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  • SPOILER ALERT
    This is a phrase used to alert someone on a message board that the following message contained plot 'spoilers', or details of a show which if known about beforehand, spoils the viewing of the show.
    The SPOILER ALERT phrase would appear in a message's title (such as usenet headers), or on messageboards where the message is expanded.

    Lately, people seem to put the spoiler immediately after the 'spoiler alert' which ruins the idea of a spoiler alert in the first place, so they're letting you know they're spoiling it on purpose.

    December 31, 2012