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#1 Brude

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 08:57 AM

After some discussion with a couple of the Board Moderators (thank you Stubby and Xray), we have come up with a new, we think sensible, policy about how to handle spoilers in the Entertainment forum. Here are a few simple rules:

SPOILERS

Comments in general-discussion threads about films/TV series that are currently airing or in theaters need to be spoiler tagged. If you are unsure about how to do this, click the "BB Code Help" button that appears at the lower-right when you post a new topic or reply to another post. Otherwise, the entire thread itself needs to be labeled for SPOILERS in the thread title (please use ALL CAPS so it is not missed).

Please avoid any kind of spoiler in a thread title, even if the film or TV series is old. This is a blanket policy. There is never a reason to put a spoiler of any kind in a thread title. This goes as much for a movie that came out last week as it does for a movie that is 60 years old.

Please remember that TV series and films do not necessarily play in other countries at the same time they are playing in yours. Just because everyone in one country has seen a certain movie or show, doesn't mean people everywhere else have had that same chance. This board is very international; please respect the needs of everyone.

Use common sense:
  • A special thread was created for U.K. boarders following the airing of The Wire on BBC2. Boarders were asked to refrain from spoiling any episodes that hadn't aired there yet, but anything that had aired was fair game and did not require spoiler tags. That was a sensible policy for that single thread.
  • Just because Jean Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou is 45 years old, be careful with spoilers because it's doubtful more than a handful of people here have seen it. However, revealing the name of Luke Skywalker's father probably isn't going to cause anybody on this board any heartache.
  • Nobody should have to worry that they're going to have a series or movie spoiled in a thread about another branch of media entirely.
We think that these are sensible policies that are not too hard to follow and will allow for the continued free flow of opinions and ideas, without ruining the first-time experience of watching shows, movies and other media. If you would like to discuss these policies, or have thoughts about additions or changes, we can start a new thread to do so.

Thank you!

#2 Stubby

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 07:48 PM

A reminder about this component of the spoiler policy:

 

Please avoid any kind of spoiler in a thread title, even if the film or TV series is old. This is a blanket policy. There is never a reason to put a spoiler of any kind in a thread title.

 

Thread subtitles have recently been becoming more and more spoilerish.  Please bear this in mind when posting a new thread. 

 

Thanks.