Can we allow users to denote the end of the excerpt by use of a <hr> in the body of the question?

The purpose of the feature request is to make spoilers easier to hide in excerpts. Consider the following:

New Question With Spoilers

You can see I had to add padding to fill out the excerpt to hide the spoiler. If I could do something like the following instead:

<sub>I have seen every New Who episode, even if it has been some time, so spoilers 
are fine in answers.</sub>


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And have that --- (which becomes the <hr> in question) mark the end of the excerpt, it would result in something that looked like this:

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This would enable us to ask questions freely and only worry about spoilers in titles (which is already a pain point for some), instead of having to also add ~200 characters of fluff to the question itself.

(and this doesn't even take into account the onebox in chat that has something like a 300 character excerpt. it could use the love as well)

  • I don't like the idea of artificially placing extra markup just to avoid an undesirable feature of the site.
    – Möoz
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 8:48
  • I agree with @Möoz if you fear spoilers, don’t use the site, easy. Even easier, stop whining about spoilers.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Jan 3, 2018 at 17:15

1 Answer 1


You can just use

spoiler markup.

Just add >! at the beginning of a paragraph to hide the spoilers. This solves both the /questions page...

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And chat oneboxes.

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  • It's worth nothing that the spoiler markup does not handle adjacent blocks well, generally requiring manual line-breaks to make it all one block, or non-"quoted" text in between to break them up.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 16:07

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