Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spoiler Rules and Guidelines

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron started showing in cinemas yesterday here in the Philippines, and by some blessing or curse by the One Above and All is ahead in other places in the world. The movies was very entertaining to say the least, and I recommend it to very everyone even to those who find pleasure in finding fault in any body of work.

Stare into my eyes and be disturbed!
Weirdly though, this post is not about my thoughts about the movie but something that is very important or sensitive during such things. This post is about SPOILERS, and no I am not talking about that car accessory whose purpose still eludes me. I am talking about sharing things about a movie, series, book, or game that might ruin the excitement to others.

Spoilers as define by my friends Merriam and Webster is information about the plot of a motion picture or TV program that can spoil a viewer's sense of surprise or suspense,  also a person who discloses such information. A couple of decades ago spoilers was rare as a dark brooding loner hero with a tragic past during the golden age of comic books, but with the birth of the Internet it became as common as pouches in Rob Liefeld's characters in the 90's. It saddens me to see the lack of empathy and the blatant disregard to the pleas of no spoilers, and the weird, disturbing, and sometimes hurtful things people do to avoid them. Now as dad, it is my in nature to make rules and this my attempt to bring a sense balance to this whole kerfuffle.

1. RESPECT EACH OTHER. I feel this is the most important thing we should all have regardless on which side of the fence we are in. Don't wait for me to put on my Aretha Franklin wardrobe and start singing in your bed while you sleep.


2. Warn others first, if you like to share something or if you like to keep yourself in the dark, a simple warning is necessary. Remember most of the mutants have been de-powered so telepaths are very rare these days.

3. Read the room (thank you Kimmy!), if you are only one who finished the book and everyone is still in chapter one don't tell everyone that Christian Grey is killed by Edward Cullen when he cheated on him with Tauriel in the last chapter. Likewise, if you are the only one who hasn't read that awesome story I just shared inform everyone and ask them nicely not to spoil it for you.

4. If you want to share in the Internet give people ample warning, and with that I mean a lot. I think something like this is enough:

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5. If you see a warning like the one above, please do not tempt fate. You loose all complaining rights if you still read the post and who wants to do that.

6. This post is not appropriate at all times: