An ode to Spoiler Tags

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by bferr1, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. bferr1

    bferr1 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I came upon an untagged movie spoiler in a thread the other day, and, rather than cause a stink with the OP, it prompted me to come up with this jingle instead. Sing it to the tune of the original '60s "Spider-Man" theme. Enjoy!

    Spoiler Tag, Spoiler Tag
    Don’t forget to use Spoiler Tag
    Blocks of text, any size
    Hiding words from reading eyes
    Look out!
    Here comes the Spoiler Tag.

    Is it wrong?
    Listen bud,
    Here’s some wisdom and not just FUD
    You can wreck any thread
    The answer is overhead
    Hey, there
    You’ve found the Spoiler Tag.

    In the thrill of the fight
    As you’re typing your line
    Like a streak of light
    It arrives just in time.

    Spoiler Tag, Spoiler Tag
    Friendly neighborhood Spoiler Tag
    Good advice, don’t ignore
    Thoughtfulness can reward.

    So please, don’t wreck it for the others
    Think of us movie lovers
    Please use the Spoiler Tag!

    If only all of life's problems could be addressed this way!
  2. bamaaudio

    bamaaudio Forum Resident

    It's hard not to be spoiled of major events in a movie these days with over-revealing trailers and social media. It's pretty annoying either way - when trailers give away the entire media in a couple of minutes condensed form and when people on facebook/twitter/etc say things like "I can't believe... <major twist or ending of a movie>."
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  3. Deesky

    Deesky Forum Resident

    Caveat emptor .
  4. Splungeworthy

    Splungeworthy Forum Rezidentura

    When I see a thread for a Netflix or Amazon show, where they make all episodes available at once, I stay away until I'm done. Or for something that's been out awhile and already finished, like Handmaid's Tale, I stay away. Then when I'm ready to contribute I spew it all out like last night's pizza.
  5. Thievius

    Thievius Forum Resident

    Moreno Valley, CA
    Spoiler - there's a plot twist at the end of Sixth Sense. And Unbreakable. And Signs. And The Village. And...
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  6. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Central PA
    This song also works to "Stairway To Heaven", only you have to drop that last beat from the last measure, every third line.
  7. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Senior Member

    There's also the strange belief by some that it's OKAY for a trailer to give away the end of a movie it it's old!
    Like therefore you have seen every movie that isn't new?!??
    I watched the trailer for the movie Shane, which I had never seen, this past night,
    and then during the movie realized after a while that I knew what was going to happen at the end (actually, with 3 or 4 minutes to go).
    Kind of took away the drama, to say the least.
    It's infuriating.
    I think I may never watch another trailer again.
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  8. GLENN

    GLENN Forum Resident

    Kingsport,TN, USA
    This has been going on for a while. After my mother saw Dirty Dancing I was able to guess every plot point, even though all I had seen was the trailer.
  9. Fastnbulbous

    Fastnbulbous Doubleplus Ungood

    Washington DC USA
    OK but how do I do spoiler tags? Not only isn't it obvious (other sites make spoilers simple) but I can't seem to make the tag work. At least it doesn't seem to work in preview mode.

    If the process were more intuitive and less cumbersome maybe more folks would use it.
  10. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    It's built into the web interface of the Forum software. It's the 4th one in the group with the :), the icon for inserting images, the icon for inserting movies. Tap on it and you'll find quote, spoiler, code and strikethrough.
  11. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

  12. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

  13. Fastnbulbous

    Fastnbulbous Doubleplus Ungood

    Washington DC USA
    Thanks, but I tried that feature, but when I previewed the post nothing happened. :shrug:
  14. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    Okay. The way to do it manually is to type left square bracket - spoiler - right square bracket, then the content of the spoiler, followed by left square bracket - slash (the lower left to upper right one) - spoiler - right square bracket.
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  15. Fastnbulbous

    Fastnbulbous Doubleplus Ungood

    Washington DC USA
    Like this you mean?
    Hey, it works this time -- Thank you for your perseverance Mr. DeVoe!
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  16. Nice Marmot

    Nice Marmot Paddlin’ the school canoe? That’s a paddlin’.

    Tryon NC
    My spoiler’s name is Fred.
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  17. neo123

    neo123 Forum Resident

    Northern Kentucky
    This is my spoiler. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
    My spoiler is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
    My spoiler, without me, is useless. Without my spoiler, I am useless...
  18. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Senior Member

    that's terrible.
    I'm sorry to hear that.
    Trailers are supposed to show you a rough outline of the movie's premise without giving away the ending - or plot points.
    I see some people are making fun of this whole thing, joking about it,
    but seriously,
    it's awful when you're looking forward to seeing a movie for the first time, where everything is new, and you are robbed of that experience, by the trailer. The surprise that goes with a new movie. Imagine if Hitchcock's trailers did that.
    It's just not right no matter what movie; it should be brand new to you the first time you see it.
    They need to junk the trailers that wreck movies for folks and make new ones - or just get rid of the old ones if that's the best they can do.
  19. Fastnbulbous

    Fastnbulbous Doubleplus Ungood

    Washington DC USA
    Welles rejected this trailer. Wisely I believe.
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  20. gabacabriel

    gabacabriel Forum Resident

    Bristol, UK

    Or just as bad, where they give away the ending of the movie on the cover of the DVD.

    Yes, I'm looking at YOU, Planet of the Apes.......
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  21. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    Or in local TV promos: "coming up next... Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classic Psycho, the story of a young man who dresses up as his mother and kills women in showers!"
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  22. The Terminator: Genisys trailer did that and it was wildly frustrating.
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  23. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    I blame those damn dirty apes.
  24. SimonSaysCake

    SimonSaysCake Forum Resident

    I wondered if this was possible! Did you know...

    ...that you can...
    nest spoiler tags? Holy siht!
    Amazing the things you don't know sometimes.

    Have fun!


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