Survivor Wiki's Spoiler Policy states that leaking information about a current or future season may result in a wiki ban for an extended period of time, usually the duration of the season.
Definition of a Spoiler
A spoiler is any major game information regarding a current or future season of Survivor that has not yet been shown in an episode on the East Coast (including the "Next Time On Survivor" segment) or in a deleted scene on the relevant broadcaster's website. For Survivor (U.S.), the only website source allowed for current/future seasons is CBS's website.
Anything regarding challenge results, tribe switch results, eliminations/boot orders, or the specific placement of events within the season is major game information. For the purposes of this rule, the point at which the jury starts is considered an event.
The following pieces of information were spoilers prior to the episodes airing or valid sources revealing the information in question:
- "I heard that Survivor: Cagayan has a Final Two." (this is a spoiler because the finalist/jury configuration is major game information)
- "Colton is evacuated in episode 6 of Survivor: One World." (this is a spoiler because it involves an elimination)
- "Malcolm wins immunity next episode." (this is a spoiler because it involves the result of a challenge, and also indirectly involves an elimination by revealing Malcolm cannot be voted out)
- "Survivor Sucks says that Season 29 uses the Blood vs. Water twist."(this is a spoiler because it is not from a valid source)
- "I heard that Cochran is returning for Survivor: Caramoan." (this is a spoiler because it involves an officially unrevealed contestant)
- "Tasha is switched to the new tribe Angkor, I saw it in a promo." (this is a spoiler because it contains the results of a tribe switch)
When to Post Future Events
Information regarding future game events may only be posted until after the episode has finished airing on the East Coast. Proper citations must also be done, whether the information came from CBS or any third-party site (please refer to the Citation Policy for the exhaustive list of third-party sites sanctioned by Survivor Wiki).
Exhaustive List of Information Pertinent to Spoiler Policy
The following information may not be posted on the wiki until the relevant episode has finished airing, or until the season has ended.
Episodes usually end with the segment "Next Time on Survivor", except in the case of season finales. In finales, a short preview of the following season is usually shown. If no preview is shown, information from the next episode should not be posted.
- The identity of unrevealed contestants on a future season, including returnees
- Any elimination from the game, whether at Tribal Council, at Redemption Island, or at camp
- Boot order (this includes Tribal Councils in seasons with the Redemption Island twist
- The days in which Tribal Councils are held, except during season finales
- Results of a tribe switch (or any similar twist)
- Results of a Schoolyard Pick that determines the initial tribes
- Results of any challenge that has not yet aired
- Merged tribe name and color (unless the merge has been revealed)
- Number of finalists/jurors (unless the first juror's elimination has aired and production has confirmed the number of finalists)
- Future season names, locations, twists, tribes, et cetera
What is Not a Spoiler?
The following information is not considered a spoiler regardless of our spoiler policy, if it is officially revealed by CBS.
- Tribe names and colors for any pre-merge tribes (PlanetBuff may also be a valid source in this case)
- Episode titles
- The existence of any season-long twist, such as Exile Island or Redemption Island
- The identity of contestants, and their initial tribal affiliation (unless the tribal affiliation spoils an elimination or a Schoolyard Pick)
- The number of days over which any given season takes place (Survivor (U.S.) only)
All spoiler policies also apply on Survivor Fanon Wiki and other sister wikis. The policy also applies to events in fanon seasons that have not yet occurred or been revealed by the fanon author(s).
The Survivor ORG Wiki, on the contrary, is not recognized as an official spinoff by Survivor Wiki, and is not subject to this policy.
Survivor Wiki Facebook Group
The Survivor Wiki Facebook group and the groups for spinoff wikis fall under the jurisdiction of the wiki, and the Spoiler Policy applies there as well to a limited extent.
- On the Facebook group, tribe names and colors are not spoilers, though the number of tribes can still be a spoiler.
- On the Facebook group, information about the currently airing episode can be posted as soon as the event in question airs.
- On the Facebook group, rumors about future seasons' locations/themes are fair game, as long as no unrevealed contestant names are given.