I'm writing an essay about spoiling TAR, and I was wondering if some of the detectives could answer these questions.
1. How/ When do you guys know when The Amazing Race starts?
2. Where do all the pics./ info of all the teams come from? How do you know it's accurate?
3. How many detectives are there? What countries?
4. When did spoiling The Amazing Race start? By who?
5. What is your favorite part about spoiling The Amazing Race?
Thanks for answering these questions, hopefully ASAP. You guys rock!
You can look into the TAR Detective thread for a full list...
Finds come from tons of research, "Detective" work, and following leads, with a little bit of luck thrown in. Everything pretty much has to be proved in more than one way before it is confirmed. Finds do NOT come from spoon fed info from CBS or WRP, we have NO production sources. All work is original.
Puddin was the original and best spoiler. It was her leadership and vision that assembled the original spoiler team...not to mention that she was an extraordinary researcher in her own right.
In the early days, spoiling was pretty much limited to photo analysis and following media and blog clues, as well as vidcap analysis from the previews.
Then along came FB and Twitter...and we were suddenly faced with much more immediate (sometimes LIVE!) information. Because I love to talk to people
we began reaching out directly to eyewitnesses as well. And success breeds success...people see what is possible and try to contribute as they can.
The most important thing is that this is a TEAM effort...and the results come from the contributions and hard work of the WHOLE team.
Hope that helps? Sorry but of course the team cannot reveal our methods in much more detail!