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Submission Guidelines - New & Updated - 11/16/06

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    Gislef

    [1]Nov 16, 2006
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    Most of this is common sense. But I feel I have no choice but to accept the most accurate and best formatted material. So if someone else follows these guidelines and you don't, and you both submit on the same thing, their stuff will be what's accepted. Reading this will also save you time having to resubmit and keep your rejection rate down, if you worry about that kind of thing.

    I'll re-edit stuff to fit if it only takes a little work, but otherwise I'll reject and provide an explanation. If you submit a lot it's more likely at least one will be rejected so you catch it, since it's more important if you intend to become a heavy contributor.

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    1 ) Look at what's already on the page. If there's nothing there yet, look at another episode page. If you want to know what name to use for a regular character (Dick vs. Captain Richard), or if a name should be bolded, or whether there should be double-spacing between quote lines, or whether quotation marks should be used, or where to use italics (book, movie, TV show titles), do what's already been done. If you're not sure how to do the HTML, click on Edit for an existing entry and see how it's done.

    2 ) Don't steal from another site. Except for Quotes, everything should be in your own words. Even summaries based on press releases should be rewritten as "your content." It's a TV.com requirement, it's copyright, and it's common courtesy.

    3 ) Be accurate and provide a reliable source. Unless you're an incredibly fast typist/writer and have an incredible ear for dialogue, pause the recording. Rewind. Transcribe the dialogue, rewind again, double-check. For episodes that haven't aired yet, always provide an original verifiable source in Comments. Provide as complete a URL as possible: if I can't find it, I can't accept it.

    4 ) If you edit, use Comments to tell me what you're editing and why. Be specific. "Fixing 2 typos." doesn't help. "Changed "his" to "her" in third paragraph, changed "their" to "they're" in second paragraph" does. If something should be deleted, mark it for deletion and put the explanation in Comment, don't "argue" or give a "response."

    5 ) Know basic grammar and punctuation. "I" is capitalized. Names are capitalized. Sentences get periods at the end (or question marks or exclamation marks). A single space goes after most punctuation except at the end of a sentence. Know the difference between "its" and "it's." ("It's" = "It is"). When speaking to someone and using their name, a comma goes before and after their name. "It's true that I love you, Fred, but I love you too, George." is correct. "Its true that i love you fred but I love you too,George" is not.

    6 ) Don't duplicate. Particularly for major plot points, if the info is in the Recap, it doesn't need to be in Notes or Trivia. If a quote appears entirely in Allusions, it doesn't need to be in Quotes as well. Click on More Quotes/Trivia/Notes. You typically don't see everything on the episode's main page.

    7 ) Don't anticipate. That's part of being accurate. Don't go by previews--sometimes scenes get cut or another version used when the episode goes to air. Don't assume an Allusion will be an allusion until you see the episode.

    8 ) It's not personal. Don't insert stuff like "I" or "Don't you think" or "We all know..." Stick to the factual and put opinions, analysis, and speculation into your review.

    9 ) Quotes. Quotes should be memorable, significant, and/or humorous. They should stand on their own and make sense to someone who hasn't seen the show, and represent quality writing. Don't use quotes just to "prove" something or indicate a key moment if the words aren't otherwise memorable, significant, or humorous. Try to focus on the key line or lines and avoid three paragraphs of "set up" quotes. Bold the speaker name, then put in an unbolded colon, then a space, then the line quote. Don't put quotation marks around each line. Hit a single Return/Enter for the next speaker's line. Contextual explanations should be used as little as possible, be as short as possible, put in parentheses, and italicized.

    10 ) Notes. As per TV.com standards, Notes is for off-screen production-related stuff. Stuff the characters wouldn't know. Background music, special credit info, relevant background on the actors, in-jokes, etc. "What else they've been in" and "They're best known for" and "They've worked together before" is covered by the cast list section and its links, unless there's some kind of specific in-joke involved.

    11 ) Trivia. As per TV.com standards, Trivia is for obscure on-screen stuff the viewer might not notice. This includes goofs. Plot points, character development, "they did something similar two episodes ago," and other obvious stuff are often spoilers and are not Trivia--they should go in the Recap. Trivia isn't for discussion and debate.

    12 ) Allusions. As per TV.com standards, Allusions are for cultural references--other TV shows, movie, films, books. Always provide the single line of the quotation first that contains the Allusion (formatted as #9 above), then a single return, then the explanation. Internal continuity is pretty common in TV shows so unless it's obscure (Trivia), it's not an Allusion. The explanation (your own words, not cut-n-pasted) should be detailed enough that someone unfamiliar with the allusion can understand: roughly 20-50 words, one paragraph. Linking actor and TV show names to their TV.com pages is encouraged. Word definitions and translations are not Allusions (or Trivia or Notes, either). Allusions are deliberate and typically something the writers have the characters say. Allusions should be unique and reference the original source whenever possible, rather then another show that references the original source.

    13 ) Summaries and Recaps. Summaries should be short and not give away any spoilers. Recaps should be a complete scene-by-scene account of the episode, without stage directions or meta-references like "In this scene...". Write it like you'd write a reference book entry. Don't include real-life info ("This season," actor listings, etc.). Save quotes for the Quote section (see #9 above).

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    One last thing. If you submit something and it's rejected, remember: it's nothing personal. These standards are in place to promote accuracy, readability, and keep the episode pages from being too "cluttered" with extraneous info. If you get a rejection, read the Comments I provide, come here and look at these guidelines, and PM me if you have any questions. Some folks I had to reject the first time are now my most prolific contributors.

    That's it. Look forward to your submissions!
    Edited on 02/07/2010 3:46am
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    Gislef

    [2]Nov 16, 2006
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    How to Format Quotes

    Here's an example of a properly formatted quote. Type the stuff in white in just as you see it.

    Code:
    <strong>Chloe</strong>: <em>(falling off a cliff)</em> Clark, grab me!


    then a single hard return after typing the !, and then as a new line type:

    Code:
    <strong>Clark</strong>: Got you!


    The quote will appear in the guide like this:

    Chloe: (falling off a cliff) Clark, grab me!
    Clark: Got you!

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    New Episode Requirements

    Just as a note, since there seems to be some confusion:

    as per TV.com requirements for new episodes...

    ...any new episode you submit must include two out of three of episode title, episode air date, and/or episode summary. Air date must be specific--don't guess or approximate. Or post somebody's else's guess or approximation.

    Summaries must be actual summaries, with a brief summing up of the main plot and/or major subplots. Look at other summaries to see what is needed.

    You must also provide a verifiable URL source (in Comments) to confirm your information is correct, no cutting-and-pasting of summaries is occurring, etc.

    Hope that clarifies things.
    Edited on 06/23/2009 4:34am
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    Gislef

    [3]Sep 27, 2007
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    With a new season upon us, just a reminder or two...

    Make sure your submissions are accurate. If you submit an incorrect quote, and someone else submits the correct one, it doesn't matter if you're first. I'll have to accept the correct one.

    If you're not sure your submissions are accurate, it's probably best if you don't submit. I'm not saying you shouldn't: only that inaccurate submissions will be rejected.

    Look at recent previous episodes to see how Notes, Trivia, Allusions, and Quotes are formatted, what names are used for consistency, and what goes where.

    Quote-wise, spoken dialogue trumps closed-captioning.

    If you edit something, indicate in Comments exactly what you're editing, and why. TV.com doesn't provide editors with an easy tool to compare what was there originally and what you're changing.
    Edited on 09/28/2007 8:28am
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    Gislef

    [4]Feb 17, 2010
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    Since there seems to be some confusion on the part of contributors, and accuracy of the information from these sources has not consistently proven to be accurate, the following sources are not acceptable:

    Wikipedia
    Any other Wikis

    IMDB is acceptable, but only for episodes more than a year old. And please keep in mind that IMDB does not treat certain status/indicators, such as Recurring, the same way that TV.com does.
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