DISCUSSION: Report bugs and give suggestions (CLOSED)

By @cemo

DISCUSSION: Report bugs and give suggestions (CLOSED)

By @cemo

A temporary place to report bugs, give feedback, and suggestions

Chapter 1

Closed discussion

UPDATE:

Underlined now has a discussions topic section in CREATE (you’ve got to scroll down a bit) so you can take your suggestions and bugs there: https://www.getunderlined.com/create/questions-for-team-u/

I will leave the original post just for old times sake. I’m sure in a few months or years it will be interesting to look back on it.

ORIGINAL POST:

Underlined has been open for 24 hours and there are obviously a lot of mixed feelings about the website. Personally I think people should wait it out before they call it quits. You have to keep in mind that other writing websites like Figment, Wattpad, Movellas, etc. (have) had years to develop, troubleshoot, and evolve to fit their users’ needs. People are expecting Underlined to be up to the same level after a single day. Obviously I can’t speak for Team Underlined, but I’m assuming that the website will continue to change throughout the coming weeks, months, and years. Please help out our baby writing community and comment suggestions and bugs with the site (and things you like too!). I’ll start:

My suggestions:

  1. An in-site notification center would be great, a lot easier than just using emails for notifications.
  2. A “safe-mode” where you can choose to view censored content or not.
  3. Forums, of course would be awesome
  4. Contests and newsletter open to Canadians and other international users (pretty please)
  5. Being able to view followers instead of just who you’re following.
  6. Being able to change privacy settings for individual stories.
  7. Being able to comment and give reviews for titles (e.g. the traditionally published books Underlined features)

Bugs:

  1. The follow button still doesn’t work
  2. The list of writings only lets you view the first page

Bonus: Things I like

  1. I like the commenting system, how you can like comments and directly reply
  2. I’m actually pretty into the colour scheme (although I agree that the layout doesn’t work very well on laptop)
  3. I like ‘suggested stories’ and ‘suggested titles’ below stories. It’s something that Figment didn’t have and it’s pretty cool.
  4. I actually prefer if you can’t view how many people see the story. It prevents view count from becoming a status thing, and focuses more on getting feedback.
  5. I like how you can’t see how many followers other users have. Again, it prevents it from becoming a status thing.
  6. privacy settings are cool, especially controlling who can read your writing. If this could be expanded upon it could be a way for writers to get feedback without making their work quite so public.

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  1. TeamU

    Hi Everyone! Thanks for starting this discussion topic! We want to make sure we’re not missing your questions and suggestions so we just started a Discussion Topics section on the CREATE page.

    Please start adding your questions and comments here: https://www.getunderlined.com/create/questions-for-team-u/

    Also, let us know what discussion topics you want us to add! You can suggest topics here: https://www.getunderlined.com/create/what-discussion-topics-do-you-want-to-see-here/

    Thanks all!

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  2. clary_frost

    My comment from the other book about browser troubles: Hi! Quick comment about what browser to use when using Underlined. On Google Chrome you cannot see any of the icons (like the birthday cake or the pen for editing). Currently I am on Safari, so now I can edit my profile and add people to my following list. On Google Chrome I could do neither.

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  3. Raven

    I do like the color scheme as well, but I hate forums on sites like these. If there are groups, then that’s fine by me. Other than that, I basically second most of the other suggestions made.

    Glad that I wasn’t the only one who found out that the follow button wasn’t working. Tried to follow someone yesterday, but that didn’t show up on my profile.

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  4. Madison

    – Groups groups GROUPS. Since there’s somewhat of a focus on hobbies/interests/fanbases, users being able to start up their own groups for such things would be awesome!

    – I second Aly’s suggestion for story length; word count and read times for each story would be good.

    – Ability to easily edit stories/comments.

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  5. AlyStorm

    comments in the books/chapters should link to the user’s page
    either by clicking on their name or their picture

    a way to search/browse ‘writings’ by genre/tags
    a way to search/browse users

    a way to add other users’ writing to our library

    more of a focus on the actual writing side of Underlined
    rather than a hidden away thing behind all the blatant advertising

    make everything smaller/more compact when viewed off mobile
    it’s all too big and forces you to scroll forever to find something

    a way to mark your writing as ‘in progress’ or ‘complete’
    a way to group your writing together if they are part of a series

    something that indicates story length on the writings
    so readers know if it’s a short story, novel, novella, poetry, etc

    a way for readers to review other user’s writing and published books here
    out of five stars like goodreads maybe?

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  6. Coral_Vaci

    I’m going to stick around to see how the site develops. 😀 My suggestions are:
    1) In-site notifications or a “what’s going on” like Figment had.
    2) A library to find user’s books and the users themselves.
    3) Our writing is at the top of our profile right under the bio.
    4) Being able to edit comments.
    5) Groups and forums.
    6) A talk page, and/or a private messaging system.

    That’s all I can think of at the moment.) BTW, I like the color scheme!

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    1. cemo

      I second all of these suggestions

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