Too Much Fun with HubPages

Posted on August 14, 2011
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A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the feed from this blog, the entire Hub was composed of links and text posted via Splatforms. Today, the Splatforms Team received an e-mail from the HubPages Team regarding this Hub that we built:

Dear splatforms,

Your Hub has been identified as a violation of our Terms of Use. If this is the first time you’ve gotten an email like this, don’t worry! You’ll have an opportunity to fix it.

Problem: Duplicate content, including:
* Text that appears in whole or large part on another site, even if you wrote the text or retain the copyright.
* Text that already appears in whole or large part on HubPages.
* Text copied from multiple sources.
* Substantial similarity to another work. This includes close paraphrasing, among other forms of misappropriation or copying of content (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Substantial_similarity for more information)

A link to your Hub: http://splatforms.hubpages.com/hub/splatforms

Your Hub has been unpublished, giving you the opportunity to revise it. When you are ready to have HubPages review it again, please edit it and click the “Submit for Publication” button. We will then review your Hub and publish it if it appears to be unique.  (An exception is typically granted only when quoting is done to a minimum, or some commonly-used, public domain, or historical phrases have triggered the duplicate content detector.)  You will then get an email saying that the Hub has been cleared for publication and republished.

Here are examples of high-quality Hubs that you might want to take a look at:

http://hubpages.com/hub/St_Regis_Bora_Bora
http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Refinish-Floors
http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Build-a-Brick-BBQ-Smoker

Please do not submit your Hub for republication until all of the problems identified above have been addressed. Thank you!

Sincerely,

The HubPages Team

Our efforts as they stand are definitely a violation, as would be anything that consisted solely of content generated from processing *forms. That’s the whole point of *forms, after all: to post the same content to multiple destinations using a single form entry. Even if you were to factor in the use of spintax, such content would still clearly fall into the category of “substantialy similar”. Although we could definitely devote some resources to creating a Hub of primarily original content to remove this violation, that’s not really near the top of our priority list at the moment, so we have elected to set that aside for now. We have removed the link to our Hub on the sidebar of this blog, but we will definitely leave open the possibility of returning to this project at some point the future and working to ensure that we meet all of the applicable Terms of Use.

Which is all just a long-winded preface to the entire point of this post, which is simply this: the use of *forms does not relieve you of your obligation to follow the rules on the individual sites to which you post your *form data.  Splatforms.com is a tool to help automate tasks that you would otherwise be doing manually yourself. As with any other tool, what you get out of it depends entirely on how you use. Virtually all target sites to which you can post *form data will have their own Terms of Use, Acceptable Use Policy, Terms of Service, or some other end-user agreement that defines what you can and cannot do on their site. The fact that you are using *forms in place of manual entry does not alter that requirement in any way, and may itself be a violation of those terms in certain circumstances. This is not an attempt to dissuade you in any way from using *forms; it is simply a reminder that, no matter what tool or method you use to post data on a site, you are ultimately responsible for what you post.

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23 Responses to “Too Much Fun with HubPages”

  1. SERPD on August 14th, 2011 6:59 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than ……

  2. bookmox.com on August 14th, 2011 7:08 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the feed…

  3. v12.me on August 14th, 2011 7:08 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the feed…

  4. pligg.com on August 14th, 2011 7:09 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spe…

  5. pligg.com on August 14th, 2011 7:10 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the feed…

  6. foxbizz.com on August 14th, 2011 7:11 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the feed…

  7. Dekut.com on August 14th, 2011 7:12 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the feed…

  8. xehh.com on August 14th, 2011 7:13 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the feed…

  9. newsmarking.com on August 14th, 2011 7:22 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the feed…

  10. indiasurfer.com on August 14th, 2011 7:44 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the feed…

  11. pligg.com on August 14th, 2011 8:02 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than…

  12. madstyles.com on August 14th, 2011 8:08 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the feed…

  13. www.techforum.ws on August 14th, 2011 8:16 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the feed…

  14. Yemle.com on August 14th, 2011 8:27 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than…

  15. tomoroku.com on August 14th, 2011 8:42 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the feed…

  16. socn.spx.at on August 14th, 2011 8:54 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spe…

  17. socialbookmarking.co.in on August 14th, 2011 8:56 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the feed…

  18. whatsyourmessage.net on August 14th, 2011 9:26 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spe…

  19. merolinks.com on August 14th, 2011 9:30 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the feed…

  20. telesmatic.com on August 14th, 2011 9:33 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spe…

  21. moomdigg.com on August 14th, 2011 9:47 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the feed…

  22. pligg.com on August 14th, 2011 9:50 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on our new Hub; other than a contact form and an RSS module to pick up the fe…

  23. yebooo.com on August 14th, 2011 10:04 pm

    Too Much Fun with HubPages…

    A few days ago, we created a Hub on HubPages to validate a couple of Tasks that we developed to post *form data to a HubPages Hub. We didn’t spe…