Discussion: Spoiler SOL
Kel Monday, January 19, 2015 discussionShould there be a Statute of Limitations on spoilers?
Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn used this phrase in one of his posts; it stood out to me because, as some of you may know, I work in a law office, and the SOL is one of the most important pieces of information. It differs depending on the type of case, but essentially, it's how long you have from the date of your (e.g.) car accident or firing in which to file a claim. If you don't file before the SOL runs out, your claim is barred and you can't file suit.
With spoilers, I guess I mean the opposite. How much time should pass before it's okay to talk about spoilers without all sorts of warnings, hidden script, etc.?
Personally, while I try to keep my reviews spoiler-free (and clearly indicate spoilers if I include them), I usually don't mind reading them. In fact, with some books I'm considering, I purposely seek them out. Thus, the Spoiler SOL doesn't bother me much.
But I know you guys have opinions. ;) What do you think is an appropriate time period for the Spoiler SOL? One year? Two? Does it matter whether it's part of an ongoing series? How do you handle spoilery discussions in reviews v. chats (e.g., Twitter)?