spnpmod (spnpmod ) wrote in spn_party ,

Spoiler Policy and FAQs

Here's the FAQs and Spoiler Policy! It is borrowed with some slight changes from our mothership, ontd_spnparty . Many thanks to them for making our job this easy.

As far as spoilers go, the general rule is:
SPOILERS BELONG BEHIND CUTS, and SPOILER COMMENTS BELONG IN SPOILER POSTS ONLY.

For more information, please read through the questions below.


SPOILER POLICY QUESTIONS
What are spoilers?
How do I know if a post contains spoilers?
Do I ever need to cover spoilers with html coding ("spoilertext")?
FOR POSTERS: My post has spoilers in it. What do I need to know before posting?
What do I do if I come across a spoiler in a non-spoiler post?



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Why was this community created?
Where can I find more info on the show?
Are you accepting community affiliates? Can I pimp my comm here?
Why is membership not moderated?
Why is posting moderated?

FOR POSTERS:
What kinds of posts are allowed at spn_party ?
What are the rules for posting?
Do I need to use the "Adult Content" filter when making a post?

FOR COMMENTERS:
What are the general rules for commenters?
What's with the "no gossip" rule?
Why the "shipping-lite" rule?
Can I get all serious business if people say something I don't agree with?
Can I post off-topic comments?

COMMUNITY POSTS:
What happens on New Episode Wednesdays?
     [topics: episode pre-parties, episode discussion posts, episode link posts]
Where can I find the most recently aired episodes online? Can I post links anywhere?
     [topics: link posts, crossroads exchange posts]
What are FFA/party posts? Are there any rules for them?






SPOILER POLICY QUESTIONS:



What are spoilers?
Any information about or media (stills/gifs/videos) from an unaired episode.

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How do I know if a post contains spoilers?
If the post uses the spoilers (appropriate season) tag. All posts will be either spoiler-friendly or spoiler-free as denoted by the tags.

Please try to keep discussions of spoilers in spoiler posts only, but if you MUST post one in a spoiler-free post, use spoilertext.

The community also has a Spoiler Compilation Post that will be updated as new posts come in. If you ever need a quick link to it, click the SPOILERPOST link on the main page.

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Do I ever need to cover spoilers with html coding ("spoilertext")?
The only time you need to cover spoilers are in the following conditions:
- if you need to comment with a spoiler in a spoiler-free post.
- if you want to post a spoiler for another show/movie/etc.
- if a convention summary post asks you to use it (usually if the spoiler content is light.)


The preferred code to use is:

which gives
TEXT HERE

Alternately, you may use LJ's new native spoiler tags(< lj-spoiler > </ lj-spoiler > without spaces), but be aware they do not work in email notifs and may break easily.

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For posters of spoiler posts:
Keep the spoilers behind a cut and put a warning on the post. Be sure to tag it with the appropriate spoilers tag.

For the sake of people that can't watch the show at first airing, details, images, and gifs from a newly aired episode should remain behind a cut for 2 days (48 hours) after the episode originally airs in the U.S. (so, 9pm EST on Friday. if you need to check for the hour in your time zone, look for your country here.)

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What to do if you come across a spoiler in a non-spoiler post:
Please provide a link to the mods so we can screen it. We won't freak out at anyone for letting a spoiler slip...just as long as it doesn't become a habit!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Why was this community created?
Well, our much-loved mothership, ontd_spnparty , had decided to close. After a perious of mouring and gnashing of teeth, we decided that we needed a new home to bring our inner fangirl. And thus spn_party was born out of the ashes. Like a kickass phoenix.

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I've never acually watched Supernatural, but you've seduced me with your relentless useage of gifs and picspams on ONTD. Where can I find more info on the show?
Wikipedia, of course. Supernatural even has it's own award-winning fan wiki, SupernaturalWiki. Now start watching and join in on the fun! TNT's showing reruns now, you know! There's also Netflix!

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Are you accepting community affiliates? Can I pimp my comm here?
Affiliates: Not at this time.

Pimping: You may advertise your comm in the comments of FFA posts, but please do not spam or harass members to join, for if it appears that's the only reason you're here you may be removed from SPNP. Also, remain respectful of the "No gossip" and "Shipping-lite" rules when it comes to the nature of the comm you want to pimp.

Community links that come up in casual discussions here will likely not be removed, as long as they aren't being spammed and follow the same above-mentioned rules.

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Why is membership now moderated? Why can't I comment anymore?
Due to a recent influx of spam, we have temporarily put the comm on moderated membership where only members can comment. Anyone can view the posts, however, only members can comment. We accept all membership requests from journals that have content, friends, or other signs of activity. Again, this is to cut down on spammers. If you have any issues or further questions, please page-a-mod.

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Why is posting moderated?
To make sure all posts are relevant to the community's interests, and to ensure spoilers don't sneak through on the front page.

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What kinds of posts are allowed at spn_party ?
Posts should follow in the vein of those permitted at the mothership, i.e. newsworth posts. However, we're fine with letting smaller bits of information pertaining to the show or actors come through.

Generally, we're interested in:
  • Official promotional media (stills/promos/clips/etc.)
  • News pertaining to the show, cast or crew. Try to keep things at least tangentally related to SPN, though posts about actors' other projects are allowed.
  • Show spoilers (tag these posts appropriately!)
  • Interviews with the cast or crew.
  • Convention information. (Please read the next list for the personal report exception!)
  • Interesting information from cast and crew members' public social networking outlets.
  • Music and media featured in the show (make any posts with links protected as MEMBERS ONLY!)
  • Relevant publications on other sites (including articles, polls and inclusions on lists, though we may be selective on what we let through. For instance: we may limit the number of posts dedicated to a single poll; reject list posts where SPN is an extremely short mention in a long list, in favor of SPN-centric ones or where SPN's entry has a bit more substance to it; and we prefer opinionated pieces to come from more general news sites than ones dedicated solely to Supernatural.)
and other information of this nature.

We generally do not allow:
  • Fanfic, fanart, fanvids, or any fandom-based works.
  • Fan reviews or meta posts.
  • Community pimping posts.
  • Old news/media.
  • Picspams or gifspams (that's what party posts are for!)
  • Posts about the actors based on gossip, including Ted Casablanca/blind item posts. (Why?)
  • Information and media that originated from private sources and was leaked (as far as you or we know about it, anyway).
  • Personal reports from conventions - UNLESS your submission contains unposted spoilers or show/actor news, or if there is no convention summary post!

You can also get an idea by browsing old posts or checking out the tag list. If you're not sure about a post you'd like to submit, either ask the mods first (especially if it's something that will take you a long time to put together), or just submit it and see.

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What are the rules for posting?
Rules for posting include:
  • No hotlinking. (What is hotlinking?) Suggested free sites: imageshack.us, imgur.com, Tinypic, your LJ scrapbook or any similar.
  • Keep images larger than 600x600 behind a cut. (Basic coding for cuts: <lj-cut> </lj-cut>).
  • ALL spoilers belong behind cuts. (Also be aware of our two day policy regarding just-aired episodes.)
  • Include a link back to the source when applicable.
  • Please add a title to your post so that people know what they're getting
  • If you're going to use a gif to introduce the post, we ask that it remain unspoilery and non-specific in regards to the entry.
If a post you submit is rejected, your rejection notice email will contain an explanation as to why. If the problem lies in one of the aforementioned rules or a coding fail, we will ask you to resubmit your post. (If someone submits the same information before you resubmit, however, theirs will be accepted first.)

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Do I need to use the "Adult Content" filter when making a post?
Unless Supernatural suddenly makes the jump to HBO, not much of what is posted here will need to be Adult or Explicit rated. However, if your post contains extreeeemely strong language (as in make-your-grandma-blush strong) or is likely to draw about questionable gifs in response (Misha's "Nudes", anyone?), setting the rating to Adult would probably be best. Just to be safe.

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What are the general rules for commenting?
To keep things as fun and drama-free as possible:
  • No "FIRST!" comments.
  • Limit 3 gifs per comment.
  • Keep spoiler comments in spoiler posts.
  • Links to downloads belong in MEMBERS ONLY posts only.
  • Don't post fanfic, and keep serious fanart to a minimum here.
  • Avoid embedding sexually explicit images/icons in SPNP (since we're not rated for adult content!)
  • Please don't spam out posts with "Needs moar _____" comments. :[ Most that are left tend to be off-topic to the actual content of posts and occur in spam-level quantities across the comment pages, so if threads already exist with those sentiments, try to reply there instead of making new threads!
  • No personal attacks (against members OR cast/crew), racist/discriminatory comments, spamming, trolling or wank-baiting.
  • Look over our 'No gossip,' 'Shipping lite' and 'No drama' rules!
  • If you take issue with a specific comment for a specific reason, report it to the mods: don't take action yourself.


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What's with the "no gossip" rule?
If there's one thing the internet isn't short on, it's communities for speculation about Certain Aspects of the Supernatural actors' and actresses' personal lives (and I think you know what we mean!) But spn_party is show-oriented first, so when it comes to their personal lives please only post or comment with things that are officially released or confirmed. We love the actors and actresses from our show, and we would like to respect their privacy as much as possible.

This includes photographs/information that (as far as you know) have been leaked from private accounts. If we see any that we know were leaked (i.e. the wedding photos), we'll have to screen them.

[THIS RULE GOES FOR ALL POSTS, FFAS INCLUDED.]

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Why the "shipping-lite" rule?
This rule doesn't mean you can't discuss your pairing at all, but please keep in mind that this community is about the show first, and that not everybody is into the same fandom-based ships or even ships at all. There are tons of places available to go crazy about your pairings, so try to relax a bit about it here so we never turn into one of those patented Supernatural Fan War Zones or become an uncomfortable place for fans who aren't into that. If someone mentions your pairing, keep your shippy thoughts to that thread, rather than spreading them around, that way anyone who wishes to avoid them is free to do so.

Please note that you won't get banned just for discussing shippy stuff. If we ever feel it's becoming excessive, a mod will let you know or issue a warning.

One thing we do we ask that you save all of your more--er, graphic pairing-related comments and shopped/edited/illustrated images for your personal journal or for communities made for shipping. A lot of shippers don't even want to see that stuff!

[THIS RULE GOES FOR ALL POSTS, FFAS INCLUDED.]

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Can I get all serious business if people say something I don't agree with?
SPNP is meant to be a fun and silly comm, but in the past we've had some issues with members arguing over differing opinions, mainly over characters. Here's our take on that at this time:
Just because someone has a negative opinion on a character you like, there's no need to take that personally. Like with everything in life, not everyone is going to like what you like, and there's really no need for fighting over fictional characters.

In the same regard, just because you don't like a character, please keep in mind that that character likely does have fans here who might not want to hear constant negativity. Try to be respectful of those members in what you choose to say. (And generalizing comments that hate on a character's fans are never okay. That has nothing to do with the show, so we don't want to hear it.)

This also extends to things like spoilers, plotlines, episodes, etc. Not everyone thinks everything about the show is perfect, and that's okay. Please don't suggest members are "not fans" because they feel this way, or write essays telling them why their opinions are wrong. We're not a debate forum!

If you ever feel a comment is inappropriate or against the rules, please provide a link to the mods and we will decide how to proceed. We ask this because unpopular opinions don't always equal wank-bait, and efforts to self-police the comm sometimes can be construed as wank-bait. These matters are just better handled privately. If you do wade into the fray, you become part of the problem, not the solution.

Remember that the mods of this comm are users too: they have their own independent opinions that don't reflect the community or the other mods. If you have issue with something a mod said, please bring it to the Page-A-Mod post rather than attempting to address it in an individual post.

Most of all, keep in mind that we're here to have FUN, not to wank over silly stuff like this. Scrolling past things you don't agree with is simple! And also don't forget that it's JUST A TV SHOW!

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Can I post off-topic comments?
We're pretty lenient about off-topic comments, but try to at least make sure your o/t comments are somewhat entertaining to the rest of us. You have your personal journal for sharing super-personal stuff, and there's always the weekly FFA post where you can go as o/t as you want!

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What happens on New Episode Wednesdays?
This is the schedule for days with new episodes:

6:00 pm EST:  Pre-party post* goes up. This is a spoiler-free FFA-type post where you can release some new-episode excitement!
8:45 pm EST:  Episode Discussion post* goes up; the show starts at 9pm! This is where live viewers can discuss the episode as it airs (stream links are often posted in the comments) or members can discuss it after it ends. Do not post spoilers from not-yet-aired scenes.
10:00pm EST:  Link post* goes up! This is where you can find DLs of the new episode, and it needs to remain spoiler-free for both upcoming episodes and the just-aired episode.
10:??pm EST:  Usually a new episode promo goes up soon after the episode ends. Often conversations about the just-aired episode spill over here, so beware of spoilers in this post.

* Mods will put the asterisked posts up. Anyone is welcome to submit the new episode promo!

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Where can I find the most recently aired episodes online? Can I post links anywhere?
Check the link tag after the episode has aired in the US. Please only post or ask for links in MEMBERS ONLY posts.

This rule goes for links to downloads of other tv show episodes/movies/music/other media as well. If you want to share a DL link to something, you're welcome to post it on the most recent SPN_P Crossroads Exchange post, and then link to that comment from a public post. Direct links in public posts will be screened.

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What are FFA/party posts? Are there any rules for them?
Free-for-all (FFA) posts give you a chance each week to go as off-topic as you want! Discussion can be about anything, but please make sure you follow these few rules:
  • No fighting.
  • No porn. (This is a CW show, not Playboy!)
  • No Supernatural spoilers (and please give warning if your comments include spoilers for other shows, recently released movies, books, etc. Be courteous of other members!)
  • No fanfic, or fanart that wasn't clearly created for lulz. (We know some of those serious manips can be unintentionally hilarious, but we're trying to remain a haven from serious-fandom! So stick with macros and crack gifs -- there's plenty of funny there!) We'll be pretty lenient with this rule, but don't abuse it, please.
  • The normal comm rules regarding shipping and gossip are still in effect.

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