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This page describes one of Memory Alpha's policies and guidelines.
Please read through the policy below to familiarize yourself with our common practices and rules.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or complaints, please post them on the talk page.

In order to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information, Memory Alpha contains details about all Star Trek episodes and films that have been released in the United States.

Warning! Memory Alpha contains full spoilers for all aired episodes and released films.

Wikipedia has this to say about spoilers:

A spoiler is a summary or description of a narrative (or part of a narrative) that relates plot elements not revealed early in the narrative itself. Moreover, because enjoyment of the plot depends on dramatic tension and suspense, this early revelation of plot elements "spoils" the enjoyment that consumers of the narrative would otherwise have experienced.

Star Trek presents an especially difficult situation due to its worldwide popularity. Episodes and films are generally not released at the same time globally, and some markets may have to wait weeks or even years before getting the same content. This means that while some fans are eagerly discussing the latest release, others must carefully avoid spoilers or lose any benefit of surprise once they finally get to see the same thing. To reduce the chance that readers might come across information in an episode or film article that might spoil "future" productions, it is recommended to restrict any spoiler information to a "Continuity" section.

Information about upcoming episodes and films, including information from released trailers or previews, may not be included in a Memory Alpha page, aside from official cast and production information released by Paramount, CBS, or credible news sources. Moreover, this information can only be added to pages told from a "real world" point of view, such as the articles for the episodes and films themselves; pages told from an in-universe perspective, such as the articles for ships or characters, cannot contain any information from a film or episode that has not yet been released. Spoilers that violate this policy may be deleted by any user, and adding spoilers to in-universe articles may result in an administrator blocking you from editing the wiki.

Article notification

Fair warnings will be placed on several introductory pages, and individual warnings strongly recommended on related individual articles, especially if when revising the article's virtual content with new information.

These articles should be marked with the relevant spoiler template specific to the series that the latest spoiler originated: e.g. {{spoiler DIS}}, {{spoiler PIC}}, {{spoiler LD}}, {{spoiler PRO}}, {{spoiler SNW}}.

Also consider the following when implementing the placement of a spoiler template:

  • The template is to be placed below any other headers (such as those indicating the article contains info from alternate, et al., universes), but above any sidebars, disambiguation links, or article quotes, etc. (See: MA:EXAMPLE)
  • Only one spoiler template per article – specifically that of the most recent reference – is necessary.
  • These warnings should stay on the articles for at least two months after the final episode of the season has aired in the U.S., or are superseded by another series' spoiler template, whichever is first. In the first case, the tags should only be removed by an admin or through an administrative process.

Finally, encountering spoilers is sometimes unavoidable, however, at the same time, users should still be able to freely to visit the site without encountering deliberate attempts by others to spoil ones visit to this site.

  • Contributors should not deliberately indicate spoilers in an article's edit summary. To that end, the reminder to all contributors –"PLEASE AVOID PUTTING SPOILERS IN EDIT SUMMARIES" – is clearly noted above the edit summary.

In addition to being poor etiquette, intentionally doing so makes reviewing the recent changes without encountering spoilers nearly impossible. Those who are intentionally posting such information may also be blocked from editing the wiki by an administrator.