Posted 18 January 2004 - 05:36 PM
Are there any particular types of triggers that you feel aren't being flagged up enough? I just ask because I've had a quick scan of my voice and nothing in particular is jumping out at me as something that should have a trigger warning on, but doesn't.
If we [the mods] come across a post that seems like it would be a potential trigger to a large group of people then we put a *t* warning on it ourselves. Generally this happens most with graphic descriptions of sexual or other types of violence, strong emotions, or religious content.
The aftermath forums were originally introduced to help people avoid triggering material. We had a lot of people writing graphic posts about self-injury at the time, and this was proving somewhat disconcerting to a large section of the membership. Now we have a range of different forums for different issues, which should mitigate the need for so many trigger warnings. Of course people are nice, and often put them on anyway!
While we want this board to be as safe for as many people as want to use it, we have always come down on the side of users taking personal responsibility for avoiding the board when they are likely to be triggered, as opposed to trying to label everything that might possibly cause upset to someone. This is a practical issue as much as anything else. Although the five of us manage a reasonable amount of coverage in terms of time spent on the board, there is no way that there's a round the clock presence. This is the only thing that would enable enough consistency in trigger warnings so that people could be assured of feeing 'safe' all the time.
The guidelines say two things about *t* warnings: Please add **T** to a post that you feel might trigger others. However, we all need to keep in mind that much of what you see on this board will be triggering. Please keep safe.
At the moment, I feel like we're all doing a pretty good job at meeting the first request. If there are any specific posts that you feel are out of line, please feel totally free to draw them to the attention of a moderator. We will then add a little *t* by hand.