Spoilers and discussions -
July 23, 2007 12:27am CST
In another group, about six months after Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came out, someone asked a general question and I answered, and also mentioned about the two bombshells that book brought out. Let me tell you, I was criticized for doing a "spoiler" without any warning. That particular group allows original posters to delete posts, which I did, but I also left another message apologizing and explaining that after six months I would have thought anyone who cared at all would have read it already. So, no spoilers please on the Deathly Hollows book, please, (I am only on chapter eight), just your opinion - how much time needs to elapse before any discussion can take place on a book or movie? I imagine the time required for movies would be far less than books, being experienced in a single day instead of over a week or two (or perhaps longer for slower readers?) Or perhaps it is something one should ask the community first?
23 Jul 07
Generally, I think it's polite to warn for spoilers for at least two-three months. However, it's ultimately up to the community in question (which should be clear in their rules). E.g there's a Harry Potter community on LJ that was purely for spoilers of DH, no warnings there, while most anime fandoms can consider something a spoiler even when the canon has been out a few years. Really, though, as long as you warn for them - actual warning, mind you, not just "warning spoilers *spoils*" - I think it's okay to post them.