If the text of a question has spoiler text near the beginning, this spoiler text might appear on the /questions page (example question; question search result illustrating the issue). It'd be nice if the site realized it's not cool to spoil people.

  • This has been noticed before, though it wasn't framed as a bug report then. It's not clear to me what the behavior should be, though: what about people who want to see all the text on the questions page?
    – user56
    Mar 20, 2011 at 1:11
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    They can't reliably see all of a question's text on the Questions page anyway, so they shouldn't have that expectation?
    – user1027
    Mar 20, 2011 at 1:17

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Just make sure that spoiler questions have a bit (300 chars+) of lead-in text.

We won't be making any special considerations for this, and I think responsible use of spoilers requires users to "do the right thing" anyway.

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    Why not? Is there any good reason to show spoiler text in the summary?
    – user1320
    May 2, 2011 at 18:22
  • @Tim: I highly doubt there's a condition in the summary-generation code that explicitly tests for spoilers and then includes them. In fact, I doubt there's any real Markdown processing done for generating summaries period - it's probably just stripped and truncated. Which means implementing this requires adding a significant amount of complexity to what is now a very fast, simple system, purely to support users who just can't be bothered to write a question that doesn't start off with a spoiler. So: can you make a compelling argument for why questions should lead with a spoiler?
    – Shog9
    May 2, 2011 at 18:33
  • @Shog9: It's natural in some questions. That it is be hard to implement would be a better reason (although I don't think it is).
    – user1320
    May 2, 2011 at 18:37
  • @Tim: regardless of how trivial or hard it is to implement, you've gotta assume when suggesting a feature that it starts off with a negative priority and do your utmost to justify the cost - whatever that might be - of its implementation by clearly laying out the potential benefit to be realized.
    – Shog9
    May 2, 2011 at 18:43

This bug report was initially declined but is now resolved.

This has been mostly completed and is now active - now, the question summaries on the Questions pages, as well as the summary tooltip on the Front Page will hide any spoiler text that is in the first 200 characters.

It's only mostly completed as RSS Feeds and search results do not cover up spoiler text.

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