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.
Definition of a Spoiler
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.), the only website source allowed for current/future seasons is CBS's website in most cases.
"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 boot orders
- The number of finalists/jurors
- The specific placement of events within the season (the point at which the jury starts is considered an event)
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)
When to Post Future Events
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 Policy
The following information is not allowed on the wiki until the relevant episode or season has finished airing, unless specifically permitted by the "What is Not a Spoiler?" section of our policy.
Episodes usually end with the segment "Next Time on Survivor", except in the case of season finales. In finales, a short preview of the following season is usually shown. If no preview is shown, information from the next episode should not be posted.
- The identity of contestants on a future season, including returnees, unless the entire cast has been revealed (EXCEPTION: A one-time exception was in play for Survivor: Game Changers, because of unique circumstances surrounding the Millennials vs. Gen X reunion. Edits made after 17:30 UTC on December 15, 2016 and before the cast was revealed were not subject to the "entire cast" portion of the 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 a Schoolyard Pick that determines the initial tribes
- 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)
- Future season names, locations, twists, tribes, et cetera (if not revealed)
What is Not a Spoiler?
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 (PlanetBuff may also be a valid source in this case)
- 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
- The initial tribal affiliation of contestants in an all-newbie or all-returnee season, provided tribal affiliation for all contestants has been revealed (unless it spoils an elimination and/or the results of a Schoolyard Pick)
- The identity and/or initial tribal affiliation of new contestants in a mixed newbie/returnee season, provided the given information has been revealed for all new contestants (same exceptions as the above)
- The identity and/or initial tribal affiliation of returning contestants in a mixed newbie/returnee season, provided the given information has been revealed for all returning contestants (same exceptions as the above)
- The number of days over which any given season takes place (Survivor (U.S.) only)
- 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 number of contestants/days/episodes remaining (If Redemption Island is in play after the merge, the counted number of contestants for the purposes of this rule is the number of contestants in the "main game" plus one, and it is assumed the final duel cannot take place on the same day as a Tribal Council.)
Spoiler Rules for Admins
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.
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 not 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 of any length.
Survivor Wiki Facebook Group
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 pre-merge tribes (if greater than two) 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 unrevealed contestant names are given.