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This page details the Coppermind's spoiler policy and provides information on how you can work on newly-released content, even when it is not yet allowed on the Coppermind.

For questions, clarification, and editing coordination, please consider visiting the Coppermind Discord, the work server for the wiki; there will typically be a dedicated channel for newly-released works.

Spoiler Policy

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The Coppermind deals with spoilers in three stages:

  1. Prior to a book's release, no content from it may be added to the wiki. This includes chapters that are released before the official publication date, as happened with Oathbringer and Rhythm of War. The one exception to this is that a book's page may include things Brandon has said about the book and list the readings that he has done from the book.
  2. A book is considered released at midnight UTC (the Coppermind's default time) on its release date. After a book's release, content from it may be added freely. However, for a period of time after the book is released, all pages with content from the book must be tagged with a spoiler notice that lists the specific books the page has spoilers for. To add a spoiler notice, use the {{spoilers}} template—detailed instructions are available on the template page or at #Spoiler notices below—which will produce a warning like this:
    This page or section contains spoilers for a list of books will appear here!
    This information has the ability to potentially ruin elements of the plot for the reader. Proceed with caution if you have not read this/these book(s).
    This notice will generally be placed at the top of the page; in rare circumstances, if only one section of a page contains spoilers, it may instead be placed at the start of that section. The length these spoiler tags stay up for depends on how long the book is and whether or not it is a cosmere book, as shown by the following table:
  3. Length Setting
    Cosmere Non-cosmere
    Novel 6 months 3 months
    Other works 3 months 1 month

    Furthermore, there are two exceptions to the general rule that information from released books may be freely added to any page; both of these rules persist even after the spoiler period is over:

    1. For major reveals, the Keepers may decide to use a spoiler redirect instead of a normal redirect. Information even hinting at the reveal may not be placed on the spoiler redirect.
    2. Book summaries may have full spoilers for the book they summarize, but may not contain any information from later books in their series.
  4. After the above period has passed, all standard spoiler tags may be removed. Articles that contain extensive spoilers may be given a custom spoiler tag.

Special 2022-23 Secret Project Guidelines

  • The existence of the secret projects Brandon announced on March 1, 2022 is not considered a spoiler and may be mentioned freely on appropriate Coppermind pages.
  • Any details about the projects are considered pre-release information and should not be mentioned outside of the pages about the books and a few auxiliary pages (e.g., the File page for a secret project's book cover will note as such).
  • Secret project book pages are created under their actual titles, however there are also spoiler redirects of the form "Secret Project <number>" to those pages. Those spoiler redirects should be used anywhere else the secret projects are referred to on the Coppermind (e.g., the Bibliography page) and also function as a last check that you want to proceed before viewing a book's page.
  • We cannot control search suggestions or search results for the Coppermind's own internal search. If the title of one of the secret projects starts with "Under" and you type "U" into the search bar, the title may appear as a search suggestion. And if you search for a word that appears somewhere on a secret project's book page, that page (its title and an excerpt of its content from around the matched search) will be included somewhere in the search results.
  • Category pages like Category: Books and some Special pages will include the titles of the books and some minor other details (e.g., if you find a book's entry on the list of pages by length, it will also tell you how long, in bytes, the page currently is).
  • Secret project book pages will be de-indexed from Google's search results. Google has sometimes been tricky about this in the past; if you notice such a page in Google search results, please let us know and we will do our best to get it fixed quickly.
  • A preset has been added to the Time Machine's drop-down menu to set it to before the secret projects were announced. Remember that the Time Machine has some limitations, which are discussed in the section below.
  • The pop-up and site notice warnings now contain explicit reminders that pre-release material is allowed in and only in certain areas and we have added an editnotice to remind users of the spoiler policy rules when they are making edits.
  • Logged-in users can enable a gadget in the "Recent Changes" section of the gadgets tab of their preferences that will hide edits to the book pages for the secret projects on Recent Changes and Related Changes.

The Time Machine

The Time Machine is a tool on the Coppermind to give readers options for how they want to handle spoilers that are present in the wiki. Originally created to help MediaWiki developers find documentation for old software versions, this extension allows you to enter a date and view the Coppermind as it was before that date. There is also a drop-down with dates for some book releases preset. To stop using the Time Machine, simply return to its page and click the "Back to the present" button. Be aware that the Time Machine does have some limitations:

  • It only loads old versions of pages, so anything dynamic (e.g., search results, the contents of a category, or templates) will not be effected.
  • If you are given a link to a page that did not exist by the date you have set your Time Machine to, there of course is not an appropriate old version of the page that the Time Machine can show you and so you will just be shown the current version.
  • If you are given a link to a redirect, the Time Machine will not run after you have been sent through to the target of the redirect, and so you will be shown the current version of the page. Reloading the page after being redirected should trigger the Time Machine.
  • If you are viewing an old version of a page (either through the Time Machine or otherwise), then clicking the "Edit" button on the page will load the edit window with the text of that old version. Editing therefore should generally not be done with the Time Machine active, as it will incidentally revert changes to the page after that old version.

Policy Reminders

Pop-up

The first time someone visits the Coppermind and again after a new book releases, a notice with a warning about spoilers and a link to the Time Machine will cover the page they are on, requiring them to acknowledge the risk of spoilers before proceeding. This notice is served via MediaWiki:Common.js.

Site notice

A notice with a warning about spoilers can be placed at the top of the page on specific pages as well as on every page in a namespace. These notices are controlled from pages with the form MediaWiki:Top-notice-PageName (e.g., MediaWiki:Top-notice-Coppermind:Welcome) for specific pages and MediaWiki:Top-notice-ns-NamespaceNumber (e.g., MediaWiki:Top-notice-ns-0) for an entire namespace. Currently, general spoiler notices are in use on the entire article and Coppermind namespaces and a separate notice specific to the spoiler policy for summary pages is in use on the entire Summary namespace.

Spoiler notices

The red spoiler warnings placed on pages with information from a book that is still in its spoiler period are generated by the {{spoilers}} template. To add a spoiler warning, use {{spoilers|first book code from Template:B|second book code from Template:B|etc.}}. For example, if an article contains spoilers for Dawnshard, you would add {{spoilers|sa3.5}}. If spoilers from Rhythm of War are then added, you would change this to {{spoilers|sa3.5|sa4}} and, once the Dawnshard spoiler period is over, you would then change this {{spoilers|sa4}}. Once the Rhythm of War spoiler period is over, the template can be removed completely (assuming new books haven't been added).

Editnotice

When editing a page, users may be shown a notice with a further reminder about the spoiler policy, located above the edit window in designated namespaces. These notices are controlled from pages with the form MediaWiki:Editnotice-NamespaceNumber. Currently, such a reminder is in place for the article namespace.

Editing before a book is released

Though spoilers are not allowed on the Coppermind before a book is released, if content is released before a book's official publication, editors are encouraged to work on this new content in a word processing application on their computer or in a Google doc. When this occurs, the Keepers will provide a method for tracking who is working on what, so that editors don't have to worry about duplicating someone else's work. When copying work from off-wiki to the Coppermind, remember to double check that your apostrophes are straight, not curly (working in a text file—.txt file extension—should avoid this problem).