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    • Spoilers and how long people should wait

      6 years ago

      MissFrances

      @Burnie asked on the Patch just now how long after a new release they should wait before releasing a spoilercast, and I just wanted to say I agree with Gus - the most practical thing to do would be to release it whenever and let people choose whether or not they listen to it.

      I don't think it's possible to agree a reasonable timespan to allow for everyone to see certain things (Movies and shows in particular) because of release dates. Say everyone in the world agreed that two weeks was a reasonable amount of time to be able to talk about these things - fair enough, most films would be on their way out in the cinema by this point, and people who care enough about shows that they'd be upset by spoilers would have had plenty of time to catch up. But let's say people wanted to talk spoilers about Monsters University (which is the only film I know a significant amount about at the moment). Release date in the USA is 21st June. Two weeks from that is 5th July. By this point, the film still hasn't been released in the UK and won't be out for another week. TV shows are even worse - Game of Thrones is on Sky Atlantic in the UK, which I can't get in my home, so I have to wait until the bloody DVDs are released before I can even start watching them.

      A lot of you know I have a hell of a lot of beef with release dates - I think staggering release dates is completely illogical in an age where people all over the world are connected and communicate every day, and I do believe a good proportion of pirating could be cut down if they didn't allow one country to get hold of a film/program before another, especially if those countries share a primary language.

      But all in all it's impossible to work out a time span when everyone has a chance to see something without having it spoiled, short of having that span be a few months (and even then it's questionable - Wreck It Ralph came out here almost two months after America) and the best way to avoid spoiling any recent release for people is to only put it out if you can ensure people actively have to choose to view/read what you're putting out with the knowledge that it might spoil something for them. The spoiler tags on this site are absolute godsends.

    • "Complaining won't change anything"

      6 years ago

      MissFrances

      What was that? I can't hear you over the sound of Microsoft changing their policies.

    • Ouuuch

      6 years ago

      MissFrances

      I fell over when I was out skating yesterday and did some pretty sweet splits in which I pulled my hamstring and now I'm in a metric buttload of pain ):

      However I do also feel like a proper skater now I've injured myself ;)

    • 6 years ago

      MissFrances
    • Life update

      6 years ago

      MissFrances

      I'm really enjoying Fable 3

    • 6 years ago

      MissFrances

      I don't think even the manliest bloke would be comfortable being followed by a car without thinking they'd be murdered..

    • Elaboration

      6 years ago

      MissFrances

      The point of my last journal is that people are getting annoyed at people who are disappointed with what they've been hearing. It's just as bad to be overly positive about something when Microsoft are announcing things which have legitimate complications, and its counterproductive to try and shut down discussion about it by saying "More's going to be revealed later!" Or "Well I like it!"

      I'll give an extreme example to make a point. If the government came out and said " we are going to improve the security of our citizens within their own homes" and nothing else, people would speculate. People would argue over whether this is right or wrong, about what they could do and challenge their right to do that. That argument is healthy, because it keeps the government in check and reminds them that if they are going to do something that's out of line, they're not going to get away with it lightly. No one would say "well I'm going to wait until they announce what they're going to do" because by that point it'll be too late.

      Similarly people are well within their rights to speculate on the really ambiguous information and challenge whether this is a clever move, whether they should be allowed to do this, and so on. It's great that you like it, it really is, but you can like it well recognising problems, and discussing these problems is the only way to get them resolved. Bringing attention to them will either force Microsoft to clarify themselves - something I personally feel they haven't been doing too well lately - or let them know that their core market are not keen on this aspect of their product.

      Basically I'm saying while seeing nothing but negative things is bad, seeing nothing but positive is just as problematic, and we should encourage discussion rather than trying to shut it down because we don't agree.

    • Xbox one

      6 years ago

      MissFrances

      Here is a journal post about xbox one

      smiley9.gif there are genuinely good things about the xbox one
      smiley9.gif there are genuinely bad/concerning things about the xbox one

      Overall there is a lot of discussion to have on the xbox one.

      it is as bad to be persistently positive as it is to be persistently negative

    • Everything's coming up Milhouse!

      6 years ago

      MissFrances

      I got a call back from HMV today and they're having me back Friday evenings and Saturdays, which means I can work there, do a summer school or two AND do roller derby, so everything's turned out better than expected :) I'm super happy!

    • 6 years ago

      MissFrances
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