Definition Of A Spoiler:
A "spoiler" is considered any information about any unreleased Star Wars property (film, TV, novel, comic, etc.) which has not been specifically mentioned by LFL or one of its designated licensees. So if LFL tells us in an official capacity that Han Solo will be sporting a kick-butt new goatee in the next Star Wars novel, it's not a spoiler. But finding out that information from a non-official source (like a lucky fan who reads the book early) is considered a spoiler.
Acceptable Use of Spoilers in the Literature & Media Forum:
Despite what we said above, we don't mind the use of spoilers in the L&M forum, but there are very specific conditions for their use.
1) Any thread which does not contain a spoiler warning tag (e.g. "Luke Skywalker pwns! (ROTJ Spoilers)") may not have any visible spoiler posted within it. You can, however, have spoilers posted within the thread as HTR (highlight-to-read) only. Any thread with a tag of "[thread title] (No spoilers!)" or the like may never contain any spoiler within it whatsoever (HTR or otherwise).
2) Any thread which DOES contain a spoiler warning tag may contain spoilers within for the source mentioned, and for any source no longer bound by spoiler rules. As a courtesy, you may opt to use HTR or hidden text function.
. This is optional, and an alterntive method of posting is posting: ****SPOILER FOR------**** and skipping at least 8 lines down and finishing the spoiler with **** END SPOILER FOR-----*****.
3) Thread titles THEMSELVES should not contain spoilers within them, even containing the spoiler warning tag. Thus, "Anakin Solo dies in Star By Star!" would not be acceptable, but "Major Character Death!!! (Star By Star Spoilers)" would be permissible.
4) If you receive an advance copy of the novel in some official capacity (e.g. reviewer, translator, etc.), the posting of MAJOR spoilers (major character deaths, major secret plot points, etc.) from that source prior to the release date is forbidden. Small spoilers and tantalizing details will be allowed (e.g. "SOS, give us a spoiler PLEASE!" "What, like the fact that the Imperial Remnant has been hiding an SSD this whole time?"), but the staff will be using their judgment to try and preserve as much of the "surprise" as possible. If you receive your copy via purchasing from a legitimate source (e.g. Amazon, your local bookstore, Half.com, etc.) in prior to the release date, you are free to post spoilers, provided they follow the other rules listed in these guidelines.
5) OFFICIAL information released (either via press release, web posting or forum posting by an LFL- or licensee-employee) is not considered a spoiler and may be posted without usage of spoiler tags.
Expiration Date of Spoilers in the L&M Forum:
After an EU source has been released for 30 days past its US release date, that source will no longer be considered "spoiler material" and may be posted without the usage of spoiler tags. Again, the use of common courtesy when posting about those sources after their release date is at your discretion.
Punishments for Violation of Spoiler Policy:
Much like those people who wished to remain "Spoiler Free for Episode III," trying to not read about spoilers before the reading of an EU source is a personal choice and one we support.
We take the posting of spoilers without warning in the Literature & Media Forum very seriously. While you may inadvertently post minor details that may only receive an edit and/or warning, if you post some major spoiler without any warning please expect to be banned from the forums for a decent period of time. You will also be asked to look over these Guidelines in Forum Feedback.