Saturday 1st February 2003
David Quidnunc has suggested we should discuss a general policy on plot spoilers in annotations. Sometimes it seems necessary to divulge something that happens in the “future” to explain a point, but given that most of us don’t know what’s coming up for Pepys this might spoil any suspense. He says:
In the 25 January notes, “Bored” has a good point about plot spoilers — if we mention now something about Uncle Wight that happens years in the future, we’ll likely have forgotten the matter by then. On the other hand, I want to ask you to create a page for Uncle William Wight. Perhaps on that page we should be more careful about a plot spoiler, since we can expect it to be around whenever Wight comes up in the diary again.
I also have a feeling that plot spoilers don’t really matter when they concern historical figures that Pepys may not even meet (Fairfax, for example).
How many readers actually care about plot spoilers? I’m convinced some do. Is it all right with even those readers if the rest of us to mention plot spoilers if we just label them “Plot Spoiler: ” somewhere up front?
So, what do you think?