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Not An Asshat
vaspider wrote in metaquotes


We're about to see the coming of PÖTTERDÄMMERUNG.

While posting spoilers, or posting/commenting on metaquotes  with icons containing spoilers for Deathly Hallows is not a killing offense, please do not delude yourself into thinking that something like this is teh awesome. We've already booted a couple of people for "quoting" spoilers.

You're not funny. You're not clever. You're just being a jerk.

Label your spoilers. Put them behind a cut. And don't. Use. Spoiler. Icons.

I, personally, count that as being part of the "blatant trolling" that we've had to deal with a couple times on MQ, and if I come across anything like that, I will not hesitate to use my Wand of Deletion (I know it looks like a mouse, cut me some slack, please?). Immediately. Use of the Banhammer of Modliness may follow, depending on the consensus of mods.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled metaquotes



(With thanks to colubra and skippytoad for their kind donations of diacriticals.)

Hmm... If you got a tablet would that be more like a wand? Or would it be better to go for one of those spiffy gyroscopic wireless mice?

For the purposes it's being used for, I don't know if it so much matters. A pink umbrella works just fine in a pinch.

I created it after the last great spoiler-icon fiasco we had on metaquotes, oh, 'round about two years ago.

Thank you for this. Truly.

Well, I figure I was already spoiled by the jerks, no one else ought to have to be.

Thank you! I had both OotP and HBP spoiled for me, and I won't let it happen this time. I'm staying completely off the internet starting a few hours from now. Until I finish DH, of course.

Good call. Sadly, my spoiling came a few days ago. Lucky you, neh? ;)

Sorry you were spoiled. :( That bites. Thanks for aiming to save the rest of us poor schmucks. :D With love.

You TOTALLY missed the umlauts!

And I'm sorry to hear you were spoiled. :(

I'm a dork: the U in DAMMERÜNG also gets the umlaut.
Why it was in my head as an Ö, I'll never know.

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Not that I'm questioning the policy - your comm, your rules, that is the way of things, and a cut is just polite after the Potter freaks have made it clear that knowing absolutely anything in advance will ruin their entire lives - but god, how bad do these books suck that simply knowing some of the plot in advance supposedly ruins the whole experience?

I mean, this isn't Agatha Christie or Dashiell Hammett here, much less Shakespeare or Dickens. We're talking about a fairly rote, by-the-numbers book, targeted at children, about a heroic kid wizard who fights a horrible evil wizard. The ending is pretty much written in fucking stone and has been since the first book.

You have made the comment I was planning on posting completely unnecessary. I mean, Harry Potter is pretty much like a Disney movie. The evil wizard isn't gonna win. It's like saying "Aladdin defeats Jafar!"

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Thank you. I was maybe-spoiled (I don't know and I don't want to know if I actually was...) and so this is good to know (though maybe we should all just get off the internet... but that's not going to happen, is it? (:)

I have to admit, though, that I find obviously fake spoiler icons ('Snape is the name of the sled') to be hilarious.

You know, Harry gets decapitated by Ron, who is Voldemort's robot son.

I don't care about spoilers myself, since generally the type of things trolls think are spoilers tell me nothing of the actual story, as you say we know what the ending will be generally speaking. Likewise, if someone dies, so what? It's how they die that matters to me.

On the other hand, I disagree with people who get insulting about spoilerphobes. It's like the people that say, "If it bothers you, you need to grow up." No, no they don't. People are allowed to feel differently about things than you. That's life. Learn to deal with it. People who spout off about spoilerphobes are just as irritating as the spoilerphobes.

Suggesting that the books are targeted at children is a bit disingenious as well. Given the age of the protagonists, and the changes in content that went with it, I'd say they're targeted at high-school age young adults now. The same age group where most of the people I know started reading Stephen King and similar books (actually a lot of the people I know started in middle school, but I freely admit that Stephen King isn't exactly High Art, either). I know for a fact that it's possible to ruin a Stephen King novel by having someone tell you the plot twists. Sure, we know that the car is haunted and the wierd girl is psychic, that doesn't mean it isn't possible to spoil the things that make the story worth reading.

Suffice to say most if not all of the anti-spoilerphobe ranting amounts to 'People who feel differently than me about this subject are stupid and/or childish'. Just save us all the time and effort and just say that from now on. I certainly wont think any less of you.

/Haven't read the last book, myself, no idea when or if I'll read this one. Just tired of reading, "Lolz! Its 4 kidz! Grew up alredy!" in every forum across the internet.

It's how they die that matters to me.

Exactly. If it's a death befitting them, then I'm all okay with people dying. I read a Star Wars book knowing full well that one of my absolute favorite characters will die. I couldn't have asked for a better death than what the character got.

On the other hand, I read another book where one of the main heros died, and his death was Suck-On-A-Rope to the umpteenth degree.

Thank you.

Yes, people can get really insane about seeing spoilers, but spoiling things just to be a jerk is completely uncalled for.

I'm sorry you were spoiled, and that is the best icon I've seen in a great long while.

Thanks. I made it in response to the LAST time I got spoiled on MQ, the infamous "Snape Kills Dumbledore."

And still, somehow, it happened again.