I just came across this post on Sci-Fi (well, actually on the Hot Network Questions list):
In Game of Thrones season 2, why do they (possible spoilers)?
Someone edited the title because it contains possible spoilers (which is especially applicable since it shows up on the Hot Network Questions - admittedly "Game of Thrones" should probably be removed from the title, which may help the issue, unless there's easily identifiable content (e.g. names, places)).
On the other hand, this title is now largely useless (though you can still get to the question via search). Additionally, if this behaviour is popularized, you may just end up with a bunch of titles like:
- Who (possible spoilers)?
- What (possible spoilers)?
- In season 2, did (possible spoilers)?
I'm sure no-one can argue that that doesn't look particularly pretty and isn't particularly useful. Not to mention that this makes trying to use any of the question lists (and even, to some extent, Google) to find one of these questions much more difficult.
(I'm not really concerned with this question in particular, just the general practice of obscuring titles to avoid spoilers.)
Is the Stack Exchange model just not well-equipped to deal with this? Are there perhaps any easy solutions that would make it fit into the model (just brainstorming - perhaps a "Display spoilers in title" checkbox, and allow marking of titles / parts of titles as spoilers)?
You may be able to obscure the title to such an extent that it doesn't contain any spoilers any more (like making the above title "Why did they just walk away?"), but this seems like a non-solution, as that makes the title just as meaningless as it containing "(possible spoilers)".
I asked this on here because it seems like it can show up on selective other (possibly future) sites as well (even though it only affects Sci-Fi and Movies and TV at present from what I can see, although more sites with this problem could be added), I don't really want to link my account to either of those, nor am I entirely sure where to draw the site Meta / global Meta line, and I feel that the site Meta might be a bit prejudice, while there's hopefully a more objective outlook here - understanding their point of view, but also understanding that, overall, it might lower site quality.
Yes, I did see this question, but that's not really the same thing (well, this may be considered a more general version of that) - that's just about Hot Network Questions, where this is about the title appearing anywhere, and Bill suggested a "no spoilers in titles" rule, which is largely what this question is all about (not the comment as such, but the practice of applying said 'rule').