Why were the Terms, Policies, and Guidelines updated?
The updates to our terms, policies, and guidelines coincide with our brand consolidation from Tapastic to Tapas. A year ago we relaunched the mobile apps under the Tapas brand, and as we bring the website in line with the style and features the apps introduced, the terms and policies needed to follow suit.
Many of the terms introduced along with the Tapas app concern purchases and content we've published, versus the self-published, user-generated content we previously focused on almost exclusively. Self-publishing and UGC are not going away, and we remain dedicated to supporting independent creators - we're simply expanding to offer more professional titles as well.
Finally, we want Tapas to remain the fun, friendly, and safe place for all creators and readers you've helped us build over the years. With that goal in mind, we took this opportunity to clarify our content and community guidelines as well. We've learned a lot over the years, and as the community continues to grow it falls on each and every one of us to help maintain a positive environment to create, share, and celebrate great stories.
What do I need to do now?
If you are ok with the changes, there's no action needed – you can simply continue to use the Tapas website and mobile apps as you did before. If you're not ok with the changes, let us know, or you can choose to close your account by logging in to your profile and clicking "delete account" on your settings page.
If I close my account, what happens to my data?
If you delete your account, all data associated with your account, including content you've uploaded, comments or posts you've made, reading history, bookmarks, and unlocked episodes will be deleted and may not be recoverable.