Issola Spoilers vs. Orca Spoilers

Tue Mar 11 07:45:37 PST 2003

On Tue, Mar 11, 2003 at 10:56:15AM -0500, John Klein <zarkon at illrepute.org> wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Mar 2003, Davis, Iain E. wrote:
> @> I think both Orca and Issola need spoiler space.  The surprises would be
> @> utterly spoiled without it.
> @> Admittedly, I've been wondering if it is simply courteous to attempt to
> @> flag/spoiler space for all books.  That way utterly new[1] people don't
> @> lose out. :).
> This policy has much to recommend it. I tend to prefer to err on the side
> of too much spoiler space rather than too little; my fingers aren't going
> to be damaged by hitting return a bunch of times, whereas someone's
> enjoyment of a book could be seriously ruined by spoilers. So what's the
> objection to having the space? If there are people out there who are just
> too lazy to scroll down to where the text starts, I have absolutely no
> sympathy for them.

This argument has been hashed out here before, but it boils down 
to the fact that, if spoiler protection never expires, than every 
single message to a mailing list such as this one will require 
spoiler protection.

*Every single one*.

At that point, it makes more sense to just declare the whole list 
a spoiler zone, explicitly note this in the opening message, and 
let people make the decision however they like.

It's courteous to allow people a few weeks to acquire a new book 
and finish reading it right after it comes out, because not 
everyone can get it instantly, but at some point the burden 
switches to the reader.

Matthew Hunter (matthew at infodancer.org)
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