Now that you mention it, I've avoided the article in the exact same way.
Without the spoiler talk, I probably would have visited already. Although
it's something like an irritable mental gesture... it's not like I have any
plans to see the play anytime in the foreseeable future, and I haven't read
any Agatha Christie since I was a teenager.
On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 10:42 AM, Carcharoth <carcharothwp(a)googlemail.com>wrote;wrote:
On Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 6:34 PM, David Levy
Surely if the ending is still described in the
article (as I was
careful to say), NPOV wouldn't be affected? All I'm saying is that if
there was a specific OTRS request that could be verified to be from
the relevant people, then it could be acted on. Requests from
Wikipedia editors and readers to add spoiler notices wouldn't count.
It would have to be a specific request from the "subject" of the
You've noted that "requests from Wikipedia editors and readers to add
spoiler notices wouldn't count," and this only accentuates the
problem. How would providing special treatment to a representative of
an article's subject constitute a neutral approach?
You referred to this as a "BLP-like exception," but I see nothing
analogous. We address legitimate complaints by ensuring that
biographies of living persons comply with our normal content
standards. We don't honor requests to include special text (such as a
warning that the article includes material that its subject dislikes).
Actually, I'd like to read the article about the play without finding
out the ending. Is that an unreasonable thing to ask? (And yes, I know
this is a completely different argument to the one I used before).
With other things, I just read the articles anyway, and don't care
about knowing the ending in advance (or I avoid them, as I did when
the last Harry Potter book came out). But for some reason, here I find
myself (as a reader of Wikipedia) wanting to be able to read the other
parts of the article and would likely have read the article after
reading the newspaper story if I hadn't found out in advance (from the
newspaper story) that the article contained a spoiler. Put it this
way: my finding out that this article contains a spoiler means I have
avoided reading it - how many other people have avoided reading it for
the same reasons? If that is a feature and not a bug, fair enough, but
I find it strange that what articles I read on Wikipedia is being
decided by what a newspaper article has to say about them.
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