That’s the trouble with on-demand taking over from live broadcasts, isn’t it, Shazzie?
You can no longer discuss “last night’s” TV, knowing most people who want to will already have seen it.
I studiously avoided The Bridge thread (I think it was Carole’s) for similar reasons. I was at least a couple of episodes behind on iPlayer, and whilst I was sure it wasn’t deliberately posted as a spoiler, I was also pretty sure that once I opened the thread, I’d read things that would spoil it for me. So I avoided discussion of it at all, or reading reviews, or anything.
I suppose it all started with the advent of the video recorder, but is much worse now, as nobody necessarily sees anything on the day it’s aired.
Gone are the days there was on anything on TV that 90% of people would have watched, and you felt left out if you were in the 10% that hadn’t.
I do think it’s a courtesy to mention in the title if your post contains possible plot-spoilers, but as far as I can see, your original post didn’t - but you have no control over how people reply (this is where an “edit” function would be so useful - you could amend a title to mention the thread contains spoilers, if that’s the route it goes down).
Like Paolo, I do think it’s a bit drastic to delete a whole thread people have already spent time and effort replying to - especially when pretty much everyone here is ill. I’m afraid I don’t find it very amusing when I’ve bothered to reply, and somebody deletes the whole thing - except, of course, where it was done by the mods, because it was deemed to be a spammy or trolling thread, or otherwise in contravention of the rules.