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XD1 August 16, 2010 User blog:XD1

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Concern:

There are a disturbing amount of spoilers all over this site. Now, if someone visits who hasn't seen every episode (the poor soul), and they happen across some info that they missed, nothing can really be done about that since we assume everyone who would be disappointed by a spoiler is already up-to-date on the happenings in the series. HOWEVER, if someone visits this site who is a huge fan of the show, but hasn't read the books, there are spoilers all over the place that ruin the effect intended in the natural pace the story is meant to unfold. A good example of this is the category tag on Sookie's page that says "Fairies." We're not supposed to know that yet! There are many other places that have the fairy spoiler, but there are also other spoilers all over the site.

Solution?:

The two best solutions I've thought of so far are:
  • Setting the articles up in duality - example: Sookie Stackhouse(series) / Sookie Stackhouse(book) - with a SPOILER tag added at the top of the "(book)" articles, warning those who are only looking for series information, and wish to preserve the element of surprise associated with the series.
Another way to go would be...
  • Working out a sister-wiki relationship with the Southern Vampire Mysteries wiki. We would then work to separate the subject matter so that only book specific information is on SVM wiki, and only True Blood series specific information is on this wiki, with links between the two wherever needed. This would allow each wiki to focus solely on either the books or the series respectively, and would potentially increase user traffic on both sites. One point to consider is that the TV series deviates from the story in the books, and some of the information about different characters and events that has been "filled in" with info from the book is bound to be incorrect because of this.


All ideas, questions, comments, and opinions are welcome. (constructive preferred)
Create a (book)/(series) dual article format, or collaborate with S. Vamp. Myst. wiki to become sister-sites and link to their site when it comes to book issues? (or merge the sites, which I don't think is the right way to go)
 
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The poll was created at 19:11 on August 16, 2010, and so far 7 people voted.


Addendum: Whichever option we ultimately choose will require a bunch of work, so we'll need to put together a Spoiler Task Force to find and move sensitive information to the designated "spoiler" spots. If you'd like to be a part of that team, please let us know in the comments below!

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