How to Properly Tag Spoilers on Tumblr
Tumblr can be a fun way to engage with people about your favorite TV shows, movies, and books, but the site’s default settings have one huge drawback: it’s impossible to avoid spoilers on Tumblr. There are ways to handle this problem though, and this guide will show you how to properly tag spoilers on Tumblr so you don’t accidentally ruin the surprise for other fans.
Things you need
About 5-10 minutes of your time. A computer or smartphone with Internet access and a web browser. Wordpad or some other simple text editor (MS Word, etc.). Instructions for Mac users: 1) Open up Terminal. 2) Type in nano ~/.tumblr/config. 3) Hit enter. 4) Enter your password and press enter again. 5) Copy and paste everything from below into that file, then save it by pressing Control+O then enter. 6) Close out of Terminal by typing exit then hitting enter. 7) Restart your browser and you’re good to go! Things you need: A computer or smartphone with Internet access and a web browser. Wordpad or some other simple text editor (MS Word, etc.). An active Tumblr account that can post images.
Choose your tags
Now that you know how to properly tag your post, it’s time to choose which tags you want to be attached. Tumblr is a multi-faceted social media platform, so you’ll want all of your posts to be exposed to as many different audiences as possible. The best way to do that is by using relevant hashtags and keywords in your titles and content. When choosing what hashtags to use, think about how people might search for your post—would they search #spoiler #gameofthrones or #gameofthrones spoiler?
Choose your links
Before you can properly tag your posts with spoiler warnings, you have to choose which content is NSFW (not safe for work). Most mature-themed television shows and movies have graphic or explicit sexual content. Make sure that you know whether your chosen episode or movie warrants a warning, and go ahead and tag accordingly.
If your photo/video doesn’t contain any explicit material, you don’t need a spoiler warning. This also applies to pictures of TV screencaps: if they aren’t explicitly revealing, there’s no reason to tag them as spoilers. Keep in mind that most people who read tags will see them before they click through—so keep it simple! If you do use tags, try something like [spoiler] or [spoiler=this_is_an_example]. Avoid using words like a warning or spoiler alert.
Include the right things at the right time
What most people don’t know is that each social network handles its own unique elements, such as hashtags and emojis. So if you are going to post spoilers on your Instagram account, make sure that you only use spoiler tags when necessary, because they may be difficult for some of your followers to see. In order to properly tag spoilers, you will want to make sure that they are labeled correctly in order for fans not familiar with them to know what is going on.
Make sure it is easy for others who aren’t aware of what a spoiler tag is, so they can stay ahead of all actions being taken! It’s important to note that you should only add an actual spoiler warning at the beginning of a post where someone hasn’t read ahead (if possible). Otherwise, tagging a single word or phrase (i.e., Spoiler alert!) before another person’s username doesn’t count as an actual spoiler warning. For example: [FULL SPOILER ALERT] @ katyperry just dropped her new single #firework – Yes, please label your posts accordingly if there is anything to hide or protect from others reading.
Add content warnings in text format
Adding content warnings in text format is very easy and only takes a few minutes. First, click on any of your posts and hit edit. Then, look for a box that says formatting options or similar. You may also have to check a different box depending on what version of WordPress you use—for example, it might say discussion instead of formatting options. Once you find it, go ahead and check off Spoiler under Show/Hide Formatting: You will now see three checkboxes below.
The first one (Show) allows you to show or hide spoilers; if checked, spoilers will be visible by default. The second one (Hide) does exactly what it sounds like; if checked, spoilers will be hidden by default. The third one (Spoiler Text) allows you to specify exactly how much text should be hidden as a spoiler. If all three boxes are unchecked, nothing at all will be hidden as a spoiler. If just Hide is checked, then everything but the first sentence of each paragraph would be hidden as a spoiler; if Spoiler Text is checked then everything but the first five words of each paragraph would be hidden as a spoiler; etc. The exact settings used are up to you!
Write a warning before every major event or plot twist.
Just as you might tag a spoiler, it’s also a good idea to provide some sort of warning before each major event or plot twist. Warnings are not only helpful for readers who want to avoid spoilers but they can also be used in other ways. For example, if you want your story to go viral on social media, it can help immensely if you create content with clickbait-type headlines or tags that encourage people to share it. You could also use warnings for triggering scenes of explicit sexual content in order to comply with regulations and safeguard yourself against potential risks associated with these situations.
Complete all required fields correctly
When you finish a chapter of your favorite series and don’t want people stumbling upon it before they read it themselves, you use a spoiler tag. These are hidden by default, so if someone isn’t actively looking for spoilers, they can only see them if they check. To do that, hit Command+Option+S and type / [spoiler text here] into your box. For example: / I loved how Harry ended up defeating Voldemort in Book 7!
If you’re going to post a spoiler, then please make sure you tag it. This way, fans who don’t want to be spoiled can avoid it! Just remember that all posts tagged with spoilers will be deleted by staff members. Good luck and happy posting! with much love from.
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