Underlined Writing Community New Terms of Use and FAQs

Updated 3/2/2018

Welcome to Underlined! You probably have a lot of questions before embarking on your journey with us. We’re here to help. Please note: We've updated our Terms of Use.

Below is a list of answers to the questions we have received so far. Please don’t hesitate to comment below if you have additional questions so we can continue to update you.

Questions About the Terms of Use

We understand that Terms of Use can be confusing—even for us! Legal jargon is a writing category all on its own, so we had our legal team help answer some of the questions you’ve raised.

Who owns my writing?

You do! You wrote it, so you own it. Posting to the site means your work will be visible to others, in accordance with your privacy settings, until you decide to take it down. Posting here does NOT mean you are giving up ownership of your work. Please see the full “User Submissions” section of our Terms of Use for more information.

What exactly is owned by PRH regarding Underlined?

Underlined is a community and content provider. All content posted and created by Underlined is owned by PRH. This does not include user-generated content. All user stories are owned by the individual creator.

Are you going to change the Terms of Use at any point?

While we do not plan to make regular changes to these Terms of Use, sometimes changes to the terms may be required due to new laws, regulations or for other reasons.  We will never change the Terms of Use with respect to your ownership of your content without first obtaining your consent.

Will PRH use my writing outside of this writing community?

No! If Team Underlined would like to feature you or your writing in any way, you will be asked for your permission. For example, we might like to feature users in spotlight articles or Q&As to celebrate you and your great work. However, we understand that your writing is personal and we will never use it without your explicit permission.

Questions About My Writing 

How do I update/edit/change a story?

When you’re signed in, click on or hover over your username and select “Writing.” This will take you to the writing section of your profile, where you will see all your work. In the upper right-hand corner of each story, there is an edit button. Clicking the edit button will allow you to edit, update, or delete your work.

Can I update/edit/change tags on my story?

Of course! You can do this the same way you edit your story. Tags can be found in “Step 2: Describe” of the writing editor. Please see above for more information on how to edit.

How can I review others’ work and receive reviews on my stories?

While there is no official review section on user stories on Underlined, we welcome user swaps, edits, reviews, and comments in the comment section. The comments are separated by chapter, to facilitate editorial conversations as you write. If you’re looking to meet someone to swap stories with, check out our discussion here.

How do I control who sees my work?

While we’d love to see all of your work, we understand that writing is personal, and you may wish to control who sees it. When you’re signed in, click on or hover over your username and select “Account Settings.” By selecting “My Privacy,” you will be able to control who sees everything on your account from your stories to your personal bio. At this time, you are unable to change the privacy settings on an individual story basis, but this is something we are looking into updating for the future. As an alternative, if you want to keep a particular story hidden, drafts are ALWAYS only visible to you. You will not be able to receive comments or feedback on a draft. However, you’re more than welcome to publish work chapter by chapter and edit your story as you receive feedback.

Can I delete my stories?

Of course! Please see above.

Please note, once you delete your story, we have NO way of recovering it, so make sure you have your work saved somewhere safe, offline.

How can I add cover art to my writing?

Personalized cover art is not required. We have several generic covers to choose from that you can use at your discretion. If you do have a personalized cover, you can upload it in “Step 3: Decorate” in the writing editor. The specs are 300px by 448px, with a maximum file size of 2MB.

Please note: plagiarism, or posting another person’s work as your own without the proper permissions, will not be tolerated.

What if someone is impersonating me on the site?

Let us know by sending an email to community@getunderlined.com and we will get to the bottom of it. Catfishing is not cool.

Why can’t I use swear words in my writing or comments?

While our intention is not to censor you, Underlined is for everyone, and the safety of our community is our first priority. If there is a blocked word, phrase, or paragraph that you feel should be allowed, please send the full word, phrase, or paragraph to community@getunderlined.com so that we can look into it.

Please ask us your questions in the comments below! 

 

 

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  1. writeastory4

    I see people posting stories with these awesome, personalized covers, and I’m wondering how to make one. Does Underlined provide a way to make a cover? If so, how do I find it?

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  2. FR_BLACK

    I am getting really irritated by all of the censorship! I cant even write H*tler for pete’s sake (wonder if I was writing a book about Germany and the Holocaust?). Maybe UNDERLINED can add E for EVERYONE, PG 13 and 18 AND UP so the censorship is not so consuming.

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    1. TeamU

      We’re sorry you’re frustrated, but we appreciate your patience! If you haven’t already, would you please email us at community@getunderlined.com with the full phrase in which the words you feel shouldn’t be censored are censored?

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  3. cocophony

    Can you use Html to post pictures?

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    1. TeamU

      As of now, we don’t allow posting of photos in the comments!

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  4. tori-noel

    I’m having the same problem! Like how can we interact with others?

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    1. Holland-vanBreukelen

      I’m wondering myself! And also, hello fellow lover of dogs 🙂

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      1. TeamU

        Hi! Can you elaborate on your problem of finding users? You can locate all the writing here: https://www.getunderlined.com/writings/ if that helps!

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        1. Tech

          So we are supposed to click through hundreds of pages of writings randomly? Was the site designer on drugs? There is no search function at all? Not for writers or users. If you didn’t want to create a real website for real people just a bunch of ads, you should just pull the plug on the site and remind all of us in the publishing industry why Bertelsmann is losing money by the truckload.

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        2. Tech

          And BTW the site writing at this time is just 99% Korean porn/spam. Good to see the more things change, the more they stay the same. So have you hired at least one person to maintain/run this site? Do they check in once a year? -_-

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          1. TEFlash

            Uhh, I think it’s possible to go into the search bar and type in a keyword or two for actual books and stories to show up, which are actually not ****? I did this a few times and as a result found some really great stuff; swaps can help get your story out too by reading someone else’s story, posting a review, and the other will do the same to you :3 There are ways to get around the current problems, but it will do no good blaming the devs and managers when clearly they must spend a lot of time trying to combat this spam. I’ve seen a lot of instances where people are mad at them, but it isn’t really their fault. It’s kind of their job to sort it out, so I’m sure the problem will be fixed.

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