Site Help (or confusion I)

Find your question in the following list and click. Alternatively simply read through the page until you find the answer to your question.

A quick personal note from the webmaster.
General Site information (very important to read if this is your first visit)
Why do you use Frames, CSS and Javascript on the site?
I clicked on a link from a search engine, but I was taken to the splash page or the page did not display properly. Why?
PAD? What the hell is that? Is it dangerous?
Why, when I click on an episode title in the menu, does it take me to a different section?
How do I move around the site?
What is the page ref: at the bottom of the page? and how do I use it?
There's a broken link what do I do?
What's the difference between Series and Season? Aren't they the same?
There are references to some non existing sections/links. i.e ??? How do I find out what/where they are?
Can I get "Watching" on Video/DVD?
I would like to help/be a part of the site. How can I do this?
That's bollocks. That's not right. It didn't happen like that.
How do I get in touch?
How can I trust you with my email address?
What does the site version reference actually mean?
Why do you use free services rather than pay for proper decent ones?
There's some questions here that don't seem relevant to the site. Why?
This help section is useless. It didn't answer my question/problem at all

A quick personal note from the webmaster.

I am not a professional web designer. I have just picked up various bits and pieces etc. over the years and this is my first foray into creating a serious website (oh that's good, my first serious website is about a comedy). I am constantly learning and will accept constructive criticism and of course advice on how to improve the site etc.

Thank you.

Ok now about the site.

 

General

This site is best viewed in a resolution of 1024x768 or higher. The minimum resolution tested for was 800x600 and although it's not good at that size it is still viewable. It was tested for those of you who seem to want to use three quarters of your browser/screens for your favourites/history bar and the remaining quarter to view the actual page you are looking at and there are only a few pages that look absolute rubbish. You can still view them though if you wish. This is of course rubbish, you can't really view a page in a quarter of a screen, but I'm sure you get my drift.

You will notice that the majority of the themeing is in the menu area. The main display area (the right hand window pane, or maybe the left :) ) is kept somewhat simpler. There is some deliberate bleeding of the theme into this area but not so much that it will mean constantly large downloads (those thin strips of the background top, bottom, left and right  are meant to be there, it is not a coding mistake) .

Click here for an example of carrying too much of the theme over into the main display area.

The site control/basic information sections are kept relatively simple. They do not add much to the site so effort will be applied in more deserving areas. This also means it is simpler to maintain these areas.

Previously, we decided not to have embedded links. We have now changed our minds and there are embedded links where appropriate throughout the site. Should you find a possible embedded link which is not , then please report it.

The latest news about the site and additions etc. will be listed on the "Announcing" page.

 

Why do you use Frames, CSS and Javascript on the site?

Well. They are used because they help make the site. Without them it would be a boring layout. Frames are used for the layout and navigation controls. Cascading Style Sheets make the coding of the site easier in that they provide and centralize a lot of the stylization and themeing.

Javascript is used sparingly. When it is used we always make sure that it if you have it disabled it wont affect your viewing of the site too much (there maybe some sections that wont load/display properly, although with v06.001 we altered the javascript loading method to standard HTML, and PAD will not work). Most of the scripts we use are already part of your browser (we don't write them). We only use scripts to enhance the site. We don't gather information or anything from your computer.

Unfortunately, at this moment there is no plain text/non frames version of this site. There are no plans to produce one as most browsers in use these days support frames. If your browser unfortunately doesn't support frames (we would wonder quite how you are reading this though - please let us know) then we can only suggest that, if possible, you change to a browser that does.

 

I clicked on a link from a search engine, but I was taken to the splash page or the page did not display properly. Why?

Ah. Your search may have found a relevant page on the site, and the link has taken you straight to that page.

You can't just wander in here through any old window you like. The site layout is intrinsic in it's use of frames, also some of the setup/display/layout information is actually held in the parent menu pages, and can only be referenced if that page is also loaded.

That's why the PAD system may have unceremoniously (well quite politely now) bundled you back out the window and towards the front door (we're still working on this so it may not have happened).

From there you should be able to locate the page section you are looking for.

 

PAD? What the hell is that? Is it dangerous?

PAD? It's an acronym for Perimeter Access Detection. A bit like your house burglar alarm, except that we don't care as long as you come in through the front door.

Simply put, this detects if you have loaded a page outside of the required framework. If you have, it actually informs you of where you are most likely to find that page (see page ref: ) before it directs you towards the correct entrance.

PAD is NOT a program installed on your computer, it is NOT dangerous, it simply enquires of your browser some information relating to the page it is currently viewing and responds accordingly.

 

Why, when I click on an episode title in the menu, does it take me to a different section?

DON'T confuse the section title tags with episode names, Yes they may be similar but they do not point to the episodes. (sorry about any confusion - it will get worse trust us. confusion is after all part of the theme - we think, we're all confused now). Actually no, it should become clear if not obvious eventually.

The theme of the site follows the theme of the shows titles and all the section titles end in "ing" hence in some cases i.e. this section which is entitled "Helping" is an actual episode name but refers to this section and not that episode.

To give you some idea as to the possibilities, the section "Moving" about how to navigate the site, used to be a sub paragraph in this "Helping" section.

There is no "Meeting" tag as this title/name is actually used for the welcome message section (see the navigation paragraph for how to access the "Meeting" section). 

Right now that neither of us understand the section title tags let's move on.

 

Navigation

This information has now been transferred to it's own section "Moving".

It also contains instructions on how to use these spiffy new horizontal rules with those two arrows either end.

 

What is the page ref: at the bottom of the page? and how do I use it?

The page ref: is an indicator of where that page is located within the site. It will generally tell you the section title, followed by some other directional clues (paragraph/link references) if required. It is also used by the PAD system.

i.e. this page may have "page ref: helping/sillyquestions/#whydoyouaskthat?" (it could!). This indicates that this page is within the section entitled "Helping". From there you would need to find a link to "silly questions" and then the paragraph  "why do you ask that?". If it only had "helping" then it would be the main parent page in that section

You will have to guess/search for the clues as even we can't predict a definite format, but we will try to make them fairly obvious.

Use (but don't abuse) these references as you will.

 

There's a broken link what do I do?

Report it man (or woman) , report it!

Tell us via email which link (be as precise as you can) is broken, and we will investigate and attempt to resolve it.

 

What's the difference between Series and Season? Aren't they the same?

In the UK the term "Series" is used to refer to a group/run of episodes (usually shown in a particular year). It's also used to refer to the whole overall show. So "Watching was a situation comedy series, which ran for 7 series" won't make sense to someone who hasn't lived in the UK.

The american method of  referring to the overall show as "series" and then each group/run of shows as "seasons" is easier.  Therefore "Watching was a situation comedy series, which ran for 7 seasons." makes a bit more sense.

 

There are references to some non existing sections/links. i.e ??? How do I find out what/where they are?

Ah. Bugger.

As we write the pages we sort of want to help you (that's what were here for) by pointing in you in various directions (usually of more detailed information). However we may be thinking ahead to future plans/additions (not just necessarily of this site). 

In order to keep the flow of the prose, we simply write the text that tells you where the information will be, but use an indicator of the type ??? to highlight this.

We will update this indicator as soon as the section/reference is available and announce it (in the "Announcing" section - where else?). So keep coming back to see if it has (eventually) been updated.

However Just in case we have accidentally overlooked it, you could tell us about (via email) and we will check.

 

Can I get "Watching" on Video/DVD?

This question is included here because it's (so far) the most non-site-technical related asked question. Eventually it will go in the "Questioning" section (hmmm should that actually be FAQING). Anyways.

Oh, err, umm...simple answer. No. Not officially (but see the update below). There is no official release BUT THERE SHOULD BE!! (take a look at the "Ranting" section).

In 1993 a VHS video was released with the first two episodes on it. It has since been deleted (14th August 1996) and is no longer available. It is very rare. That said I am sure that if you search around enough, check in your 2nd hand video shop and such places you may come across a copy.

We are aware that there are some unofficial [broadcast recordings] DVD's floating around. You just have to search for them, and that's as much as we can [dare] say.

UPDATE!! 

As most of you will be aware, an official DVD of season 1 was released on Feburary 27th 2006. I am currently endeavouring to find out if there are any plans to release further seasons and will let you know as and when.

Also, the unofficial DVD's have stopped appearing (on Ebay at least) due to Ebay's new rules on selling recordable media. They are however still available if you look hard enough.

 

I would like to help/be a part of the site. How can I do this?

Simple. Details on how to help/contribute are in the "Contributing" section (where else).

 

That's bollocks. That's not right. It didn't happen like that.

Then get in touch, give us the benefit of your wisdom. Tell us how you/what you think is correct. If you can prove/support it with some evidence as well even better.

As much as we'd like to have irrefutable evidence for everything on here, it's just not possible. But if you think something is wrong and you tell us then it may just trigger our memories and enable us to research and update with more correct information. We would also publicly thank you by giving you a contributor's number (if you so wish).

This site is for you the fans, and many heads are better than one, so tell us such things it can only improve the site.

 

How to contact us.

If you want to get in touch, perhaps to contribute, make suggestions, make some requests, report broken links or to complain about spelling/grammar (or the many many puns), or any other reason,  then you can email by clicking on the email icon or copyright notice at the bottom of the menu.

This will be available all the time you are visiting the site and will make use of whatever email client you are using. It should open in a new window but if you are using a browser which has inbuilt email it will depend upon how your preferences are set.

Or if you wish to make some comments about the site then please sign our guest book via the "Guesting" section.

Just a quick note: if any excessively abusive emails are received, abuse reports will be lodged with the offenders ISP.

 

How can I trust you with my email address?

You can trust us with your email address. 

Firstly, see the T&C in the "Mailing" section for our charter relating to email addresses.

Secondly, any email address which is included on the site is specially encoded to prevent spiders and robots from gaining them and spamming the addressee. The addresses appear as normal text (actually they appear as an email link - see embedded links in the "Moving" section) but are encoded within the html to make it as hard as possible for them to simply pick it up.

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that it will not be picked up, therefore we suggest that if you are giving us an email address that will be published on the site (we would not publish any address without consent - see the "Legal" section ) that, if possible, it is special address you know is related to this site and this site only, and that it is not your main email address.

 

What does the site version reference actually mean?

The site version reference (just under the menu) tells you and us which version of the site is currently being viewed.

The version number primarily refers to the site layout/structure. The date after the version number is the last update date. Check the "Announcing" page to see what was added and when.

Oh you actually want to know what he numbers mean? well it's very very simply (it has to be we get confused so easily). Lets take the first version of this site "v05.001". The first 2 digits indicate the year the site was written. The next 3 digits are simply a number that increase with each major layout/structure change. So if a new version was written in the same year it would be "v05.002" and if a new version was written the next year it would be "v06.001".

The version number wont change just because some more content has been added or some spelling corrections made. In this case only the date will change.

 

Why do you use free services rather than pay for proper decent ones?

Well we don't get paid to create/maintain/host this site. It's all done out of the kindness of our hearts. No really it is.

Also why pay for something if you can get it for free. Free does not always mean poor and rubbish, likewise paying does not guarantee good service.

The services used meet our requirements and they have minimal and unobtrusive advertising. We consider them to be decent and proper. If something better is out there or comes along at some point then, we may switch (as long as it's free of course).

 

There's some questions here that don't seem relevant to the site. Why?

Ah. That's possibly just us getting ahead of ourselves again (whoa whoa), or the question may have been relevant but due to a fix/update is not currently. That doesn't mean it wont be relevant at some time in the future (again).

 

This help section is useless. It didn't answer my question/problem at all.

Hey we're psychotic not phsyic. Sorry. It's not possible to think of/cover every potential problem or question. Why don't you contact us (that one is in this section) and we will try to resolve your query.

 

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