Look, I didn't think the spoiler thing was an issue with a novel that old. I was under the impression that the convention was to use spoiler tags on books for a few months after release. I especially didn't think it was necessary in a thread discussing a follow up novel where speculation based on previous events seems inevitable.
Personally I take spoilers on older novels as to be expected - its my call whether to read the thread.
I am sorry if I upset anyone, but would be really grateful if someone could give me hard and fast rules on when it is appropriate/not needed.
There's no need to get so defensive and no need to be sorry, in my eyes, you did nothing what so ever wrong in any shape or form. As I put it, we're discussing the upcoming novel in an ongoing series and the last book had some pretty big ramifications for the series so it's natural to discuss past events and there is really no need to hide everything behind spoiler tags.
I'm glad to see you, unlike others have a sense of common sense regarding spoilers, I'm of the same opinion, if I don't want to know about something that's happened in the past of an ongoing series and haven't got that far, I'll steer clear of the thread about the next book in the series.
Now, I'm not a mod, so you don't need to pay attention to what is ultimately my own opinion, but nor is jwolf and again, you don't need to pay attention to what is ultimately his own opinion.