That approach works for delayed broadcast stuff because there's no way around it unless you had a different thread for each country - it's often the "future" stuff (the Game of Thrones threads are a good example: spoilers from books).
Otherwise the choice appears to be: talk about it with full spoilers about everything that's going to happen or don't discuss it at all. Nothing in between. For GoT we came up with a compromise - one thread had book spoilers, the other didn't. But the payoff for that was that it was tedious following two separate conversations.
The "hadn't read any books" conversation turned into the major discussion as related to the show, while the "spoiler" discussion turned into largely predicting what had to happen based on what was written and thinking through book clarifications that were clarified by how things were presented in the show.
The noobs were slightly entertaining in their crazy speculation, but they wouldn't have provided value in a merged thread populated by series scholars.
Similarly, the series scholars wouldn't have had much to talk about most days with the series noobs.
Different topics for different purposes. We don't put all our bacon discussions under one thread to ensure no bacony wisdom is spread out and misses someone, don't need to do it about other topics either.
If multiple topics can self-support by drawing foot traffic, they inherently justify themselves and don't need to be thought about any more deeply than that.
But to support that, turn off the spoiler tags and leave only theI suppose.Spoiler:
Then you can have spoilers in the same thread, but in a way which you have to intentionally open to read, versus hovering over a thread summary.
Then murder people who step out of line.
Cause I mean, we're all adults here, you could just say it. Fru ain't here any more man. No need to euphemize yourself to death.
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It seems a simple solution to sblock future spoilers, things that impart knowledge of what will happen on a show in the future. If other continue to disagree, I don't think we can really force them to use the sblock. I'll just avoid threads with spoiler warnings if I don't want to risk it.
However, it will lead to a few things that I don't think benefit this place. The first being less actual posting in threads about TV shows. The second being two threads. GoT (which I didn't participate in) is something I would expect to actually have two threads for and can thrive.
Ugh. The two thread thing is dumb.
The three most recent examples of this argument have been True Blood, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. In all three cases information from the original source should barely be considered a spoiler as all three teleplays are wholly their own continuity. Sure, it would have been dickish to tell everyone that Ned was going to get his head cut off, but it is no spoiler to mention that Lafayette died off pretty quick in the books and his story line is wholly new.
There are some posters here who have been awfully sensitive about anything that could possibly even hint at a spoiler. It has the effect of artificially stunting normal flow of conversation. One can not even make idle conjecture without it being called a spoiler.
It has been said before, but I cannot understand why one would jump right into a thread for a show they have not seen yet. If I haven't watched this week's episode yet I wait until I have before reading so that I won't have my enjoyment affected. Everyone should show the same restraint rather than expect others to take the time to sblock things that have aired. To me a spoiler is openly discussing facts that have been established from outside sources like interviews, IMDB, articles, etc.
I think a spoiler tag should be an indication everything goes, but I also think that the very idea of creating an anything goes thread is counter productive to message board conversation. Sblock information that is definetly a spoiler and use restraint in deciding to read a thread before you are caught up. That seems a lot more reasonable than some kind rule set with multiple definitions of spoiler or a free-for-all anti spoiler spree.