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Survivor Wiki's '''Spoiler Policy''' states that leaking information about a current or future season will result in a wiki ban for at least the duration of the season.
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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. It should be noted that spoilers are not allowed anywhere on the wiki, from articles, subpages, forum threads, blog posts, profile pages, and templates.
   
==What is a Spoiler?==
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==Definition of a Spoiler==
A spoiler is any major game information regarding a current or future season that has not yet been revealed by CBS or any other official source, televised, seen in a promo, or seen in a deleted scene on CBS's website.
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A spoiler is any major game information regarding a current or future season of ''[[Survivor (franchise)|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.)]]'', in most cases, the only website source allowed for current/future seasons is the official CBS's website, though media outfits such (but not limited to) as Entertainment Weekly and Parade could be accepted as long as pages will be cited <i>after</i> the current episode aired.
   
Anything regarding challenge 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.
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"Major game information" is defined to include, but not be limited to, the following:
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* The winner(s) of any challenge
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* The results of a [[Tribe Switch]]
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* Any eliminations or order of elimination
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* The number of finalists and jurors
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* The specific placement of events within the season <small>(the point at which the jury starts is considered an event)</small>
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* The name and/or theme of future seasons <small>()</small>
   
The following pieces of information were spoilers prior to the episodes airing or promos revealing the information in question:
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In the event that a season's promo airs within the preceding season's finale or [[Reunion Show]], the season's name, theme, and tribe names/colors are allowed if revealed, but not its cast unless revealed in its entirety. <small>(See below for exceptions)</small>
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The following pieces of information were spoilers prior to the episodes airing or valid sources revealing the information in question:
 
* "I heard that {{S|28}} has a Final Two." <small>(this is a spoiler because the finalist/jury configuration is major game information)</small>
 
* "I heard that {{S|28}} has a Final Two." <small>(this is a spoiler because the finalist/jury configuration is major game information)</small>
 
* "[[Colton Cumbie|Colton]] is evacuated in episode 6 of {{S|24}}." <small>(this is a spoiler because it involves an elimination)</small>
 
* "[[Colton Cumbie|Colton]] is evacuated in episode 6 of {{S|24}}." <small>(this is a spoiler because it involves an elimination)</small>
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* "Survivor Sucks says that Season 29 uses the [[Blood vs. Water (twist)|Blood vs. Water]] twist."<small>(this is a spoiler because it is not from a valid source)</small>
 
* "Survivor Sucks says that Season 29 uses the [[Blood vs. Water (twist)|Blood vs. Water]] twist."<small>(this is a spoiler because it is not from a valid source)</small>
 
* "I heard that [[John Cochran|Cochran]] is returning for {{S|26}}." <small>(this is a spoiler because it involves an officially unrevealed contestant)</small>
 
* "I heard that [[John Cochran|Cochran]] is returning for {{S|26}}." <small>(this is a spoiler because it involves an officially unrevealed contestant)</small>
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* "[[Tasha Fox|Tasha]] is switched to the new tribe [[Angkor]], I saw it in a promo." <small>(this is a spoiler because it contains the results of a tribe switch)</small>
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Spoilers in any shape or form are off-limits at all times anywhere on the wiki (article pages, article talk pages, forum threads, blog posts, user pages, personal message walls and any page unmentioned). Any violation will result into a ban, the length of which will be determined by admin who caught the violator(s), and depend on the gravity of the offense.
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==When to Post Future Events==
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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 [[Survivor Wiki:Citation Policy|Citation Policy]] for the exhaustive list of third-party sites sanctioned by Survivor Wiki).
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==Exhaustive List of Information Pertinent to Spoiler Policy==
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The following information is not allowed on the wiki until the relevant episode or season has finished airing, ''unless'' specifically permitted by another section of our policy.
   
The following pieces of information are not spoilers:
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Episodes usually end with the segment "Next Time on Survivor", except in the case of reunions. In reunions, a short preview of the following season is usually shown. If no preview is shown, information from the next episode should not be posted unless otherwise revealed.
* "All three remaining [[Luzon|Brains]] are switched to the same tribe, I saw it in the promo." <small>(not a spoiler because it has been seen in a promo; note that "Next Time On Survivor" is fair game, but certain other promos might not be depending on context)</small>
 
* "The next immunity challenge is [[Battle Dig]], CBS revealed it today." <small>(not a spoiler because CBS has officially revealed it)</small>
 
* "Episode 2 airs on September 27." <small>(not a spoiler because it is not relevant to the outcome of the game; note that the ''number'' of episodes may be considered a spoiler if it indirectly spoils game information)</small>
 
   
==Where Can Spoilers Be Posted?==
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Regardless of the above, any information regarding elimination from the game can be posted as soon as it has aired.
There are very few pages in which spoilers are allowed on the wiki.
 
* The Template: namespace allows unrevealed tribe names and colors, provided that the template in question does not transclude these tribe names into any mainspace articles. In Template:Tribename and all templates that depend on it, there must be a comment in the template source stating that these tribes are not officially revealed.
 
* Subpages in the User: namespace (such as [[User:Bwburke94/Season Format]]) allow spoilers for the current season that do ''not'' qualify as major game information. However, actual userpages (such as [[User:IAmNothing712]]) are subject to the same spoiler restrictions as mainspace articles.
 
   
==Season Names and Locations==
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*The identity of ''any'' contestants on a future season, if they are not officially revealed <small>(For returnees, a clear image of them in a promo counts, even if not specifically named onscreen.)</small>
The names and locations of future seasons not revealed by CBS are considered spoilers.
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*The identity of ''first-time'' contestants on a future season, unless all first-time contestants have been revealed <small>(This rule is intended to prevent presumptive pages from being created for contestants revealed in a promo, and can be bent on occasion. ''[[Australian Survivor]]'' is exempt from this rule.)</small>
* For the purpose of this rule, the location of an even-numbered (spring) season is not a spoiler if it is officially confirmed by any ''valid source'' to be the same location as the preceding odd-numbered (fall) season. However, the name and theme of the season are still spoilers, and the season cannot have an article in mainspace until it is officially announced.
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*Any elimination from the game, whether at Tribal Council, at Redemption Island, or at camp
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**Boot order and related information <small>(in seasons with the {{dab-twist|Redemption Island}} twist, this includes both Tribal Councils and duels)</small>
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**The outcome of the vote at Tribal Council, broadly defined <small>(saying "this Tribal Council ends in a 3-2 vote", for instance, is a spoiler even if no names are given)</small>
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**The days in which Tribal Councils are held, except during season finales
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**Whether any contestants are evacuated, quit, et cetera
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**Whether any contestants achieve specific feats within the game <small>(such as a [[Perfect Game]])</small>
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*Results of a [[tribe switch]] (or any similar twist)
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**Results of a [[Schoolyard Pick]] that determines the initial tribes
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*Results of any challenge that has not aired in its entirety <small>(challenge results can be added as soon as the host declares the challenge over)</small>
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*Merged tribe name and color <small>(unless the merge has been revealed)</small>
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*Number of finalists/jurors <small>(unless the first juror's elimination has aired ''and'' production has confirmed the number of finalists)</small>
   
==Tribe Names and Colors==
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==What is Not a Spoiler?==
The names and colors of a season's starting tribes are spoilers until officially revealed. However, as mentioned above, certain exceptions apply.
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The following information is ''not'' considered a spoiler regardless of our spoiler policy, if it is officially revealed by CBS.
* If a non-starting/non-merged tribe is officially revealed by CBS or PlanetBuff, they are allowed a page, but no one can be mentioned as being a member of the tribe as it spoils that they are not eliminated while on their original tribe.
 
   
==Tribe Switches==
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*Tribe names and colors for any pre-merge tribes <small>(PlanetGearCompany, formerly PlanetBuff, may also be a valid source)</small>
A [[Tribe Switch]] (or any similar twist) ceases to be a spoiler once the twist has been revealed in a promo. In addition, if the "Next Time On Survivor" segment or similar promo shows the new tribes, that information ceases to be a spoiler as well, unless the promo also spoils an unrelated event as was the case with the second {{S|31}} switch.
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*Episode titles
* This rule does not apply to promo pictures accidentally showing someone in a differently-colored buff, and only applies to deliberate reveals of a switch.
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*The existence of any season-long twist, such as {{dab-twist|Exile Island}} or {{dab-twist|Redemption Island}}
* If the existence of a switch is revealed in a promo, but the exact point the switch takes place is not revealed, the switch can be listed on the season article as it is now a known twist in the season. If this is the second such switch in a season, it may or may not be listed.
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*The identity of contestants, provided all contestants have been revealed <small>(If only part of the cast is revealed, those contestants may or may not be a spoiler depending on circumstances.)</small>
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*The initial tribal affiliation of contestants, provided tribal affiliation for all contestants have been revealed <small>(unless it spoils an elimination and/or the results of a Schoolyard Pick)</small>
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*The number of days over which any given season takes place <small>(including half-days from the [[Day Zero]] twist)</small>
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*The number of tribes into which a switch takes place <small>(however, the identity of the remaining tribes may still be a spoiler)</small>
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*The existence of a Final Two/Three, if the first juror's elimination has been aired ''and'' it would be impossible for the other finalist configuration to exist given the remaining state of the game
   
==The Merge==
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==Spoiler Rules for Admins==
The merged tribe name and color of ''[[Survivor (U.S.)]]'' seasons cannot be mentioned on the wiki, except in the Template: namespace and user subpages, until officially revealed ''by CBS''. This is because PlanetBuff often leaks the merged color a few weeks before the merge actually happens, and revealing the color before the merge is revealed to the viewers spoils the approximate time when the merge occurs.
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Because of the special rights given to Survivor Wiki admins, care must be taken to avoid accidentally spoiling other users of the wiki.
* If a merged color is revealed by CBS but no name is given, this can be added to the "Castaways" and "Voting History" section of the season's articles, but not to the Season template on the article or to the castaways' articles. Because the Tribecolor template requires a tribe name, a RGB value may be used to avoid usage of a placeholder tribe name, but this is not required.
 
   
==Challenge/Tribal Council Results==
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*Pages for previous contestants should not be edit-protected for spoilers ''if'' the fact the page is protected can reasonably be seen as a cast spoiler for a future season. This rule applies only to spoiled returnees, and only to pages which already exist on the wiki. <small>Example: The pages for spoiled {{S|34}} returnees, except for those competing on {{S4|33}}, were left unprotected to avoid self-fulfilling spoilers.</small>
The results of challenges (including Redemption Island duels) and Tribal Councils are spoilers until the episode has aired ''regardless of whether CBS has revealed the results beforehand''. So if a promo says that [[Aras Baskauskas|Aras]] loses the next duel and joins the jury, that information is a spoiler until it has actually aired.
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*However, if the page would reasonably be protected for other reasons, there is no prohibition on protecting the page for those reasons. <small>Example: Had this spoiler policy existed before the {{S|22}} cast reveal, any theoretical protection of the [[Russell Hantz]] page would not reasonably be seen as a cast spoiler due to his notoriety.</small>
* Challenge results cannot be posted in the main namespace until the challenge is over and Jeff Probst has announced "_______ wins reward/immunity". Redemption Island duel results cannot be posted in the main namespace until Jeff Probst announces "_____ wins the duel" or "______ is eliminated from the game". In challenges with three or more contestants/tribes, no challenge results can be posted until the challenge is actually over.
 
** In the event that a tribe forfeits a challenge without playing it, this can be posted as soon as the forfeiture is official, regardless of whether Jeff Probst technically announces "_______ wins reward/immunity".
 
* Tribal Council results cannot be posted in the main namespace until the voted-out contestant has had their torch snuffed or otherwise leaves the Tribal Council area in the East Coast airing of the episode. Under normal circumstances, this is at roughly 8:57 PM (Eastern Time) on Wednesday. If an episode includes two or more Tribal Councils, results for each Tribal Council can be posted as soon as they air.
 
* Final Tribal Council results cannot be posted in the main namespace until the Sole Survivor is officially announced in the East Coast airing of the episode. For Wednesday finales, this is at roughly 10:05 PM (Eastern Time); for Sunday finales, this can be as late as 11:05 PM (Eastern Time) depending on sports coverage overruns. If there are two separate East Coast airings of a finale due to sports coverage, the first airing takes precedence.
 
* If a contestant quits or is evacuated, this can be posted in the main namespace as soon as it airs on the East Coast, unless it takes place at Tribal Council in which case the normal Tribal Council rules apply.
 
   
==Unusual Cases==
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==Other Reality Show Wikis==
In cases such as [[Mellisa McNulty]]'s where a contestant drops out of the game last-minute and no replacement is found, this information is no longer a spoiler once it has been officially revealed. Note, however, that the identity of the dropped contestant can be a spoiler if not revealed, as happened with [[So Kim]] when she and her sister Doo were dropped from {{S|29}}; her identity was not revealed officially until she was announced to be part of the {{S|30}} cast.
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The spoiler policy also applies to sister wikis [[w:c:bigbrother|Big Brother Wiki]] and [[w:c:amazingrace|The Amazing Race Wiki]]. Adding ''Survivor'' spoilers to those wikis, and/or ''Big Brother''/''Amazing Race'' spoilers to Survivor Wiki, may result in a block on both relevant wikis.
   
 
==Spinoff Wikis==
 
==Spinoff Wikis==
All spoiler policies also apply on Survivor Fanon Wiki and other spinoff wikis. The policy also applies to events in fanon seasons that have not yet occurred or been revealed by the fanon author(s).
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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); however, the "What is Not a Spoiler?" section does not apply because of the nature of Fanon Wiki.
   
==Survivor Wiki Facebook Group==
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The Survivor ORG Wiki, on the contrary, is no longer recognized as an official spinoff by Survivor Wiki, and is not subject to this policy. No action on Survivor ORG Wiki or its Facebook group is subject to discipline on Survivor Wiki, unless it results in a global Wikia/Fandom block.
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 contestant names are given.
 

Latest revision as of 00:40, December 9, 2019

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. It should be noted that spoilers are not allowed anywhere on the wiki, from articles, subpages, forum threads, blog posts, profile pages, and templates.

Definition of a SpoilerEdit

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.), in most cases, the only website source allowed for current/future seasons is the official CBS's website, though media outfits such (but not limited to) as Entertainment Weekly and Parade could be accepted as long as pages will be cited after the current episode aired.

"Major game information" is defined to include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • The winner(s) of any challenge
  • The results of a Tribe Switch
  • Any eliminations or order of elimination
  • The number of finalists and jurors
  • The specific placement of events within the season (the point at which the jury starts is considered an event)
  • The name and/or theme of future seasons ()

In the event that a season's promo airs within the preceding season's finale or Reunion Show, the season's name, theme, and tribe names/colors are allowed if revealed, but not its cast unless revealed in its entirety. (See below for exceptions)

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)

Spoilers in any shape or form are off-limits at all times anywhere on the wiki (article pages, article talk pages, forum threads, blog posts, user pages, personal message walls and any page unmentioned). Any violation will result into a ban, the length of which will be determined by admin who caught the violator(s), and depend on the gravity of the offense.

When to Post Future EventsEdit

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 PolicyEdit

The following information is not allowed on the wiki until the relevant episode or season has finished airing, unless specifically permitted by another section of our policy.

Episodes usually end with the segment "Next Time on Survivor", except in the case of reunions. In reunions, a short preview of the following season is usually shown. If no preview is shown, information from the next episode should not be posted unless otherwise revealed.

Regardless of the above, any information regarding elimination from the game can be posted as soon as it has aired.

  • The identity of any contestants on a future season, if they are not officially revealed (For returnees, a clear image of them in a promo counts, even if not specifically named onscreen.)
  • The identity of first-time contestants on a future season, unless all first-time contestants have been revealed (This rule is intended to prevent presumptive pages from being created for contestants revealed in a promo, and can be bent on occasion. Australian Survivor is exempt from this rule.)
  • Any elimination from the game, whether at Tribal Council, at Redemption Island, or at camp
    • Boot order and related information (in seasons with the Redemption Island twist, this includes both Tribal Councils and duels)
    • The outcome of the vote at Tribal Council, broadly defined (saying "this Tribal Council ends in a 3-2 vote", for instance, is a spoiler even if no names are given)
    • The days in which Tribal Councils are held, except during season finales
    • Whether any contestants are evacuated, quit, et cetera
    • Whether any contestants achieve specific feats within the game (such as a Perfect Game)
  • Results of a tribe switch (or any similar twist)
  • Results of any challenge that has not aired in its entirety (challenge results can be added as soon as the host declares the challenge over)
  • 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)

What is Not a Spoiler?Edit

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 (PlanetGearCompany, formerly PlanetBuff, may also be a valid source)
  • Episode titles
  • The existence of any season-long twist, such as Exile Island or Redemption Island
  • The identity of contestants, provided all contestants have been revealed (If only part of the cast is revealed, those contestants may or may not be a spoiler depending on circumstances.)
  • The initial tribal affiliation of contestants, provided tribal affiliation for all contestants have been revealed (unless it spoils an elimination and/or the results of a Schoolyard Pick)
  • The number of days over which any given season takes place (including half-days from the Day Zero twist)
  • The number of tribes into which a switch takes place (however, the identity of the remaining tribes may still be a spoiler)
  • The existence of a Final Two/Three, if the first juror's elimination has been aired and it would be impossible for the other finalist configuration to exist given the remaining state of the game

Spoiler Rules for AdminsEdit

Because of the special rights given to Survivor Wiki admins, care must be taken to avoid accidentally spoiling other users of the wiki.

  • Pages for previous contestants should not be edit-protected for spoilers if the fact the page is protected can reasonably be seen as a cast spoiler for a future season. This rule applies only to spoiled returnees, and only to pages which already exist on the wiki. Example: The pages for spoiled Survivor: Game Changers returnees, except for those competing on Millennials vs. Gen X, were left unprotected to avoid self-fulfilling spoilers.
  • However, if the page would reasonably be protected for other reasons, there is no prohibition on protecting the page for those reasons. Example: Had this spoiler policy existed before the Survivor: Redemption Island cast reveal, any theoretical protection of the Russell Hantz page would not reasonably be seen as a cast spoiler due to his notoriety.

Other Reality Show WikisEdit

The spoiler policy also applies to sister wikis Big Brother Wiki and The Amazing Race Wiki. Adding Survivor spoilers to those wikis, and/or Big Brother/Amazing Race spoilers to Survivor Wiki, may result in a block on both relevant wikis.

Spinoff WikisEdit

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); however, the "What is Not a Spoiler?" section does not apply because of the nature of Fanon Wiki.

The Survivor ORG Wiki, on the contrary, is no longer recognized as an official spinoff by Survivor Wiki, and is not subject to this policy. No action on Survivor ORG Wiki or its Facebook group is subject to discipline on Survivor Wiki, unless it results in a global Wikia/Fandom block.

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