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Well then, after one of the most Frequent Questions being "Why don't you have a Frequently Asked Questions page?". TimeWarp are proud to present our very own top queries to the site and club.
If you are looking for a more general Rocky Horror Picture Show (movie based) FAQ then we are more than happy to recommend The Rocky Horror FAQ site.
For Rocky Horror Show questions the best resource is the Official Rocky Horror Show site
Questions about TimeWarp Fan Club
Is there a Press Contact for the Fan Club?
Stephanie is the person to speak to, the easiest way is to use our feedback form to send her a message.
Where can I get more information about the Fan Club?
Well read on... apart from that we have a specific page on the site all about us and how to join. Click here to read it.
Have you stopped printing your newsletters?
Printing yes, producing no. We made the decision a while back to stop sending out printed newsletters. To keep the quality at the level we were using was getting too expensive, as was the ever increasing postage costs. It was getting unfair to charge people so much. So now the newsletters are available in the members section as pdf downloads. You can either read them online or print them out yourselves. This also means we get to use colour in the newsletters and can charge a nominal one-off fee to join the fan club. Just as much work goes into the production of the newsletters, we've just evolved. In fact the TimeWarp newsletters are now the longest continuous running Rocky Horror fanzines in the world, all the way back to 1988!
How come you get to use the name TimeWarp, I thought that was a song title?
It is! We are allowed to use the name with permission from Richard O'Brien himself, see further down the page for more information on how the club started.
Why write TimeWarp as a compound word then?
Wow, you know your stuff. Simple answer is, because that's us. TimeWarp written as one word with a capital "T" and "W" is the fan club. "Time Warp" as two words is the song. Tim Warp is a guy we met once.
When and how did the Fan Club start?
Way back in the last century, February 1988 to be exact a young lady called Stephanie and her friend Amanda went to see the show and they wanted more. She searched in vain, but there was no established official Fan Club for the UK. There were a couple of newsletters and small groups, but nothing along the lines of a club. So she wrote a letter to that nice Mr O'Brien and asked his permission to start TimeWarp. Richard wrote back! He would allow Stephanie to start the club and use the name TimeWarp, but there were conditions. The main one was he would only allow one official club, so if she did it she had to be dedicated and not stop after a few months. The first newsletter went out in October 1988 and TimeWarp has kept going strong ever since. From the initial contact with Richard the Fan Club gained recognition and endorsement with both Rocky Horror Company and 20th Century Fox as the one and only Official UK Rocky Horror Fan Club.
Hang on then, I thought your name was David, not Stephanie?
Oh yes, well there was this show touring the country called the Rocky Horror Show and Stephanie and Amanda travelled many miles to see it. They even came to see the movie at the Screen on Baker Street one night. A young (that was then!) man called David Freeman just happened to be shadow casting Riff Raff. Stephanie had seen him at the stage show, but they only exchanged fleeting comments to each other before. One date later (it was a screening of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit") and a couple of weeks and they were engaged to be married. Fast forward to 1997 and David buys a book on HTML and starts writing the site. My standard reply to people who ask if I run the Fan Club is....."Nope, I just married into it and write the web site."
How much money do you make from the Fan Club?
Very often asked! Nothing, Nada, Zip. Every pound (or should that be Euro?) we get in from subscriptions and merchandise goes into the running of the club. TimeWarp is very much a non-profit making organisation. We get no financial support from anyone else and everything is done in our spare time.
When is the next Transylvania Convention?
We're still thinking about that one. 2003 was out as Rocky Horror Company had some plans for their 30th anniversary celebrations that might have clashed. As it turned out, it wouldn't have, but it's too late now. When we run an event it can take well over a year to organise and our social life seems to vanish. There is also the financial consideration of being personally liable for £20,000+ if it all goes pear-shaped for the size of events we run. The short answer is 'watch this space'. In the mean time, check out our Rocky Horror Picnic Show pages for details on our annual get together we ran at original Rocky Horror Picture Show filming location - Oakley Court from 2005 to 2022.
I'm writing an essay/thesis about Rocky Horror can you send me every bit of information you have please?
Stephanies' favourite FAQ. The short answer is no. The web is full of information about the show. This site alone contains hundreds of references to the show and the movie. Research does not mean write to us and get us to do it for you. Quite frankly we haven't the time and if we did, we'd be doing our own Rocky Horror based degrees.
What is the Fan Club address?
TimeWarp fan club,
What is your phone number and while I'm at it can I have the ones for Richard O'Brien and Pat Quinn as well?
Our personal one is ex-directory, just like Richard and Patricia. The Fan Club itself doesn't have a number where you can call us. Our Contact Form is a wonderful thing for that.
Can I have Richard's address then?
Of course you can, if he wanted you to have it he would tell you it. What we will do for people is forward on fan mail to him. If you are sending large packets we will wait until we next see him to pass it on, so there may be a month or two's delay. Letters get sent on every couple of weeks. If you would like to make a make a contribution to forwarding postage costs, you may enclose a few postage stamps for us. Richard has now relocated to New Zealand. We can still send mail onwards, but there will be a slightly longer delay. Richard can only reply to letters sent with a self-addressed-envelope. Please don't send very large items such as Funko Pops as the international postage is just too much now.
How do I get to be a Fan Club rep?
The reps we have currently have all been with the club for many years before they became a representative. We need to get to know people very well before we ask them to become a rep for the club.
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Questions about the TimeWarp web site.
TimeWarp will NEVER use your details for any purpose other than stated on a particular page. We do not pass on names, email or address details (unless clearly stated on a submission page) to any third party. Currently the site only sets cookies for the Forum pages to help with log in, we do not trawl any personal information from our users.
We Didn't! Lot's of viruses now trawl through peoples address books and use a random email address they find as the sender field in the messages they send out. Our systems are protected by server side virus filtering, local anti-virus and firewall software (which updates every time a new threat is identified) so cannot send out a hostile message. Look into the raw data for the message and you'll find it is faking our email address. The TimeWarp machines have never had a virus infection. For the record our server side software does catch and kill around five thousand spam and virus laden messages sent to us at random each month. Always check the "Raw" data for the message, the last one we were sent that faked one of our email addresses came from btcentralplus.com and the messages were all signed "The TimeWarp Support Team" again a signature we've never used!
Microsoft Internet Explorer says it is protecting me from scripts on your pages, should I allow them to run?
If you have Internet Explorer and you want to see our status bar messages you need to do the following:
To see our status bar text in FireFox
How do I navigate the site?
Well you've done quite well so far! Navigate around the TimeWarp site via the various rooms shown on the Monitor Room. Clicking on a small Monitor on any page will return you to the main Monitor Room.
What happened to the hit counter figures on the main page?
Because hit counters are only as reliable as the people that use them we decided to drop a counter script when we moved servers on 13th June 2005. If someone bookmarks a page inside the site they will bypass the counter anyway. Other sites put their counters on their menu pages and that can lead to one visitor notching up ten hits for a single viewing of the site as they go back and forth in the pages. We have the ability to see the number of unique visitors to our site and this tends to be the best number to use. Since we moved servers we decided to use only actual visitors for the statistics. The bottom line is, we're a popular site with on average well over 50,000 visitors each month. You can see the statistics for the TimeWarp site by clicking this link.
Why don't you have screen grabs, scans, MP3 files, full Lyrics and images from the Rocky Horror Picture Show / Rocky Horror Show for us to download on the site?
TimeWarp is the Official UK Rocky Horror Fan Club, recognised by Richard O'Brien, Rocky Horror Company and 20th Century Fox. We cannot infringe their copyrights by 'borrowing' their copyrighted property. Every image we use we have permission to do so. It took months to get the OK just to use the Fox logo on the site. There are hundreds of other Rocky sites on the net that have these things to download (unlike all the X-Files sites which Fox decided to sue). Everything on our Downloads page is original work, or we have permission to pass it on to you fine folks.
Can we take images from your site then?
I'd rather you asked for permission to use a specific image first. A link back to TimeWarp is also appreciated. Contact me here if you want. We also have a page of Downloads which include graphics for you to use freely on your own sites.
What is your policy on images I send into TimeWarp for publication on the site?
"By sending us your images you grant us the right to publish them here on the TimeWarp site only. You retain copyright and we will remove any images at any time if requested by the original person that sent them. We will NOT use your images for any other purpose, nor sell or pass them on to any third party. We will not apply any changes to this policy retrospectively." How's that for the opposite of social media sites!
How big is the TimeWarp site?
Four metres wide by Five metres long.
Do you let anyone post on your Forums?
How can I link to the TimeWarp site?
There are full instructions on our Links page. Click here to see them and get a link graphic.
Where can I get more information about the TimeWarp site?
You mean you didn't discover that we have a specific Site Information page?
How much do you get paid to write the site?
One hundred and sixty one million pounds. Well that's a slight overestimate, we get paid nothing. We write the site for the same reason as we run the fan club, because it's fun and we love Rocky Horror. TimeWarp has always been a club run by fans for fans, since 1988.
When did the site start?
10th April 1997, a while ago now. In those days we didn't even have the timewarp.org.uk name pointing to the pages, so we weren't quite as well known then. The site started big time on Friday, 1st August 1997 when we let the world know about us being there, so that is the date we go by.
Why does you site look small on Firefox 5 on my nice big monitor?
That's what I thought, even though it looks fine on IE. Well for now the solution is to zoom the browser one or two steps up. Hold CTRL and press + a couple of times. Doesn't that look nicer!
Why don't you post all your images on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.?
Because of their copyright and privacy policies mainly. We have FB and Twitter to help promote the site and any images we use here we use strictly inline with our policy, which is........
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Does Richard O'Brien have Facebook and Twitter accounts?
No, and he doesn't want them either. He does however have people impersonating him (badly) on both those social media sites. He even phoned us up in December 2012 to make sure we spread the world that they are fakes.
Is it true you get free tickets to all the shows?
Hah! Meaning no. We pay for our tickets just like every one else.
Why aren't there any more questions?
Oh there will be! This is FAQ version two and a half. I'll be adding them as we get asked the same thing many times. You can always use the Contact Form to ask anything else you want.
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