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The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Um....
Okay, my "minor spoiler" period is over (as can be ascertained by a change in default icon, which I'm not using on this post because of my confusion), but I just realized, I have no idea how long before I can use my default icon in various communities and on other people journals and...

This is very frustrating. The story is out in the world, and has been for a week, which I certainly consider long enough, but I'm just not sure what to do. The icon is for celebrating, but...

Aargh, I just realized it changed on all the posts I've made.

EDIT: Thanks for the loophole, though I'm now cutting the top part of the post so people who don't want to know won't know. ;)

Back to partying, now.
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leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: July 23rd, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe don't make it your default icon just yet, and just use it wherever it's not going to be considered a spoiler.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 23rd, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Done, but I have no idea what the official length of time is before it's not considered a spoiler anymore in the general world. Will people jump on me if I do it after two weeks? A month?
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: July 23rd, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, I agree with the poster below. You're a known Remus/Tonks shipper; they don't have to know it has anything to do with the book! I reckon you should go ahead and start using it. :~D

As for what the official spoiler-free time is... I have no idea. I've got in trouble online from saying stuff about the original SW trilogy! Shyeah... 30rys wasn't enough. O.o
mmeubiquitous From: mmeubiquitous Date: July 23rd, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Remus and Tonks get together? Awesome!

Oh, as far as spoilers...I'm still working on the book, so don't tell me who dies or anything. But things like Remus/Tonks (so sweet!) or Ron/Hermione...I don't consider that to be, well, spoiling spoilage.

I'm really looking forward to going back and reading all the spoilery posts, though :)
litlefallofrain From: litlefallofrain Date: July 24th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
FictionAlley Park is allowing people to stop using spoiler tags after August 15. So, if you use their reasoning, a month is the length of time you should use.

As for my own input? You are known as a Remus/Tonks shipper in the fandom, so using a Remus/Tonks icon probably wouldn't get you shot. Particularly since the text in the icon is definetely not so particular that it could be derived solely from HBP.
bribitribbit From: bribitribbit Date: July 23rd, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I've seen it, and I don't think it's really that spoiler-y. After all, you're sort of known around the fandom as the R/T shipper, so anyone who hasn't read will just think it's another OTP icon.
cheshyre From: cheshyre Date: July 23rd, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ditto.
affabletoaster From: affabletoaster Date: July 23rd, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haha, love your icon! And the coolest thing about that is that nobody will have any idea it's a spoiler. Because it's so bizarre. ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 23rd, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a workable loophole. There's nothing particular to suggest that the text is a direct quote...
silverhill From: silverhill Date: July 23rd, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was going to say the exact same thing. :)
alphabet26 From: alphabet26 Date: July 23rd, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have no idea how long you can wait. I think a week is more than reasonable, personally, especially with something that's as minor a plot point as R/T is.

My icon, on the other hand...but I've actually had it since before the PoA movie came out.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 23rd, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think my problem is that I'm completely outside the "spoiler" mindset--for myself, I'm always grubbing for information, and don't really care when I get it as long as it's accurate and double-checked. I like readings the second or third time through more than the first, because I can relax and notice stuff, since I already know that troublesome "What's going to happen next?" business. But I know other people aren't the same, and I know that some, to my utter bafflement, won't even look at things that have been officially released (eg, the covers and so on) before reading the book. Because I can't seem to wrap my brain around that, I never know if something is too minor, or too soon, or what.
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: July 23rd, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
The "what's going to happen next" tension drives me insane, to the point where I actually often read books beginning-end-middle-end again. I read the last few pages of HBP first, just to double-check that the spoilers I'd seen were accurate. My family and friends all think I'm crazy, but I kind of get the feeling you won't, hence my admitting it now. ;)
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: July 24th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I obviously have to friend anyone who reads the same way I do.
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: July 24th, 2005 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I obviously have to friend anyone who friends me. :)
chocolatepot From: chocolatepot Date: July 23rd, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a gorgeous icon! I love it. <3
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 24th, 2005 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Art by the amazing caladan_dd. I love it, too. :)
chocolatepot From: chocolatepot Date: July 24th, 2005 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I went and looked at the LJ after you recommended it (it was you, wasn't it?) and then drooled for approximately ten minutes over the detail and the gorgeous fantasyness and R/T of it all.
absurdwords From: absurdwords Date: July 23rd, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy Birthday!!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 24th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! :)

I now enter the next demographic group, and must check 35-50 instead of 18-34.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 25th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I haven't read it. The books don't get to every country on opening day. Of course I'm obviously spoiled otherwise I won't be posting here - but not everyone wants to. So... just think of the little people.
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