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I'm think there needs to be a policy about NOT putting spoilers in edit summaries. I should be able to peruse the Recent changes page without having to worry about reading spoilers in the edit summary about how certain individuals killed other certain individuals. And as one who hasn't read past Tempest yet, I'm extremely pissed at having future details from books I haven't read yet revealed, thereby somewhat ruining my expectations and my looking forward to reading them. - JMAS 16:55, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

  • What about instances where the title of a section reads something like "Death"? Do we tell them to not edit that column but the whole article instead. -- Riffsyphon1024 17:03, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
  • I completely agree with you, I hate it when that happens, we need a policy for that sort of thing. About the "Death" thing, it is very easy to backspace that out of the edit summary and type something like "Warning Spoilers". --Jedimca0 (Do or Do Not, There is No Try) 17:11, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
  • I know this isn't an immediate solution, but maybe we should suggest to wikia that admins be able to edit the edit summaries. And in the mean time, I agree a policy would not be a bad thing. Wildyoda 18:18, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
    • Could we add a "Contains spoilers" or something of the same effect to the standard summaries box? Chack Jadson 18:26, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
  • I don't like being spoiled here either, but frankly, we have a warning on the main page for this very reason. I fully accept that any time I've been spoiled on the site, it's my own fault for coming here before having read that source. -- Ozzel 18:28, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
    • I understand that spoiler material gets posted here. However, I have specifically avoided articles that have LOTF spoilers in them for this reason. Spoiler info has no buswiness being in an edit summary though. Someone wanting to remain spoiler-free should be able to look at the Recent Changes page without worrying about reading spoilers. - JMAS 19:44, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
      • No they shouldn't, because Wookieepedia policy is to allow spoilers. You're taking your spoilage into your own hands when you choose to visit Wookieepedia, a site which has a notice saying that it has spoilers. We can't control everything on a site that's all about information and linking and letting anyone edit. If you're that concerned, avoid Wookieepedia until you've read that book. Even with a "rule", you're still at risk because not everyone will be aware or care or remember. Don't think you can outsmart or avoid hundreds of fans who just got their hands on a copy of a book and want to add in information. It doesn't make any sense to even try. You're trying to have it both ways. You want to visit a spoiled site and not get spoiled. It doesn't work that way. Havac 02:31, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
        • I agree with you in principle, Havac, but I was pretty shocked about a certain element of Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice that was posted on this site something like a week and a half before the official publication date of the book. I wasn't even thinking about spoilers and something in an edit summary caught my eye. You are right, its our own fault and I fully admit to ruining a couple of things for myself simply by coming to Wookieepedia before reading multiple books. But if we make an effort to control it as much as possible, than at least our mental anger can be directed at those certain individuals who ignore policy. Wildyoda 03:25, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
          • Spoilers tend to come out about two weeks before release. Sure, it would be nice if people were courteous and minimized spoilage, but I'm wary of any rule-based attempt to restrict spoilers, because I would really hate to see spoilers regulated away from a site that's all about adding all the information we can get. Havac 05:48, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
            • After giving this some more thought, I agree, a rule would not be the best thing. But Chack Jadson had a great idea, we should ad something like "Contains spoilers" or "Warning spoilers" to the standard summaries to try and avoid those spoilers showing up on Recent changes. --Jedimca0 (Do or Do Not, There is No Try) 07:17, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
  • I've already stated my position on the matter. StarNeptuneTalk to me! 07:47, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

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