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I have slightly condensed the plot summary, as the flag criticising excessive plot detail seemed justified (30-04-17), and at present what should be a synopsis is instead a blow by blow account of the entire script. Before wading in with the shears, I will consult WikiHelp regarding how far an editor should go in such trimming. --Humboles (talk) 07:52, 30 April 2017 (UTC)
My second attempt, after I digested Wiki guidelines. I significantly cut the length of the plot summary, following the recommendation at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style/Film#Plot which states that "plot summaries for feature films should be between 400 and 700 words" (sic). Excessive detail was removed, and the language kept as concise as I could manage without introducing ambiguity. The synopsis was over 1250 words when I began, so in trimming the synopsis to below 670 words, I left scope for a bit more editing within the guidance above.
As a fairly novice editor who doesn't know the ropes, I'd like to query user 220.127.116.11 's undoing on 19th May of my paragraph on the painting (added as 18.104.22.168 on 11th May as I forgot to log in). It was flagged as trivia but I felt that it was the sort of interesting point that I like to find in an encyclopaedia and also added a couple of relevant links. It may be the paragraph was too prominent but simply removing it without discussion is rather discouraging. What is the process now?
The plot timeline is not in order. The daughter came from london before the meeting with Fitzgerald for starters. The conversation with the doctor about the little girl came later in the plot than listed in the plot summary. --DesmondE (talk) 14:02, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Is it common to detail the ending of a Movie on Wikipedia. This could ruin the movies for potential viewers. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 00:55, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
If you read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Spoiler you will see that this topic is dealt with in detail. In brief, Wikipedia policy since 2007 is that spoilers are inevitable and spoiler alerts are not appropriate, bearing in mind the project's encyclopedic function.