I think spoilers should be used only when asked for by the OP, etc and not too freely.

  1. I usually take a printout of answers that I find useful, or too dense. Printouts have spoilers as blank text Edit: Aryabhata has suggested stackprinter app which works

  2. It does not show underlying text on mobile touch based devices (ipad, etc) so to read such answers while commuting, I have to click on edit, look at the source, and exit without saving any edits.

(Spoilers are not proliferate in the main site yet, but I asked this question as I noticed a problem and wouldn't want it to become a bother later.)

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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps we convert this to a feature request: Have a print stylesheet which shows the spoilers... $\endgroup$ – Aryabhata Jun 26 '11 at 16:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Aryabhata As you wish. Add to the request something like onMouseover capability for ipad (i.e it should be visible for tablets\iphones as well) $\endgroup$ – kuch nahi Jun 26 '11 at 16:53
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    $\begingroup$ Moreover, it is probably not exactly the most convenient thing from the accessibitity point of view. $\endgroup$ – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez Jun 26 '11 at 16:57
  • $\begingroup$ btw, for printing, apparently this is good: stackapps.com/questions/179/… $\endgroup$ – Aryabhata Jun 26 '11 at 17:01
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    $\begingroup$ I tested a spoiler answer to be printed using the stackprint app: stackprinter.com and it seems to show the spoilers. So we atleast have a workaround... $\endgroup$ – Aryabhata Jun 26 '11 at 17:10
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    $\begingroup$ I agree with @Mariano and would go a step further and say that one should simply avoid that "feature". It makes little sense and makes a posts rather unreadable. For the 10K+ users, here's a recent example of what I mean (fortunately GEdgar had the patience and spotted a mistake). $\endgroup$ – t.b. Jun 26 '11 at 17:25
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    $\begingroup$ My understanding (not having an ipad myself) is that iPads can deal with onMouseover events. You need to do a quick light tap to activate the mouseover. (In the case that a clickable link has mouseovers, a second tap will actually click the link.) $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong Jun 26 '11 at 19:05
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    $\begingroup$ It is also recommended that you print SE pages using StackPrinter. There are often formatting difficulties on questions with many answers if you just print directly. $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong Jun 26 '11 at 19:06
  • $\begingroup$ @willie the onmouseover does not work for spoilers (and is a terrribly inconvenient thing in itself, but that's a different story) which is why I posted the question $\endgroup$ – kuch nahi Jun 26 '11 at 19:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Aryabhatt thanks. $\endgroup$ – kuch nahi Jun 26 '11 at 19:32
  • $\begingroup$ @Aryabhata: Your new handle seems to be a bit difficult to spell correctly. I like it much more than the other one, especially after you decided to drop that second t :) $\endgroup$ – t.b. Jun 27 '11 at 2:27
  • $\begingroup$ @THeo: Yeah :-) There are acceptable variations and as long as people get the first 3 or 4 letters correctly (which seems to be the case with all the variations I have seen), I do get notified. $\endgroup$ – Aryabhata Jun 27 '11 at 3:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Ary: Not quite, @Aryabhatta won't work :-) $\endgroup$ – Hendrik Vogt Jun 27 '11 at 9:52
  • $\begingroup$ @Hendrik: I was notified :-) $\endgroup$ – Aryabhata Jun 27 '11 at 10:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Aryabhatta: Now you won't :-) $\endgroup$ – Hendrik Vogt Jun 27 '11 at 11:13

Good suggestion; we'll make sure the spoiler block is made visible in the print stylesheet.

There is always Stack Printer as indicated above, too.

  • $\begingroup$ Out of curiosity, would you guys be rolling out tablet version of the site sometime in the future? Maybe an android/iOS app? $\endgroup$ – kuch nahi Jun 26 '11 at 19:38
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    $\begingroup$ +1 for StackPrinter :P $\endgroup$ – systempuntoout Jun 26 '11 at 19:55

I have fixed this on our dev server. Spoiler text will show up as black when printed. The change should be in our next production deployment(later tonight or tomorrow).


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