Hi! I'm very new to this wiki, and the series as a whole, so I have no idea if this is the right spot to put this (or if this issue has already been talked about and concluded). A friend recommended the books, and I just wrapped up The Shadow Rising on my way home from work. So far, I love it. I had a quick request/idea/suggestion about the layout of this wiki's pages, and I sincerely hope you don't find it to be presumptuous.
Sometimes, when I need to refresh my memory about what happened earlier in the story's timeline or I want to see how a character has been depicted by illustrators, I'll pop over here to look at the book or character's page. Many of the pages I've visited have a major, huge, big old spoiler in the page's lead (usually when a character died, how, and who did it). For example, the page for Lanfear has the following to start the page: "Lanfear (LAN-feer; Old Tongue: Daughter of the Night), formerly known as Mierin Eronaile, was one of the thirteen Forsaken trapped at Shayol Ghul due to the Dragon's sealing. She died in 999 NE whenMoiraine Damodred pushed her into the doorway ter'angreal of theEelfinn. " It's a major plot point, with big details, all within two sentences of starting the article and before I even see the Table of Contents. It's easy to read that far without even thinking about it after the page loads, before I've gotten to any other section headings I can screen to avoid spoilers. I just hope Lanfear doesn't get bumped off for a few more books, so I have time to forget it! (please don't tell me if I'm right or wrong with that hope!)
I understand the value of getting background information out there quickly, but it makes it really difficult as a new reader to utilize this awesome resource that so many people spent so much time creating. And with a series as big as this one, it could be a long, long time before a new reader can finally visit without spoiling something huge for themselves. I'm not proposing a rewriting of the body of every article to make it spoiler-free, or telling each character's story in the correct order to follow along with the books. That would be nuts. I'm talking about just removing some of those details from the very top of the pages. Maybe include the year of their death, but not who did it or how? Any kind of fluff that gives us newbies the few second we need to catch ourselves, stop reading the body text, and move on to the section we need in the article. As a new person, I wanted to bring it up here - I'm not familiar with wiki-etiquitte, but I assume just going through and changing things unilaterally would be frowned upon...
This ended up being longer than I had hoped, so thank you if you were able to stick with me. This community obvously cares a lot about the WoT wiki, and I hope to keep coming back as I get further into the story. Thanks again, and Carai an Caldazar
188.8.131.52 23:41, January 20, 2015 (UTC)James
- This becomes more relevant as the series becomes more popular again due to the TV show. We will always be a spoiler content in the body of the articles, but the general policy is that there not be major spoilers in the lede material that will show up in Google searches. The example above is a good example of something that needs fixed. There are likely many outstanding pages where this is not the case and it would be a good idea to go through articles and fix this. It is also a good idea to keep the lede as short as possible. For most character pages, this will be one line. For more major characters, a max of two or three. Some things, such as Rand being the Dragon Reborn, are so large they should not be considered spoilers.Moridin_2000 (talk) 05:53, 29 July 2021 (UTC)
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