--Check the official TV.com Help Center and TV.com Guidelines Center threads in the Support forum for submission guidelines. The following are highlights from the official rules and some personal preferences.
--For submissions that rely on sources other than the episode itself (such as notes and allusions), please provide the source of your information in the form of a hyperlink in the comment field. Add a hyperlink instead of pasting the entire URL. Otherwise, you will have formatting problems when you try to look at the Submission Status page on your profile.
For more information on hyperlinks, see the "Hyperlinks and XHTML" thread on the User to User Help forum.
If you don't provide a source, I may send you a PM (Private Message) asking for a source. If you can't provide a source but the submission appears to be correct, I may attempt to verify the assertion myself but only if I have time. To ensure that your submission is accepted, please provide sources for your submissions. Even if you are sure that a fact is true, please include a source that supports your statement.
--If you are submitting quotes, trivia, notes or allusions, I would appreciate if you could indicate the approximate time in the episode when the scene takes place. Add this to the comments field. A brief sentence indicating that a scene takes place around the 21st minute or the 46th minute, etc., in the broadcast version is sufficient. If you are using the DVD version, indicate this in the comment.
--Proofread your submissions before submitting them. Check your spelling and grammar, especially with summaries and recaps. I may correct minor errors and accept the submission, but if I see a sloppy submission with numerous typos, I will reject it. I will also judge recaps for quality. If a recap looks like it was written by a fifth grader, it is not going to be added to the guide.
Check your spelling. Look up the spelling of any unfamiliar words at dictionary.reference.com or www.bartleby.com/61/.
--Do not copy text from other websites. All summaries and recaps should be original material. You can use information from other sites as the basis for summaries, but if you only change one or two words around, I will reject it as a plagiarized submission.
--Use only XHTML for formatting submissions. BBCode does not always work in guides. If you are unfamiliar with XHTML and BBCode, you can consult the Hyperlinks and XHTML thread on the User to User Help forum.
--Please submit all the information you have at the same time. If you have an air date and a production code, submit them together on the same form. If you have several cast members to add, submit them all at once. There are exceptions where certain bugs and glitches may prevent you from submitting everything at once. I'm aware of many of these problems. This can be handled on a case by case basis. If you have 12 or more stars or guest stars for the same episode, it is okay to break up the list and submit it in two parts.
--Before submitting anything, check the guide to make sure it isn't already there. There's no need to submit duplicate items. Needless to say, any duplicate submissions will be rejected. When new episodes air, many people may race to submit items to the guide. Be mindful of this. Even though your submission may otherwise be perfectly acceptable, another user may have submitted it first. Expect to receive the occasional rejection in such situations. (NOTE-I will not reject a submission just so I can add it myself. That would not be ethical.)
--Please use proper formatting for quotes. Character names should be in bold with the colon outside of the bold tags. (If you are not familiar with XHTML, please refer to the "Hyperlinks and XHTML" thread noted above.)
Any descriptive actions should be in parentheses. The entire parenthetical statement should be inside italics tags.
Here is an example of a properly formatted quote:
Adama: (to the entire audience) So say we all!
Tyrol: So say we all.
--For longer quotes, the parenthetical phrase can precede the quote. It depends on the quote. If you have a question, you can send me a PM before submitting the quote.
--Quotes should be memorable. A quote might provide special insight into a character. It could be humorous, or there could be some other reason. On the other hand, the quotes section is not the place for mini-transcripts. There are no set limits for quotes but a 10-paragraph excerpt would normally be far too lengthy.
--If a quote submission consists primarily of parenthetical descriptions, then it's probably not a good candidate for the quotes section. A scene may be very dramatic onscreen but it may not work as a stand-alone text-based quote on the guide.
--Do not use p or br tags in quote submissions. Use the Enter or Return button to add line breaks.
--Every paragraph should end with a period, question mark, exclamation point or other punctuation mark. There should be NO extra spaces at the end of any paragraph. There should be NO extra line breaks at the end of the last paragraph. Extra spaces at the end of paragraphs can cause line breaks to disappear.
--The trivia section should be used for actions that take place onscreen. This includes "goofs". It shouldn't include anything that would be obvious to most viewers.
--The notes section should be used for any interesting items that take place offscreen. This can include problems with a script, the reason for an actor's absence (such as a contract dispute or illness), or a production-related problem or event. For most notes, you should provide a hyperlink in the comments field to the source you used for the submission.
--If you decide to write a recap, be aware that I will judge the quality of the submission. I won't accept a poorly written recap that has numerous typos and grammatical errors.
--A recap should follow the sequence of the plot as it is shown onscreen. The teaser should be described before the first act, and the first act should be described before the second act, etc.
--Though there is no specific minimum number of words for a recap, it should be more than one or two paragraphs in length. There may be some brief recaps already in the guide. Those were added before I became editor. Any new recaps should fully describe the episode.
--Recaps are not permanent. If you submit a decent recap, I will accept it but it may be replaced at a later date by a better one. If this is the case, you will not lose the Contribution Points for your recap.
A NOTE ON SOURCE MATERIAL
Though IMDb can be a useful resource, I've discovered that their BSG guide contains numerous errors, including incorrect spellings for character names. Because of these problems, I am unlikely to accept IMDb as the sole source for any submissions related to guest star appearances.
What sources are acceptable? The official Sci Fi BSG site is the most trustworthy (www.scifi.com/battlestar). Sci Fi Wire, the news service of the Sci Fi Channel, is another good source. For reliable 3rd party sources, you'll have to do a little research and discover those on your own.
See the TV.com Guidelines Center in the TV.com General User Support forum for more information.
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