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Where can I get RHPS information on the Internet?

Many people start with the Rocky Horror newsgroup alt.cult-movies.rocky-horror. It's no longer the one-stop shop it was, but it's a good central place full of people who love the film and who know a thing or two about it. In addition, there are scores of WWW sites, as well as chat rooms, electronic mailing lists, the odd FTP site and an IRC channel or two every now and again.

What is alt.cult-movies.rocky-horror?

alt.cult-movies.rocky-horror is the Usenet newsgroup dedicated to discussion about Rocky Horror, and it is where this FAQ originated from. It's all fairly self-explanatory, really. You can access it through your news server, or through most of the WWW sites. A searchable archive of articles dating back to 1995 which even allows you to post can be found at http://www.rockynewsgroup.org

What WWW sites exist?

The most complete listing on-line of Rocky Horror pages is at http://www.midnightmadness.org/ultimatelink.htm

Significant and Official Pages:

United States and International Cast Pages:

For an updated list, check out http://www.rockytheaters.com - Interactive Theater List

Notable International (outside US) pages, alphabetical by Country:

Actor Fan Club Pages, alphabetical by Actor:

Shock Treatment pages:

Everything Else (selected more or less at random: there's a lot out there!):

How can I make my own RHPS Web Page?

These days, Web Pages are a dime a dozen. Maybe even a nickel. All you need to make one is have space to put it and know how to write HTML (or just have an HTML Editor). Before you make a page, though, think about whether or not you should. What is your motivation? Will your page offer something different and unique? Or will it just be a bunch of borrowed images and links? Web design, as with anything else, shouldn't be done just for the sake of doing it. Sure, you might know the basics behind writing a web page, but chances are you also know the basics behind oil painting, piano playing, and aircraft piloting. That doesn't mean you should do it or can even do it well. If you're absolutely hell-bent on making a web page, please read the following sections. I'm not going to go into the details of web design for you, but I'll give you some pointers for making a tolerable RHPS page.

If you have something new to offer and can present it well, by all means, whip up a page and let me know about it. I'd be more than pleased to plug it here.

What are guidelines for writing a RHPS web site?

As was said previously, your own RHPS web page should have something new to offer, other than the same old photos and links on 90% of the other Rocky sites. What follows are some guidelines that, in my opinion, should absolutely be followed:

   Use a background graphic that doesn't vary drastically in color, tone, or brightness. This doesn't mean it needs to be flat black, but if you're going to use red, try to make all of it shades of red. Drastic changes in background colors make text difficult to read. In the same vein, use a contrasting color for the text so it is easy to read.
   Use large graphics in moderation, and by all means, use image sizes in your code. Having scores of photos from your show is fine, but do not put them on your main page, or even all on the same page. They just take too long to load. Include links to individual photographs using text or a thumbnail image. Remember that fancy animations are amusing for about 30 seconds; after that, they start to get annoying.
   If you're adverising a production, include the NAME of the theater, the LOCATION of the theater (including city and state), and a PHONE NUMBER for the theater. This will let people contact the theater to verify the showing and save them from driving an hour and a half to see a show that doesn't even exist any more. Additionally, it will let them know where the show is. Many cast web pages seem to assume that those viewing the pages are already familiar with the cast and where it performs. Simply saying "The Downtown Theater" doesn't really help without all of the other information. Write your web page so someone who knows nothing about you can successfully find their way to your show. That's what you want, isn't it?
   Include email links so that you can be contacted, and include a 'last modified' date so that people will know if information is current.
   For heaven's sake, visit your own page after you update it and make sure the code works.
   There is an excellent article on creating RHPS web pages at http://www.midnightmadness.org/aa-sywcarhws.htm 

Can I use images or text from other sites?

You have the ability to do it, but not only is it immoral and disrespectful to just take something without permission, it's illegal according to international copyright laws.

That said, most people won't mind if you use some of their stuff, but would rather you asked first. As was said before, if your pages are nothing new or noteworthy, there's really no point in having them. But no matter what, ASK PERMISSION FIRST. And if you're going to use someone else's graphic, include a link back to the origins of the graphic. For example, a good number of RHPS web pages use the fishnets background graphic that was created specifically for the RHPS FAQ site, and very few of them asked for permission or even bothered to include a link. You may feel that we should live in a society without rules or property or whatnot. Practice anarchy on your own time. Other people have gone to the trouble to scan and create graphics and do not like to see their work shamelessly ripped off.

If you are going to feature images or text from someone's page in your cast newsletter, the above still applies. You should also include the page's URL in your newsletter. If you thought it was cool enough to include, your readers will probably appreciate being able to check out the page for themselves. Your source will also appreciate the publicity.

Finally, give credit where credit is due. This can be as simple as a thank-you and link at the bottom of your page for a borrowed background, or a by-line and link before borrowed text or images.

What it really boils down to - aside from the legal issues - is common courtesy and respect. People spend time and effort to create graphics, scan images, and write text. Please show them the respect that they deserve.

Where can I get graphics and sounds?

Most of the WWW sites should have more than enough to keep you happy for at least a little while, but keep in mind that it's immoral and illegal to use them on your own site without permission (see previous section).

Anything else?

Mmmm... that's about it.