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Why I'm Leaving Hubpages

I stopped adding new articles here some time ago, but now feel that the time has come to end the relationship.

One - it is a one sided one, with terms being foisted upon us on sign up, and that is a major legal issue.

Any contract where the terms are significantly imbalanced and it was no individually negotiated cannot stand. It is void and null from the outset.

That is true for every enforced "sign/tick here" scenario.

Secondly, I was fed up with this system of awarded points for articles, usually based on some computer mentality (if not a computer) of what's good, or trending.

It is also nannying: being told (by a computer) that I must have 60 characters in my bio, but I can't put an URL; that I must write them in a certain (dreadful) way, which is a complete turn off; and being another US based firm not in tune with other cultures or laws, and instead, imposing its own.

I also could see that despite my work still being here, and having logged in and made alternations within 2 years, that none of the articles were searchable. Only by direct link could they be found. even when I put in exact terms.

Hence, this site was doing nothing for me - not even getting me visitors, let alone money.

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And I couldn't even see how to get in touch, until I'd signed in - assuming I had an account I could access, or wanted one. And then there was all the FAQs - talk to the community/hand, but not us. Ironic for a writing site.

One of the terms I most disliked was being supposedly held into HubPages Pro - whe, by high visitor figures, you are selected for a 'mandatory' edit by the Hub team, assuming their fact checking (that phrase always alarms - it's often about managing information and expression and is paid to be unfactual)... and their style alterations are improvements.

As a self published author in touch with other writers at various stages, I often think about editing and how that outside editing can often be intrusive and unhelpful. I wonder how many editors are writers themselves, and how often they bring their own style and frustrations to the table when they work on others' texts.

I think that much editing can be like the difference between plain and wholemeal flour: the latter is the natural goodness that you channel into dough related foods; the other is mass produced to actually take out the goodness, undermines the independent miller, and affects the wellbeing of the populace by churning out mechanised lesser versions designed to make high profit over substance.

This is worsened when we don't know our editor and have not chosen to work together and build that relationship.

I also end by reminding that a degree in English (or any other language) is a LITERARY degree: it is awarded for writing essays on a particular kind of discussion of other people's work. It does not make you a writer; it does not teach you how to edit; it does not teach you to proof read, or even accurate grammar and spelling. From A level, there is no longer a language element in the course. Hence, those setting themselves up as experts and qualified by dint of having such an academic qualification are misleading.

Elspeth Rushbrook

© 2022 Elspeth R

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