Ok, so I’m looking for a little input. I’ve never really had to deal with “spoilers” before. No Harry Potter fansite, just yet. But, that has changed with DGH. I now have spoilers to worry about for both the blog and the forums. So, what do I do, if anything? On one hand, I’m thinking “well, if you don’t want to risk spoilers, don’t visit sites with info on the show.” But, is that fair? I chatted with my buddy Jeremy a bit since B5 has a number of blogs that deal with spoilers, such as House is Right.
They don’t really have any set policies, either. So, we talked a bit. Here are some general thoughts put across:
– Since the blog is a controlled environment and there are no comments, it’s easy to add a word in front of the actual title and to make the title vague. i.e. “Spoiler: Episode 78” or “Preview: Episode 64”, etc. Not going to do anything for the blog entry though.
– I could try to get some plugin made for Nucleus that would create a spoiler area that people had to expand to read. But, is that worth it? How would it affect the feeds and search engine results?
– I run a House site. What am I gonna say? Don’t post info about HOUSE on my HOUSE forums dedicated to HOUSE? That’s a moderation nightmare.
– Spoiler tags in posts. Ok, that can be OK, but again… getting people to use them. This can be a moderation nightmare, as well.
– Even if we did that, what about subjects? We could create a spoilers forum and make it so that threads automatically have [SPOILER] in their subject (not sure how we’d do that – some hack). But, even then, what if it is “[SPOILER] House dies in Episode 78”? We could make it (again, some hack, no idea how – but this is getting awfully complex) so that threads in that forum don’t show up in ANY searches, except for staff members, I suppose… otherwise, trying to moderate thread titles is kind of a moderation nightmare (I need to stop saying that).
So, if anyone has any input, perhaps something I’m missing, that’d be great. Thanks.