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Q: Why don't you not list "Mystic Fate" as original air dating on Novmember 4?!?!?
A: Because, as it says in the end credits to each and every episode of PR, the show's country of origin is the USA. It's where the show is intended to primarily be broadcasted, and it's where the show's direct funding comes from. There have been times when episodes have aired in other countries first, Canada has gotten an ep first twice, and now Jetix UK has gotten "Mystic Fate" 1 & 2 more than a week ahead of the US. Even if, as a fake example, Peru got every episode exactly one day before the US, this guide would list first US air dates, because it is the show's country of origin. Many TV shows made for the US have aired first in other countries (Charmed and Justice League), and their guides usually have the same rule, stick to country of origin.
Q: Why aren't the episodes in the right order on the guide?
A: Because, as per TV.com's rules, episode guides are supposed to reflect the original airing order. Episodes are not always run in the proper order they're meant to be seen. And sometimes, they're not meant to be seen in any order, and are aired that way! I've recently adjusted the guide to better reflect proper order in the biggest cases of "airing order just can't work, no way, no how". Those episodes are: "Food Fight" (aired as the second ep simply because Fox Kids liked the story idea and wanted to hype the show's potential up better in its preview slot), "A Season to Remember" (the stuff within the flashbacks has no choice but to take place earlier in the season than where it first aired), "Snip It, Snip It Good" (was only pushed back due to reshoots, and doesn't make any sense in its aired position), "Impact" (has to follow "History"), and "Wormhole" (has to be after Morgana became Mora again, but before "Resurrection").
Submission Guide section:
Overview: When submitting items, make sure proper names of people, places, and even things are capitalized. For instance, "Red Ranger" is acceptable, but "red ranger" isn't. "Megazord" is right, "mega zord" is wrong, "MegaZord" is also wrong, while "Zord" is right if not connected to another word. "Morphed" is right, "morphed" is probably okay, maybe.
Keep opinions to yourself, and by "to yourself", we mean on the Forums or Reviews, not the episode guide. You may find an episode to be the worst ever, but that's not worth submitting as part of the guide since the guide is not you, it's a gross conglomeration of facts and events concerning a television show. It should be unbiased.
"Summary": Should be very brief, covering the basic plot of the episode and any major subplots. This should not give away the complete plot.
"Recap": A basic play by play retelling of the events of the episode. Reveal everything known, but don't include quotes. Also, try to consult the cast list and other notes for correct spelling of character and item names. If you don't know the spelling of something, let the Editor know and he will help you with this. But don't expect him to run a spell check for you, that's your responsibility as a writer.
"Notes": Though for as long as this guide has existed, this used to mean "everything notable about this episode", now TV.com's policy whip has been cracked. Which means from now on, notes are only for "off-camera" aspects of an episode. That means stuff like additional airdate information, changes to opening credits, changes of show seasons... Essentially stuff that merely involved production and broadcast related things. This includes variations concerning cast that can't be covered in the cast list, such as an actor "appears but does not speak", "is voice-only" (if they aren't a monster, of course), or "does not appear Morphed/Unmorphed".
"Trivia": Unlike how this guide used to do things, this is now where EVERYTHING on-screen related goes. It used to just be for goofs or mistakes, but now, it includes general notable things about this episode (NOT merely a recapping of the plot). Stuff that isn't indicated via the cast list, like first and final appearances of weapons/vehicles, etc. Continuity references to previous seasons or events earlier in the season (NOT someone bringing the audience up to speed on what happened in the immediate previous episode). And please, DO write in full sentences. "Debut of such and such" is no longer acceptable as a submission. Flesh it out to be something like "This episode features the debut of such and such." If you find a trivia blurb listed that you feel is in error, DO NOT "reply" to it, merely have it removed and explain why it's not a mistake in the comments section of the submission.
"Quotes": Memorable lines from the episode. Must be formatted according to the guidelines laid out on the submission form. Actions should be in italics. Try to keep the quotes brief, not whole transcriptions of scenes. If a bunch of characters say, "Ready!" or shout their colors, and then a monster says something funny, we really only need to know his line, and perhaps an action regarding to whom he's referring to and in what context.
"Allusions": References to real world or other TV show events. The mentioning of a celebrity, or a parody voice of one, for instance. This shouldn't be used to reference events in other episodes, that kind of info should go into "Trivia".
Why was my submission rejected?
Submissions are rejected if they are wrong, full of spelling and grammatical errors, pointless, submitted in the wrong section, and/or don't follow the above rules.
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