Welcome to the nice, new, shiny theLogBook.com feedback/FAQ section. You probably reached this page by clicking on a link to leave feedback or join the mailing list, so you’d probably like to know what’s going on.
In the years since theLogBook.com went online, I’ve gotten hundreds of questions of all kinds, pertaining to every portion of the site. And in many cases, the same questions are asked repeatedly. So, to help you find the answer to your questions quickly, and to help me manage my sometimes insane e-mail load (which can take weeks for me to find the time to answer), I have constructed this revised FAQ.
(Please don’t misunderstand – I appreciate and enjoy all the feedback that I get, but so often, people write in to ask in which episode X happened, or where they can get the music to X episode, when the answers to these questions can easily be found with a little bit of effort and searching through the site. Keep the e-mail coming!)
If your question isn’t answered by this FAQ, there’s an e-mail link at the bottom of the page.
Q: Why isn’t there a LogBook for X-Files or Hercules or Sid & Marty Kroft’s Far-Out Space Nuts…?
A: Because no one has written it. But this is where you come in! You too can join the LogBook writing staff. For anyone hoping to tackle a LogBook episode guide, I usually recommend having the show in question on tape so you can jot down credits like writers, directors, music composers, and the entire cast (even those “below the line,” i.e. credited only in the end credits). I insist that anyone wishing to write a new LogBook write original synopses, not borrowing from any books, other web sites, FAQs, or any other source – you must write it yourself. Once you have entries done, you e-mail them to me and I will do the HTML conversions, put them online, and notify the LogBook mailing list of the updates. (You receive full credit, even if I make minor or more-than-minor changes.) It’s that easy!
Q: Can you tell me in which episode Character X said “Y” to Character Z? Or in which episode A happened to B?
A: No. Please don’t send me requests like this, no matter how big a bet you need to settle. It may seem incomprehensible, since this site strives to be comprehensive, but I have not memorized every line of every script of every series covered here. In order to answer every last one of these bet-settling questions that comes my way, I’d have to do what you’d have to do: break out the videotape. And in most cases, I simply do not have the time. I’m flattered by all those who have felt that I must be enough of an authority to handle these kinds of trivia questions in the past…but I really can’t help you with these questions. Sorry.
Q: Can I copy your articles for my own web site?
A: Not without written permission. I have been as patient as I can with requests like this for several years now, but I have established a firm policy of saying NO across the board to every one of ’em. Let me explain it to you this way: in order to merit the expense of keeping this site online (which includes a monthly charge for web space and annual domain name renewal), theLogBook.com must earn its own keep. Quite simply, purchasing links from theLogBook.com Store and other portions of the site must recoup every cent I pour into this site every year.
Now, if those same episode guides start popping up on everyone else’s web sites, minus those links…that doesn’t help.
So…in a word…no, you cannot duplicate my work on your site. Everything you see here is unique to theLogBook.com, and you wouldn’t want me ripping off your hours of hard work. Parties interested in licensing content from theLogBook.com should get in touch with the webmaster. The content of theLogBook.com is registered as a copyrighted work in the Library of Congress. If you’d like to link to us, feel free, but don’t copy our hard work.
Q: What is your connection to the shows covered by the LogBook?
A: I have produced promos for Fox, UPN and ABC stations, so my work includes advance information, previews and synopses of upcoming episodes. On some rather infrequent occasions, I talk to promotions people working for the studios and distributors of these shows if I need more information. I don’t talk to producers, actors, or anyone of that nature – that’s not their job. That’s why the studios – and your local TV stations – have promotions people on the payroll. That’s as close as I come to having any sort of connection with these shows, aside from being a fan of some of them.
Q: Can you put me in touch with a writer/actor/producer/etc. through your work contacts? I have a cool idea for a script. Or I want to interview someone for my fanzine.
A: Absolutely not. Aside from the fact that I rack up at least eight busy hours of each weekday (and occasionally weekends too) writing and producing promos and scheduling promos for broadcast later in the week, my promo contacts at studios such as Paramount, Universal and so forth are even busier. They have two hundred stations to support with their work. I can not and will not filter “fan” requests through my legitimate business contacts, nor will I give out their e-mail addresses, phone numbers or any other contact information. Most shows have web sites with fan feedback e-mail addresses – feel free to use those. The kind folks at the studios and distributors barely have enough time in their day to handle requests from 200 stations, and they don’t have time to dispel rumors, answer trivia questions, or arrange interviews. This is why most studios maintain their own small army of public relations and press liaison people.
Q: Have Paramount, Viacom, Warner Bros., the BBC, etc., ever expressed any approval or disapproval of this site?
A: They’ve never said anything to me about it. I do, however, know that several studios and copyright holders have in fact checked out theLogBook.com, so I guess it’s safe to assume that we haven’t stepped on their toes since we’ve haven’t gotten a single cease-and-desist in all the years the site has been up.
Q: I’ve been looking for that CD/episode/movie for years/months/as soon as I realized I screwed up my VCR timer! Can you make me a copy? Or can I borrow yours?
A: Nyet. Nope. Nada. No way. Doesn’t even matter if it’s rare or out of print or has never been available on video. Doesn’t matter if it’s never going to see publication again. I’m not in the business of making dubs.
I don’t wish to sound unnecessarily harsh, but I’m not here to make up for gaps in anyone else’s music collection. That’s why I’ve tracked down hundreds of links to Amazon.com and its subsidiaries, so you can do what I did and pay honestly for your own copy. Amazon’s pages often feature samples of the contents of the media they carry, so if you’re not sure you want to pay your hard-earned money for something, listen to it online first.
That is my first, my final, my only word on this subject.
Q: Why do some items contain purchasing links while others do not?
A: If a particular show or item’s review page doesn’t contain a link, our sponsors don’t stock it. This may just mean that their distributors can’t get it. I have done my best to track down everything that I have listed, but some items are specialty items, imports, or out of print.
Still have a question? Okay, drop us a line and we’ll answer you as soon as humanly possible.