Is there a perscribed courtesy period before posting questions on newly released movies? I've seen a couple "morning after" questions about previous nights newly released movies and thought to myself "Don't know. Haven't had a chance to see it yet." How soon is too soon when it comes to new movie questions?
There is no waiting period.
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How soon is too soon
There is another aspect to this. Questions get most attention in the first few days, maybe weeks, after asking and then quickly sink into oblivion. So if you really want to ask a question about a movie that you just saw as one of the first people on earth, you know that there will only a small audience that knows what you're talking about. As the audience grows, your question gets less and less hits.
So it is not just a matter of courtesy. It is smart to wait a few weeks. I think somewhere in time there is a sweet spot for asking a question. Not too soon, not too late.
What's wrong with Spoiler? I usually read all the spoiler first before deciding whether a movie is worth watching or not.