> On Tue, 11 Mar 2003, Matthew Hunter wrote: > > @> > 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; <snippage on spoiler space> You have joined a list. A list that talks about books and the characters in them. If you haven't read them, you are going to be surprised because you are reading about what you haven't read about yet. You have entered, the Dragaera Zone. </Rod Sterling> > > Based on my (admittedly limited) sample of messages on this list, the > traffic can be broken down into the following categories: > > A) Discussions about non-Dragaera things. (spoiler space, > politics, history) > B) Discussions about general topics. (Morganti, the method in which Paarfi > is accustomed to expressing his thoughts, how to make Klava) > C) Discussions of specific books. > D) Bad jokes. Hey, I put at least 10 minutes effort into that poem. I direct a haughty Warlord Sneer in your general direction. > > Only category C really needs to be marked, and that actually appears to be > the smallest category (as you'd expect it to be, unless a new > book has just come out). The book title and "spoiler" in the subject line is sufficient. If more is required, then so is discipline. W Definition of a non-published literary critic: One who comes down out of the mountain, after the war is over, and shoots the dead.