Don't allow ANY episode summary info on upcoming episodes of TV serial-type shows, like "24" -- re: spoilers

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Just don't allow ANY posting information on upcoming episodes of SERIAL type shows like "24."  To avoid spoilers is the reason.  For example, this season of "24" has 12 episodes total.  Episode #11 is being shown tonight.  I looked at the episode list, and see an unbelievable summary of episode #12 that tells everything -- I hope it is bogus.

It's OK to list the upcoming episode title and number.
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Robert,
I had concerns when IMDb changed the episode listing to have the "up next" episode moved to the top of the list, but for my view this is not the case for the episode page of  24: Live Another Day.

You have my sympathy but what you are asking is not reasonable....even if it does sound reasonable.

You say not to allow the posting of a plot summary until the episode has aired....okay - where and when? Even though the gap is very small now, there is still 24-48 hours between US and UK screening....I assume we wait till both are done, not just the first.

Okay, but then the rest of the world will get these episodes many weeks and months later...so those individuals will have the same problem as you have here and could reasonably say the same thing....why should they be not given the same consideration as you simply because (for example) you are British and they are Norwegian?

To put it another way Robert, in a show which is highly reliant on plot twists and developments, you chose to go to the IMDb page for that show, to then navigate to the place where each episode is listed with a summary of the events in that episode, then you scrolled down the episodes to the point where the newest one was and, when you saw it had text, instead of recoiling from your screen, you then read that text.....

IMDb should always try to do their best to protect spoilers, but we all need to make an effort ourselves as individuals.

bob

note: I am not staff nor in any way affiliated with IMDb
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Thanks for your comment.  A few points:

1. I only went to the episode list page AFTER I saw a post about it on the IMDb MESSAGE BOARD page.

2. I still think I am right that there should be no posting about new episodes (in serial-type shows anyway) till the show has aired (currently) -- that would satisfy most fans, and it is in line with current thinking -- that no spoilers be shown.  Even the networks in their press releases avoid spoilers.  That would satisfy the majority of fans.

3. You have to expect spoilers (on message boards, etc.) for old shows.  For example, you could hardly hide the fact that Rosebud is the guy's sled or that Rhett Butler walked out on Scarlett at the end.

Robt.

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Robert,
1. so you were on an internet message board for a show full of twists and turns...okay, risky, but personal choice....

2. okay - but aired for whom? everyone globally? or just you where you are? Unless you are in the US you will not be viewing the show as it air s for the first time - in the UK many big shows are 24 hours behind...I cannot think of one where it is broadcast the same time in the US and the UK/Europe.

3. how long is "old shows"...so if x character dies in Game of Thrones - how long should go by before you would expect to see a spoiler with it being discussed online? In an ideal world? Of course we know in this world, the real answer is "seconds"...so the best thing to do is not to go to the places where such things are discussed until you know it is safe to do so...

I agree with your points - but at some point...personal responsibility...if you were trying to avoid a football score on a game you had recorded to watch later, you shouldn't walk into a pub where it has just finished being shown....you should treat the internet the same way - even if the show has not aired, leaks are always possible.

bob

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I would simply say AT LEAST this RULE: for SERIAL TYPE SHOWS just give the title, episode # and air time up to the FULL DAY IT FIRST AIRS anywhere.  That is for the IMDb episode and schedule pages. . .... For the Message Board you can only encourage discretion and courtesy and warnings regarding spoilers -- self-policed.


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