In many cases these days, there are anime viewers already familiar with the source material when they view the anime episodes, and these viewers may wish to compare the anime to the source material. This post is to help clarify our expectations in these sorts of cases.
FAILURE TO ABIDE BY ANY OF THE RULES IN THE SPOILER POLICY, AS CLARIFIED IN THIS POST, WILL RESULT IN WARNINGS, INFRACTIONS, AND/OR BANS. Subsequent offences will result in infractions and longer (including permanent) bans. The staff reserve the right to impose stricter penalties for certain shows, including automatic one-day bans on the first offence, if it is deemed necessary to address recurring problems.
1. Do NOT post ANYTHING from or based-on the source material about future content in anime threads
Generally, such discussion should be directed to the Source Material Discussion thread for each show. Please perform a search, or check the Anime-Related Topics section to find it. (If you've searched carefully and by chance a thread does not exist, please feel free to start one.)
2. ALL Comparisons of current animated content to the source material, or questions answered about current anime content based on source material information, MUST be in properly-labelled spoiler tags
Properly-labelled spoiler tags means you must identify the NATURE of the spoiler:
Spoiler for comparison of episode 2 to the novels:
DO NOT place a spoiler tag without a label, and DO NOT use a poor label like "spoiler" or give away the spoiler in the tag label! The purpose of the spoiler tag is to help people make a decision about whether or not they wish to open the tag.
When replying to a post that uses spoiler tags, please ensure the spoiler tags are preserved in your quote, and that your reply also uses properly-labelled spoiler tags.
From this point forward, failure to either use a spoiler tag for comparisons, or to give it a proper label as defined above can result in warnings, infractions, and/or bans.
Please note that other acceptable and required uses for spoiler tags are outlined in the Spoiler Policy. This includes also information from official sites/blogs, and comparisons to other stories.
3. Do NOT otherwise discuss the source material inappropriately
4. Do NOT use the spoiler tag for images or other things that aren't spoiler-related
We have some new tags that can be useful to you:
5. DO REPORT any inappropriate spoilers you find
Please use the Report Button to notify the site staff about any violations you find to the above rules in this or any other anime thread on the Forums (in any section). If you're not 100% sure, please feel free to report it anyway. All reports will be reviewed by the staff prior to any action being taken. Please do not reply to the spoiler in the thread or point out a spoiler in public, as this will only draw more attention to the spoiler.
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