I would like to suggest on behalf of those who have had racing results thrust upon them by discussion titles on the main page, that we adopt a standard format for thread titles.
If the thread contains race results, can we please format the title thus: "*spoilers* Dauphine results" for example.
This will save unwanted angst for those who don't want to know until they watch the race, and negate the angry rebuttals from those whose fun was spoiled.
This is a standard procedure on other (motorcycle) race fora which I frequent.
It's 1am here when these races finish so no, I am not always awake. Sorry.
Spoiler Alert seems a reasonable request +1
It really should go without saying, but ...
If you don't want to be spoilered, don't read cycling websites, don't listen to the radio, do not look at your tweets. Plus don't whinge if someone (like Konadog) wants to put up a discussion to celebrate Hesjedal's win.
I got spoilered on the prologue, when people were tweeting Durbo had won, half an hour before the SBS coverage started in the eastern states!
My only regret is not taping the stage last night when CADEL EVANS won.
Oops should that have been prefaced by **SPOILER ALERT**??
What a miserable life you are making for yourself with such pitiful sentiments.
I wish you well.
Wow - now THAT reply lacks any courtesy or respect, Brett. ET isn't the only one to have presented this opinion, why attack him so personally?
Thanks for the sentiment, it means a lot to me.
How about I spoil tonight's stage by predicting who wins tonight - now that would be a spoiler-and-a-half?
Phillippe Gilbert wins Stage 2!!!!!
Just realised I'm arguing on the internet.
Carry on folks.
I would have thought a spoiler alert was a good idea, it would allow the chance to check on AC non racing news (95%+ of the site probably) without impacting on the previous nights racing results for those who haven't seen it.
I really do think people get too precious about this. It's not the end of the world if you hear the result and if you really do imagine that a race is ruined if you know what happened in the last ten feet, you are watching for all the wrong reasons.
Having said that, simple politeness suggests that posters understand that sometimes, others don't want to know the results just yet. I don't think it needs artificial stuff like 'Spoiler alert' but it's not hard to title a thread such that the result isn't announced - eg, "Wow, unexpected result in stage one" Such a title also makes the thread more interesting.
As for people abusing others for 'spoiling their fun' - grow up, it's not that big a deal. You're damned lucky to have access to such coverage in the first place.
Spot on about the abuse thing, which was part of the reason for my OP. I don't live or die over a result, but we can avoid disappointed race fans and abused innocents with a simple courtesy.
Personally I think Spoiler protocol is a waste of time in this age of 'information bombardment ' .
I say either watch it live or suffer the consequences . Also whinging & angry rebuttals can be quite entertaining . 8~)
Spewing that I didn't watch last nights stage ,, "Go Cadell "
Come on guys, it shouldn't be that hard just to be mindful of others and refrain from posting the race result in the title of the thread, should it? I don't think that's being overly unreasonable or precious. Call it Stage 1 results etc etc and go for it in the thread.