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!

 

 

Comments

Like
Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
21
Comment 48 Comments
  1. MissPigeonMaster

    Underlined, I’m sorry to bug you, but I really wanted to start posting things and I’m “under review” for a clean writing. When will I get cleared? I really want to start writing! Again, sorry if this is a problem. -MissPigeonMaster

    Please complete the required fields.



    Like
    Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
    Reply 0 Replies Nov 11, 2019
  2. lucybojangles

    how long will my profile be “under review”

    Please complete the required fields.



    Like
    Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
    Reply 1 Reply Oct 10, 2019
    1. lucybojangles

      Can you even see my comment sense my profile is under review?

      Please complete the required fields.



      Like
      Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
      Reply 0 Replies Oct 10, 2019
  3. AngelaNamibia

    Hi!
    I just joined and understood that this is about writing, but also about reading what others have written. How do I do that? Is there a list of users somewhere where I can browse and read texts?
    Thank you!

    Please complete the required fields.



    Like
    Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
    Reply 1 Reply Sep 9, 2019
    1. TeamU

      Hello and Welcome!!! Yes, you can go to the “All Writing” page under the “CREATE” tab to browse all of our the stories. You can also filter by genre on the CREATE page. Enjoy!

      Please complete the required fields.



      Like
      Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
      Reply 0 Replies Oct 10, 2019
  4. lol_kk

    how can u change ur email

    Please complete the required fields.



    Like
    Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
    Reply 0 Replies Jun 6, 2019
  5. Bellatrix_Lestrange

    Why can’t I delete my account??????????????????????

    Please complete the required fields.



    Like
    Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
    Reply 1 Reply Jun 6, 2019
    1. TeamU

      Hi! We would be so sad to see you go! If you do want to delete your account (but please consider staying!) you can go to Account Settings.

      Please complete the required fields.



      Like
      Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
      Reply 0 Replies Jun 6, 2019
  6. Joyful17

    Hey GetUnderlined,
    I am brand-new to the whole thing, but I published some work around a week ago, and I emailed you guys, but I haven’t heard back. This is my last option of trying to get a hold of you. My question is, is that how long it will take for my work to be reviewed? The person who referred me to you said around 2-3 days, but it has been a week! I am checking every day to see if it has changed, and I emailed you personally a couple days ago, and I still haven’t heard back. Is there maybe something wrong with the way I published my work? If so, can someone please tell me what it is so I can fix it? I really would like to be able to use this website, and feel confident to ask my friends to get an account.
    Thanks for your time!

    Please complete the required fields.



    Like
    Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
    3
    Reply 3 Replies Jan 1, 2019
    1. Loretta

      Are you still under review?

      Please complete the required fields.



      Like
      Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
      Reply 0 Replies Feb 2, 2019
    2. Mina_Autumn

      I am having the same problem. If they don’t let me post soon, I’m going to find another website to go to.

      Please complete the required fields.



      Like
      Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
      Reply 0 Replies Mar 3, 2019
    3. TeamU

      Hi @Joyful17! We’re so sorry for the inconvenience! Real users sometimes get caught in our spam filter. Our goal is to get everyone back to writing as soon as possible and we’re working on making this happen faster. You should be good to go but please reach out with any other issues!

      Please complete the required fields.



      Like
      Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
      Reply 0 Replies Jun 6, 2019
  7. martykate

    I notice that all questions regarding the process of reviewing and the length of time to be expected are explicitly ignored. Why is this information not available in your FAQ! Surely your contributors are entitled to know what is going on and how to expect to wait before they see their story posted. Surely your contributors deserve better. I am going to guess that this comment will be ignored like all the other queries regarding this subject

    Please complete the required fields.



    Like
    Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
    3
    Reply 0 Replies Jan 1, 2019
  8. martykate

    Why do you not respond to questions that people ask regarding the length of time required for a story to get out of review and posted? You do not respond, at all, which is disrespectful to the authors who post here. Out of all the comments, this is the one most glaringly ignored. It is a simple, logical question that is deserving of an answer. So what gives, Underlined?

    Please complete the required fields.



    Like
    Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
    1
    Reply 0 Replies Jan 1, 2019
  9. 2018averageteen

    How long does reviewing take?

    Please complete the required fields.



    Like
    Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
    3
    Reply 0 Replies Nov 11, 2018
  10. M-girl

    Is there a way to change my username?

    Please complete the required fields.



    Like
    Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
    Reply 0 Replies Nov 11, 2018