One of the comments to the recent question, Different colors of light are disrupting my focus. What lens feature minimizes this?, asked the OP for either a different example that doesn't include a large hairy spider, or at least a warning.

That got me to thinking, StackExchange has the spoiler markup functionality, whereby you surround what you want hidden with a modified blockquote, beginning the line(s) with >!, instead of just > as a normal blockquote.

What's the opinion / standard here for that? I don't think I've seen any posts in Photo.SE use the spoiler feature to obscure images, but it could potentially be useful for certain images or classes of images.

Forgot to mention: the spoiler feature also works on the iOS SE App (because you can't hover, you click the hidden area. A subsequent click will follow any links).

Below is they spider image would look like in the referenced question.

Hover over the following image to see the BIG HAIRY SPIDER

jumping spider RGB focus breakdown

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    (N.B. I'm voting down because I strongly disagree, following meta voting conventions — not against your having raised this.)
    – mattdm
    May 22 '16 at 19:04
  • Aside: we do (relatively) often use the spoiler tag to hide NSFW images. See e.g. here and here. (Both pages contain NSFW images, duh).
    – Philip Kendall Mod
    May 22 '16 at 20:02
  • @mattdm Gotcha, I understand meta voting. Thanks for the note. =)
    – scottbb Mod
    May 22 '16 at 20:49
  • @PhilipKendall TIL. Well, that pretty much counters my NSFW-related answer.
    – scottbb Mod
    May 22 '16 at 20:57

Oh come on. It is a spider. I know people are scared of spiders to the point of irrational phobia, but masking every spider image on the internet is not the solution. If the question you referenced came with a spoiler tag, I would probably edit to remove it, since the existing animation is a clear illustration of the problem, and making people jump through extra hoops makes the question less clear.

If someone has debilitating fear of spiders such that they are triggered in an actually-damaging way by a photograph like that, they should be looking for professional help, not spoiler markup. (Or at least try this app.) If someone is just "queasy"... time to face the world.

  • Actually, I basically agree with the sentiment. Also, when I re-read the comment on the original question this refers to, I'm pretty sure I read it straight, but the commenter was probably being tongue-in-cheek.
    – scottbb Mod
    May 22 '16 at 20:52
  • And for the record, I mean "oh come on" in the general sense, not a personal one :)
    – mattdm
    May 22 '16 at 21:45
  • =) I read it like you meant it.
    – scottbb Mod
    May 22 '16 at 21:49

I don't recommend the use of the spoiler markup with anything you would consider NSFW. It's very easy to accidentally move the cursor over a hidden image, revealing it to coworkers or oversensitive HR types.

The spoiler feature is implemented with straight CSS, meaning even if the reader didn't intend to view the image, and never hovered over the hidden area, it was loaded from the server by the browser. This will potentially show up in the reader's browsing history or corporate network traffic logs.

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