?

Log in

No account? Create an account
 
 
29 January 2012 @ 03:15 pm
Spoilers ... and how frustrating it is going spoiler-free  
You know, it's really damn hard to go spoiler-free because a lot of people who read spoilers don't seem to realize that reactions to spoilers -- when you know that person's likes and dislikes, icons that appear to relate to said spoiler and subject lines that express your feelings, or mention anything about that spoiler ...

ARE SPOILERS!!

I do not want to speculate, I do not want to know what is going to happen. I want to go to into each episode of The Vampire Diaries not knowing anything, and yet that isn't happening despite the fact that I am scrupulously, crazily avoiding anything resembling a spoiler ... and yet I'm still being spoiled because various people on my flist are doing any/all of the above. I do not want to remove people from my flist, but I'm going to start doing so because it's ridiculous to get spoiled simply because people refuse to stop and think for five seconds that a reaction, a tag, an icon, a cut-subject-line CAN AND WILL REVEAL ENOUGH TO BE A SPOILER!!!
Tags:
 
 
 
Florenciaflorencia7 on January 29th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid there is no way to stay completely spoiler-free while viewing one's own friends-page. You are doomed to run into a revealing gif or some OMG! subject lines every once in a while no matter how much you intend not to ^^
Arabian: Damon & Elena05arabian on January 30th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
Which really sucks because it's not that hard. I stay away from Twitter, and go nowhere near tumblr, but on LJ there are cuts. It is SUPER-easy, unless you don't care or just don't think, to not spoil people.

*sigh*
distant_lines: Free Hugdistant_lines on January 29th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. I recently unfollowed someone on Twitter because I got spoiled about a few things by her. You could try to set up different friends lists, people that are spoiler free and people that aren't, and maybe not check the spoiler friends list as much? I dunno. You can rest assured though, I will not be spoiling you on anything, because I have no information to spoil that goes beyond knowing when an episode will be on. I sometimes know the episode title too.
Olga: TVD | D/Eli | 2x14 | Drink?dreamingahead on January 29th, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a spoiler-free list is definitely one way to solve the problem without doing a friends cut. I had to resort to that on Twitter for the entire season of a show some time ago, and reemerged back into the main timeline only after the season finale aired to see what EVERYONE thought for once, lol. #worth it tbh
Arabian: ATttD - Sorryarabian on January 30th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
I can barely figure out the filtering LOL, I'm not sure I could figure that out.

It's just little things like if I know someone well and they have a bitching or squeeful attitude over a spoiler outside a cut, I can roughly get an idea of what the spoiler is. And I'm just UGH, think people!
Heather-Ann: DE The End of the Affairlinsell_farm on January 29th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. Lately it seems harder for me to avoid being spoiled, too, and I don't have anywhere near as many on my f-list as you do.

I'm being especially careful this week as I know I will not be able to watch the new episode until Saturday. This means I will not be seen on LJ at all for two whole days (Thursday & Friday). That will certainly cause me some major withdrawal symptoms but I'd rather that than have any prior knowledge of the episode.

I hope this gets better for you, somehow.
Arabian: Damon & Elena06arabian on January 30th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
I know that some Thursday, once 8pm hits, if I can't watch the show, but can see my flist, I'm going nowhere near it. It's just really frustrating, it really, really is. :(
Myramidnightblack07 on January 29th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
ohh man I'm sorry to hear that, people on LJ are usually so good with spoiler etiquette, but I suppose there are always slips from time to time :/

I hope I haven't been guilty of this myself--as far as I can tell I'm super careful (the most I'll say is "I'm anxious" or "excited" but I'll never reveal about what exactly). If you ever do feel spoiled by something I post, or have, please do tell me kk??
Arabian: Arya Starkarabian on January 29th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
No, don't worry, I don't recall you ever spoiling me, hon. I have missed your comments in my posts, though. :(
Myramidnightblack07 on January 29th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
*whew* thank goodness!! :D

I know how disappointed I am when I stumble across spoilers on Tumblr (which btw, is THE ACTUAL WORSE when it comes to like any form of etiquette--especially spoilers O__O), so I definitely would not have wanted to have made anyone else feel that way :|

&& I've been so (relatively) inactive lately it's making me sad, I miss being able to go through everyone's posts too :(

I have gotten a bit better with making time lately though, so hopefully that'll change hehe :p
Thoughts= stars I can't fathom into constellationsthesicko1012 on January 29th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
Staying spoiler-free for this show especially is always a very difficult thing to do. When it's something with such a huge fan base that has so many twists that reaks havoc on our emotions it's hard for someone to consider other people instead of just reacting (I know I've done it). Things slip and I understand how frustrating that is. Honestly I wish that less spoilers would even be released. This would all work so much better if everyone was spoiler-free. I have been seriously considering going spoiler-free after that slip I had. I've gotten paranoid that I would do it again, so it would be better if I didn't know anything. Plus, I have liked the idea of going into this show without any knowledge or any expectations. I just never had the strength. Gosh, we should build some kind of support group or something.
Arabian: NinaDobrev06arabian on January 30th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
I do think they give out too many spoilers, or even the hint of stuff (like last season's non-stop SOMEONE WILL DIE! which really took the oomph! out of Jenna's dying I thought).

Gosh, we should build some kind of support group or something.

We should. It just would have been nice to have the DE kiss and Elijah's return NOT spoiled, but oh well. :(

I have been seriously considering going spoiler-free after that slip I had.

Your slip was due to excitement over something that happened ON the show that episode, though. And because it happened once, I don't think you'll ever make that kind of slip again.
logicisfailinglogicisfailing on January 29th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah that's extremely annoying. I'm so spoiled for TVD (of my own choosing) but I remember I tried so freaking hard to avoid DW S4 spoilers (especially regarding Rose's return) and it was practically impossible. I was spoiled in the the comments of a completely unrelated community, a yahoo new headline (seriously, what kind of jerk puts major spoilers into an article title??) - even the kiss was immediately spoiled in someone's YT profile pic. Because of drama like that, I've always tried to be super careful of spoiling people with icons and whatnot.

Good luck in your future spoiler-free endeavors! Hopefully anything you see (not that you will!) will be minor.
Arabian: Gwen Cooper01arabian on January 30th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, most of the stuff is minor and it's more reaction to posts which leads me to assume what the spoiler is based on the person. I've just decided to expect the absolute worst in the upcoming episodes about everything I'd want to happen not happening, and everything I wouldn't want to happen. Knowing this show's track record, there is no way they'd fail on all counts, so I think I'll come out happier than not this way, LOL!
safetywordssafetywords on January 30th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
I haven't posted much lately, but I really hope I've avoided spoiling you. I try to be courteous to everyone on my flist.

That said, I feel your pain. I pretty much don't use tumblr anymore for the spoiler factor alone. Too many bad memories there. I sincerely hope you find a way to avoid spoilers on LJ at least. I always thought people were pretty great about using cuts and such for anything remotely spoilery, so I'm sorry to hear that hasn't been the case for you. *hugs*
Arabianarabian on January 30th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
I don't recall you ever spoiling me. :)

I've never really gotten into tumblr, and I'm glad because I've heard spoiler-horror-stories about that place, LOL!

I always thought people were pretty great about using cuts and such for anything remotely spoilery, so I'm sorry to hear that hasn't been the case for you. *hugs*

They generally are, but just a few slips and oops! you're spoiled. Ah well.
La vida de lloronalaudanumdream on January 30th, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
I hope I'm not one of the offenders. I do post spoilers sometimes, but I put them under cuts or say at the beginning that the post is spoilery.
Arabian: Damon04arabian on January 30th, 2012 05:33 am (UTC)
Nope, I don't recall you doing so at all. :)
La vida de lloronalaudanumdream on January 31st, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
Thanks, bb. I love your icon. So appropriate!
Arabian: Damon02arabian on January 31st, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
Thank you. That's probably my most-used Damon icon (and I have 15 of just him)!
Maeve: TVD: Katherine on the Phonemarble_rose on January 30th, 2012 08:06 am (UTC)
I totally understand. I've been trying to forego spoilers as well because this is the one show that I always seem to enjoy a whole lot more when I don't see the twists coming. Like, there have been a couple D/E scenes that absolutely MADE MY LIFE, and they were that much more potent because I hadn't been expecting them.

The down side of this is that I feel like I've been really quiet in the fandom as of late because I'm paranoid that people are going to unintentionally spoil me. Sad day. I miss people.
Arabian: Katherine04arabian on January 30th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
this is the one show that I always seem to enjoy a whole lot more when I don't see the twists coming. Like, there have been a couple D/E scenes that absolutely MADE MY LIFE, and they were that much more potent because I hadn't been expecting them.

THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO EXPERIENCE!!!!

The down side of this is that I feel like I've been really quiet in the fandom as of late because I'm paranoid that people are going to unintentionally spoil me. Sad day. I miss people.

I'm seriously considering just going on a flist-reading hiatus. Only writing my ep reaction posts, and then only responding to the reaction posts of those who respond to my LJ (I mean, I know they've seen the episode that way, LOL!). I dunno. We'll see how February goes. I'm *mostly* spoiler-free.
Azmiri Sultana Mridulmridul777 on January 30th, 2012 09:57 am (UTC)
Oh dear god.... Did I do something? If I did I'll be thankful if you point it out....
Arabian: Kermitarabian on January 30th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
I emailed you, hon. :)
lacrimadraconis: TVD Elena bloodlineslacrimadraconis on January 30th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
Ugh, that was why I was so frustrated when I was so very behin with TVD. Even scrolling your flist tells you way more than I'd wanted to know. And I'll stick to episode reactions for exactly that reason. Spoiler discussions are best kept in communities, I think.
Arabian: Elena06arabian on January 30th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Even scrolling your flist tells you way more than I'd wanted to know.

Yeah, the icons, the squee/vent outside the cut, etc. Now, I understand if I'm behind on a show and it's been more than 24-hours -- that I just have to suck up -- but overall, it's just not cool people.

And I'll stick to episode reactions for exactly that reason.

Yeah, I just mentioned on marble_rose above that I'm considering just going on a flist-reading hiatus. Only writing my ep reaction posts, and then only responding to the reaction posts of those who respond to my LJ (I mean, I know they've seen the episode that way, LOL!). I dunno. We'll see how February goes. I'm *mostly* spoiler-free.

Spoiler discussions are best kept in communities, I think.

In comments, I agree. I do think it's fine for people to do a spoiler post on their lj -- but only if they clearly mark it, and don't have any spoiler OUTSIDE the cut. But casual spoiler comments in non-spoiler threads make me go grrr....and I see it happen. I try to ETA "spoilers in the comments" if people do it in my posts. It does happen. :(
(Deleted comment)
Arabian: Katherine05arabian on February 1st, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
Nope, you're good. It was just that one time. :)