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#1 LI_Ann

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:55 AM

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 04:31 AM

Thanks, Li Ann! Could I also add a gentle reminder to use spoiler tags before posting spoilers, and to resist the urge to put a spoiler in a thread heading. Someone posted Jeff Eastin's tweets, two of which are very spoilery, without tags. It's perfectly simple to hide a spoiler and give others the choice to read them or not. Not everyone wants to!

Just type

[spoiler ] spoiler goes here [/spoiler ] (leave the space after the r out) and you get

Spoiler:
spoiler goes here

How easy is that?

Edited by Summer_Fun, 06 December 2009 - 04:32 AM.


#3 Nancee

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 04:38 AM

Thanks, both of you.

At the top of the form for "reply" is an "Insert Special Item" with an arrow. If you click the arrow, it says: Insert Spoiler. They've made it easy.

It would be nice to have the moderator help us.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 04:44 AM

What do you know - you're right. I never bothered to look at what that menu was for. What's more, if you toggle the side panel on, you get a quick-access button for insert: spoiler.

Even more reason to use the spoiler tags and allow people the choice to read or not read spoilers.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 09:10 AM

I assume there are a lot of people with limited forum experience but a thread title like the one's we saw yesterday spoiled the entire ending of Friday's show for me. I was hugely disappointed as I always stay clear of episode specific threads until I have seen the ep. I hope people learn that title threads telling specific details (esp. as major as what we saw with the Free Fall ending-man, I'm still disappointed that I knew the ending) is tantamount to walking out of a theatre announcing the ending of a movie to the waiting audience.
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 10:19 AM

Summer Fun and Nancee, thanks for the Spoiler lesson. I was going to ask how you do that. I used all astericks with a notice the last time I posted a spoiler.
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 11:02 AM

I assume there are a lot of people with limited forum experience but a thread title like the one's we saw yesterday spoiled the entire ending of Friday's show for me. I was hugely disappointed as I always stay clear of episode specific threads until I have seen the ep.

That's one of the biggest disappointments on a forum - to come on and have a spoiler blasted in a thread heading. I don't know if people are aware of this, but the person who starts a thread can always go back and edit the thread heading. I hope a bit of discretion is exercised in the future when new threads are started.

This wasn't much of an issue until these last couple episodes, but given the passion that the last episode ignited, as seen in both the massive overlap in thread and the spoilers flying about, Li Ann was particularly timely in starting this thread so we can have a bit of a shared consciousness about these issues.

I don't know how others feel, but starting a post with SPOILER in caps isn't a sufficient way to hide a spoiler with then spoiler tags option is available. You eye still catches what's in the post, even if you try not to.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 02:18 PM

Summer Fun, CathysOpinion, OldTimeStyle and Nancee........thank you all for posting your support of this thread. Hopefully, it will catch on and we'll see less "nonsense" threads in the future.

This thread could and probably should become one where in addition to "duplicate threads" we post our thoughts on other forum related matters, e.g., the "spoiler" tips that were posted here. I'm going to change the topic description to include "spoilers". If you have any other suggestions for what should be included, please let me know.

Thanks again.

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ETA: If we make an effort to keep this thread on Page 1 of the forum, it might have more impact.

Edited by LI_Ann, 06 December 2009 - 02:20 PM.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 03:03 PM

The expanded thread heading should help a bit. The onslaught of threads seems to have subsided, which hopefully gives us a chance to restore a bit of order to chaos in whatever we can. I agree, keeping this thread near the top of the first page is a good idea, particularly once we approach the return of the series. Hopefully others will weigh in in the interim and we'll have a bit more of a sense of what the group wants in terms of excessive threads, etc.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 03:43 PM

Summer Fun, CathysOpinion, OldTimeStyle and Nancee........thank you all for posting your support of this thread. Hopefully, it will catch on and we'll see less "nonsense" threads in the future.

This thread could and probably should become one where in addition to "duplicate threads" we post our thoughts on other forum related matters, e.g., the "spoiler" tips that were posted here. I'm going to change the topic description to include "spoilers". If you have any other suggestions for what should be included, please let me know.

Thanks again.

Ann

ETA: If we make an effort to keep this thread on Page 1 of the forum, it might have more impact.



You are welcome. I had posted on a message board years ago, and forgotten much of what I had learned. When I decided to post again, it was on Burn Notice.

The first thing I did was read about the "posting facts". This would be a great thread to bring here. And there is also a thread welcoming newbies. Perhaps another thread you might consider. I do not know where this info orginated, but it sure was helpful to me!

Nancee :)

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 06:20 PM

You are welcome. I had posted on a message board years ago, and forgotten much of what I had learned. When I decided to post again, it was on Burn Notice.

The first thing I did was read about the "posting facts". This would be a great thread to bring here. And there is also a thread welcoming newbies. Perhaps another thread you might consider. I do not know where this info orginated, but it sure was helpful to me!

Nancee :)


The Burn Notice forum is extremely well organized and managed. The moderators do a great job. The White Collar forum is so new that it hasn't evolved yet, at least that's what I'm hoping. If we continue to make an effort, we might just make a difference. The threads you mentioned on the BN Forum are "pinned". They always appear at the top of the page. That's something only the moderator can do. Hopefully the USA Admin (and there must be several of them) will get around to doing it. We should have a "welcome new members" thread pinned and others dedicated to "spoilers" and for "White Collar News". That would eliminate the need for someone to start a new thread everytime they read a tweet or an interview. I just started this thread so if you would like to start any of the others we've mentioned here, you should do it. Perhaps one of the other members who thought this thread was overdue would create one of the other "standard forum" threads mentioned.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 07:22 PM

Ann,
Great work. And, thanks again.

Okay. I'll be patient. A moderator will get around to us soon, I suspect.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 08:29 PM

Ann,
Great work. And, thanks again.

Okay. I'll be patient. A moderator will get around to us soon, I suspect.

Nancee

Nancee,

I just noticed that you started the Episode Discussion Thread for Free Fall and the Neal and Kate thread. Both of those are excellent topics for discussion. Had I noticed that earlier, I wouldn't have tried to get you to start any of the threads we mentioned earlier. Hopefully, one of the other members, SummerFun, CathysOpinion or OldTimeStyle who support the effort to organize this forum will do it.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 08:55 PM

Nancee,

I just noticed that you started the Episode Discussion Thread for Free Fall and the Neal and Kate thread. Both of those are excellent topics for discussion. Had I noticed that earlier, I wouldn't have tried to get you to start any of the threads we mentioned earlier. Hopefully, one of the other members, SummerFun, CathysOpinion or OldTimeStyle who support the effort to organize this forum will do it.

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I was just thinking someone (Moderator) would pin things, etc. And, although I know how to copy and paste, that faq presentation thread is written by someone as is the newbies thread. Someone with far more knowlege amd expertise than I have. :) I only know the rudimentals...
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Posted 06 December 2009 - 09:55 PM

Since this thread is not pinned, I am 'bumping' it so newcomers can see it.

Great thread.

Now, could some of you more experienced USA forum posters tell me if there is a way to bring up these threads and not have to shift through the ones I've read already? Thanks
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Posted 07 December 2009 - 12:30 AM

I just noticed that you started the Episode Discussion Thread for Free Fall and the Neal and Kate thread. Both of those are excellent topics for discussion. Had I noticed that earlier, I wouldn't have tried to get you to start any of the threads we mentioned earlier. Hopefully, one of the other members, SummerFun, CathysOpinion or OldTimeStyle who support the effort to organize this forum will do it.


What we probably ought to do is make an agreement among ourselves that one of us, perhaps Nancee, will start the discussion thread every week at a given time (more or less). I've noticed that if someone starts doing it, everyone else soon expects it and that reduces duplicate threads. There was someone here starting them very early at one point, but he/she seems to have stopped, perhaps because they were started too early and disappeared too far down the page.

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 08:19 AM

What we probably ought to do is make an agreement among ourselves that one of us, perhaps Nancee, will start the discussion thread every week at a given time (more or less). I've noticed that if someone starts doing it, everyone else soon expects it and that reduces duplicate threads. There was someone here starting them very early at one point, but he/she seems to have stopped, perhaps because they were started too early and disappeared too far down the page.


Okay. I'll start the threads for the epi's. I like to start them the day of, which will be Tuesday morning. If this is agreeable to everyone. Perhaps someone else should start the discussion threads for the previews.
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Posted 07 December 2009 - 09:22 AM

The morning of the episode or the evening before is perfect. There's nothing to say before then, and the thread just gets lost.

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 09:30 AM

The morning of the episode or the evening before is perfect. There's nothing to say before then, and the thread just gets lost.



Okay. Consider it done. However, If someone else starts an epi thread prior to mine, I'll just bump it. :)
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Posted 07 December 2009 - 02:36 PM

Another thing occurs to me so we can avoid endless contortions involving spoilers. A spoiler is advance information about an episode, therefore, I think we might want to agree that once an episode ends, information about it is no longer a spoiler and no longer requires a spoiler tag. Otherwise, we tie ourselves up in knots trying to avoid spoilers.

What does everyone think?

(Example: Someone posted yet another duplicate thread for some minor variation in theory, but marked it as having spoilers for Ep. 1-7. To me, nothing already broadcast is a spoiler, so that spoiler warning wasn't needed.)




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