Being Human (UK) spoiler poll
Posted Mar 10, 2012 @ 11:57 PM
Taking a page from what we did for Merlin... I figured it might help to figure out what the preference of people using the thread might be with regard to spoilers, since the delay in the US airing is making the thread tricky to negotiate. I outlined 3 options in the poll. The first is, I believe, what you're doing now, and the third one is our standard policy.
The middle option is my attempt to find a compromise that doesn't require UK viewers to put every post they make in spoiler tags. Would it work to say that UK viewers can talk about the more "self-contained" parts of an episode as long as they used spoiler tags when discussing major story arc events like deaths, pregnancies, and so on? I realize those are the sort of things that will generate a lot of conversation, but at least then UK viewers can have conversations about the show without tagging everything in every post, and US viewers don't have to worry that they'll ruin big surprises if they poke their heads in. But I'm not a viewer so I don't know if that's an easy distinction to make or not.
I made the first poll multiple choice so: if you'd rather have no spoiler tags (or all spoiler tags) but you could live with the compromise, please select both. (You could vote for all 3 if you really don't care at all, but that won't tell me much...) The second one is to get a sense of how many people can use the thread as is versus how many are kind of shut-out by the way it works now.
I'll give you a couple of days and see if this helps steer us to something that works for most people! Thanks for any input.
Posted Mar 11, 2012 @ 9:29 PM
Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 2:03 PM
Posted Mar 12, 2012 @ 2:19 PM
TWoP's memory is a little odd. It will remember that I haven't followed a forums for a week or so, and bring me back to where I stopped. But what if I can't read the rest of a forum in one sitting? TWoP doesn't realize that I only made it past one or two pages. Instead it jumps me forward to the end.
If the forums remembered where I last stopped reading, I could follow (and stay) a month behind. This would be useful not only for following non-US programs, but DVR'd programs as well. Sometimes I will go a week or two before seeing a show and I'll be a few episodes late. If it's a popular program, twenty or thirty pages will have accumulated before I watch what I recorded. I'd like to be able to read five or six pages at a time and have TWoP remember that I didn't make it to the end yet.
A technical change like this (maybe even with horizontal bars dividing one calendar week's posts from another) might be better than spoler tags.
Posted Mar 13, 2012 @ 1:08 AM
If you can email me at email@example.com and tell me what browser you're using I'll try to give you more detail about what to check in your settings. That sounds maddening, and not the way the site should work for you, so I would like to help if I can!
Posted Mar 13, 2012 @ 1:20 AM
Sonicsean34 -- Heh. We are working on establishing total control of all media but sadly we aren't there yet. (In other words, thanks, I kind of agree, and you don't sound aggressive at all.)
Posted Mar 13, 2012 @ 5:00 AM
As far as spoiler policy is concerned, I agree with Sonicsean34. I would prefer if the site-wide spoiler policy was changed to allow discussion of episodes as soon as they air in the country of origin. Many people here are from outside the US and they can handle the discussion in US-paced threads for American shows so I don't see why Americans couldn't do the same with non-US shows.
Quick edit to add that I don't actually watch Being Human, but I do watch other UK/Canadian/Australian shows.
Edited by paulvdb, Mar 13, 2012 @ 5:03 AM.