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Jan 10, 2014, 11:13am Top

Our developers have whipped up the ability to hide spoilers in Talk posts!

Check out the blog for details, and let us know here if you have any questions or comments!

Edited: Jan 10, 2014, 11:42am Top

I had really wanted this feature for a long time...so many, many thanks, lorannnen and Tim!

Jan 10, 2014, 11:54am Top

And be sure to not reveal anything until at least the opening of discussions for OLOB!

Jan 10, 2014, 12:07pm Top

One thing to note as we uncovered in another thread. For whatever reason, my account in one browser was stuck never loading any of the new spoiler code. So spoilers didn't do anything there. Once I logged out and back in, it was fine. If anyone else reports not seeing them properly they might need to do the same.

Jan 10, 2014, 12:24pm Top

Will the spoilers tag also work in reviews and comments and private comments ? I could test for myself but figure that the answer will be helpful for others as well.


Jan 10, 2014, 12:32pm Top

>5 Keeline: Good question! Spoilers do work in reviews, as well as comments, and private comments!

Jan 10, 2014, 12:39pm Top


Good question! Spoilers do work in reviews

Oh, darn. I don't suppose there's any chance of an option to always see spoilers in reviews? I saw the first post and thought "Nice, and thankfully they were sensible and restricted the functionality to Talk". Oh well.

Edited: Jan 10, 2014, 1:57pm Top


Men spoilervarningar fungerar även på lokaliserade språk? Även om texten innehåller tecken utanför den ordinarie ASCII-tabellen Och hur blir det med proberstenar, om man vill varna för att läsa At Swim-Two-birds?

Jan 10, 2014, 12:43pm Top

When will we be able to translate the string "Spoiler (click to see)"?

Jan 10, 2014, 12:45pm Top

> 9 : I second you.

Jan 10, 2014, 12:57pm Top

#7 by lorax> I, on the other hand, would find them much more pointless if they were restricted to talk rather than reviews. If I had to pick one place to use them, it'd be reviews.

Hard to please everyone and you know Tim hates options.

On devices that allow it, you can set up a CSS override. IIRC when I looked into it, it's all done with CSS trickery.

Jan 10, 2014, 1:04pm Top


Edited: Jan 10, 2014, 1:44pm Top

Yeah, okay, I hate being on ancient technology, cause nobody tests it any more.

Even with a log out/log back in - NOT working.
IE8, Win XP.

Jan 10, 2014, 1:52pm Top

Works on XP / FF26.0

Jan 10, 2014, 1:57pm Top

Interesting, a touchstone becomes visible on mouseover. Well, not a problem.

Jan 10, 2014, 2:00pm Top

I don't suppose there's any chance of an option to always see spoilers in reviews?

Yes, please!

Jan 10, 2014, 2:01pm Top

>13 gilroy: Do you have JavaScript enabled? It's pretty necessary these days.

The option works well for reviews -- I've encountered a few with just a little too much information (I'd already read the book, wasn't looking for a recommendation). They also should work in comments, in case users want that functionality there.

>9 anglemark:,10 Just to get an idea, what sort of translations do you foresee for the term "spoiler"? Nothing comes to mind for me in Italian, besides an actual explanation of what a spoiler does after "notizia".

Jan 10, 2014, 2:08pm Top

>17 matthewmason: : In French, I'd say "Dévoilement de l'intrigue".

Jan 10, 2014, 2:09pm Top

In modern Swedish Internet parlance, everyone says "spolier". But I want to translate "click to see". For other languages I have no idea, but my guess is that the English term is pretty widely spread.

Jan 10, 2014, 2:10pm Top

>18 Louve_de_mer:: That's the kind of way we used to express it before "spoiler" took over.

Edited: Jan 10, 2014, 2:12pm Top

> 17, 19 : Anglemark is right, "click to see" is more important to translate than "spoiler".

Jan 10, 2014, 2:12pm Top

#17 Yup Java is running. (Work computer, so it took some maneuvering to find the setting box without admit blockages.)

Jan 10, 2014, 2:14pm Top

Can it be made clear that using this is a courtesy, but purely at the discretion of the poster, and that criticizing someone for choosing not to use it is not appropriate? Otherwise I'm worried that there will be endless discussions of what exactly constitutes a spoiler - is it just major plot twists (Darth Vader is Luke's father), is it anything that happens more than halfway through the book, is it anything at all that happens in the plot? I've seen all these points of view expressed.

Jan 10, 2014, 2:18pm Top

>19 anglemark: "Click to see" is important.

Jan 10, 2014, 2:19pm Top

>24 matthewmason: : That's why we need to translate it.

Jan 10, 2014, 2:27pm Top

^23 Darth Vader is Luke's father?!

In seriousness, I do agree that people cannot expect everyone to use this just because it's available. Personally, I don't read reviews of books until after I've read the book, to avoid spoilers. I try to mark spoilers in my own reviews just in case. I like that we'll have this shortcut, but I will still just avoid threads or reviews if I'm worried.

Jan 10, 2014, 2:41pm Top

I do think that this will be a great feature for people who are spoiler-averse; it will mean a lot of clicking for me, and some less attractive posts to read (since the different styling of the clicked area remains) but since for some people reading a spoiler completely ruins the book I think that's a bigger gain than my loss (as long as the Spoiler Police don't start harassing people who don't use the feature all the time.)

Jan 10, 2014, 2:45pm Top

>27 lorax: Right. At least GIFs are not in reviews at the moment. How ubiquitous is the 'Spoiler Police' right now?

Jan 10, 2014, 3:04pm Top


>8 anglemark:
Varför skulle man vilja göra det?

Jan 10, 2014, 3:13pm Top

At least GIFs are not in reviews at the moment.

At the moment? Please, please tell me that doesn't mean they're being seriously considered, especially in light of Tim's rather vehement opposition.

How ubiquitous is the 'Spoiler Police' right now?

Well, this feature is brand-new; give them some time. Mostly I think it can be completely avoided if there's clear communication as I suggested in #23 that the use of this feature is optional.

Jan 10, 2014, 3:31pm Top

At the moment?

I'm certainly against it indefinitely.

that the use of this feature is optional

When it comes to your own test (including reviews), this should be the case. You're review is your review— if you want to include them, you can. Many might not want to, for continuities sake, especially when importing and exporting. It was mostly designed for Talk (and OLOB) as a solution to outright banning spoilers altogether, and accordingly gagging folks— manners and total freedom meeting halfway.

Jan 10, 2014, 3:34pm Top

> 31

outright banning spoilers altogether

In light of the fact that there is strenuous disagreement as to what constitutes a spoiler, that would be tantamount to closing the forums and eliminating reviews altogether.

Jan 10, 2014, 3:34pm Top


Can I please get a simple yes or no answer to this question:

Use of the "spoiler" feature in Talk posts will be optional. People cannot be flagged or chastised for choosing not to use it or forgetting to use it when discussing a book in Talk.

OLOB can have special rules, I suppose. That's a special case and not my primary concern.

Jan 10, 2014, 3:36pm Top

What is OLOB?

Jan 10, 2014, 3:37pm Top

>34 lilithcat: : One LibraryThing, One Book.

Jan 10, 2014, 3:38pm Top


One LibraryThing, One Book, that new "book club". If they want to mandate use of the spoiler flag there, that's fine. I'll probably choose not to participate if that's the case, I'd rather they just say "Please don't talk about the book before Date X", but one group having different rules is fine. A sweeping rules change across all of Talk would be really worrisome, though, especially with zero discussion beforehand.

Jan 10, 2014, 3:53pm Top

>33 lorax: Not the rest of talk.

For One LibraryThing One Book, we didn't have any meteoric problems with spoilers last time before discussion opened. I don't think we will ever allow hard-and-fast spoiler flags—it should start with kindly asking the person to edit the post with the tags, as lorax suggests, if its really egregious, right?

Jan 10, 2014, 4:03pm Top


The problem is that there is no agreement on what a spoiler is and isn't. We have had extensive discussions on this subject, which I can dig up, but you can probably dig up faster. They got nowhere.

If you make it a rule that people must hide spoilers, I think you will rapidly find yourself in the middle of a discussion, not of the book, but of whether or not certain posts contain spoilers.

I don't object to the code. I don't object to people using it if they want to. I don't object to certain areas being labeled spoiler free (though like lorax I'm unlikely to participate), but if people who are spoiler adverse are going to be able to "request" spoiler flags all over the site, it's going to be unpleasant.

Edited: Jan 10, 2014, 4:04pm Top

> 37

it should start with kindly asking the person to edit the post with the tags, as lorax suggests, if its really egregious, right?

Wrong. I have a problem with this whole idea to begin with (because I think people will be attacked for not using the tags) , and, frankly, the minute someone tried to tell me how to write my posts, assuming I weren't abusive or violating the TOS, that person would be told where to go and then blocked. Once again, who defines "egregious"? I have seen people bent out of shape because of references to historical events. And see post #26 in this thread. I know amysisson was joking, but the fact is that there are people who would consider that a spoiler.

(Also, I read lorax' post as suggesting that statement be directed at the Group, not at a specific person.)

Jan 10, 2014, 4:12pm Top


I wasn't suggesting anything, really, though I am quite relieved to see that any demands for this will be restricted to One Librarything, One Book, which I can easily avoid it they become too intrusive.

As aulsmith says, and as I said back in #23, there is no agreement as to what constitutes a spoiler - there are people who will say in all seriousness that saying that Romeo and Juliet die at the end is a spoiler, for something revealed in the opening lines of a four-hundred-year-old play, or that mentioning that the Titanic sinks, a well-known historical event, is a spoiler for the movie.

If you want to set rules for when plot events can be discussed in One LibraryThing, One Book, then do that. If you want to give people optional tools to use purely at their discretion to use elsewhere to conceal spoilers, then do that. Don't upend the entire structure of LT to do it, and don't create situations where people will pressure or "ask" others to rewrite posts that do not violate the TOS.

Jan 10, 2014, 4:23pm Top

Wow, nobody has done anything at all and you guys are already on a crusade against ...goodness only knows what. Geez. Maybe you ought to wait to condemn it/the people who use it until, you know, anybody actually attempts any of this junk?

Jan 10, 2014, 4:23pm Top

There are already spoiler police who will flag reviews as not a review if they reveal too much of the plot, etc. So I can see this getting ugly fast if they ramp up to messages regarding spoilerific comments.

Jan 10, 2014, 4:26pm Top

Well that's an abuse of flags, and it'd continue to be abuse of flags in Talk, where it would be more visible that they were abusing them, so no, I don't see it getting out of hand.

Jan 10, 2014, 4:39pm Top

So a spoiler is ambiguous semantically. Scratch telling people when they should or shouldn't use spoilers -- it's up to you. I made the suggestion for a very specific circumstance, pre-OLOB, under the impression that users are going to end up suggesting to others what might be spoilers or not. Of course there's a massive gray area that people will discuss to no end, but there is nothing ambiguous about, for example, the ending of Dorian.

Banning people on the account of a spoiler (or telling other people they can't post something because it is one) is totally out of the question. That's unreasonable. If controversy happens, hopefully this will cushion it.

>40 lorax: The tag is there so people won't have to rewrite posts.

It's simply a degree of precaution for those who are further ahead than others. Anything can be a spoiler, but that should stop people from discussing what one is (and using the tag if they want to). I don't want to be smarmy, but we do read at different paces, and we all want to talk as we read, too. This should help.

Jan 10, 2014, 4:41pm Top

At the moment? Please, please tell me that doesn't mean they're being seriously considered, especially in light of Tim's rather vehement opposition.

GIFs are not going to happen. I could see another place to add them, but not in normal reviews.

I share your caution at this. Chris presented this as something he'd done on his own. (That is, I didn't task him with this.) I think it has a limited field of use, and I'm interested to see what happens to it.

outright banning spoilers altogether

Yeah, that's my worry about this—that people start expecting a lack of spoilers.

Use of the "spoiler" feature in Talk posts will be optional. People cannot be flagged or chastised for choosing not to use it or forgetting to use it when discussing a book in Talk.


If that doesn't work out that way, we'll take it away.

Edited: Jan 10, 2014, 6:06pm Top

The use of the spoiler tag is completely optional and at the discretion of the poster. Just as it's been completely optional to just say "Spoilers follow:" in your post.

Nobody should be drawn and quartered for not using the tag. But that doesn't mean that people won't kindly ask you to edit your post and include it so as to be courteous to the others in the discussion. Honestly, there are times you don't even realize that you're giving away a spoiler.

Conversely, those reading a post that might need a spoiler should be especially courteous to the original author of the post/review. That person might not be as savvy with posting, might not know about the spoiler tag, might not realize that she has a spoiler in her text, etc., etc.

In the end, concerning both sides, just treat others in the discussion the same way you'd treat somebody discussing the book with you over a lunch table. Just be courteous, you'll be amazed at the results.

Jan 10, 2014, 4:49pm Top

I hope policy isn't going to be determined by extreme paranoia, on either side. And at this point, I'd say the people opposed to extreme spoiler policing are themselves the ones taking things to extremes. Really, asking that people make an effort to avoid spoiling things for others would be equivalent to shutting down Talk entirely?

I regularly read threads full of book reviews, and I've seen pretty much zero debate about what constitutes a spoiler. People tend to include a warning out of courtesy to others, and others don't tend to dispute their assessment. In practice, it's really not that hard.

Jan 10, 2014, 4:50pm Top

Just be courteous, you'll be amazed at the results.


Jan 10, 2014, 4:54pm Top

#29 by andejons> Man kanske är allergisk mot god litteratur?

Jan 10, 2014, 4:58pm Top

>47 _Zoe_: Indeed. Agreed on all counts.

Edited: Jan 10, 2014, 5:10pm Top

#45 by timspalding> Use of the "spoiler" feature in Talk posts will be optional. People cannot be flagged or chastised for choosing not to use it or forgetting to use it when discussing a book in Talk.


If that doesn't work out that way, we'll take it away.

This is foolishness, in my opinion. Before this spoiler tag, people were already (generally, by common courtesy) expected to put some sort of spoiler warning on something that seemed spoilerish in the appropriate context. Example: In the monthly reading thread on the SF group, if someone said they read So-and-so's new book but they were disappointed that the protagonist died at the end without putting ANY sort of spoiler warning, they would have been chastised. And rightly so.

Try doing the same thing in person and you'll also be chastised. And rightly so.

So don't expect having a feature to mark a spoiler warning as really changing that paradigm of common courtesy. There's a time and a place for everything and one of the complexities of social interaction is navigating this.

As for the flagging question - for crying out loud do we always have to invent problems here before they actually happen? This really seems like a prime example of such a thing.

Jan 10, 2014, 5:10pm Top

This is foolishness, in my opinion.

Yes, but "we'll take it away" is unfortunately pretty well-established as the default LT response to a few people shouting loudly about a new feature.

Jan 10, 2014, 5:18pm Top

Also, it's worth noting that this feature has been out for months and the sky hasn't collapsed yet.

Jan 10, 2014, 5:23pm Top

Yup. It's been used (and lightly discussed) in a number of threads, including some in the "standing groups," so I don't know why it's suddenly so earth-shattering a development.

Jan 10, 2014, 5:31pm Top

>54 .Monkey.:

Well, because it wasn't generally known.

Jan 10, 2014, 5:36pm Top

Just curious, how did people know it was available? I don't care, just curious if it was just a happy accident of somebody trying it once.

It has been available since the original The Circle OLOB discussions (I added it after those started to specifically address some of the spoilers in those threads).

Edited: Jan 10, 2014, 5:40pm Top


BTW I don't see it in that topic, but I do in the blog post.

Safari on iPad iOs7

Jan 10, 2014, 5:39pm Top

I think this is the first I heard of it.

Jan 10, 2014, 5:39pm Top

Also, I have an update to the feature that will allow translations to the spoiler alert. That will be available later tonight after some testing.

Jan 10, 2014, 5:41pm Top

58: You beat me to it. :-)

Jan 10, 2014, 5:43pm Top

The responses in the thread I linked also deserve consideration:

I was wondering how you did that! That's an amazing new feature. It merits a message on the "how to do cool stuff in your threads" thread.

The new spoiler feature seems like a good one and I hope it stays. Haven't used it yet, but I am sure I will. It's a very good idea.

I was also amazed by your spoiler text and glad you shared the secret. Let's hope it sticks, as it is super useful.

Jan 10, 2014, 5:49pm Top

>56 conceptDawg: I couldn't say specifically, I just know I've seen it around for a little bit now, mentioned in various threads.

Jan 10, 2014, 5:51pm Top

> 54

I've certainly never seen it.

This thread was the first I knew about it.

Jan 10, 2014, 6:19pm Top

I've been noticing it in reviews in the last few weeks. I think it is nice to have. I feel that I can include more information in my reviews and conversations without giving too much away.

Jan 10, 2014, 8:56pm Top

Yeah, the spoiler tag is NOT working on my browser. Now I have no indication whatsoever that a spoiler is coming up. At least without the feature people generally gave a spoiler warning beforehand. Plus people are more likely to post spoilers now, since they think no one can see it. This is potentially disastrous for me.

I'm using IE 11.0.9600.16428 on Windows 7.

Jan 10, 2014, 9:23pm Top

FYI, works for me in IE10 on Win8.

Edited: Jan 10, 2014, 9:53pm Top

I think this is a great idea. It certainly doesn't make the spoiler problem worse and it give another option besides yelling spoiler alert in the middle of the text. I will definitely use it in reviews to discuss aspects of books that I have strong feelings about and personally want to remember, but usually do not include because it might ruin the book for someone else. That way the review can be for me as much as for anyone else.

Thank you!

Edited: Jan 11, 2014, 3:39am Top

This is a test.

Sure isn't working for me. Do others see the spoiler message there? I see This is a test. The two tags disappear.

I'd say this is a really bad idea unless it works for everyone.

Jan 11, 2014, 4:07am Top

Yeah it works fine, MJ. What browser+OS are you using?

Edited: Jan 11, 2014, 4:47am Top

Safari on my iPad iOS7. Both are up to date.

I'm at least glad to know that I did it right.

Jan 11, 2014, 7:40am Top

Nested spoilers don't work.

Try this:

0000000000 <spoiler> 1111111111 <spoiler> 2222222222 </spoiler> 1111111111 </spoiler> 0000000000

0000000000 1111111111 2222222222 1111111111 0000000000

Looks as if the parser is matching "spoiler" instead of "/spoiler" when looking for the closing tag.

Now try this (the closing tag is missing it's '/'):

0000000000 <spoiler> 1111111111 <spoiler> 0000000000

0000000000 1111111111 0000000000

Jan 11, 2014, 8:40am Top

>71 civitas:
As long as the Tags are opened and closed for each event they work correctly. But, I see you do have a point.

Jan 11, 2014, 8:46am Top

I'm not all that keen on the term 'spoiler' personally; it does not translate well into other languages; but that battle is already lost I guess.

However, I do like this feature. Thanks for publicising it.

There is certainly an art to posting a well written review that does not give away too many plot details; but sometimes it is almost unavoidable!
On the occasions where I have needed to reveal parts of the story, I have always given a written spoiler alert. I personally do like this way of using hidden text however. And have adjusted some of my earlier reviews to make use of the feature.

Jan 11, 2014, 9:16am Top

Will someone please mark ferkus with a spoiler warning? Because he's sure spoiling Group talk with his damn Pharmacy Online group: http://www.librarything.com/groups/pharmacyonline

Jan 11, 2014, 11:34am Top

lorannen: just treat others in the discussion the same way you'd treat somebody discussing the book with you over a lunch table.

I put my fingers in my ears and go LALALALALALALALA if I detect a hint of spoilage, how can I do that online?

Jan 11, 2014, 11:38am Top

LOL. I glare. And if that doesn't work I resort to STOP TALKING, DAMMIT!

Jan 11, 2014, 11:39am Top

spoilering an url doesn't quite work as it should.

Edited: Jan 13, 2014, 3:33am Top

Hm. Let me check: Stop telling me how to live!

You are correct. I need to override a css class there. Will do.

Though to be fair, because of the light-weight way in which I'm doing the spoilers you'll always be able to click a link hidden spoiler. It's not gone, just hidden. We could do it a myriad different ways but this was the path of least resistance that works for 98% of the instances.

Jan 13, 2014, 3:42am Top

Fixed that...at least it's hidden when you mouse-over it now. The same caveat about it just being hidden still holds true.

Jan 13, 2014, 3:42am Top

Also, the text is translatable now but I need to check with Tim about how we can/should make it show up in the listing.

Jan 13, 2014, 4:10am Top

Obviously something has changed, because I now see the first line of 68:

Spoiler (Click to see) This is a test.

At least I would know that someone had tried to hide something.

Jan 13, 2014, 4:13am Top

#81 by MarthaJeanne> I can't see what you refer to. FF 26.0, Win 7.

Jan 13, 2014, 5:25am Top

MarthaJeanne, I'll do some more testing on the iPad to see why it's not following the rules here.

Jan 13, 2014, 5:28am Top

Thank you.

Jan 13, 2014, 7:43am Top

It has worked perfectly for me from the start on iPad with the current iOS 7, using Safari or Mercury browsers.

Jan 13, 2014, 9:21am Top


I saw Tim using it in a test group a while back. I've since seen a few usages "in the wild", as it were; I don't know where the users picked it up.

I do think it's a neat feature. I'm glad that the fact that it's optional has been made crystal-clear, too.

Jan 13, 2014, 10:52am Top

I'm not on an iPad and it's never worked for me. Firefox 26.0, Windows 7.

Jan 13, 2014, 10:54am Top

What extensions do you use?

Jan 13, 2014, 10:57am Top

Just the usual - Flash, that type of thing. No ad blockers or anything like that.

Jan 13, 2014, 11:00am Top

And nothing that changes any styling like Stylish or Greasemonkey?

Edited: Jan 13, 2014, 11:35pm Top

Because it certain works in any of the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and even IE. And by latest, I mean browsers in the last 5 years or so. It's not exactly doing any heavy lifting.

When you say it's "not working" what do you mean? Is it not hiding the spoiler text or is it hiding it and you can't click to see it? Or some crazy combination?

Edited: Jan 13, 2014, 11:58pm Top

>91 conceptDawg:

I'm using IE8 on WinXP7 - and don't see any indication of spoilers. Using the blog post as the example I see:

“And the real murderer was actually you all along!”

With no marking or indication of spoilers, or hiding of the spoiler text itself.

Jan 14, 2014, 2:00am Top

#91 by conceptDawg> I really gotta wonder if some these people are getting "stuck" with old css files for some reason. Is there anything you can do to test/verify that?

Jan 14, 2014, 2:28am Top

Does Ctrl+F5 work to unstuck old CSS?

Jan 14, 2014, 3:57am Top

>94 divinenanny:

I tried that, and tried deleting the cache (and cookies even) but I'm still seeing the same thing.

Jan 14, 2014, 6:07am Top

Snap. Just seeing nothing at all, only the original unspoilered text, without even a hint that it was inteded to be conceal.

IE8 on XP

Jan 14, 2014, 9:26am Top

I've found that with IE to *really* purge the code cache you have to go to the gear icon in the upper right choose Safety and Delete Browsing History, check the Temporary Internet Files box and OK it.

Edited: Jan 14, 2014, 11:42am Top

I have nothing that changes styles. I don't even know that there are spoilers. They aren't marked in any fashion. The only reason I know there was supposed to be a spoiler warning is because someone else mentions how cool it was in post so and so. I just see what was typed. Except once in this thread, I saw: Spoiler (click to see) Stop telling me how to live! and the part after click to see was a link to a comic.

ETA: Now I'm getting Spoiler (click to see) and then the text. Just saw it in another thread.

Jan 14, 2014, 12:06pm Top

#98 by Morphidae> Can you try another browser on that machine? Would help determine if it's your account that is getting stuck on the wrong CSS or if it's specific to your browser.

Other question is whether you've change any of the fonts or colors in your browser settings at all. I know these may sound like dumb questions but you have to eliminate stuff.

Jan 14, 2014, 12:11pm Top

Somebody had to do it ...

... and it obviously had to be a Whovian!


Jan 14, 2014, 12:20pm Top

Okay, so still not working for me.
IE 8, Win XP Pro. Java working. I'm seeing the text that is supposed to be hidden.
Found the same problem at home using IE 8 Win XP home.

Jan 14, 2014, 12:22pm Top

Not Java, LT needs Javascript, which is totally different. But if you had Javascript disabled then there would be a lot of other stuff that's not working besides the spoiler tag.

Jan 14, 2014, 12:32pm Top

IE8 and not handling the css correctly?

Could the page be displaying in Quirks mode? I'm not sure if :before works correctly in that case.

Jan 14, 2014, 1:36pm Top

>99 brightcopy: Okay, it's working in Chrome. Nice catch. No font or color changes in Firefox. I'm not that browser savvy. I'm a basic "If a website need something to work, I'll download it" person. Otherwise, I don't mess with it.

Ugh, tried to find a way to copy/paste my add-on list, but there isn't one. I'll have to type it.

Adobe Acrobat
Google Update
Itunes Application Detector
Java Deployment/Platform (I know, but it's required for my weekly chat)
Shockwave Flash/for Director
Silverlight plug in (no idea what this is)
WildTangent games presence detector (this either)
Windows Live Photo gallery

There's also a Pinit button for Pintrest and a spellchecker. There's nothing in appearance except the default.

Jan 14, 2014, 2:38pm Top

Morphy, Silverlight is Microsoft's proprietary Flash alternative thing.

Jan 14, 2014, 3:36pm Top

I'm also on FF 26 and win 7, and for me it works... Weird...

Edited: Jan 14, 2014, 4:23pm Top

#103 by andyl> Could the page be displaying in Quirks mode? I'm not sure if :before works correctly in that case.

Good call for those on IE! I flipped it to compatibility mode in my IE and it did indeed screw up the spoilers tag. Dammit, Tim and conceptDawg. I've told you about a million times that all you need to do is put in a simple META tag and IE will NEVER try to mangle your site into "compatibility mode." Since you've never responded with a "well, we would but here's what problem that would cause", I assume you've just never bothered to look into it. If you're seriously interested in ACTUALLY making such a change, I will post the details again. :D

For those in IE, look for an icon in or near the URL for what looks like a piece of paper with a rip across the middle. This symbolizes what IE is doing to the website. Click that icon to toggle it on/off. You want it toggled to the mode that makes the spoilers look right.

Of course, that does nothing for the problems of those on FF26 (Morphidae and anyone else?) I do not believe FF has anything similar to this.

Jan 14, 2014, 4:23pm Top

#104 by Morphidae> Yeah, nothing there looks in any way related. Thanks for going to the trouble. I'm sure if you're affected there have to be at least some nonzero of other, silent people who are also.

I've got nothing right now. Will keep thinking.

Jan 14, 2014, 4:40pm Top

It works fine on both my computers, ancient Fx on ancient Ubuntu (that I still haven't upgraded >_>) and Fx 25 on XP.

Jan 14, 2014, 4:46pm Top

>108 brightcopy: It's not the end of the world. I'm a spoiler hog anyway. I actively search them out! At least now I can tell that there is supposed to be a spoiler there.

Edited: Jan 14, 2014, 5:02pm Top

I get the same thing here on my desk computer that I do on the iPad.

Spoiler (click to see)This is a test. For what it's worth, it won't let me copy the Spoiler (click to see) part.

Firefox 26 Windows XP

Interesting. Updating Firefox also has not fixed my issue with not seeing the whole cover when I click on information. I can see the whole cover on the iPad if I hold it portrait.

Jan 14, 2014, 8:27pm Top

IE8 seems to be working well now. I welcome feedback on that.

I just did a few changes and spoilers are working for me on my iPad using iOS7. Can you check yours?

Jan 14, 2014, 9:52pm Top

>112 conceptDawg:

IE8 is working for me now. Thanks!

Jan 14, 2014, 10:08pm Top

And no comment at all on my suggestion for disabling compatibility mode in IE for LT? AGAIN?


Jan 15, 2014, 2:41am Top

Looks just the same as ever on the iPad. I probably won't be firing up the other today.

Jan 15, 2014, 5:02am Top

And you're using iOS7 on your iPad?

Edited: Jan 15, 2014, 5:08am Top

114: I wish that it was as easy as that. We've turned it on a couple of times but because our system is used by more than just a few web pages on LT it has had bad side-effects regarding some of our other products that use some shared header resources. I even went so far as to have it set at the server level via header directives at one point but that also brought us pain for some parts of one of our products. Sure, it's something that we could figure out but it's not at the top of our list, mostly because of limited resources. Unfortunately our list doesn't always line up 1 to 1 with yours (or mine for that matter). ;)
And you certainly can't know the inner decision-making reasons as to why we do or don't do some things because, well, I don't even know some of those reasons some of the time. heh.

Jan 15, 2014, 5:23am Top

You use the magic eightball, right?

Jan 15, 2014, 10:01am Top

#117 by conceptDawg> Okay, thanks for the explanation. I was getting tired of shouting into the void. I'm sure you can sympathize. ;)

Jan 15, 2014, 3:59pm Top

#117 by conceptDawg> You know, the thought occurs you could try something unconventional and just put it as part of the javascript you're sending out for the LT site. It could just create the META element. I haven't tried it, so I don't know if it'd work to disable compatibility mode that way versus in the initial page data.

Jan 15, 2014, 4:20pm Top

116> yes. 7.0.4 It says I am up to date.

Jan 15, 2014, 4:44pm Top

I'm (also on) iOS 7.0.4 (iPad 3/iPhone 5), and using Safari I see the spoiler tags as intended.

Jan 15, 2014, 4:51pm Top

#121 by MarthaJeanne> Silly thing to ask, but can you try creating a new LT account and see if you see the problem on it as well? From my previous experience, I'm wondering if something is getting stuck tied to your account.

Jan 15, 2014, 5:13pm Top

123>You're right. It works here. But I'm going back to my personal account. I can't stand these colours.

Jan 15, 2014, 5:35pm Top

#124 by FiberArtsGroup> I can't stand these colours.


Could this be because your MarthaJeanne account is set to revert to the OLD LT design? Tim or conceptDawg?

I'd try testing it, but I can no longer find where you could change that. It used to be on the right-side news column on the Home page but it slid off and there's no way to get older news items I can find.

Jan 15, 2014, 7:43pm Top

>125 brightcopy: But then why would it work on Chrome but not Firefox?

Jan 15, 2014, 8:41pm Top

I can't say for sure, because I can't remember if it's a per-account setting or a per-browser one. If she used both the iPad and FF desktop regularly, she probably reverted the design on both?

Do you know if you reverted the design?

Jan 15, 2014, 9:07pm Top

I might have. I don't remember if I reverted or never changed over.

Jan 15, 2014, 9:51pm Top

#128 by Morphidae> Well, if you did nothing, you got the new design. If you specifically clicked to revert it, you got the old one.

Does your screen basically look like this at the top? (Other than the spoilers not working properly.)

Jan 15, 2014, 10:00pm Top

I remembered my son's account is still on the reverted version (I reverted it as a test when they first rolled out the new design and never got around to un-reverting it.)

I can definitely confirm the old design is what triggers the problem in both FF and IE:

There may be other things that can do it, but this is definitely one.

BTW, this is why when lot's of people asked "but why can't you just keep the old design for people who want it and the new one, too" the LT devs replied "because that would increase our development time to support both sites." This is one of those examples.

Jan 15, 2014, 10:16pm Top

Got it. Well, like I said. It's not the end of the world for me. I'd much rather have the old version than have the spoilers tag work!

Jan 15, 2014, 10:29pm Top

I hear ya. Different strokes and all.

So, does that clear up all the examples of people having problems, between the IE compatibility mode (fixed now) and people who are still on the old design (up to LT devs to decide if it's worth spending the time on)? Anyone else having problems with spoilers who does not fit in those categories?

Edited: Jan 16, 2014, 3:27am Top

131> Yes! Those strong colours just fry my eyeballs.

BTW I think it's by account.

Jan 16, 2014, 7:59am Top

They don't fry my eyeballs. I just think they are ugly as hell. I know I'll eventually be forced to deal with it and I'm dreading it more than you can imagine. I've actually thought about quitting when it happens (not that I would) but that's how much I absolutely hate it.

Not that I have a strong opinion about it or anything...

Edited: Jan 16, 2014, 8:11am Top

I can imagine it.

I'll deal with the question of quitting or not when the time comes, but I won't 'hang out' here doing combining and such. At most catalogue and get off line again fast.

My opinions aren't strong either...

Jan 16, 2014, 9:06am Top

The thing is, I do "hang out" for hours in Talk. So it's not like I can get on then off. It would be a decent chunk of my day looking at something I think is ugly.

But anyway, this is entirely off-topic. Sorry for the derailing!

Jan 20, 2014, 11:20am Top

I'm on the old version, but I'd like to switch over to the new one to get my spoiler tags working. How do I do this?

Jan 20, 2014, 12:39pm Top

Well, I posted a bug about not being able to switch. But it appears LT staff have been preoccupied with something else. I think you should put a profile message on lorannen's and/or matthewmason's profile.

Jan 20, 2014, 1:14pm Top

Thanks for the suggestion!

Edited: Jan 21, 2014, 4:14pm Top

>137 pwaites: Fixed! Think you should be all set.

>138 brightcopy: Responded to your bug. I don't know that we'll be bringing that option back, but for the time being, if you want your account switched, shoot us an email: info@librarything.com

Jan 21, 2014, 4:24pm Top

It should at least be there to switch to the NEW design for anyone still on the old one. Otherwise, how do you expect anyone who's not a Talk user to ever figure it out (or even remember the new design exists)?

Jan 21, 2014, 5:07pm Top

Yeah, I can understand not leaving the option to switch back to old, that's rather natural, but not providing a way to switch to new? What in the world is the point of that??

Jan 21, 2014, 6:11pm Top

Thank you!

Jan 21, 2014, 8:10pm Top

I've decided I don't like this feature. It makes me stumble. And when there's more than one within a single post (or consecutive posts), the clicking--pick up again on the thread of the thought--lose it again--click--REPEAT gets annoying fast. I find I increasingly tend to just skip any post peppered with spoilers.


Jan 21, 2014, 8:45pm Top

Something new and cool can get overused at first. Just wait 'til things settle down and Spoilers Feature becomes part of the landscape. I predict you will see less peppering.

Jan 22, 2014, 4:36am Top

Great news! Thank you for implementing this new spoiler feature!

Jan 23, 2014, 11:18am Top

Though this is probably too much work to ever get fixed, I think it's worth noting that the spoiler tag does not work when posting reviews to Facebook. So be careful if there's a spoiler you want to hide in the first few lines of your review.

Jan 23, 2014, 11:22am Top

>147 norabelle414: It won't work for any other site, it's strictly LT-related.

Jan 23, 2014, 11:34am Top

Sure, but if you have set it up so that your reviews are automatically shared on Facebook, as many have, this is important to be reminded of.

Jan 23, 2014, 11:47am Top

But why on earth would anyone expect that LT-specific features would work on another site? It would be like complaining that Touchstones don't work when sharing reviews on Facebook - at some point you have to assume people have a basic notion of how the internet operates.

Jan 23, 2014, 11:55am Top

I wouldn't think that it would be a lot of code to add a prompt that said something like, "This review contains spoiler text that will be shown on Facebook. Are you sure you want to post it?" Perhaps it could even give the option of stripping the spoiler text out.

Jan 23, 2014, 12:05pm Top

>151 jjwilson61: Yeah, or adding in a plain text spoiler warning where the tag would have been.

Jan 23, 2014, 12:07pm Top

Yeah, I think norabelle414 has a good point. I don't think she expects it to work, I think she just brings up the point that you have to keep it in mind. And I think jjwilson61's idea about having an option to have it strip out the spoiler (maybe replace it with "spoiler hidden" or something) is great. I know if I had a facebook friend who posted LT reviews, I'd appreciate not having spoilers popping up in my news feed.

Jan 23, 2014, 12:09pm Top

I was aware that it would not work correctly in Facebook, but did not know what, exactly, would happen.

Jan 23, 2014, 12:15pm Top

Have you or anyone else seen the result? Would be good to know that it doesn't do something silly like send mangled/escaped html to facebook, making the review look goofy.

That's apart from the idea of a feature that marks it as a spoiler warning like jjwilson61 suggested.

Jan 23, 2014, 12:33pm Top

Out of curiosity, what happens to standard HTML in reviews that publish to Facebook?

Jan 23, 2014, 1:46pm Top

>155 brightcopy: It posted the text as if it did not have the spoiler tags. My personal solution was to (after deleting the spoilerific post) replace the spoiler with the word "SPOILER", post the review to Facebook, and then edit my review to have the spoiler tags, without posting again to Facebook. That way people who see my review on Facebook do not get spoiled, but if they click through to LT they have the option of clicking to see the spoiler.

Edited: Jan 27, 2014, 7:06am Top

I have logged in and out several times and still the spoiler alert does not unravel for me. Please help an old geezer like me figure this out. Thanks, Thom this morning it works, never mind

Feb 2, 2014, 3:34pm Top

Thank you! I love the idea of the spoiler tags, and I hope people use them to at least hide big plot twists and answers to mysteries in reviews. I am someone who likes to read a few reviews to see if a book is worth reading, and it's annoying to find out it is, but someone ungraciously spoiled the 'big reveal'.

Feb 2, 2014, 4:49pm Top

I don't find it ungracious at all. My review is primarily for me and since I've read it no spoilers result. Part of a thorough review, for me, is a discussion or treatment of any and all parts of the book; a big reveal included. I don't just want plot regurgitations. That said I also warn in my reviews for those who are sensitive. To some degree I am and just watch myself when reading reviews of unread books. I skim and sense the tone of things before I get to deep. But ungracious? The though never occurred to me since those reviews also belong to their writers.

Edited: Feb 2, 2014, 9:53pm Top

The implication in that post is that the spoiler was given without any sort of warning. It's not ungracious to reveal the ending as long as you give people a heads-up first, via a "SPOILER WARNING" text or with this new spoiler tag.

Otherwise, I think it's being a bit obtuse to not recognize that reviews are made for public consumption. There is already a private comments field if you wanted to just have a "for my eyes only" comments on a book. The entire function of the review box on LT is to stick it out there in public.

Feb 2, 2014, 9:59pm Top

The "private comments" field is not a review field. Some people, it may surprise you to know, actually use it for comments, not reviews.

The entire function of the review box on LT is to stick it out there in public.

That's simply not true. That may be one function of it, and, if I recall correctly, it's not one that has always existed. Reviews, as has been pointed out, are often done for the reviewer's personal purposes.

Feb 2, 2014, 10:03pm Top

Sorry, can't really agree with you on it. It's like if people argued that they were posting to the monthly reading thread only for their own purposes and that it wasn't primarily a public post. That's just not how LT reviews work.

Feb 3, 2014, 7:38am Top

Okay, so we are back to arguing about the function of the review box? Seriously?

Might as well leave the reviews that read "$5.99 shipped" as a review if we are going back to this argument.

Feb 3, 2014, 9:30am Top


Otherwise, I think it's being a bit obtuse to not recognize that reviews are made for public consumption.

I wouldn't say that (I once would have, but enough people over the years have said "My reviews are for ME ME ME" that I no longer would) but I do think it's a bit naive to not realize that other people may read your reviews.

Feb 3, 2014, 10:07am Top

I often do not read LT reviews, since some reviewers confuse "synopsis" with "review." I find ratings useful, but not in the context you'd think. If someone rates a book high (or low), and we have books in common, I see how they've rated those books, which gives me a benchmark in whether or not their ratings are useful *for* *me*. I've probably written reviews for the majority of books I've added, and try to make them informative and honest.

There are times when a review (here, or on Amazon, or elsewhere) has been very helpful, when I've been trying to decide whether to purchase a book or not. Reviews are public; that's why we call them *REVIEWS* rather than "private notes" or "commentary."

Feb 8, 2014, 8:27pm Top

I would postulate that the root of the word "re-view" merely suggests secondary thoughts on a previous reading, regardless of whether it is done publicly or privately. If it was mandatory for a review to be public, the word used would be more along the lines of "declamation" or "pronouncement". Unless, of course, i am completely mistaken in the etymology of the word, and "review" actually comes from "rev", to accelerate, and "iew" to make a exclamation of disgust. Or "r", to speak like a pirate, and "eview", to read a book electronically.

What were we talking about again?

Feb 9, 2014, 3:08am Top

Yeah, definitely parsing things too literally. When you think about reviews of movies, what do you think of? Do you think of people writing in their personal notebooks or do you think of people telling everyone else what they thought? It's simple, really. :D

Edited: Feb 9, 2014, 3:29am Top

Let's see. Last night I viewed that movie, and I liked it so much I want to re-view it tonight.

Sorry. It was just too much temptation for me.

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Dec 1, 2015, 5:33am Top

better put up my testudo then

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