A discussion on another thread made me think about spoilers contained in reviews, and how best to handle them.
The bottom line, Amazon is a business. If we approach them with ideas, there is only one thing they will care about – their bottom line.
Spoilers in reviews – when not announced up front – can piss off readers (potential customers). Yet, removing those spoilers is not cost effective for Amazon. They probably figure it would cost them more to monitor reviews for hidden spoilers, as opposed to simply living with them – much to the annoyance of the authors and some readers.
One possible suggestion is for Amazon’s tech department to come up something similar to their “Was this review helpful to you?” feature.
With this proposed option, if you read a review, and it clearly contains a spoiler, you can click a “contains spoiler” link. When clicked, a notice is displayed at the beginning of the review stating it contains a spoiler.
Interestingly my next angle of attack was asking Amazon if they could add a note to highlight the review as containing spoilers. Amazon's suggestion at present is add a comment - duh - they've read the review by then!!
I like this idea, although it is open to abuse, if you don't want someone to read the bad review hit the contains spoilers! But Im sure there's something there to work with.