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note on race spoilers -- moderator message(11 posts)

note on race spoilers -- moderator messageDougSloan
Apr 14, 2003 6:30 AM
The Forum Guidelines prohibit race spoilers in the Topic line of messages. For example, "Lance Wins" or anything suggesting who did or did not win or place.

From a technical viewpoint, the only feasible thing to do is delete the message. Editing is possible, but more difficult. So, if you post a spoiler and it disappears, you'll know why. If you included substance with your spoiler, the whole thing will go. To make sense in the thread hierarchy, this usually means the sub-messages are deleted, too.

We have debated this in the past, and people have come down on both sides, but the vast majority appear to dislike spoilers.

Also, if you include actual results or references to results in the body of your messages, please note "results" or "spoiler" in your Topic line.


Of course . . .RJF
Apr 14, 2003 7:14 AM
. . . If a someone is waiting to watch the race on OLN and doesn't want to know who won it, I wonder why the heck they would be surfing cycling message boards on the internet. I would think the more prudent thing to do would be to keep the computer off until you've watched the race, or at least keep the surfing to non-cycling websites.
good point, but why not accomodate?DougSloan
Apr 14, 2003 7:33 AM
This is such a simple thing to do to accomodate people not wanting to know results. No one is saying you can't post results or talk about them all you want. Simply don't put the results in the topic line and note it if you put them in the body. You can generate all the attention you want to your post without spoiling it for everyone else or discouraging them from visiting the site (something the site owners probably don't want to do...).

Personally, I look for results as soon as I can get them. I usually don't have time to watch races in their entirety, anyway, so this issue is totally neutral to me personally. I'm simply following the Guidelines and a showing a minimal amount of courtesy for fellow site visitors.

It's not a big deal. No one's censoring you.OldEdScott
Apr 14, 2003 10:00 AM
I've never understood why some people take umbrage at the rule. It's simple courtesy. Yap all you want, just not in the subject line.
I agreeRJF
Apr 14, 2003 3:15 PM
I agree totally. Yeah, despite questioning the logic of checking out a cycling website when you're trying to hide from results, a spoiler should never go in the "topic" line. In fact, the topic line should alert the reader that it contains a spoiler.
Why keep posters off the board?Spoiler
Apr 14, 2003 10:05 AM
Some of the more knowlegable people on this board also follow the races. If these people are kept away for fear of reading results, they won't be able to answer tech questions others are asking. Also, if you need a quick answer to a question, you won't be able to post it for fear of reading a race result.
knowlegable? Do I see a spelling error from Spoiler???miposy
Apr 14, 2003 12:08 PM
knowl·edge·a·ble: Possessing or showing knowledge or intelligence; perceptive and well-informed. As in, "I know how to spell knowledgeable."

We all make mistakes...
Hope, it's an optical allusion nmSpoiler
Apr 14, 2003 3:41 PM
I agree 100%.............Len J
Apr 14, 2003 10:45 AM
It is pure courtesy.

Putting Spoiler in the Topic line alerts anyone that there is a race spoiler in the body of the post. Anyone who doesn't want the results, can just not open it. They can still visit the site and participate without ruining the potential watching of the race.

IMO, the only reason people put the race results in the topic line is either to "be the first" or to ruin it intentionally for everyone else. Either way it is inappropriate.

I was all set to sit down last night and watch Paris Robeiux. A few minutes before it started, I figured I'd log on to just see what topics were new. You know, just checkin' in. Sure enough, some selfish ahole had posted the winner in a topic line. So much for seeing the race develop.

It's just plain inconsiderate, especially when there is an easy & courteous way to warn people of content.

will try to stay on top of it nmDougSloan
Apr 14, 2003 11:48 AM
I will also, if we're in agreement nmLen J
Apr 14, 2003 12:30 PM