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    Welcome to the Criminal Minds forum on This is a place for positive attitudes and all fans of the show. Please review the following rules designed to keep things running smoothly for everyone:

    Forum Rules

    1. This is a discussion board for the Criminal Minds television show. Games (including crossovers), POLLS, surveys, lists, etc., do not constitute discussion. Any threads of this kind will be moderated and/or deleted.

    2. There are ample pinned threads that contain the answers to frequently asked questions and current discussion topics. Please ask your question in an existing thread and do not start a new thread to ask one question. There are also pinned threads to discuss the actors and their characters in general. Please don't clutter the board with a new thread. Find the thread for the actor(s)/character(s) and discuss them there. Threads regarding crossovers are not allowed because not everyone who watches Criminal Minds will be a fan of the show suggested for the crossover. If you have a compelling need for a "ship" to be discussed, please don't start a new thread. Please be courteous to those who might not have seen a particular episode and refrain from discussing specific details from an episode in the actor/character threads.

    PLEASE NOTE: Any duplicate threads and/or polls started to discuss the departure of Mandy Patinkin (or any other actor departure) from the show will be deleted.

    3. Spoiler tags must be used when posting outside the official spoiler threads. The formatting for spoiler tags is as follows: [ spoiler ] No animals were harmed during filming of this episode.[ /spoiler ] (remove spaces between brackets).

    4. The best way to assure discussion is to explain why you think what you think. As an example, posting "What was your favorite episode?" does not start a discussion. "What was your favorite episode and why?" does start a discussion.

    5. There are blogs and signature lines for your personal agenda - including fan fiction (all discussion on this genre will be removed) and fansites - please use those. This also includes advertising or promotional activities. If you have forum or submission questions, please send a PM to the editor and do not post them in the forum.

    6. The forums are discussion boards. Responses with just an emoticon or replying with "Yeah" and "I agree" and "lol" and "he is hott!" are not productive, do not involve discussions, and are often considered disruptive and are subject to moderation.

    7. The terms of service (TOS) regarding flaming, trolling, flooding, bumping, etc., also apply in this forum. Bumping is defined as typing the word "bump" in a thread for the sole purpose of elevating the thread to a more prominent position. If you believe someone has violated these rules, please use the drop-down menu at the bottom on the message to file a report. Do not argue or challenge anyone by saying "I'm reporting you." This action could get result in your own moderation.

    8. Avoid excessive quoting of previous posts. Nesting multiple quotes of others, then adding your own response, can be distracting and disruptive. People can read the threads directly above you. Quoting is only necessary when the post to which you are replying is not directly above your own or you wish to address only part of another post.

    9. Off-topic threads or threads that initiate a discussion already in progress in another thread are not allowed and will be deleted.

    10. Posting links that advertise other message boards is not allowed unless there is a compelling reason why the link should be posted (please ask the guide editor for more guidance on this issue). All posts containing links to other sites, such as, that contain illegally uploaded copyrighted information are not allowed. All posts containing these links will be deleted. Posting Nielsen data, screencaps, overly large photos, or other copyrighted material is not allowed and will be deleted.

    11. During the regular season, the guide editor will start all official discussion threads before the airdates of each episode. Please post relevant comments in those threads. Any duplicate threads started to discuss a new episode will be deleted.

    Submission Guidelines

    1. Allusions:
    An allusion is an indirect or passing reference to an existing form of media, be it to another TV program, a movie, a piece of music, a book, or an actual event. When submitting allusions, please add the name of the original medium (e.g., TV show, movie, book).


    Reid: The letter sent to Tom Daschle's office contained two grams of anthrax, enough to kill 25 million people if distributed effectively.
    Reid is referring to the anthrax attacks that took place in September 2001 shortly after 9/11. Besides Senator Tom Daschle, letters containing anthrax were sent to Senator Patrick Leahy and several media outlets. Five people died and 17 others became ill. The crime remains unsolved.

    An item that refers to something in a show's own history and previous episodes is not an allusion; it is simply internal continuity. If the allusion is explained on screen and makes a direct reference, then it is not an allusion for the purposes of this guide.

    Word definitions are not allusions, so please do not provide a definition of a word a character uses, regardless of how obscure it is.

    2. Trivia:
    Trivia is any small detail or goof that might not be known to people who view an episode. Trivia is attached at the episode level and not at the show level. It should be specific to what aired in the episode and not deal with off-camera events, which should be submitted as a note.

    Prentiss attempts to comfort Jordan by saying she was the last person to join the team and she knows how it is to be the odd woman out. This is not accurate; Rossi was the last person to join the BAU.

    Information that discusses actors, writers, background music choices, or directing techniques should be submitted as a note.

    Trivia should be significant, or at least of some interest. The editor reserves the right to refuse any information that is not relevant to the guide.

    Do not submit "first-appearance-of" material unless it is of significance. Any episode of any series features a first or last or hundredth of something, which would result in dozens of such entries per episode. Internal continuity in general is expected; however, if the continuity is obscure and trivial, it may be accepted.

    3. Notes:
    Notes are off-camera information about an episode. They should contain off-camera events that deal during the production of an episode and should not deal with on-camera events or trivia.

    If information does not qualify as trivia as described above, then it is probably production-related and would be considered a note. Plot points are not notes and must be included in the recap. If there is no a recap, feel free to write one. Do not submit "best-known-as" notes for guest stars. Do not submit "similar to something on another show."

    If you are submitting music, please check previous submissions and use the same formatting.

    Quotes must follow guidelines and formatting (please see the following post for an update to formatting). The colon must not be within the bold tag.

    Connie Galen: (handing the charm bracelet back to Rossi) Agent Rossi, I'd like you to have these. Is it okay if I call you sometime? Just to let you know how we're doing?
    Rossi: Anytime, kiddo, any time.

    Please use the following character names in quotes:

    Hotchner for Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner
    Rossi for SSA David Rossi
    Prentiss for SSA Emily Prentiss
    Morgan for SSA Derek Morgan
    Reid for SSA Dr. Spencer Reid
    JJ for SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
    Garcia for Analyst Penelope Garcia

    Quotes for guest stars should include the full character name (if known). Please check the episode guide for the name to use.

    Large blocks of dialogue that would be considered a transcript from a scene will not be approved. Any quote that is not humorous or interesting, or does not add relevant information to the guide, will be rejected.

    5. Episode Summaries:
    Site regulations provide that submissions for a new episode must contain (1) title, (2) summary, or (3) airdate. Any submission of less than two of these three criteria will be rejected; however, titles from spoiler sites will not be accepted. Please do not copy and paste summaries from another website, which is plagiarism. A summary is not a recap of an episode and must not contain spoilers. Please check spelling and grammar before submitting summaries. A verifiable source for a summary submission must be included.

    6. Episode Recaps:
    An episode recap should be as objective as possible, and must not have any grammar and spelling errors. Please use the character names as used on the show, e.g., Hotchner or Hotch, Rossi, Morgan, Prentiss, Reid, Garcia, Seaver.

    7. Nielsen Ratings:
    Nielsen ratings are copyrighted information and will not be accepted.

    8. User Comments:
    There is a MANDATORY section called User Comments. Explain the reason why your submission should be accepted in this section.

    9. Sources:
    When submitting information such as guest stars, episodes summaries, and any other submissions that may require verification, sources must be cited. Unsubstantiated submissions will be rejected.

    Wikipedia,, and (or other spoiler sites) are not acceptable sources. Please use information from official websites or actual broadcasts, which also includes DVDs.

    10. It is within the discretion of editors and staff to reject mass submissions that inordinately strain moderation resources (also called queue flooding).
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