Here are a few more specific rules:
Summaries: Most of the episode summaries in the early seasons are fine, but a few could be written in a better way if you are familiar with the episode. Always remember that it's an editor's judgment as to whether an existing summary should be replaced with a new one. Do not copy an already existing summary from somewhere else and swap a few words around...use your own impressions of what the episode is about, and leave out any major spoilers. If you haven't actually seen the episode, it's better to leave the existing summary and let someone who has actually seen the episode write it.
Recaps: Many episodes still need recaps, so bring them on. Make sure they are well written and complete. I won't accept a recap submission if I have to rewrite most of it myself.
Airdates, Episode Numbers, Production Codes, etc.: As far as I know, these are accurate and complete. If you find evidence contrary to this, PM me with the info and proof. If I agree with the evidence that your info is more correct, then you will have a greenlight to send these contributions and replace the existing info. Otherwise, I'll likely reject submissions attempting to change this important data. There's some bad data published regarding airdates in Season 3, so I'm using the data from the DVDs, despite what other sites might state.
Cast/Crew Info: Cast listings were a TVtome mess when I took over the guide, so later seasons still have inaccurate listings. I've checked most of the credits against the episode credits themselves for the first 2 seasons, and I'm working on Season 3 now. I'll likely reject "uncredited" additions that are taken from sites such as IMdb, since no one knows if they are correct or not. As far as Crew submissions, completeness is required...don't submit just a few crew members, submit them all in one submission. Do not use the character field for extra info, such as aliases or dates...many episodes still have this pointless info listed, but I'm stripping it out as I'm correcting the cast listings. It's acceptable to add detail to the character field for crew members, but only if it is relevant and necessary (such as "Director--Underwater Scenes")--but no aliases, dates, union salutations, etc. A clean guide is a better guide, and such info is better added as a note or to the actors' guides.
Character names for blurb contributions: For consistency, use only the characters' first names for quotes, as in the cast listings (Grampa, Little Luke, etc.)
Notes: Notes are "off-screen" events that pertain to the episode (or the show in general) such as tidbits regarding production. Plot points are not Notes.
Quotes: Make sure they're interesting and short. The McCoys use a lot of slang, so use the slang in the quotes as well. Use the characters' first names as I explained above. Do not transcribe entire scenes.
Trivia: Be sure that Trivia contributions relate to something actually seen or heard in the episode that a viewer might miss the first time around. Plot points are not trivia. Be aware of the difference between Trivia and Notes. Also, I'm not a big fan of bloopers. I don't consider anything that can be rationally explained, or rationalized by a scene edit, to be a blooper. The events of a TV show rarely take place in real time, and it's the viewer's blooper to think that they do. If a character drops a hat in one scene, but has it back in a later scene, then as far as I am concerned, the character put the hat back on during the scene transition. True bloopers like a mike boom in the shot are welcome contributions, but let's otherwise keep Trivia relevant and interesting.
Allusions: There are a few, but not a lot of allusions in a show like this. Most Allusion contributions are speculative by their very nature, but use common sense and a little bit of research for these. Try to make the allusion blurb informatively complete. Be aware of the proper way to write an Allusion blurb that is based upon a passing (direct) reference; simple definitions are not good Allusion submissions, so be sure to explain how it relates to the scene/character/etc. If you have any question about how to do this properly, PM me first...I'm glad to help.
Reviews: Hey, it's your review. Write what you wish! But try to keep it interesting, and explain why you liked the episode...or, why you didn't.
Links: Links-only submissions are now allowed by TV.com, but only to TV.com pages...no links to other sites!
Be sure to vote on the episodes you have seen, but please use a realistic opinion. Rating the episodes all 10s or all 1s is pointless. I generally use the hundred point, "letter grade" system. An excellent episode might get a 9.0 (90%, an "A-"), and an average, but not-great episode might get a 7.0 (a "C-")...lower ratings such as a 2.5 would be a case where the episode really flunks on most every level. This is an easy rating system to use, but feel free to use your own rating criteria...just try to be consistent and realistic.
Feel free to PM me with any questions or suggestions!
Edited on 08/19/2009 12:15am
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