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  • When can Outlit remove stories from the Outlit social publishing network?

    Outlit may remove any story from Outlit for any reason. While we, in practice, will likely not do this unless it is in violation of our T...

    Outlit may remove any story from Outlit for any reason. While we, in practice, will likely not do this unless it is in violation of our TOS/PP, we still retain the right to remove any article and ban any user for any reason. We know that with great power comes great responsibility. We do not remove articles or ban users lightly without consideration of whether it violates our terms or is otherwise harmful to the world. But as we’ve stated in this FAQ section many times, the use of Outlit is a privilege, not a right, and we must have it this way in order to create a publishing community that is beneficial to the world and creators everywhere while being informative and interesting for readers. 

    One thing worth repeating again here as well: hate speech, the incitement of violence, racism and other harmful content is not permitted on Outlit in any form. For all offenders on this point, there is zero tolerance of this on Outlit. 

  • What if someone else is stealing my stories?

    If you find out that any Outlit account of any size is taking your content and misusing it, report it immediately. This is a violation of...

    If you find out that any Outlit account of any size is taking your content and misusing it, report it immediately. This is a violation of our terms of service and we will take action against the violators in order to prevent the unauthorized monetization of content.

    To report an account that you allege is stealing your stories, email us at admin@outl.it and let us know what’s up. We also encourage you to report the theft or misuse of content even if it is not yours - you can do this on any story by clicking the ellipses icon (•••) which will create a separate menu with the option to REPORT a story or source that is engaging in the alleged theft of content.

  • How do I Report Abuse, Terms Violations, and other Misbehavior/Misuse of Outlit?

    On all stories, an ellipses icon (•••) creates a separate menu with additional options for you. The REPORT button on this...

    On all stories, an ellipses icon (•••) creates a separate menu with additional options for you.

    The REPORT button on this menu allows you to create a report that will alert Outlit HQ to a post that you think might be in violation of our terms of service and/or house rules. 

    We rely on Outlit users to help us identify violations of our terms of service, house rules, and privacy policy - all of which prohibit the use of stolen/plagiarized content, hate speech and incitements of violence, and others. Free speech is pivotal to a open democracy and society, but racism, hate speech, and any other violation of our terms/privacy/house rules policies will get you banned. We also reserve the right to report violations of more serious and harmful nature to the relevant authorities. 

    We take these reports very seriously, and take swift action against violations of our terms of service, house rules, and privacy policy. Please note that Outlit and its owners, executives, and employees are not responsible for content posted on the Outlit network. As we state clearly in our terms of service, house rules, and privacy policy, you own your content and content posted by users is their responsibility, not Outlit’s. Of course, we work diligently to provide a productive, safe, and civil forum for discussion, article sharing, and publishing. 

    Please note that just because you think a report is offensive, we may not agree that it is in violation of our terms of service or house rules, or privacy policy - but we nevertheless thank you for your submission.

  • How do I claim an existing web source page?

    If you see a RSS source and you want to claim the page, send us an email to admin@outl.it with a link to the source profile page.  ...

    If you see a RSS source and you want to claim the page, send us an email to admin@outl.it with a link to the source profile page. 

    Please note, you MUST be an authorized representative of the source that you are seeking to claim and we will seek documentation from you to prove it. This may take time.

    Our team will work to verify your claim with urgency, but it may take as many as a few days to a week or more to get verified. 

    Making a false claim for a page is in violation of our terms of service and will likely result in removal from the network and possibly further action.

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  • How Can I Improve My Own SourceRep?

    Creators on Outlit want to have the highest Outlit SourceRep possible. One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Outlit H...

    Creators on Outlit want to have the highest Outlit SourceRep possible. One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Outlit HQ are about SourceReps. How you can improve your own SourceRep and what can you do to raise it?
    Aside from helping us fight fake news, improving your SourceRep on Outlit may: 

    • increase your profile visibility to readers on Outlit and around the world
    • improve how trustworthy you are to viewers and readers
    • elevate how visible your stories are on Outlit
    By doing these things, a good Outlit SourceRep can:
    • help you earn more for your stories
    • grow your following faster
    • get discovered by more readers and viewers

    To increase your Outlit SourceRep, it’s worth taking the time to consider where you fit in on the trustworthy scale across all creators, writers, and publishers in the entire world. If you’re an individual blogger or journalist, small company, or just getting going, you can’t rank as high as the world’s most trusted news and information sources. The most trusted sources on Outlit are large, established publications with editorial teams and a sterling reputation for accuracy and fact-adhesiveness in creating news, stories, opinions, and ideas. 

    But, don’t let that discourage you, because don’t forget - our goal with Outlit is to create a level playing field for creators, journalists, and publishers of all sizes and types to compete for earnings and influence. If you’re just publishing and writing for the first time, your ideas are still valuable and welcome and your earning potential still great. 

    You can’t snap your fingers and become a more trusted source, but here are some things you can do:

    Publish and publish often. Follow many sources and clip stories often. The more you use Outlit to discover, clip, publish, and earn, the more of a track record the Outlit team has when evaluating your SourceRep. 

    Original Content is basically everything. You can publish and clip all you want, but if what you’re writing isn’t original, doesn’t represent a thoughtful reaction or opinion, or doesn’t add much to the conversation generally, you aren’t going to see much of an increase in your Outlit SourceRep over time. 

    Quality is King. Quality matters and is valued by readers and the world - and is something we take into consideration. Double checking what you’re writing and making few if any grammatical and spelling errors makes your contributions more valuable, and in turn, will increase your SourceRep. 

    Obey the site’s three big rules documents, namely, the Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Rules of the House. Don’t violate them, as among the actions taken by Outlit HQ in the face of violations not serious enough to warrant your removal from the site includes reducing your Outlit SourceRep. 

    If you wish to have your SourceRep re-evaluated, you may do so by emailing admin@outl.it with the email subject line SOURCEREP and including your user name and your profile URL on Outlit. You may also state your case for why you think your SourceRep should be higher and we will consider your submission in due course.