That's what it says on the tin, although chances are spoilers are to be expected throughout the website really.

This can make for a useful inbuilt spoiler warning:

Alternatively, the spoiler tag could come in a different colour (say, dark yellow), although that could create problems with tag icons (advertisement) down the line.


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I'm against having it apply to anonymous users, which consequently makes me against having it for newly created users.

Anonymous users wouldn't have an ability to disable the ignored tag like a cookie user or a registered user could (how would we track it?). Anonymous users who do not want to see spoilers, in the current system, can use a -[spoiler] tag search combined with some other tag term to get by. Not superb for plain browsing, but at least they have an option. Whereas, if we implement this, then anonymous users who do not mind spoilers will not have any options to decrease their discomfort. The normal system lets us embrace both kinds of users rather than push either away, so I don't agree with forcing it on anonymous users.

If we don't enable it on anonymous users, though, then it becomes very awkward for newly created users. After all, the point of account creation (and subsequently registration) is an enabling act - you gain new functionality and opportunities. But if the default is ignored, suddenly people go from being able to see spoilers clearly to having to sit through their dimmed status. Yes, they can remove the ignored tag if they wish, but it is somewhat disorienting. As well, it would be saying for the person "You don't like spoilers", since it's a user preference that is grouped with any other interesting/ignored tags they later add. Under the current system, we don't make any assumptions for the user. When someone creates an account, we should enable them to apply what filters they want. We shouldn't force them to have to disable filters that we guess they probably want, especially for filters which didn't affect them prior to account creation.


How would you handle the fact that I don't mind reading questions for spoilers from games I already finished, or that I don't plan to play?

I think handling this with tags is too much of an "all or nothing" solution

  • just remove the tag from your ignored tags. I'm not suggested it's forced ignored, i'm suggesting it defaults ignored.
    – badp
    Commented Jul 30, 2010 at 18:05
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    Still @badp, how would you handle this situation? Suppose I indeed don't want to read spoilers for games I'm currently playing, how can I separate those questions from the ones I don't mind, or even would like, to read? -- I think doing it with tags, though a nice idea, falls short.
    – juan
    Commented Jul 30, 2010 at 18:23
  • @badp, and what about users who don't care about spoilers, but aren't familiar enough with stack exchange to realize it's on their ignore list, and remove it? Commented Jul 30, 2010 at 18:45
  • It's at the top of the homepage...
    – badp
    Commented Jul 30, 2010 at 18:51

The problem I see with this is that unless it's heavily advertised somewhere obvious, there will be lots of new members / unregistered users who might completely miss this and not find any of the questions that they're looking for.

I do agree with your color proposal, however. Agreed that it might be problematic with advertising down the line, but perhaps that is a bridge to cross when/if it becomes an issue, seeing as it's for such a specific case.

  • Questions with ignored tags are 'dimmed', not completely hidden by default.
    – badp
    Commented Jul 30, 2010 at 17:43
  • @badp I think maybe I read too much into the question then.
    – TheQ
    Commented Jul 30, 2010 at 17:53

* as we no longer have a tag anyway. Use Spoiler markdown to denote spoilers instead, e.g:

>! spoiler text

resulting in:

spoiler text


Why not make the [spoiler] tag one of those nice red tags? This should point additional attention to the warning.

Now that is done, we could automatically add it to the ignore list for new users, go it gets dimmed out nicely.

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    Red tags are for mandatory tags (ones that you must have on a question before you can post it). Spoilers mandatory is not, so it's a bad idea imo to overload red tags like that.
    – badp
    Commented Aug 5, 2010 at 22:51
  • We're probaly not even going to have manatory tags on the main site, so i think "overloading" the red is justified in this specific case Commented Aug 5, 2010 at 22:58

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