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When reviewing a recent question about Westworld, I encountered what turned out to be a spoiler to climax of the season.

Our accepted policy on spoilers in titles seems to be "try not to", especially about spoiling the friggin season ending. However, new users have no way of knowing this, so we end up with spoilers.

Surely we have vigilant geeks fanatics pedants editors who will hopefully catch those things before some time elapses, but once a cat is out of the bag, it just is. There's also the chat feed, which does not update itself when the question is paraphrased.

This brings us to my request: update the "How to Ask" block on the main site (and the relevant Help page) to reflect our policy on spoilers.

To be clear, I'm not trying to convince myself that everyone will read this block, let alone follow the policy; still, it's a nice useless precaution to have.

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    We can update it, but you need to be very aware that no-one reads it, certainly not before asking their first few questions. – Valorum Feb 11 '17 at 20:58
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    @Valorum - true, but then I will have an iron-clad reason to DV every new question without feeling guilty. – Gallifreyan Feb 11 '17 at 21:00
  • I try to avoid feeling anything when closing/DV'ing questions. I find it helps to look at questions/answers objectively, without fear or favour. – Valorum Feb 11 '17 at 21:01
  • @Valorum - I meant the guilt of not explaining the rules to newcomers. With the updated block it'd be like "should've read that bit set in font size 3 on the bottom of the page". Also, it's sad, but it appears we need a higher authority to change that block. – Gallifreyan Feb 11 '17 at 21:05
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    Is it possible? Of course it is. Is it pointful? Of course it isn't. – Valorum Feb 11 '17 at 21:18
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    For the record, the What topics can I ask about here? page in the help centre is mod-editable, but the "how to ask" box and the How do I ask a good question? page aren't, though at least the former, and probably the latter too, are editable by SE employees. – Rand al'Thor Feb 11 '17 at 21:54
  • @Randal'Thor should I have asked this tagged with [discussion] first? – Gallifreyan Feb 12 '17 at 17:31
  • @Gallifreyan Meh, which tag you choose doesn't matter that much on meta. But for the sake of pedantry, yes, it should probably be tagged both discussion ("should the How to Ask block include something about spoilers?") and feature-request ("if so, please implement this"). – Rand al'Thor Feb 12 '17 at 17:32
  • @Randal'Thor how about [featured]? :P feeling lucky – Gallifreyan Feb 12 '17 at 17:34
  • What about where it says "What's your science fiction or fantasy question? Be specific."? Could we make that say "What's your science fiction or fantasy question? Be specific and avoid spoilers (for more guidance, see the help center)." or something like that? – MissMonicaE Feb 13 '17 at 14:06

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