Submissions to the Friends show guide are of course welcomed and encouraged. However, before you submit anything, I ask that you would please read through and conform to the following guidelines. Along with the some of the guidelines that I've pulled straight from the TV.com Help Center, I've also added a few examples of what will most likely be accepted or rejected, as well as a few more helpful hints to getting your submissions accepted.
Notes are off-camera tidbits about an episode. They should contain off-camera events that deal with a show's production. They should not deal with on-camera events or trivia. Also, the blurbs about the Magna Doodle Gag belong in the Trivia category. Music belongs under notes. Please format music submissions as followed:
Music: "Shoe Box" by Barenaked Ladies
"Sexuality" by K.D. Lang
"Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell
"It's a Free World Baby" by R.E.M.
"Good Intentions" by Toad the Wet Sprocket
"Stain Yer Blood" by Paul Westerberg
Dedicated "To the memory of Richard L. Cox, Sr."
There is a new opening sequence during the theme song. Clips are added in from different episodes.
The hotel where the Friends stay in this episode, the London Marriott, was the actual hotel that the cast and crew stayed in while filming.
Likely to be Rejected
This episode is the second one where Phoebe plays "Smelly Cat."
(This is about a character, not an actor. Also, this is a minor plot point.)
Courtney Cox-Arquette's hair looks different in this episode.
(I would only accept this if it changed during an episode with no explanation.)
Quotes are specific dialogue between characters. Quotes submitted should always be specific to the episode, not the show, and should be formatted as follows:
< strong >Person A< /strong >: Person A dialogue.
< em >(Person B nods)< /em >
< strong >Person B< /strong >: Person B dialogue.
Please do NOT use any quotation marks.
Please do not use < p > or < br > tags.
Please put html tags for italics around any "action" or "stage direction" (as shown above) - using < em > and < /em > tags. Also always capitalize the first word in the parentheses.
Please put the colon OUTSIDE of the < /strong > html tags.
Please do not leave an empty line when a new person begins speaking.
Please do not use excessive capitalization and punctuation to show voice inflections.
Please use American spelling. (I know it's annoying for some, but it needs to be consistent and it is an American show.)
Also, I'd like to emphasize that any action describing the scene should be placed inside of parenthesis and < em > tags. Like this: < em > ( Action ) < /em >. Without the spaces, of course. Don't quote scenes that have more action than dialogue and don't quote scenes that rely heavily on sight gags. Above all the quote should be either funny or memorable.
Ross: In what part of her body did Monica get a pencil stuck at age fourteen?
(Hesitates shortly and then whispers something into Ross's ear)
Ross: Eww, no! Her ear.
Rachel: (To Ross) And hey, it's not that common, it doesn't happen to every guy and it is a big deal!
Chandler: I knew it!
Likely to be Rejected
"I said share, not scare. Go sit over there." -Ross
Ross: What was Monica's nickname when she was a field hockey goalie.
Joey: Big Fat Goalie.
Monica: Joey, they're not real! I start miles beneath the surface of these things, okay? They're fake. See? (squeezes her breast) Honk honk.
Chandler: Wow, it's, it's like porno for clowns.
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, not the show level. It should be specific to what aired in the episode and not deal with off-camera events, which should be submitted in the "notes" form. A car license-plate number is trivia, and a producer walking off the set is a note.
There are five different types of trivia, each with their own label. They are Goof, Continuity, Factual Error, Magna Doodle, and Trivia.
Goof: Errors in filming such as actors changing positions between camera angles or visible filming equipment.
Continuity: Discrepancies between episodes. Contradicting facts between episodes.
Factual Error: A plot line that contradicts real life geography or history.
Magna Doodle: What is written on the Magna Doodle in Joey's apartment.
Trivia: Interesting facts and miscellaneous information.
Goof: When Ross and Rachel come back to her apartment after he's found out she told Phoebe, Ross gets a chocolate bar out of the fridge and takes a bite, however when the shot goes back to him a few seconds later the chocolate bar is whole.
Continuity: This is the first episode where the cab sign on Phoebe's Grandmothers cab is not '2E85' as seen in "The One with Phoebe's Dad." From now on the sign reads '2X85'.
Factual Error: Ross, Chandler and Joey go to a New York Rangers-Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game. In reality the National Hockey League was experiencing a lockout during the 1994-95 season that lasted until January, meaning that no game could have existed in October of 1994.
Magna Doodle: I Love NY
Magna Doodle: A drawing of a seal
Trivia: The New Oxford English Dictionary now includes a definition for "going commando." They actually credit this phrase to Friends.
Trivia: This is the first time we see the restroom area of Central Perk
Likely to be Rejected
Any submissions without labels.
Any submissions about the actors, not the characters.
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, or a book. Allusions are prevalent in television shows, and some shows, like The Family Guy, make exclusive use of this kind of humor. When submitting allusions, always credit the original media being referenced with as much detail as possible. I also accept allusions about people involved in media, such as actors or writers.
Allusions should be formatted in the following manner. If the allusion is from a quote, use the said quote and then explain the allusion. Format the blurb like this:
Person: Quote containing the allusion.
Explanation of reference or allusion with detailed information.
Ross: Her actual favorite movie.
Joey: Weekend at Bernie's.
Weekend at Bernie's was a film made in 1989.
Joey: The new Playboy.
Playboy is an American adult entertainment magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner.
Likely to be Rejected
Submissions without bold tags.
Submissions explaining references about objects or places, not media
Summaries & Recaps
The summary should be a short spoiler free paragraph about the general plot of the episode and the recap should be a much longer description that encompasses all major plot points and should contain spoilers for the episode.
Before attempting an episode recap try and set aside a couple hours to do so. The best way to write a recap is to do it in one sitting. Writing a recap usually takes about 2 and half hours.
When writing episode recaps make sure to use proper break tags, as opposed to the enter key, to start a new paragraph. Break tags should look like:
Monica fianlly tells her friends to chill. It's just a date and no sex will be involved.
The next scene is still at Central Perk, at a later time.
-Always italicize movies, books, television shows, and musicals.
-Use quotes for song titles and television episode titles.
-Always, always, always use the comment section of the submission form. Your submission will have a much greater chance to be accepted if I know exactly what it is that you are either editing or adding to the guide.
-Be sure to proofread all of your submissions especially the recaps and summaries. If a submission has a minor punctuation error or a bolded colon, I'll probably fix it during moderation. But if these kinds of small errors are continually made, I won't hesitate to reject them. Also be sure to check your spelling. And please, try your hardest to not use run-on sentences.
-If I should reject a submission I'll try my best to provide a detailed explanation as to why I rejected it. Be sure to read these comments to learn from your mistake. I'm not in the business to reject submissions, I would much rather approve them and add more valid and correct information to the guide.
-If you have any questions regarding a submission, don't hesitate to PM me and ask. The more informed and successful submitters there are out there the better the guide will become.
I'll do my best to moderate submissions as quickly as possible.
This concludes the submission guidelines for Friends. These guidelines will all most likely stay the same over time. But in the future there might be additions or changes to the guidelines and if they are updated I will reflect that in the title of this thread. If you have any questions regarding a submission, or any suggestions regarding these guidelines, don't hesitate to PM me. The more informed and successful submitters there are out there the better the guide will become.
Any expletives should be edited with asterisks so that the word is not readily apparent. It is not acceptable to include the 1st letter and then use the correct number of asterisks to mask the remaining letters. All letters should be replaced with asterisks in those situations. For the usual 4-letter words, they should only appear as ****. However, it is acceptable to use the phrase "the F-word" or "the B-word" according to the TV.com rules.
Game threads are limited to three pinned games in the Friends forum. TV.com would like to keep the forum open to discussion regarding Friends. If you would like to create a FRIENDS game, please use the TV Show Fun & Games Forum. To help users find game threads in the TV Show Fun & Games Forum a topic will be pinned in the FRIENDS forum so users can post a link to their game. Please make sure to create the topic title stating the name of the show in caps (FRIENDS - Game Title).
Users should not quote multiple messages unless absolutely necessary. Off-topic messages should not be quoted. If you are responding to an off-topic message, make your comment brief and then move back to the topic of the thread.
Flaming and Flame Wars
There is a difference between debate and flaming. Or to put it another way, respond to the argument, not the user. Saying why something someone says is incorrect (as much as you can say any opinion is "incorrect"), is one thing. Saying they're dumb, or "baloney," or not entitled to post their opinion, is another. Posting that you're going to report someone is off-topic, and almost guaranteed to start/maintain a flame war.
There is no such thing as "defensive" flaming. If you respond to a flame with a flame, you're flaming. If you quote someone else flaming, well...you're responsible for everything that's in your post, and your content will be moderated accordingly.
The shorter your post, the more likely it is not "reasonable and informed criticism and debate." A quick one-sentence post, especially one going against the initial point of a thread or opposing another user's argument, is more likely to be considered a driveby flame or troll, and moderated accordingly.
Please don't discuss illegal downloading in this forum (torrents, Youtube links, etc..). Posting of any copyrighted image, including photographs and screen caps is not allowed as it's a violation of the Terms of Service.
Though informed opinions are always welcome on the forum, expressions of pure hatred are not. This applies whether the target is another user, an actor, a public figure or a character. You are free to disagree with the actions or motivations of an individual or a character, but please try to stay away from statements that merely announce your hatred of a person or character. Though the character's feelings won't get hurt, I can see where repetitive expressions of hatred for a character can be taken the wrong way by other users. Such expressions don't add anything to the discussions on the forum so it's better not to include them.
Please try to stick to the general topic of the thread in which you are posting. The occasional off-topic post is okay as long as everyone gets back to the original topic pretty quickly. If you find that you really want to discuss another topic, then you are always free to start up a new thread. (Before doing that, check to see that no other recent threads cover the same topic. Duplicate threads may be locked.)
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The site moderators have been quick in the past to delete offensive posts. A common tactic of trolls is to post an offensive message and then delete it once people start responding. TV.com retains the edit history of every message so the moderators can see any offensive language, even if it has been "deleted" or edited by the author.
Contacting the Editor / Moderator
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Credit to 123Home123, Gislef, & Kristhetvgirl2 for their contribution to these forum guidelines.
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