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General Spoiler Annoyance

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by billypritchard, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. hummingbird_206

    hummingbird_206 Active Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Yeah, I was expecting it too, but it's still too bad people can express differing opinions in a more respectful manner. Just seems to be the way of the world I guess.
  2. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 5, 2002
    Cupertino, CA
    In every community there are people with manners and there are people without. Which is why I mentioned rude drivers. It would be nice if we could all keep our doors unlocked but that is just not going to happen. Same thing with spoilers.
  3. danterner

    danterner Not it!

    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
    The worst is when, during the re-airing of a show, the network shows a commercial promo for the next episode, and the promo spoils the remainder of the show currently airing. Networks like TLC do this all the time.

    (I know... "What's a commercial...")
  4. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    Absolutely. If the final score makes the entire game uninteresting, maybe the entire game really is uninteresting and only the final score matters.
  5. heySkippy

    heySkippy oldweakandpathetic

    Jul 2, 2001
    Sarasota, FL
    I take every opportunity to rag on inconsiderate spoiler droppers. If they're friends, I make a small effort to be polite. If they aren't fiends, I let them have it with both barrels.
  6. MikeMar

    MikeMar Go Pats

    Jan 7, 2005
    Do you even WATCH sports? I love watching it, but if you know the final score, it REALLY takes a lot out of it, unlike a comedy or something.
  7. gschrock

    gschrock Member

    Dec 27, 2001
    holt, mi
    I've got to be honest, to me, this falls on the person who hasn't watched the show yet. It's not the rest of the world's problem to make sure they don't ever say anything that might spoil something. (And I say that as someone that's frequently a *long* way behind on watching shows). You're the one that chooses not to watch a show when it airs. If you do that, you run the risk that you're going to find something out that you might not want to know. That someone watches a show on their dvr some unknown amount of time later is not the rest of the worlds problem, and it's not their responsibility to avoid saying something about the show. Such is the price you pay for using a dvr.
  8. allan

    allan Just someone TCF Club

    Oct 13, 2002
    What about someone on the West Coast, who watches a show that's already aired on the East. There's a window (is it 2 or 3 hours?) where they'll be spoiled even if they watch ASAP, and of course the Internet knows no boundaries. Also, aren't there shows that air in Britain or Canada before they do here?
  9. mwhip

    mwhip All better

    Jul 22, 2002
    Avoid the internet. I had to run an errand during the football game yesterday and I put on my ipod music so the DJ's would not spoil and I did not check Twitter or Facebook. It was pretty easy.
  10. MikeMar

    MikeMar Go Pats

    Jan 7, 2005
    I do it all the time for football. easy for the day
  11. Flop

    Flop Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Agreed 100%.
  12. Azlen

    Azlen Active Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Peoria, AZ
    There's a reason that advertisers are paying big dollars for commercials on sporting events. Most people watch them live and don't fast forward through the commercials. Networks would prefer that you watch their shows as they are aired. Twitter hashtags, day after spoilers on facebook etc. are designed to get people to watch shows as they are airing instead of watching it later on a DVR when there is more opportunity for people to skip the commercials. I continue to expect networks to try to get people to watch things as they are airing rather than accomodate people who do time shift. Encouraging spoilers or even spoiling it themselves is not going to go away any time soon.
  13. allan

    allan Just someone TCF Club

    Oct 13, 2002
    That attitude is one of my pet peeves. I have a life beyond TV. I watch when I have a chance to watch, and if I couldn't timeshift, I wouldn't see the show at all. I do, sometimes, choose to watch a specific show live (or semi-live) because I know people will post about it here, but even then, it's dependent on what else is going on. If I don't have time, I don't see it live, and it doesn't matter what stunts they pull to encourage live viewing.
  14. Alfer

    Alfer New Member

    Aug 7, 2003
  15. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    So because you two feel this way, everyone else should too?

    Pretty rude. And I say that as someone who really isn't bothered much by spoilers. But even though I'm not bothered much by them I can still acknowledge that there are others to whom it's more important, and respect that.
  16. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    Today must be the day of people reading everything I write with dirty glasses or something. :) I didn't say I go and just talk about things that others consider to be spoilers did I? I said I consider people who complain about it whiners and they should get over it and learn to enjoy the journey, not the "surprise" ending. Rude is what you do. I've never heard of being called rude because of what you believe.
  17. Azlen

    Azlen Active Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Peoria, AZ
    It's not an attitude, it's business. Networks make more money from advertisers when people don't time shift. They aren't going to actively discourage DVR usage because it's still better than not watching it at all, but they are still going to do what they can to get as many people watching it as it airs as they can and that's because they make more money that way.
  18. Idearat

    Idearat Active Member

    Nov 26, 2000
    I have been more annoyed over time by people complaining about spoilers than I have by having something spoiled. Of course my spoiler tolerance is based upon my thinking "it's just TV" or at least for me it is. I do recognize that it means more to other people.

    I do have friends who watch the same shows that I know have DVRs, so I'll preface a message intended to initiate discussion with something like "Did you watch last weeks Sons of Anarchy?" As per the rules here, or even if there weren't the rules, I wouldn't put a recent spoiler in a thread title.

    A Facebook page for a show? All fair game on the page or status updates, as they happen. It's incredibly easy to "Like" a page and be a part of the discussion but not have that page automatically post updates to your news feed. (I've about worn out my ignore button this political season ) The same goes for entertainment sites or blogs. No doubt they see the traffic and how discussion spikes after a TV event, so they are not going to let that wave pass by and have people go to another site to appease a minority who time shift and might come by later. Even if the time shifters were a majority, when those people come to the site they want to have new content ready when they show up. I searched for info on SoA while the show was on last week to make sure I was seeing who I thought I was seeing. The sites who had the "spoilers" are where I ended up.

    I would be bothered if I had someone on the east coast ring me up to tell me who lives or dies on a show that wasn't due to air for another 2 hours here. But if out and about ( or wandering around the web ) I would not expect others to stifle their discussions to accommodate my TV viewing habits. I love The Amazing Race, but I also don't like waiting a week to see what happens next, so I tend to queue up most of a season before tuning in. That means I have to avoid discussions and FFWD past any TAR commercials on TV, but that's all on me. If I find out that someone got booted or is still on the show beforehand it's my own fault for not watching sooner. Lots off people enjoy watching shows but don't participate in any online discussions of them. Others find the discussions a bit part of their TV enjoyment. Those people's enjoyment of discussing the show shouldn't be stifled because I'm saving up TAR for Thanksgiving vacation.
  19. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    I HATE spoilers but I do agree it has become my job to avoid them - it's the ones that catch me off guard that tend to mildly irritate me - if it's something I know will really annoy me - I watch close to real time or avoid both facebook and twitter.

    Last week a cousin posted on facebook a picture of an actor making an interesting guest appearance on a show that caught me off guard. Not a big spoiler but I would have enjoyed the actor's entrance more if I hadn't known about it and also seen a photo.

    Walton Goggins last week on Sons of Anarchy

    THAT is the worst - one show had a commercial that showed who got eliminated right before the segment that showed the elimination.

    Of course, I am the person who complained when MasterChef showed us in a "coming up" what was in a mystery box before they actually showed what was in the mystery box.

    Lastly - if you are annoyed by people complaining about spoilers then this is a thread that will probably annoy you more.
  20. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies

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