We all hate witnessing spoilers before we can experience a movie, TV show, or video game. And we've got it bad...

Here on Wikia, and especially Halopedia, spoilers run rampant shortly before the release of a new product. Such event occurred during the launch of Halo 3 in September 2007. For a few weeks, dedicated editors who couldn't wait to defeat the Covenant invasion were subjected to waves and waves of major spoilers, completely ruining their experience. One such editor was me, who didn't feel as surprised when he played through the game. Another major spoiler leak happened last year during the release of The Cole Protocol, when Amazon UK shipped it earlier than usual.

I know what your probably saying, "blah blah blah just don't go on the internet until it's released". Well that's probably easy for you to say, since you likely don't have any user rights above the level of simple editing. For us Administrators, Rollback Users, and the legions of dedicated users, it's a pain in the ass to have to deal with. That is why I'm proposing that we move forward and implement a permanent "Spoilers Policy" for Halopedia.

These proposals are new and all votes from now on will reflect people's opinions about them

  • The Spoiler Policy only dictates the inclusion of Campaign Plot information, not Multiplayer.
  • Spoilers, in conjunction with Subtank's Spoilers template, will only be allowed up until one week (that's seven days) before an upcoming product is released. This will ensure that active editors who don't want to be spoiled can know when to back off from spoiler-filled articles, and for people who want to know about the game's story, can read them. While it still will seem like a "blarg blarg your just limiting us you asshole" move, it's to satisfy both parties on this matter.
    • The reasoning for only spoilers to be allowed from a week until the product's release, is that only the Press and selected gamers (by contest, fandom, rewards, etc.) get the game early. The only other people who receive it early are from store employees who sell the game earlier than expected, and those users usually get banned if they're caught on Xbox LIVE (if the product is a game).
  • Information officially released by Bungie Studios, 343 Industries, other Halo developers, and news publications before the release date will still be accepted.
  • Disobeying the policy will result in the Administrator warning that particular user for a first offense, then a week-long ban for the second offense.


I hope to have this passed and implemented by September 1st, to combat the threat of the evil spoiler horde around Halo 3: ODST. If you have any suggestions for additions or have any concerns, please leave a comment below.

Support (20/2)Edit

  • Support Support - As per my new proposal above. Grizzlei
  • Support Support - You really want this to pass, and the new rules are more reasonable :D - JEA13 [iTalk] 18:07, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support Support - The new rules are now much more reasonable. Thus, support! - Commander Silver Leaf Nìcmávr (Tálk) 18:11, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Weak Support Support - I didn't like the first one but this is much better. --Odysseas-Spartan53 18:28, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Strong Support Support - This is much better. Commander Silver Leaf Kougermasters (Talk) (Contribs) (Edits) 18:29, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support Support Yep, a step better than the last proposal. GySgt. Gonzalez SMG Concept 19:26, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support Support - Yeah I guess it's good now. And if information does get out way earlier than 1 week, we can always just check wikipedia instead if we still want to see the spoilers. General Heed 20:26, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support Support - It's good in my opinion. Field Master Spartansniper450 20:41, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support Support - The punishment is now much more reasonable. SNOR{3} 21:13, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support Support - I like it. ReachRank16  General5 7    talk    contribs    email  
  • Support Support - This is a much better policy. Let's thank Subtank and Specops for the template. Black Mesa Halo-343 (Talk) (Contribs) (Edits)
  • Support Support - Much more reasonable.A figment of your imagination and then some! 324px-Uk-sas svg (Holonet) 22:21, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support Support - Good, I think it will get to peoples mind when one unlucky example (users) doesn't follow the rules. But hey, people make mistakes, I'm all for it. Halo Reach - Unggoy KillJax "For the great Journey!" Go here go there...
  • Support Support - As per comment below. -- Administrator Specops306 - Qur'a 'Morhek Honour Light Your Way! 22:45, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support Support - I like this policy. Haze M14 21:20, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support Support - Sounds reasonable.--Jugus 12:34, 28 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support Support - Although spoilers have never been a problem for me, I know it bothers others very much. This seems like a good idea. Captain Mcloganator 13:33, 28 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support Support - I think it's a good idea. Not like it'll make a difference for me personally, though -- I'm probably not getting ODST because in a few months, I will most likely lose all access to the Xbox 360 I'm currently using -- so either I have to endure spoilers or a careful and self-imposed exile . DavidJCobb Emblem DavidJCobb  00:12, 29 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Support Support - As long as the Spoilers Template is used, it is a good policy, because I personally like reading the spoilers. --Uprising Corporal jeZZaMuteNRS contribs editcount 02:57, 29 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Strong Support Support - I hate spoilers! This is a very good idea.--Da bad adder 18:34, 30 August 2009 (UTC)
  1. User lacks required edits (50). - Commander Silver Leaf Nìcmávr (Tálk) 12:13, 31 August 2009 (UTC)

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