely frustrate you and cause you to quit, HubPages decided to pull the rug out from under your feet before the 4-month grace period that your lenses (articles) were supposed to be granted.
Because if you are angry at Paul Edmondson et al. and quit, you forfeit all of your earnings (including those Amazon and eBay sales). It's a bit like constructive dismissal.
And why, after Marissa Wright has been stating things like "It seems like Squids have been hit by the perfect storm" is she suddenly sympathetic to those with unfeatured work?
Possibly so you won't suspect she (or people she has connections to) might have any stake in your author content, user information, email, payment information and/or articles outside of HubPages.
Paul Edmondson et al. have worked quickly lately to wash their hands of this mess. It's fine if you are upset with him. But now, I believe that a third party has once again bought our identities, user information, and content.
I strongly believe that some people on HubPages (particularly in the forums and those working to bash my proof) were/are acting as shills. Which is also illegal.
When did this all happen?
When your stats were frozen for several (5 or 6 days?) is when I believe this happened. I feel that the confusion during this time has kept people focused on their views and earnings, of course. Unfortunately, I also read some complaints Amazon numbers don't match up.
I found this statement particularly disturbing:
"..on Squidoo, you were simply using the main Squidoo account so reporting could just be passed straight through from Amazon. On HubPages, you have your own sub-account which is not connected to Amazon in any way - HubPages has to allocate sales internally.."
Remember, for most of you this is the truth
Addendum December 6th, 2014
I found it interesting how quickly a forum regular (shill/employee?) of HubPages responded to and questioned someone for posting the reason that HubPages doesn't disable "copy and paste" to prevent articles from being scraped off the site.
This strengthens my position and theory of why HubPages is making it far too easy for plagiarists to copy and profit from the work of authors.
I'm not buying the excuse that it "breaks" reader experience - are you? People can simply hit their Pin, G plus, Facebook or other social media share buttons.