Welcome to my Frequently Asked Questions page! This is organized with general questions first, and the questions I get about whatever I have watched, am currently watching, or will be watching in the future. If you have a question you have been burning to ask me, please leave it in the comments. If I answer it, I’ll add it to the FAQ and then delete your comment. Thanks! Please note: This is for serious questions about Mark Reads only.

Updated: 06/07/18

1) Wait, how come I can’t spoil you?

Read the Site Rules/Spoiler Policy page. The entire point of this site is to write about what it’s like to discover a fictional world without knowing anything about it.

2) But this tiny detail isn’t that bad and I need you to know it.

No, you don’t. Keep it to yourself.

3) Why does everyone seem to be speaking in gibberish? What is that?

In order to avoid spoiling me, but to continue fostering the chance for people to discuss whatever I’m writing about, we use rot13.com. It’s a site that cyphers any phrase by off-setting the letters of the alphabet by 13 letters. To use it, go to rot13.com. You can type in what you want to say, hit “Cypher,” and then paste the gibberish into your comment. Do that in reverse to decode what it is someone else said! Pretty neat, eh?

4) What time do you post your reviews?

Reviews for Mark Reads go up at 5:00 a.m. PST/PDT, and reviews for Mark Watches go up at 1:00 p.m. PST/PDT with any double-feature going up at 8:00 a.m. PST/PDT.

5) Wait, what’s Mark Watches?

Mark Watches is the companion site to Mark Reads! Over there, I journey through television shows I’ve never seen, episode-by-episode, and do the same sort of thing I do here! It’s fun!

6) How do people add photos, bolding, italics, or strikethrough to their comments?

Here’s a handy guide to the HTML you can use in your comments!

7) Wait a second, how do you comment on this site?

The best thing to do is sign up for an account on IntenseDebate. This will allow you to subscribe to your favorite commenters in the community, including me, and edit your own comments.

8) How do you embed videos in a comment?

Above the comment box on the right side is a link that says “embed videos.”  This will let you embed a youtube (and only youtube) video in your comment.  Simply click the link, paste the URL in the resulting pop-up box, and press “embed video.” Using the embed html that youtube provides will not work; this is the only way to embed videos.

There are limitations!  You can only embed videos from youtube, you can only embed 1 video per comment (if you try to add more each video will simply be a repeat of the first video), and if you post a comment with a video enbed then edit the comment the embed usually gets screwed up and you’ll have to re-post the video to get it working again.

Note: The URL must start with “http://” and “not https://”. Just delete that ‘s’ if it’s giving you trouble.

9) I can only post really short comments but I see other people posting much longer comments. What’s going on?

The short comment limit is probably because you’re using Internet Explorer.  Using a different internet browser to comment should fix the problem.

10) Do you even comment?

Yes, I do! This is my IntenseDebate profile. If you sign up for IntenseDebate, you can choose to “follow” me and you’ll be able to know whenever I comment. I generally wait a few hours after a post has gone up so that my moderators can weed out any spoilers first.

11) You have moderators?

Yes! Anyone who posts with a blue bar in their username is a moderator! Say hello! These brilliant human beings volunteer their time to keep the Mark Does Stuff sites free of spoilers and wankery. THANK THEM.


12) Can I be a moderator?

To be frank, probably not. All of the mods are hand-picked by myself and the current moderation staff. There is no application process. Just be awesome and wonderful!

13) Mark, you got a detail wrong about x character! Can I correct you?

Sometimes. This is a tough one to judge because sometimes, I do need to be corrected if I am flat-out wrong. You know, if I’m spelling a name wrong, or calling someone by the wrong name. But at the same time, half the appeal of this place is to watch me foolishly stumble through a fictional world. So utilize extreme caution if you are going to correct me. Are you using information from the future or from fandom meta that I won’t have at the time? Or is it a correction involving something that’s a mistake? Whatever you do, please be careful, and please accept that if my moderators delete your comment, it’s for a good reason. If all else fails, post your comment in rot13 and publicly ask a moderator if it is okay for them to pass it along to me.

14) Hey Mark! I’m reading right along with you. Can I post my own theories about what’s going on?

Absolutely! However, sometimes people don’t know you are doing this, and it creates a confusing situation because other people think you’re actually saying what’s going to happen. So, if you’d like to post your own theories, you must start your own comment off with THEORIES ABOUND. All speculation in a comment MUST start off with this to avoid confusion and so others can skip your comment if they don’t want to read theories.

15) Will you consider reading ________?

I’ll consider doing anything for Mark Reads. You can suggest a series, a single book, a comic, a manga, or anything that can be read on my Confirmed Books page! Please note that while this is open, it’ll be a while before I add more books to the list.

16) Can I email you?

Yes! markreadsandwatches [at] gmail [dot] com. My assistant will assist you from there!

17) Can I follow you online? 

Here are the only social media accounts I have:

Twitter: @markdoesstuff
Tumblr: http://markdoesstuff.tumblr.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/markdoesstuff
Instagram: @markdoesstuff

18) Why do people keep talking about nuns?

In rot13, “hahahahaha” gets turned into “ununununun” so it looks like a bunch of nuns.

19) Do I have to cypher spoilers for shows or books that you have no plans to watch or read? 

Generally, yes. It’s courtesy for others. I don’t want anyone else to get spoiled! So please be generous to your fellow posters, and please cypher all spoilers with warnings for what they spoil.

20) How can I support you?

There are a few ways you can support me and help keep Mark Does Stuff running! All methods are detailed here.

The easiest way, however: I am now running a Patreon. For as low as $1 per month, you can support me. There are four reward tiers, which offer things like a private blog, advance preview of all reviews, monthly Google Hangouts, and the privilege of commissioning EXTRA STUFF.

21) So what are you reading/watching next?

At any time, please check the Master Schedule to see what projects I’m doing and what post is scheduled for what day. This will generally include a few future projects, but if not, that means I haven’t figured out what is next! I don’t really have an ordered list of projects. I just sort of pick based on feedback and what little I know about the series.

22) How do I commission a video from you and how do I find out what has already been commissioned?

You can purchase a video here! That page also has a list of claimed videos, which is kept up-to-date as people request new videos.

23) So how come some of those early Tortall videos are missing?

They don’t actually exist!!! I began adding the live, unspoiled readings during my journey through Tortall, so there are simply no videos prior to the first one for In the Hand of the Goddess.

24) Can I physically mail you something?

Sure! My office address is:

c/o Mark Does Stuff

8 W 126th Street
New York, NY 10027

23 Responses to FAQ

  1. Are you going to get back to Infinite Jest anytime soon?

  2. magpie says:

    I'm just really enjoying that the #8 of the FAQ is a smiley with shades. FAQs are cool! 😀

  3. MemoBookworm says:

    for some reason i read your email address as markreadssandwichs. what is wrong with me 😀

  4. Mariska says:

    Yay for the extended editions <3

  5. Tauriel_ says:

    Thanks for the LOTR FAQ. Hopefully this will put an end to the endless discussions about which versions of the films you should watch, whether you should watch them after finishing the books, etc. 😀

  6. Alice says:

    Hello there!:) I do have a question for you regarding LOTR : Do you consider the map a spoiler?And is that the reason you don't watch it?
    Thank you.

  7. Erin says:

    How are people creating cool gifs to post in the comments and how can I do this too?

  8. Clamarnicale says:

    A question for you, Mark: Will you be watching and reviewing the animated The Hobbit and LotR films as well as the Peter Jackson ones? And will you go on to read The Silmarillion and/or The Children of Húrin after you've finished with LotR?

  9. flandre says:

    for a moment I thought your email read:
    Mark Reads Sandwiches

  10. Smurphy says:

    How do you post youtube videos?

  11. David M.B. says:

    Wait, are you really doing another Stephanie Meyer book? (The Host) Why?

    • evildevilgirl02 says:

      I think he said he doesn’t always deserve nice things? (I’m probably just misremembering.)

      Whatever the reason, I miss his snark (I think that’s what it’s called).

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  17. GuesssWho says:

    Why aren’t you using https yet? That makes my computer not want to be here

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