A note from a loyal P-B reader, regarding the homepage:
is it really necessary to spell out the results of some of the olympic events on the front page? You actually DO spoil it for a few of us who would prefer to watch the events unfold "NBC-live" in the evening.
How about a neutral headline with a link, without giving the result away? That way, your readers could decide for themselves if they want to find out or not.
I suggest checking the Yahoo! front page for examples of how it could be done:)
My response to Stephan:
Thanks for this, Stephan -- I've never understood this issue, personally...people want news media to hide the news until prime time? You're not alone in this, obviously, but I just don't get it...probably worth a blog post or column item.
I don't think many news websites have been pulling punches with breaking news from London -- aside from maybe NBC's various sites. It's just a weird thing to expect of news organizations, that we hide the news until NBC can air it. It's one thing to provide "spoiler alerts" in a movie review and quite another to avoid reporting Olympics results.
While I might be the wrong guy to have an opinion on this, since I'm not much of an Olympics fan...if I were intensely interested, I don't see how knowing the outcome of an event would make it less interesting to watch.
But that's just me. I assume most people who care are of Stephan's opinion.