how spoiler in comments work/ or you think should work
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i want to know if it is a spoiler to talk about the anime episode that is above the comments or any past episodes? one time i decided to talk about and episode of bleach and it was something about the end of the episode and people got upset at me. so i want to know what you guys think.
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Well, seeing as almost every post in that discussion is going to be a spoiler I never really found it necessary to do so. And yet, if it's a very serious twist it might be considerate to spoiler it. It's still a bit annoying that there are some people who read them before watching - obviously not caring about spoilers in principle - and then fly into a rage when they get heavily spoiled (character death or something). They should really just be more bloody patient.
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I don't know if it's a matter of patience (response to Renegatz). Some people post comments during the simulcast for how excited they are that X or Y character is getting a bigger part this week--builds a sense of community around the shared experience. These comments are usually fairly bland and spoil nothing. However, certain things will undoubtedly frustrate the person who comes to that series a few days or a few months later. I've never minded clicking on the "reveal spoiler" tab to see comments, and most of the replies to such comments contain no spoilers, or become "nested" beneath the main post and thus hidden anyway.

The take away: if it's a spoiler, use the hide spoiler feature. Clicking on the "reveal spoiler" button will never ruin someone's day, whereas not having the spoiler hidden in the first place arguably always has that potential.
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I see what you guys are saying. I just always thought that it would be OK to post a comment about the episode above even if it was a big thing twist because, I have always assumed that people watched the episode and then go the comments section, in my opinion it should not be a spoiler if I'm talking about material that people have viewed on that page. so i guess next question becomes who is more at fault the person jumping to the comments before watching the episode or me for posting about the episode at hand.?
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Fair question.

I would say it's still a "spoiler" regardless of where it falls on the page. If it's not nested under someone else's spoiler-tagged comment, a hundred up-votes later, it could be right at the top of the page, and spoil everyone's day even while they enlarge the video player (the removal of such improperly-tagged posts from the front page / top of the comments section is one of the reasons for the "down-vote" function, along with sorting out pointlessly negative comments and the like).

While I must agree that anyone looking to the comments first should indeed be prepared for a discussion of the content of the episode, and hence spoilers in some form or other, it strikes me as courtesy to spoiler-tag anything that directly speaks to the plot. I.E. "Whoa...did not see X's death coming" is a spoiler, whereas "I'm sad now," "awww man....X," or "This series has really gone down hill since episode 00" are not (though neither are the latter terribly meaningful comments).

I will say I frequently look to the comments first for the latter phrases, and simply try to ignore any improperly spoiler-tagged posts as I see them. I then, after watching the episode, click the spoiler-tagged posts, which of course are no longer spoilers.



I will reiterate, however, spoiler-tagged posts and posts containing spoilers alike can make it into plain view below the video player due to a variety of circumstances. The space for "spoilers" where the commentator has the utmost license is called the forums, and I would be tempted to side with any viewer who felt their enjoyment of the episode was damaged by a comment that very easily could have been tagged.

If you're seeking vindication for your perceived spoiler-ish comment, I can offer you no solace.
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Thank you for you answer. I wasn't seeking vindication, I was just trying to see what would be the best formal way to approach the comment section in this website and to why were people so upset when i talked at the episode i just saw. I used to watch anime in many other places years ago and the approach was more carefree for everyone.

But will keep the info you have provided in mind from now on.
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Posted 5/3/14 , edited 5/3/14

ss4-GOKU wrote:

i want to know if it is a spoiler to talk about the anime episode that is above the comments or any past episodes? one time i decided to talk about and episode of bleach and it was something about the end of the episode and people got upset at me. so i want to know what you guys think.


Personally, I agree that it shouldn't be necessary to mark episode comments as spoilers, even f they reveal something pretty big, because if someone is especially spoiler-sensitive they should just wait and watch the episode before reading comments, and do some quick scrolling or screen adjustments if they are really that likely to accidentally see the top comment when they go to the episode page.

I would rather we not even have a spoiler option on episode comments. (If someone wants to write about something other than the episode, then they shouldn't be posting the comment there anyway so there would be no need for a tag for future episode/manga/etc. spoilers.)

However, as a mod I can attest that we frequently get reports of unmarked spoilers for things (sometimes things I don't even think are very important) that happened in the episode. Therefore, as much as I might personally not understand that perspective, it does seem to be a common expectation of many Crunchyroll users. So, since the episode spoiler-marking function is set up so you can't give a hint as to whether the spoiler is for current episode or something else, here's how mods generally handle it when we get a report of an episode comment spoiler:

1) If it is a spoiler about the episode, we mark it as a spoiler

2) If it's about a future episode, or the manga, or LN, etc. we remove it, regardless of whether or not it was marked as a spoiler.
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It's my belief that if it's about the current episode, it's not a spoiler. Therefore, I don't tag it as such.


lorreen wrote:

1) If it is a spoiler about the episode, we mark it as a spoiler

2) If it's about a future episode, or the manga, or LN, etc. we remove it, regardless of whether or not it was marked as a spoiler.


huh. That's interesting to know.


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if it's relevant enough it should probably be hidden with the spoiler thing. Sometimes I avoid looking at comments at all just so a wild spoiler doesn't appear.
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For some reason Crunchyroll makes me select the video quality I want every time I watch a video, despite having selected what I want in my account settings. So when I scroll down to access those buttons, if there's a spoiler at the top of the comments, I'm likely going to see it.

Personally, I wish Crunchyroll should make all comments collapsed until a button is hit. It would solve a lot of the issues with spoilers.
Not entirely related, but it'd also be nice if they'd keep the Preview button on the same side for posting and for sending messages, instead of on the right for one and on the left for the other.
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