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The lovely [personal profile] ruthct21 commented on a post of mine yesterday (more in sorrow than in anger, I think) that she was going to have to avoid reading my stuff if I wasn't more careful about spoilers for Doctor Who, as she's somewhere in South America and hasn't seen the new episode yet. This came as something of a surprise to me, because I thought I had been pretty careful about spoilers when posting about Doctor Who... But then it occurred to me that Ruth and I might have very different definitions of what constitutes a spoiler. SO:

Poll #18215 What counts as Spoilers?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 46

What counts as Spoilers?

An episode of X show was on
0 (0.0%)

An episode of X show was on and I liked/disliked it
1 (2.2%)

An episode of X show was on and A, B, and C characters appeared in it
16 (34.8%)

An episode of X show was on and it resolved a cliffhanger from a previous episode (without saying HOW it resolved the cliffhanger)
5 (10.9%)

An episode of X show was on and it resolved a cliffhanger from a previous episode in the following way
44 (95.7%)

An episode of X show was on and it contained the following general types of plot device
18 (39.1%)

An episode of X show was on and it had these specific plot points in it
42 (91.3%)

An episode of X show was on and this is EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED IN IT
44 (95.7%)

An episode of X show was on and it didn't involve enough ticky boxes and that makes me sad.
21 (45.7%)

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 09:11 am (UTC)
pseudomonas: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pseudomonas
If the cliffhanger was something that couldn't reasonably be expected to be resolved this episode, or A/B/C were not characters that appear pretty much every episode, then those too are spoilers.

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 10:19 am (UTC)
londonkds: (Default)
From: [personal profile] londonkds
I agree with pseudomonas that mere character names can need spoiler cutting if it is the surprise reappearance of a previously established character. (Even if they've been in trailers, because some people are so spoiler-phobic that they try to avoid official trailers.)

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 10:21 am (UTC)
londonkds: (BLOOD AND TITTIES FOR LORD CHIBNALL!!! ()
From: [personal profile] londonkds
By contrast, I thought it was unfair a couple of years ago when a person on my reading list got yelled at by somebody for mentioning the name of a well-known actor who was a guest cast member, who had never appeared on Who before and was playing a single-episode character of no continuity relevance.

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 10:41 am (UTC)
dancefloorlandmine: (Constantine)
From: [personal profile] dancefloorlandmine
There was always a rush to hit 'Stop' on Dr Who before they did the "in the next episode" trailer, which would almost always reveal major plot elements of the next episode. In some cases, knowing what the monster-of-the-week is will actually be a spoiler - e.g. if they're a 'villain-behind-the-curtain' - putting their existence in a trailer or discussion will pretty much negate the "wonder who the villain is" sense of wonder.

My partner always avoids trailers, discussion of episodes, etc - she wants to see each episode tabula rasa, so as to discover it second-by-second. Much like when you're reading a book, and discover the plot word-by-word. (Books that reveal major plot points in the back cover copy are bloody annoying, too.)
(Except if it stars Liam Neeson, and bad things happen to him, because, especially in Next Of Kin, he looks like her husband did when they met. Also, if bad things happen to animals.)

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 10:45 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
Usually I would not consider all of these spoilers, but there's certainly circumstances under which they could be. Times like someone who is known to be a fan of a particular character who is supposed to be dead mentions how amazing and surprising and great this episode was!

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 11:30 am (UTC)
ggreig: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ggreig
I like that more people consider it spoilery to resolve the cliffhanger than do covering everything-in-the-episode (as of the time of writing this comment, anyway). Maybe they're relying on TL;DR?

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 02:53 pm (UTC)
redbird: closeup of me drinking tea (Default)
From: [personal profile] redbird
I ticked the ones that I am reasonably sure count as spoilers; things like "specific plot points" depend both on what the specific plot points are, and the context. "A major character is murdered" is likely to be a spoiler—but not if the character in question is the president of the United States and the episode is set in November 1963.

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 03:11 pm (UTC)
bob: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bob
Most spoilers are about the destination not the journey. The journey is the thing which keeps me entertained.
A blow by blow recap of an episode may ruin the journey but then again its not the actual actors doing it.

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