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Feb 12, 08 at 8:50pm ^Spoiler Policy
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This is a brief guide on how to go about posting and discussing materials that could be considered spoilers in the forum. Please take the time to read and remember the contents of this thread, as it is meant to benefit the entire community of the forum, yourself included.
What Counts As A Spoiler?
Basically, anything you are supposed to play the game to find out. Mentioning that Dante is in the game, or that Nero is a new and playable character are acceptable, these are the kinds of things you can find out on the box-art and in the manual. But things that happen to them during the game, or other characters, weapons, bosses, and so forth, should be considered spoilers since they are things you find out about as you progress through the story.
Why Avoid Spoilers?
As the name suggest, spoilers can spoil the experience of a game for players. Regardless of how much or little you care about them, it is expected that in a community you will respect the wishes of others and their point of view, and that includes not spoiling their experience of the game. Also, if people cannot visit the forum without the risk of having their experience spoiled, they will avoid it, meaning less activity, discussion, and people for you to talk to, so this policy is for everyone's sake.
Making Threads About Spoiler Topics
If you wish to post a thread about a spoiler topic, such as discussing a character where plot developments in the game will be brought up, or asking for help with a certain boss, or something else similar, keep two things in mind.
Firstly, the title of the thread itself must not contain any spoilers. So for example, if you're asking for help with a boss, don't call the thread "Help Fighting *Boss' Name", but instead something like "Help Fighting Boss On Level 7" or "-After Scene 13", or something similar. The only people who will be able to contribute are those who have played the part you're talking about, and thus will know what you mean, and those who don't know what happens on level 7 or after scene 13 won't be able to help you.
Secondly, indicate the thread will contain spoilers by putting "(Spoilers)" in the thread's title. If you forget to do this when you make the thread, you can edit the first post and change the thread name there to update it.
Posting Spoiler Content
How you go about posting spoilers will depend on what thread you are in. In threads marked with "(Spoilers)" or a similar tag in the name, you may post normally and discuss spoiler content freely, since other people have already been warned about it by the title of the thread.
In threads without these tags, you must hide the spoilers you post. The best way to do this is to use spoiler tags, the code for which can be highlighted and copied below:
The above code would produce the below effect when posted:
Spoiler: What the spoiler is about
Highlight this box with your cursor to read the spoiler text.
The actual spoiler
Another less practical method is to surround the text with a quote box and colour it white. There are no advantages to doing it this way, but if for example you forget how to use the spoiler mark-up, it is an acceptable substitute.
Replying To Spoiler Content
This is a very important point that you must understand clearly before replying to anyone posting spoilers. When posting in threads not marked by the "(Spoilers)" tag, make sure that your reply does not reveal any of the information the person you are replying to went to the effort to hide by using spoiler tags. This means that if someone posts "OMG the final boss is *final boss' name here"* and hides it, but you reply to them by saying "OMG I can't believe *name here* is the final boss!" in plain sight, you are breaking the rules. Also, the same applies to quoting other people in your posts who haven't hidden their text properly. Everything that goes on in your post is your responsibility, so please remember this.
Please remember that this policy is intended to benefit the entire forum and everyone in it without exclusion. However, at the same time, it is an official rule, and must be followed. People make mistakes and a simple slip-up will not be punished, but simply corrected and the person who made it guided on how to avoid repeating the mistake in future if needed. Everything outlined in this thread is intended to be carried out in a friendly manner to make the forum more enjoyable. However, members who repeatedly violate the rules, this included, can and will be reprimanded appropriately, so if you are harming the community and the only way to stop you is to remove you from it, then that is what will happen. Hopefully this will never be a problem, but be aware of the possibility.
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