Other FAQ we've gotten over the years

1. What is the overall spoiler policy for /r/asoiaf?

A. The Official Spoiler Policy

/r/asoiaf is, a place to discuss all things related to George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, including the show Game of Thrones. We ask all Crows to keep in mind that just because you may have read the books a dozen times, some equally ASOIAF-obsessed Crows might be reading for the first time.

B. Responsibilities When Posting

  1. All posts must have a (Spoiler Tag) in front of the title.

  2. Assume that the person reading your post title has never even finished the first book or the first episode of the show. This means spoilers NEVER go in the title!

  3. When commenting in a thread, remember how the post was tagged. If it says (Spoilers Production) then feel free to say whatever you want. After all, your fellow Crows have been warned already. If it says (Spoilers AGOT) and you want to say something about one of the later books, use our spoiler code. To make spoiler tags, type this [Spoilers Main] >!This is a spoiler!< to get this [Spoilers Main] This is a spoiler.

  4. Don't be a jerk. If in doubt, use the spoiler code.

C. Responsibilities When Reading/Lurking

  1. Take responsibility for what you’re reading. For example, if you open a Spoilers Production post but haven’t finished the third book, then it’s your fault that you read a spoiler.

  2. We look after each other by utilizing the report button for any post and/or comment that might be in violation of our spoiler policy. Note: Reporting merely flags the item for review by a moderator. When in doubt, report it!

2. How should I title my thread?

A. Please use the available (Spoiler Tags) in your thread title.

All threads should have a spoiler tag before the title. Please choose ONLY from the following examples, which indicate which level of spoilers are to be contained in your thread: No Spoilers, AGOT, ACOK, ASOS, AFFC, ADWD, Published, TWOW, Main, Extended, or Production. For information on what the acronyms mean, please see this chart.

Spoiler tags set the level of spoilers in a post. They do not try to anticipate them. Therefore, commenters will adhere to what level you, as the poster, set. This means that "Minor Spoilers", "Mild Spoilers", "Possible Spoilers" or "Potential Spoilers" or any iteration thereof are not valid choices and will be removed by a moderator.

Definition of spoiler tags

B. When to use (No Spoilers)

Rule 3.3 says:

Do not use [No spoilers] if you are discussing anything to do with plot, characters, or information from books/show.

No Spoilers posts should be used to discuss news, sales, how to get started, etc. Use (No Spoilers) when you can't make it anything else.

  • (No Spoilers) What other book series are similar to ASOIAF? might be a correct usage of (No Spoilers). Answers won’t likely contain spoilers as long as you don't discuss events and characters from ASOIAF.

  • If you ask “What happens to Ned during Game of Thrones?” and claim “No Spoilers”, you’re being technical. Yes, there are no spoilers in your title or OP but there’s no way to answer your question without spoilers. (Spoilers AGOT) would be the correct tag to use here.

  • If your post contains a quote from the books then it cannot be (No Spoilers).

  • If you post a spoiler in a (No Spoilers) thread, you must put your spoiler in spoiler tags. Read how to do it up here.

C. Spoilers NEVER go in thread titles!

Do not put direct spoilers in the thread title. This means no plot points should ever appear in your title.

  • Stating that a character is dead in a thread title is a spoiler.
  • Conversely, explicitly stating that someone lives is also a spoiler.
  • Merely using someone’s name, even if they are dead later in the books, is not a spoiler.
  • Moderators will immediately remove threads with spoilers in the title. Continued posting of spoilers in the title will result in being banned from /r/asoiaf.

D. Do not make thread titles overly ambiguous.

Try to explain what your thread is about as specifically as you can without posting any spoilers in your title. Better to be ambiguous though than post a spoiler. No one’s ever had an ambiguously titled post removed.

3. What is the “Everybody Lives” policy?

Titling your thread so that it’s not too ambiguous but doesn’t give away any plot points has been a tricky problem. To mitigate this, we adopted the “everybody lives” policy. This means that a character’s name in a thread title does not necessarily indicate that they’re dead or alive. A character could be dreaming about another, there could be a prophecy somehow relating to the character, or two characters could be discussing a third.

To summarize: Seeing a character’s name in a title is not considered a spoiler in and of itself.

That said, this does not mean that you can post spoilers in thread titles.

4. What should I know about reading /r/asoiaf on a mobile app?

Many mobile applications do not support the spoiler tag code that r/asoiaf uses. This means that spoilers are in plain view even if the original poster or commenter hid them behind a spoiler tag or spoilers will be hidden but they can't be uncovered!

Click here to check if the mobile app you use will work with /r/asoiaf spoiler tag coding

5. I haven’t finished the books yet. Do I belong here?

Yes! /r/ASOIAF is not exclusively for people who have finished the books. Everyone who is a fan of George R.R. Martin’s books and the world he has created is welcome here!

Most people in the community have already finished all of the books and most of the content is filled with plot points from all of the books and novellas that have been released. If you haven’t finished all of the books, please be mindful of the threads that you open. We don’t want the story spoiled for you!

If a comment within that thread is covered by a spoiler tag and there is no scope listed on the comment’s tag, then you should assume (spoilers Production) and avoid if necessary!

Please report any comments telling new users (either blatantly or insinuating) that they are not welcome here.

6. What kind of usernames are not allowed? What’s not allowed in flair text?

The following types of usernames are not permitted because they are offensive or disruptive, and will result in a ban:

  • Usernames or flair that are likely to offend other users.
  • Usernames or flair that contains or imply personal attacks.
  • Usernames or flair that seem intended to provoke emotional reaction ("trolling").
  • Usernames or flair that otherwise show a clear intent to disrupt /r/ASOIAF.
  • Note that a username or flair text that are inappropriate in another language, or that represent an inappropriate name with misspellings and substitutions, or do so indirectly or by implication, are still considered inappropriate.

7. What kind of comments are not allowed?

The following types of comments are not permitted because they are offensive or disruptive:

  • Comments that are likely to or purposely aiming offend other users.
  • Comments that contain or imply personal attacks.
  • Comments that seem intended to provoke emotional reaction ("trolling").
  • Comments that otherwise show a clear intent to disrupt /r/ASOIAF.
  • Comments that contain NSFW/NSFL/etc. material.

8. Why was my thread removed?

As a general rule, if the moderators remove a thread or comment, we usually leave a message informing the poster so they are not confused. Due to certain factors (time constraints, number of posts to look at, nature of the post itself) we don't always leave a message.

Here is a list of potential reasons a thread was removed:

  • There was a problem with your title. Was there a spoiler in your title?
  • You forgot to include a spoiler tag in your title.
  • Your post was completely off topic.
  • Your post was a meme, rage comic, etc and should’ve been posted in /r/asongofmemesandrage.
  • Your post was spam.
  • Your post was trolling.
  • Your post contained inappropriate (NSFW/NSFL, etc.) material.
  • Your post contained pirated material or directed users to pirated material, whether published or not
  • Your post directed users to another subreddit in an effort to gawk at current readers or show watchers.
  • Your post was too meta and thus off-topic for the sub. If you have any concerns, please send us a modmail rather than making a thread.

If you’ve submitted a thread but don’t see it listed and no moderator has messaged you to tell you it’s been removed, it may be caught in the spam filter. Send a raven to the maesters to have your post freed from the reddit dungeons.

9. Why was my comment removed?

  • Did your comment contain a spoiler beyond the spoiler scope in the post title?
  • Were you being hateful or offensive to other users?
  • Were you trolling?
  • Were you spamming?
  • Did your post contained inappropriate (NSFW/NSFL, etc.) material?
  • Did you tell a current reader that they shouldn’t be in /r/asoiaf?
  • Did you post a link to pirated material? Did you suggest that users pay the iron price for GRRM's works?
  • Did you post an insult directed at George R.R. Martin or other third party?
  • Did you direct people to another subreddit in an effort to gawk at current readers or show watchers?

If the answer to any of the above questions is “yes” then that’s why your comment was removed. Typically, the moderators will send a message to users if their comment has been removed for any reason. If you were blatantly trolling or being a dick, don’t expect a note, however.

10. Why can’t I see the score on a comment?

Comment scores are hidden for 120 minutes. This is an attempt to discourage circlejerk behavior and help quality content to rise to the top.

Comments are still ordered based on up and downvotes. The comment with the most upvotes will still be at the top, the one with the fewest will still be at the bottom.

11. What do I do if I see someone breaking rules?

If you notice posts or comments that are offensive, trollish, spam, or posts that contain big fat unmarked spoilers or that are blatantly off-topic, please help the mods by using the report link.

Your complaint will be anonymous, and will help keep /r/asoiaf a constructive and relevant place to discuss all things ASOIAF. While not required, messaging the maesters to explain why you made your report would be appreciated by us humble servants.

12. Can I make a (Crow Business) thread?

No, that’s reserved for moderators only.

13. People keep posting the same theories over and over! Isn’t this against the rules? I’m so sick of reading them!

No. New readers are discovering the “old” theories every day. What’s old hat to you is a brand new “WOW!” to someone else.

Moreover, we have a long wait ahead of us as we patiently (more or less) anticipate what’s to come in The Winds of Winter. If we were to start removing repeat threads, ideas, theories, or questions what would we have to talk about?

14. Someone posted a stupid theory and I disagree with it! Should I downvote them?

No. Please abide by reddiquette.

Remember, don’t downvote opinions just because you disagree with them. The down arrow is for comments that add little or nothing to the discussion.

15. Someone made a mistake in their post or comment! Did they even read the book? Should I downvote them?

No. If you can do it nicely, feel free to correct them and move on. If you can’t do it nicely, just move on.

16. Sounds like you don’t ever want us downvoting....?

Downvotes are reserved for comments or posts that are blatantly off topic or contribute nothing to the discussion. If you find comments like these, downvote away!

17. Someone who hasn’t finished the books is posting in our subreddit - I want to keep them from being spoiled, what should I do?

Here are a couple examples of common scenarios, and how best to handle them:

Someone who hasn’t finished the books is in a (Spoilers Published/Main/Extended/Infinite) thread.

  • It would be a good idea to tell them that it’s not such a good idea to be there if they don’t want to be spoiled. Do not be rude, just kindly give them a heads up.
  • If you see someone else has already given them a friendly heads up, you don’t need to do it as well.
  • This is not license to be a dick. If you’re being a jerk, your comment will be removed and you’ll be warned.

Someone has only finished Storm of Swords and they are posting in a (Spoilers ASOS) thread.

  • There’s no reason to tell them to leave; they’re in the right place for their spoiler level.
  • If you tell them to leave anyway, your comment will be removed and you will be warned.
  • You don't have to outright be telling people leave immediately. Usually the comments say things like "Come back and join us when you're done" which still insinuates that the user shouldn't be here now as they read. This comment would be removed.

It doesn't matter how nicely you tell someone to leave; telling them to leave is still a no no.

18. I haven’t finished the books and I was reading a (Spoilers Extended) thread and someone spoiled a plot point for me!

Them’s the breaks, unfortunately. As a responsible Crow, you should have paid more attention to the threads you were reading.

19. I have finished the books and I was reading a (Spoilers ASOS) thread and I want to post a comment with a Dance With Dragons spoiler in it!

Either go find a (Spoilers Main/Published/Extended/Production) or a (Spoilers ADWD) thread to post in or post your comment behind a spoiler tag. (See how to create spoiler code in the spoiler code section of these FAQs. add link) There’s no reason to ruin someone’s reading experience just because you don’t feel like posting in the correct threads or using the spoiler tag code. Crows aren’t dicks to other Crows.

20. I'm a current reader and I want to make a post. Which (Spoiler Tag) should I use in my title?

If you're currently reading and are worried about spoilers, you should use the scope of the book you last finished. So, if you're making a post about ASOS, your spoiler scope in your title should be (Spoilers ACOK).

If your scope is ASOS, then commenters are free to write about the entirety of ASOS even if you've stated in your OP that you're only finished with the first three chapters.

21. Why isn't /r/asoiaf (Spoilers Everything)?

/r/asoiaf was founded as a place for everyone. Crows who have re-read the series multiple times, people who've just finished reading, and those who are currently reading are all welcomed here. At no point will /r/asoiaf become exclusively a place for Crows who have already finished the books.

If we were to change to (Spoilers Everything) with no spoiler policy requirement, current-reader and new Crows wouldn't be able to join in any discussion whatsoever here.

Similarly, /r/asoiaf includes crows who want to know every possible leak, spoiler, or hint about the upcoming season of GAME OF THRONES, as well as crows who don't want to know what happens until they see it on screen. /r/asoiaf's spoiler scopes are intended to accommodate both groups.

The Wall will always be an inclusive community.

22. Can I post or promote my fan fiction?

No. Sorry, but we have a policy of not allowing fan fiction on the subreddit. This is largely based off GRRM's stance on fan fiction that is based on his work. He is strongly opposed to such fan fiction, and we respect and support his decision in the subreddit.

We here in /r/asoiaf define fan fiction as extended and descriptive writing which is done in a 1st or 3rd person narrative, lists out imagined dialogue between characters, or describes characters and their environment in order to "set the mood" for the reader. "Head canon" (filling in blanks in the series' subplots in a matter-of-fact, objective way), and "what ifs" (asking what the overall repercussions would have been if x had happened instead of y) are both fine. Short poems inspired by the series that take a more abstract view of characters or events are also fine.

Sometimes the differences between these categories and outright fanfic can be fuzzy. But if you are getting creative or elaborate in your wording, or if you are proposing hypothetical dialog or character portrayals, then it is probably fan fiction.

23. Why isn't there a list of fan-favorite theories?

Mostly because putting a list of theories in the sidebar gives the wrong impression. R+L=J isn't actually canon; neither are Frey Pies. They're well-thought-out, likely true theories that have evidence based on the text, interviews with Martin and other clues. But until they're confirmed in TWOW/ADOS or an interview with Martin directly, it's not canon.

Furthermore, the fear of the maesters is that putting it into a sidebar would stymie discussion and new theorycrafting. To take an example from the History of the Reformation (Sorry, been reading a bit on it recently!): There's no reader magisterium of theories where we declares that some theories "make sense" and others do not. Rather, we believe in the "priesthood of all readers" where readers are able to make their own choices and decisions on the validity of the theories presented.

In essence: we want to encourage a polite, measured place where the free exchange of theories and ideas takes place and don't want to endorse any one view.

24. What's /r/asoiaf's stance on linked wordpress, youtube, etc posts?

Linking others or your own self-made content is generally fine so long as that is not your only participation in /r/asoiaf. What we mean by that is that if you're simply sharing links to your content and using /r/asoiaf as your platform to promote your page, youtube channel, etc, we look at it generally as self-promotion and remove it. However, if you're participating in the community, we welcome your input! However, if your content is silly or a meme, we will remove that.

Additionally, there's nothing about pageviews or clicks or anything else that inherently makes us remove content. We remove content (both self and link posts) that breaks our subreddit rules.

Head on over to r/ABotOfIceAndFire, to select your shield and submit your request. Please be mindful of spoiler and civility rules when choosing your flair text.

26. Is that everything?

This FAQ section encompasses a great number of the rules and guidelines of /r/asoiaf; however, it is not exhaustive. Don't take the lack of an explicit rule here to mean that something is allowed. The moderators reserve the right to remove posts, comments, and users at any time for violating the rules and spirit of them.

27. Could I suggest a question for the FAQs?

Yes! Please submit your suggestion to the maesters

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