I thought it might be useful to ask a question about how to use the spoiler formatting to hopefully prompt a useful answer where someone can explain how to use spoilers when answering questions. I have seen this meta question about spoilers and another about formatting inside the spoiler system, but was wondering if this would be a useful place to put it all together and guide people to.

We could also add something about rot13 to hide stuff in comments when spoilers can't be used. Any thoughts???

Finally I am very happy for this question to be closed if people don't think it would be useful. - Also happy for someone else to open a better question.

partial answer Rot13 is a simple completely insecure coding system which is very conveniently handled by sites like rot13.com - it is helpful to be able to discuss answers to questions in comments without revealing the answer to someone who is taking a casual glance.

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    $\begingroup$ Personally, I detest Rot13 in comments. If you're reading the comments on an answer, I think it's safe to make the assumption that you've read the answer. Rot13 unnecessarily obfuscates things. $\endgroup$
    – GentlePurpleRain Mod
    Apr 10 '18 at 21:14
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    $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain - the biggest drawback I can see with Rot13 is when on mobile it is a pain to copy and paste into a translation window.... but maybe in comments directly under the question it may be useful? $\endgroup$
    – tom
    Apr 10 '18 at 22:07
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    $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain Hum. From what I've seen, one of your fellow mods has been deleting comments which contain spoilers and advising those commenters to use rot13'ed comments instead. $\endgroup$ Apr 10 '18 at 22:11
  • $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor I'm not claiming this is a site policy (note the "personally" at the beginning of my comment). Just my own opinion. $\endgroup$
    – GentlePurpleRain Mod
    Apr 11 '18 at 15:15
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    $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain Yup, I know. Would be nice to get a site policy about this though, so that the mods can act consistently. I've been planning to post a meta about this anyway; will do it as soon as I have time. $\endgroup$ Apr 11 '18 at 16:03
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    $\begingroup$ See also: How do we deal with coded comments? $\endgroup$
    – user
    Apr 11 '18 at 21:24
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    $\begingroup$ Just spell everything backwards. If you don't look hard, you won't see the answer. $\endgroup$ Apr 13 '18 at 15:46
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    $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain The problem is that spoilers exist for a reason, so that you won't accidentally read something you don't want to. The same can happen with comments too. $\endgroup$
    – EKons
    Apr 15 '18 at 10:05
  • $\begingroup$ @RedwolfPrograms - I tried to reply to your comment spelling backwards on a mobile phone - impossible - autocorrect made it very frustrating --- rot13 easier on mobile. (on computer too I find) --- sorry this is just my experience - backwards words is an interesting idea, just doesn't work for me $\endgroup$
    – tom
    Apr 20 '18 at 23:30
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    $\begingroup$ @tom ?ugbo gba luJ $\endgroup$
    – tox123
    Apr 23 '18 at 16:16
  • $\begingroup$ @tox123 haha - but typing into rot13.com on mobile is okayish the right way around... try typing anything on mobile the wrong way around and it is sooooo painful. Nice comment though :-) $\endgroup$
    – tom
    Apr 23 '18 at 21:10

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