Every website, may it be a social site, a writing site, or an online store or whatever, has its own rules. If we want to use a website, we must abide by the rules, which is fine. But, do the websites also have anything that they should abide by? A website – HubPages – that is proud of its ‘quality’ compels one to ponder over the above question.
OK, yes, users don’t document anything under something called TOS or FAQs, but does that mean the websites shouldn’t have any ethical standards for themselves? Can anybody define the ethical responsibilities of websites?
This is a case of an irresponsible act of HubPages and its lack of ethics.
Rules for You, None for us!
These questions came to my mind when I was banned from a so-called writing site for ‘quality’ content. They never followed whatever they had stated in their website (in my case) and “banned” me “permanently” due to “repeated” violation of their rules! The fact, however, remains that they never warned me for violations in spite of them having a tool set up to check for violations and warn the users. I hope you’ve guessed the name of the website by now. Well, so they suspended me without a word. But they didn’t do what they should’ve done with a sense of responsibility, and that really triggered my blood pressure.
The Unethical and Irresponsible Part
After repeated harsh e-mails, I finally got a response from them saying my account was permanently deleted for repeated violations and that that was the last time I would hear from them! Fine, I thought. But my sub-domain on that site still existed with my profile picture, username and introduction! How disrespectful and mean was that?!
It’s unbelievable that you call yourself a respected site and apparently have ‘high’ standards, but you don’t have the common sense to delete all the details of a ‘banned’ person from your darn site! HubPages is an irresponsible website.
Fight for Your Right
I waited for it to be removed before communicating with them again. However, there was no sign of them taking it down. After a few days I sent a threatening e-mail that if they didn’t remove my details along with my original photograph, I would have to write about it online and spread the word. And that was how the ‘quality’ website deleted my details from their site and helped me bring down my blood pressure!