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Welcome to TV Squad's list of answered Frequently Asked Questions. Here we hope to clear up some things that many new and regular readers to the site might wonder about us. Thanks for taking the time to read everything, and if you've got anything else you think is missing here, feel free to let us know.

  1. TV Squad writes episode reviews, not detailed episode recaps.
  2. TV Squad is not the place to contact your favorite TV personality, producer, script writer, etc.
  3. We have a special e-mail form just for the spelling and grammar police.
  4. There are no strict editorial guidelines; every blogger's opinion is his or her own.
  5. We can't review every show.
  6. We love our readers, but we have the power to destroy you.
  7. Advertisers have no effect on what we write.
  8. Where are the lists of TV Squad bloggers and links to their lists of posts?
  9. Regarding TV Squad's April, 2007 redesign.
  10. Why we now used to rate episodes on a 7 scale and not 10.
  11. Does TV Squad have a Twitter account? How about Flickr? Others?
  12. Can I get TV Squad's feed emailed to me daily?


1. TV Squad writes episode reviews, not detailed episode recaps.

There are many blogs that write detailed recaps of television shows, but that's not what we do. We write reviews of the episodes for people who have already seen them and want to comment on the episodes and tell us why our opinions are so terribly, terribly wrong.

There are a few exceptions to this rule at the moment, in particular Lost, 24 and American Idol -- those are what we call "reviewcaps", as you'll no doubt notice they include recap as well as review.

2. TV Squad is not the place to contact your favorite TV personality, producer, script writer, etc.

We receive a lot of comments that read, "Hey, Neil Patrick Harris, I saw you at Cracker Barrel the other day!" or "I was in my high school's production of Grease and I'd love to tryout for American Idol!" Yes, people who work in the TV biz read our blog just like any other entertainment site and leave comments, but TV Squad is not the place to reach them.

3. We have a special e-mail form just for the spelling and grammar police.

That form can be found in the top, blue navigation bar of the site. If you find a typo, that's the best way to let us know. Leaving the same comment on a post itself is not recommended, as it will inevitably lead to someone else correcting your spelling and grammar until the whole thing devolves into some petty battle of wits like a couple of three year olds getting into a slap fight over the last package of Bubble Tape at the Walgreens checkout counter.

4. There are no strict editorial guidelines; every blogger's opinion is his or her own.

We do have lead bloggers who help keep the rest of us in line and the blog running like a well-oiled machine, but when you see a strong opinion expressed in a post, it's good to remember that said opinion is that of the blogger and not TV Squad as a whole. Our bloggers are located all over the place and come from different walks of life, and just as every O in Honey Nut Cheerios has a single drop of honey, every post you read contains a bit of that blogger's soul. It's really beautiful when you think about it.

5. We can't review every show.

It's just not possible. There are too many TV shows and not enough of us. However, we do listen to our readers and if we get enough people demanding coverage of a specific show, we do our best to find someone to cover it.

6. We love our readers, but we have the power to destroy you.

Okay, not really, but as it reads on our comment form: "Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry: inappropriate or purely promotional comments may be removed." We can also ban a person completely if things get too out of hand, though we really hate when we have to do that. Our readers are funny, spirited, often enraged, and never at a loss for words. We wouldn't have it any other way, so stick to the Marquess of Queensberry rules so we can keep sparring without someone being thrown out of the ring.

7. Advertisers have no effect on what we write.

We have no idea what TV series or products are going to be advertised on this blog, and ads have no bearing on what we write about. We're shackled to our opinions like members of a chain gang, and ain't no ad gonna change that.

8. Where are the lists of TV Squad bloggers and links to their lists of posts?

If you want to get a look at who currently writes for us, you can look at this list, which also has links to each blogger's own posts here. If you ever need to contact anyone on that list, just use the Contact Us link above and we'll make sure they receive your message.

9. Regarding TV Squad's April, 2007 redesign.

If you want to learn more about the redesign, what's new and why we made the changes, you can check out this post.

10. Why we now used to rate episodes on a 7 scale and not 10.

Check out the ratings page for more information on that. (2007-07-10 UPDATE: We don't do ratings anymore, so this just applies to the posts we used to do ratings on.)

11. Does TV Squad have a Twitter account? How about Flickr?

Yes and yes. Please join in! We've also got a Facebook page.

12. Can I get TV Squad's feed emailed to me daily?

Yes to that, too! This will email you the RSS-like feed of all posts for the day, just once a day. We're working on a better email newsletter that will have just some choice stories included and some other benefits, like contest updates, etc.

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