There's going to be lots of posts that ruin endings, how to deal with them? Should spoilers be included in question title?
What to spoiler text?
I disagree for a simple reason. We should take the Wikipedia approach to spoilers. It is simple, Wiki does not care about telling the whole plot element of the movie and we really shouldn't either unless explicitly asked. I honestly think tiptoeing around spoilers could decrease the quality of answers/questions, if not, the quantity.
As community-minded this all may be, there is nothing stopping a user from asking a question like
"Why did blank turn out to be blank's son?"
No matter how fast you edit-hammer that, someone will see it and there is a chance that that someone just got the movie spoiled.
Not to say we shouldn't warn users, potential and avid alike, that there are spoilers on this site. Maybe place something in the info box that appears on the right that reads
"We cannot guarantee that this site is spoiler-free."
Would be sufficient enough warning.
Assuming I get a lot of disagreeing comments, I bring this up, and I hate to answer a question with another question (but hey, this is meta after all), but What should the policy be on 'common knowledge' spoilers?
At what point does a spoiler become not a spoiler anymore and something that is regarded as what any 'movie buff' should know coming here.
I realize that all the traffic will not be people who have seen every movie known to man and there are people in this world that don't know the same movies that I do (example, GF had never seen Fight Club until last year and the twist blew her mind enough to want to watch it again right after).
Do we tiptoe around EVERY spoiler, or after the movie has hit a certain age/popularity does it not become a spoiler anymore?
I think it is reasonable to mimic SciFi's lead, which is essentially to use the Spoiler markup as you have demonstrated in your question.
I would add to that this discussion about over/mis-use of the spoiler tag. In short: Don't make your entire question a spoiler.
Maybe the question title shouldn't spoil anything (which isn't that hard to achieve). But at the moment I click on a question link, I just have to be prepared to get the movie spoiled, period. The spoiler blocks are IMHO just obsolete.
It is a Q&A site about movies and much discussion about a movie is indeed about it's content and at the moment I read a question, I have either seen the movie, or I haven't seen it and am just curious about the question and curiosity just brings along the chance of getting unwanted information.
(And by the way, on my other pc with it's rather old IE version the spoiler blocks don't actually work and always show the text, but nevermind.)
After having used spoiler mark-up on several occasions and in other ways done my best to hide spoilers I've now made a 180 turn and agree with TylerShads that we should just let it be. This is, after all, a movie Q&A site, and you'd be naive to think that you can browse around without getting spoilers thrown in your face.
I do think that there should be one exception, though.
For answers to questions regarding TV and movie series I think it'd be nice to try and hide spoilers that ruins forthcoming episodes/movies.
Probably we should be given an option to have a spoiler checkbox clicked and let the framework append a (SPOILER) in the question. Plus it is not wise to reveal the plot or give away the ending in the Question. That should be made very sensitive as this forum is going to have a lot of movie watchers and googlers in future!